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Posted 1/31/2018 2:57pm by Betsy Austin.

 

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It's that time again! Time to sign up for the 2018 CSA season from Circle A Garden.


We are about nine weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season!! We are getting geared up for another awesome season of farm fresh goodies!! Have a great crew lined up to grow our amazing array of produce..in addition to Terry and I we now have our young farmers and our work share folks all lined up and excited about the coming season. What are we going to grow for you??  Well, this is the short list..4 varieties of swiss chard, 5 of kale, at least 20 of other greens, 10 varieties of lettuces, 3 spring radishes,a bunch of winter radishes, 5 of carrots, 5 of beets, 5 turnips, 2 peas, fava beans, 4 or 5 varieties of green beans, something like 30 of tomatoes, 6 summer squash, cam't remember winter squash, a bit more variety in melons than lst season, a number of varieties of cabbage, kohlrabi,broccoli, and cauliflower, garlic, onions,shallots,celery,celeriac, cucumbers,peppers,eggplant.and so much more!! We are getting excited!!


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We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
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Posted 1/4/2018 4:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy New Season!!

Seems a bit strange for it to be the beginning of a new season already..not just sure what happened to 2017.. it went by so fast!!! Maybe I am just a bit confused because it was over 50 degrees last week and we still have no snow..had maybe 2 inches back on winter solstice but it is now all gone. We haven't had much moisture since the day way back in October when we harvested the last of the peppers out of the high tunnel and the last of the celery out in the field! Our mountains that are usually pretty white by now are VERY brown..I'm not sure how much snow pack we have now but it ain't much. I am starting to get seriously worried again about the lack of moisture..if we don't get some soon here on the farm we are going to have to figure out a way to water all our perennials and the garlic. On a much broader out look if our mountains don't get some good snow pack a lot of folks are going to be hurting for water again this summer..Not only do our rivers water our whole valley, but they flow into the Colorado River and water places as far away as California. Soooo..anybody ready to do a rain dance?? 

Hope everyone is enjoying the winter {?} season..Ours has been delightful!! I have been catching up on my reading and sleep..in between looking at seed catalogs, dreaming about what to plant for the new season, cleaning seeds, adding up harvest totals, visiting with friends and family, and doing some more reading and sleeping!!

The garden produced pretty well this past season, despite the weird weather..our winter moisture came mostly between the end of January and early May..about the time we were getting all excited about planting!! A cold spell at the end of April got most of the fruit..what fruit made it was wiped out during the wet, heavy snow we had AFTER Mothers Day in May. We went from snow to 90 degrees in about a week in early June. June and July were just hot..mostly in the high 90's. Our monsoon was a blessing, but didn't seem as wet as we normally are..lots of spectacular thunder and lightning storms but some of them seemed like they were all noise and light but not so much rain. Had more of those cool nights below 50 degrees again in August. Our fall was never ending..mostly warm without much moisture..did not seem like fall at all..some days were down right hot!! Harvesting fall roots was very enjoyable..I don't think we had to harvest anything in the snow!! And many days the last couple of months have still been like Indian summer. Some nights have been pretty cold..last night I think we were down to 5..but right now the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it is just about 50 degrees out!!

I have gotten all the harvest numbers added up.. we harvested almost 9.000 pounds of produce for the CSA. Here are a few numbers that stood out..over 1600 bunches of greens..that something like over 500 pounds!!: over 1000 pounds of tomatoes:almost 800 pound of cucumbers; over 500 pounds of peppers and the one I was most surprised to see over 300 pounds of crisp, succulent celery. This year we grew over 85 different types of veggies, herbs, and fruit..15 different kinds of greens, 47 different kinds of veggies and almost 2 dozen different herbs..and 2 or 3 kinds of fruit if I count blackberries and raspberries as separate fruits. And I am not sure how many varieties we grew..some things like celery we grow only one variety while others like tomatoes we grow closer to 30 or 40 varieties. Not sure just yet what all we will be growing this year..many of the tried and true favorites, but are already looking at a few new surprises.

i would like to thank all of the folks that help make this farm keep on going..our CSA members who support us from one season to the next by eating lots of fresh and sometimes unusual and sometimes just downright weird veggies..some of you have been with us from day one!! Our work share folks who help us  each week in every weather...rain, snow, hail, sleet, blazing sun.. our interns who are with us everyday, our visitors and volunteers, all my young farmer friends ...and last but definitely not least my family who not only have to put up with the weather but have to put up with me. I am truly blessed!! Without you all we wouldn't be able to keep on a growin'.

