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Posted 4/12/2018 7:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: 2nd Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be this coming Saturday, April 14th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 2 short days away..if you haven't signed up yet and want some amazing veggies this week, please call me tonight to get on my list!!

If you don't get on my list for this week, please go to the website and sign up, you will be on my list for next week!! www.circleagarden.com

Our first veggie pickup of the season went well. It was so good to see all of you again!! The weather even cooperated with us. It rained a bit early in the morning before we started setting up, but had quit by eight..was cloudy and coolish most of the morning with bits of sun peeking through. Tomorrow we harvest again..looks like we will have even more of a bounteous harvest.

The weather this week has been pretty good until today. We finally got our nice overnight rain Saturday..it sort of drizzled off and on Friday and Friday night, but got down to business by Saturday night. Was a bit cool early in the week, but had warmed up nicely by yesterday..we were in the 70's during the day and the 40's overnight. Today has been ok temperature wise, but the wind has been awful!! If it wasn't nailed down, it is somewhere down around Delta!! We have this brown haze from all the dirt blowing up. We seem to have a storm coming in..the forecast has been changing each time we look at it. Early in the week it was going to snow tonight..that changed to rain..now it seems to not going to precipitate at all. Still supposed to be cold tonight, cool tomorrow..mid 40's..and even colder tomorrow night. At least the wind is supposed to die down!! It is supposed to start warming up again by Sunday and be a beautiful week!!

This week we were able to spend more time doing stuff with plants!! Did more weeding in the tunnel..gave the pea patch a good weeding..worked on sifting more soil for the herb beds..got beds ready for cabbages, kohlrabi, and lettuces..pricked up lots of little plants in the prop house; broccoli, cauliflower italian parsley, celeriac, and tomatoes..and moving lots of flats of plants..kicked a bunch of stuff out to the hardening off bench early in the week..then moved it all back into the honey house today. Thank you Joe{Alex's dad} and Joyce for helping with plant adventures this week!!

We will still be taking sign ups for the CSA until we fill up. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings{and not so fun}here on the farm..daffodils are blooming their heads off, plums are blooming, lilac buds are growing bigger, weeds really appreciated the rain, radishes are coming up.

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? Getting a few good comments on our facebook page..please add your thoughts. From my perspective as a farmer I know I cannot grow food without water..we all need food to survive.we also need clean water to drink..sooo....lets go a little deeper with our thinking..what is more important..food to eat and water to drink..or ?????

Work days .give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess on Thursday what we will have at pick up,,sometimes the veggies just aren't quite ready when we go to harvest on Friday.

don't forget to check the website for recipes..also check our facebook page for fun things that our members have done with their goodies!!

Food safety.. we do not consider any of our produce to be ready to eat..we "chill" it in cool water to get the field heat out but recommend that you wash it before eating.

from the tunnel; swiss chard, kale, bok choi,  tokyo bekana, orach, mustards, red rain,gunsho, maybe a few little lettuces. radishes, salad turnips, salad greens,  baby bok choi, chives, pineapple sage, and marjoram.

From the great out of doors; spring onions, green garlic, horseradish, burdock root, and lovage

Note; we will have eggs again this season from Darcy abd Don Arnold, our friends over at Lower 48 Farm,

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!!

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

Posted 3/31/2018 7:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 1 short week away..please sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! Please sign up before Thursday April 5th to get on my list for the first veggies of the season. Either sign up on the website before Thursday or give me a call before Friday{970-249-9725}..Thabks

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week. It may be a couple more weeks on the rhubarb.

Wow!! Tomorrow is the 1st of April!! Not sure what happened to February and March!! How time flies when you're having fun!! Weather has been mostly dry..a few near showers, but they didn't amount to much.mostly just a lot of cold wintry wind with some random snow flakes and rain drops!! Last week was a lot cooler..highs in the 40's and 50's..lows way down in the 20's. This week has mostly been warmer..at least when the sun is out..if it hides behind a cloud the breeze is just downright cold!! Today though we got up to 70..the sun was downright hot!! We are still way dry..our mountains have gotten a bit of snow, but snow pack is still way down. We have our request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..preferably on Sunday nights..although we will take rain when we can get it at this point!!