Food for thought.. Question of the week..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? 

What's coming up in the new season?? well, I want to start the first few seeds this next week, need to get beds ready in the tunnels, finish the seed orders and the garden plan, get the website ready for member signup, and more!! Please think about coming out and joining us for the beginning of our spring adventures..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all enjoying winter{??}!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 10/4/2017 2:17pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

The veggie pickup time will be changing October 21..new pickup time will be 11 am to 2 pm

We have 8 more weeks of CSA pickup for the 2017 season..last pickup will be November 25th

Note..payment due

Lots has happened here on the farm since I last gave you an update..rain, sunshine, weeds, harvests, fall frosts..but so far no snow!! August we saw more rain, abundant sunshine, 70 and 80 degree daytime temps, mostly 50 degree nighttime temps with 4 or 5 nights dropping into the high 40's. September was pretty mellow..more sunshine than rain..but still had a bit of rain here and there..a couple of pretty spectacular lightning and thunderstorms..did have our first fall frost late in the month..down to 27. This first week of October started out cold..it was 38 when we started about 7 am..was still 38 at noon..more evening thunder showers and another frost..again down to 27..but the last two days have been sunny and downright warm.

Food for thought.. Question of the week..what are you doing with lots of celery..

Tunnel adventures during August and most of September have mostly been all about harvesting!! peppers, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, and lots of cucumbers! Early in September we got all those baby greens transplanted..was hard to find enough space for them all!!

So much has been happening outdoors the last couple months it is hard to know where to begin!! Weeding and trellising adventures rapidly went to harvesting adventures..like overnight!! All of a sudden we were right in the middle of peak season..and harvesting everything!! especially cucumbers..our peak week number on them was 150 lbs. Tomatoes came in second with 147 lbs.. Some surprises..celery went from a struggling 6 inches in June and July to over 3 foot tall 3 to 4 lb of plant after we harvest and trim it all up for the CSA!! Beets have been ecstatic after we got them all weeded back in June..it's been really hard to find many of them that are smaller than a tennis ball. Melons have been pouting since those cooler nighttime temps back in August..lots of really pretty melons out there..they are just taking their own time to ripen..we've been harvesting 20-25 usable melons since about mid-September..looks like we may have more this week..we are already up to 25 and it is only Wednesday!! We did a couple of seed crops this year..fava beans, radishes and the shallot we found and loved last year..we've gotten them harvested..now just need to finish cleaning them!! The last couple weeks we have been harvesting winter squash and tomatoes for storage..the squash we will be starting to put into pickup around halloween..the tomats..depending on how fast they ripen we will have some for the next few weeks. 

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale,peppers tomatoes and a few cucumbers, beans. eggplant and okra

From the great out of doors

tomatoes, last of the outdoor peppers and eggplant, broccoli, carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, onions, celery, celeriac, parsely

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying fall!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 8/4/2017 8:14pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

The 18th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..August 5th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Happy,happy, happy rain!! Most of the week was nicely sunny early in the day with some happy little showers in the afternoon and evening to help cool things down. Well, all except for yesterday when our afternoon thunder shower happened at 9 am!!..made picking basil problematic!! our highs have been in the mid 80's to low 90's..our lows have been low to mid 50..all in all a pleasant week weather wise!!! And it looks like we may have more of the same next week as well!!

Food for thought.. Question of the week..what are you doing with cucumbers???

Tunnel adventures are more and more about harvesting veggies!! Did do a bit more tomato trellising..will have a bit more until all the tomats reach the top of the trellis..just a few more slower growing plants to go!! We picked about 20 lbs of tomats this week..about 6 times as many as last week..and many more getting ready to ripen!! Cucumbers are just about at peak..picked over 60 lbs this week{there will be more from outdoors soon}

Did more weeding{seems never ending!!}, more tomato trellising, more garlic harvesting{just have elephant garlic left}, planted the first seeds for fall roots and harvested lots of goodies for tomorrow. Some of you will be glad to know that we harvested the last of the kohlrabi this morning..I think we are going to plant turnips in their place!!We harvested quite a bit of broccoli this morning..it is quite happy this year..nice 1-2 lb heads..so far no over achievers. also harvested the first few artichokes and the first 4 heads of cauliflower ..it is also looking quite happy. Once again the harvest winners this week are kohlrabi, cabbage, and cucumbers from the high tunnel!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are looking more like adults now..still sound like babies, though.

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Monday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers,herbs,eggplant,a very few peppers and tomatoes

From the great out of doors

 herbs, last of the kohlrabi, the first of the cauliflower, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, a bit of summer squash, beets, basil, parsely

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 7/28/2017 8:11pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

The 17th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 29th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Well, I think monsoon is here!! We have had several nice little rain showers...as well as a couple of gully washers the last two weeks. This week we started out on Friday night with a nice overnight shower..Saturday was cloudy most of the day with a few sprinkles here and there..Sunday and Monday were sunny with a few happy clouds rolling in everywhere except where the sun was..Tuesday and Wednesday we had off and on rain with periods of sunshine..Thursday was mostly sunny..today started out cloudy with a few sprinkles then lots of sunshine until late this afternoon..right now we have a nice gentle rain going on. The temperatures have ranged high 80's to low 90's with abundant humidity..once again those of us born and bred in Colorado are feeling rather sticky..everyone from those moister areas are loving it.

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..What is it worth to you to feed your family fresh, local, nutrient dense food? I think I will briefly get on my soapbox again and give you a farmers point of view. Humans need 4 things to survive..clean air to breath, clean water to drink, nutritious food to eat, and a bit of shelter from the storm. Without food to eat it takes us about 3 weeks to starve to death..we need food to eat each and everyday to live..most of us here in the USA are used to 3 squares per day. We need food in order to stay alive and yet one of the most common complaints I here is "oh, food costs so much". So if food is something you need to stay alive and healthy..what is it worth..more than your cell phone?..brand name clothing?..brand new car?..weekend away from home?..new sports equipment?..gym membership?..

If you haven't peeked in the tunnels lately, you will be astonished at the difference in the landscape just in the last month!! They look so much different with all their warm season goodies than they did earlier in the season with all the green leafies and spring roots. Earlier on I could look down from the top of the tunnels and see just about everything except for the tomatoes hiding behind the favas..now I have trouble seeing anything behind the tomatoes and beans...and everybody is having touble finding me when I am behind the tomats as well!! This week we picked the first few hot peppers..a goodly amount of eggplant, lots of cucumbers, and about 3 pounds of tomatoes.

Well outdoor adventures involved a bit less water, still lots of weeds{but they are getting smaller!!}, and harvesting garlic. We are harvesting more basil and parsley each week now..as well as the first of the summer squash, the first outdoor cucumber{only one so far!!},and the first broccoli. The winners of the harvest this week..well, kohlrabi, cabbage and cucumbers from the tunnel. Veggies to look forward to soon..artichokes..they are starting to bud, green beans..the first variety has buds, and something else that I checked out earlier in the week and can't remember now!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are looking more like adults now..still sound like babies, though.

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Monday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are still a bit low on goodies from the garden..things are growing well and many are just almost ready for harvest..please bear with us a couple more weeks..we promise we will have something other than kohlrabi!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers,herbs,eggplant,a very few peppers and tomatoes

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, a bit of summer squash, basil, parsely

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 7/14/2017 7:23pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer!!!

The 15th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 15th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

It has been a much cooler week than the last few. Highs have been upper 80's to low 90's..so much better than those almost 100 degree days!! Lows have been mid to high 50's..still almost warm enough for the okra. We've had varying amounts of clouds rolling in almost every afternoon..and sometimes in the mornings to help cover the intensiveness of the sun. A few days we have had lots of thunder and lightning..but no rain..And a few times we have had lots of thunder and lightning an a bit of rain. I don't think we have gotten more than maybe 1/4 inch all together here on the farm..but, hey, we are happy for even that little bit. And even happier for the cloud cover and a bit of humidity..{ok so a few times those of us who were born and raised in Colorado were complaining that it seemed just a bit sticky} Next week it looks like the temps are still going to be a bit lower, but the chance of rain is lower as well. We are all still doing our rain dance, hoping that we will get at least one nice gentle overnight rain.

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..so how much income do you think farmers should be making?? 

The plants in the tunnels just keep on a growin'..eggplant is about 18 inches tall..we harvested the first casper yesterday and it looks like there will be many more next week. Some of the peppers are almost waist high and just loaded..those are mostly hots..the sweets are not quite as tall but are blooming up a storm and some have little tiny fruit. The tomatoes in the high tunnel..well many of them are already a good 3/4 of the way up their trellis and are just loaded with tomats..we picked the first 5 black cherry this morning..they were delicious and even better..they have LOTS of friends!! The early riser italian bean is almost to the top of the trellis and has buds already. The chard and the kale really appreciated their side dressing of fertilizer, mulch from the favas..not to mention the cooler temps and humidity!! The cucumbers are getting ready to boom..the vines are loaded with fruit and blossoms. It was a bit scary picking greens right next to them this morning..I was half afraid they were going to grow right over the top of me!! Just planted a few herbs and the malabar spinach this week..they are looking happy. I went into the low tunnel yesterday to check if any of the tomats were ripening..well, just found lots of green ones and 31 tomato hornworms..I thought maybe we weren't going to have any this year..they just seem to be late!!

Once again outdoor adventures involved water and weeds!! We may be starting to catch up on the weeds!! All the plants benefited from the lower temps and the extra moisture in the air..they all{including the weeds unfortunately!!} just spread out their leaves and said a huge thank you!! Harvested a few firsts this week..a bit of basil, a bit of parsely..the first garlic..not to mention the first of the beets and carrots from the great outdoors. The winners of the harvesting this morning were kohlrabi and cabbage..we have LOTS of them!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 7 or 8 weeks old..they are starting to look like the adults.

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Monday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are still a bit low on goodies from the garden..things are growing well and many are just almost ready for harvest..please bear with us a couple more weeks..we promise we will have something other than kohlrabi!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all finding cool spaces during this heat!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 7/7/2017 10:04pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer!!!

The 14th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 8th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

So, has it been hot enough for everybody this week? All of here certainly think so!! Mom is even starting to complain about the heat!! It has been hot and dry again..a few random clouds showing up late in the evening, but otherwise extremely sunny. It missed a really good chance to rain here on the farm Sunday afternoon..I think we may have gotten a sum total of about 50 drops!! But it did rain somewhere..we could smell it..!! We have been looking fondly back to that heavy wet snow we got after Mother's day and thinking about how cool the temperature was..that was also the last really measurable precipitation we have had in about 6 weeks. We are getting so dry..I have my order in for my nice gentle overnight rain..at this point I will probably be happy with any rain..anytime!! The forecast looks a bit more promising for a bit of moisture this next week..there are many afternoons with a 20% chance of showers..and 3 days that are showing 40-50% chance. note..we don't get real excited until the forecast gets up to 50% before the monsoon kicks in well. 

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..so what are you doing with your kohlrabi??

The landscape in the high tunnel changed drastically this week. The blue mustard and weeds over on the north side of the tunnel got chopped down and fed to the geese. The fava wall has come down..it made lots of wonderful mulch for the kale and chard. The tomatoes are going Wow..look at all this space we have!! It is a good thing we dropped the trellis for the beans last week..they are already about 1/2 way up it. The tomato wall are growing well..some are about 1/2 way up and a couple are reaching about 3/4 of the way up. We started trellising the cucumbers. AND we harvested the last of the beets and carrots this morning.

Our thanks to Marian for coming out and helping with chopping down the Mustard wall!!

Outdoor adventures this week mostly involved water and weeds!! We've been watering something almost everyday because of the heat..and pulling lots of weeds. Weeds, weeds, and more weeds!!! and the water is making even more sprout up..but it's starting to look more like a garden and less like a weed patch..I know we planted veggie in there some place!! The beans are up in what was formerly Dee's pea patch..it is now Cassidy's bean patch. Most of what we seeded a couple weeks ago is up and doing well..the fennel is now up..the parsnips are the only holdout now..they just are not wanting to germinate..could be the heat..could be they don't think they are getting enough water..could be my seed was not good..or they could just be taking their sweet time..sometimes it takes them a few weeks to get the memo to sprout. 

Our thanks to Vicki for coming out and helping chop down the fava wall and pulling a few gazillion weeds

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 6 or7 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of playing king of the mountain on the huge pile of prickly lettuce we pulled for them!! FYI Terry and Rylan's babies are goslings..

Intern update..Sad news..Tom and Darian are leaving Wednesday for the front range..They were offered jobs in their field of work. Please help us thank them for two weeks of awesome weed pulling and great energy. We wish them well and look forward to their visits here to the best side of the mountains!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Monday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, last of the garlic scapes

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all finding cool spaces during this heat!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 6/30/2017 9:19pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer!!!

The 13th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 1st..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

The weather this week has been hot and dry...we have averaged a high of about 95 degrees all week..thank fully the lows have been in the 50's..a nice break from the heat. Abundant sunshine all week..the occasional stray happy little cloud a couple of times but no rain. Some nice breezes off and on with some harder gusts but mostly pretty calm. We are so looking forward to our "monsoon" season!! It would be nice to have some moisture and a bit cooler temps!! I think the last time we got any great amount of moisture was that wet, heavy snow we had just after Mother's Day!! I have my yearly request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..preferably starting about 3 pm Saturday afternoon and ending Sunday morning..we'll see how that turns out. This next week looks like we will still have the heat, but there is a slight chance of thunderstorms a couple of days.

Food for thought.. Well, we will try the soapbox thing again in a couple weeks..I know many of you have a lot of opinions on food issues..we have talked about them!! I would just like to reach a wider audience. Anyway for now we want to know what you are doing with your fava beans?? Thanks Tori and Melissa for posting what you did with your favas last week..Melissa's picture was beautiful and looked very tasty!!

In the high tunnel this week we picked just about the last of the favas, dropped the trellis for the beans, and picked the first 3 pounds of cucumbers!! 

Outdoor adventures this week..We are just almost done with planting frenzy!!!!!! We worked hard getting the last few beds ready to plant..and got a good bit of them planted to melons and winter squash. Also planted another succession of bush beans in the former pea patch..the beans in this round should be colorful..light yellow, green, and a pink bean that we got from Laura over at High Desert Seed..should be interesting!!Just have 2 more flats of melons, 1/2 a flat of italian parsley, a few spots for beneficial habitat, and a bit more fennel left to go!! Please help us thank all our awesome work share folks Evan, Rhonda, Chris, Rae, Kim, Cassidy, Megan, Brenda Joyce, and Tricia for getting us through the last couple months!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 5 or 6 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of playing king of the mountain on the huge pile of prickly lettuce we pulled for them!!

Intern update..We now have interns!! woo hoo!!! They arrived Tuesday afternoon and were up and busy pulling weeds at 6 am on Wednesday!! Please help us welcome Tom and Darian to Montrose..Please also helo us thank them for the awesome job they have done the last 3 days getting beds ready and planting the winter squash and melon patch!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 13 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, last of the fava beans, the first few cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi,portuguese kale, salad greens,cabbage, garlic scapes and a lot of lasts that just are not liking the heat..peas, head lettuce. endive, celtice..note: even though I tasted just about all the lettuce and celtice there may be some that are a bit bitter from the heat.

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 6/23/2017 9:06pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer!!!

The twelfth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 24th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

Well, I don't think we quite hit 100 this week..maybe only 99.9 1/2 early in the week!! Early in the week we were 95+ degrees during the day with nights low to mid 60. Thursday we started out with a few clouds..even had about 20 drops of rain..the clouds moved on and the sun came back. It was a bit hazy off and on and we were only in the low 90's. A bit cooler last night..about 55. Today was cooler..only 90. Just way hot and dry!! Next week looks like more hot and dry.

Food for thought.. Well, we will try the soapbox thing again in a couple weeks..I know many of you have a lot of opinions on food issues..we have talked about them!! I would just like to reach a wider audience. Anyway for now we want to know what you are doing with your fava beans??

In the high tunnel this week we planted okra..in the low tunnel we stuck in a few more tomatoes and 75 cinnamon basil plants that we are growing for a seed crop. Tomatoes in both tunnels are going nuts..the plants look very yellow from a distance they are so covered in blooms!! I see many more little green tomats!! I also see a couple of eggplant that have set fruit..a few peppers as well. So far it looks like there might be one little cuc ready for picking on Monday..not sure just how we are going to divide that out!! I picked 66 pounds or favas yesterday..looks like they might have one more week left..which is a good thing..as I was reaching through all the foliage I kept having tomatoes peek through to say hi!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we planted more stuff!! Basil and celeriac..hopefully just one more week of planting frenzy to go!! Most of the seed we planted last week is starting to come up..all except parsnips and fennel..they always take their sweet time. Harvested the first cabbages and garlic scapes this week. Most everything is looking good..despite the heat!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 4 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of cabbage leaves today!!

Intern update..they are on the road and may be here by Sunday..lord willin' and the crick don't rise!! woohoo!!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 12 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, beta greens

 beets, carrots, fava beans, herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, sugar snap peas, snow peas, english peas, kohlrabi, last of the radishes, portuguese kale, salad greens, baby head lettuce, celtice, cabbage, garlic scapes

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 6/16/2017 8:17pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Solstice!!!

The eleventh veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 17th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

You know I said summer hit hard last week? Well, it hit even harder this week!! Boy, has it been hot and dry!! The week started out on Monday just a bit cooler..was quite pleasant except for the wind..we were in the 70's. Monday night was downright cold..34 degrees..a bit of a shock after the 65 degree low Friday night!! By about 9 Tuesday morning the winds had died down and the temperature was rising rapidly. Early morning has been a pleasant 50 degrees..afternoons have been in the high 80's with not a cloud or a happy little breeze.{today it reached 90} Unfortunately it looks like next week is going to be even hotter and drier..highs well into the 90's..even saw a 100 degree day about midweek. Happy Summer!! Didn't it snow just a few short weeks ago??

Food for thought.. Well, we will try the soapbox thing again in a couple weeks..I know many of you have a lot of opinions on food issues..we have talked about them!! I would just like to reach a wider audience. Anyway for now we want to know what you are doing with your fava beans??

In the high tunnel this week we got the last of the peppers in. The first ones we planted are blooming..eggplant as well..cucs are getting little girl blossoms..the earliest variety had lots of little tiny cucs l;at week..guess what it still has lots of little tiny cucs..I don't think they grew at all!! Saw the first 5 or so little tomatoes this morning..black cherry of course!! Thursday we picked 40 pounds of favas..I's say they're on!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we planted a lot of things!! planted summer squash, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and something else, I think. Also seeded rutabaga, fennel, more beets, parsnips and mangals. Please help us thank Evan and all our work share folks..you are all awesome!! Picked more peas this week..over twice as many as last {probably pod for pod there are as many peas as favas!!} I am not sure just how long they are going to keep producing..They made it through 22 degree nights in April and 4 inches of snow in May with flying colors, but the heat of June is making them very unhappy..last week they were still blooming well and setting pods..this week I see only a handful of blossoms. I think pea season is going to be one of those short but sweet memories very soon!! The lettuce and the salad greens are having some issues with the heat as well. Kohlrabi is starting to come on and it looks like we may have cabbage next week. Harvested the first little bit of portuguese kale and collards this morning.

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 4 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of bath time!!  

Intern update..they may be ready to head out here to Colorado in about 2 weeks!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 11 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, fava beans, herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, radishes, portuguese kale, collards

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A