We have had another busy couple of weeks..tree pruning is done for now so we can move on to other projects. Last week was pretty chilly of a morning so we got some quality time in the prop house and the high tunnel. Alex planted the last succession of greens and lettuces in the high tunnel..she gives me that look and tells me there is NO more room in the inn!!! It is stuffed..and growing rapidly!!In the prop house we got more little guys pricked up..lettuces, the rest of the celery, lavender, rosemary, basil, and a few other herbs. We also seeded trays of kale, portuguese kale,late kohlrabi, late cabbages. another succession of lettuces,  asian green and scallions..these are all for outdoors. This next week we need to get the alliums kicked out to the hardening off bench..just waiting for the night time temps to get up closer to 32 degrees!! Then we will have room to kick lettuces, artichokes, and celery out to the honey house..so we can prick up tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, celeriac. broccoli and cauliflower..so we can start more seeds!! Alex and the work share folks worked on getting the cover crop in. more cottonwoods dug, and prepping a few beds for early spring outdoor goodies. Terry has a couple of projects she has been working on in between helping the rest of out.

We are under 1 short week out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings here on the farm..apricots are in full bloom..hope the don't get frozen during the next little cold spell mid week!! Birds are all thinking spring thoughts..heard our first woodpecker this morning.

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

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

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

Posted 3/19/2018 3:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 3 short weeks away..sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! 

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole, rhubarb..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week.

Here we are just past mid-March..just past Saint Paddys' day but not quite spring equinox..a pretty sweet place to be this time of year!! {oh, yeah..we are past the time change, too..boo,hiss..we were just getting used to it getting light early!!} Still not much moisture..we've had a couple of little showers..some of them snow the last couple of weeks but not nearly enough. Last night it snowed, barely and the overnight temp was 22 degrees..today it looked like it was going to be shiny but it seems to have changed it's mind. Looks like we might have just a wee storm on Thursday but otherwise fairly warm and sunny. Our next best chance for precip may be sometime next week but...it is springtime and it is Colorado!!

Terry, Alex,our work share folks, Mom, and I have been busy, busy, busy!! Pruning projects are coming along nicely..currant are dine and we are down to one last tree. Still have blackberries to go but we are holding off on them..they just do better if we let them wake up on their own, We got the peas and favas planted outdoors this last week..we we aiming for St. Paddys; day..then planted them a few days earlier to take advantage of the snow we were supposed to have..we were hoping that Mother Nature would water them well..no such luck!! We also planted some onions from our young farmer friend Laura over at High Desert seeds..they are for a seed crop..the onions were beautiful!! we may have to plant some next season to eat!! A;ex and the work share folks have been working on the future tomato and summer squash are..getting it weeded and the cottonwood out so we can plant a quick cover crop. I did some work on the rhubarb patch..I am weeding, fertilizing, and mulching..getting it ready to go for the season. Our next push will be getting beds ready for all sorts of alliums, cabbages, and kohlrabi..and getting them planted. as well as working on the herb beds and working on the raspberry patch.

The high tunnel is looking great..everything is starting to grow rapidly..we can actually see all the red lettuces from the top of the tunnel..we have been able to see the green ones well..the green contrasts with the color of the soil..the reds just sort of blend in until they get bigger!! This morning was a good high tunnel day..Alex and Suzanne planted more lettuces, endive, escarole, and celtice..and seeded another succession of baby pak choi and arugula. Just have another batch of greens and salad lettuces to squeeze in someplace!! They also did some weeding.

I spent much of my time this last week working in the prop house..trimming and fertilizing alliums and all sorts of herbs to move out to the honey house,,we were seriously running out of room!! I also started broccoli, cauliflower for outdoors; peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil for the tunnel and CSA..then I pricked up the cabbages, artichokes, some more herbs, and got a start on the celery before I ran out of soil mix..I have more coming!! Good thiing because celery, rosemary, and lavender are ready to prick up now..more lettuces and that broccoli and cauliflower I started the other day are going to be ready towards the end of the week. And I need to start kales, collards, and more greens for the great out of doors..and there is something else I am forgetting!!

We are under 3 short weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings here on the farm..maple is blooming..in fact it is almost finished!!.We are seeing all sorts of little green things popping up..garlic, overwintered onions, lemon balm, angelica, dandelions, rhubarb has some huge little red noses, iris, daffodils, weeds{ok so some of the weeds just kept going during the winter!!}

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

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

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

Posted 3/4/2018 2:38pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's 5 short weeks away..if you are not signed up yet..it's time!!!

Can you believe it is March already? Time has just been flying!!. Do you suppose some of it is that I am still waiting for winter? We haven't had much of a winter so far..maybe a bit last week when we got almost 3 inches of snow and the daytime temps didn't quite get up to 32 degrees!! We did get a couple of storms early February..rain/snow mix that melted off fairly rapidly..but mostly we had lots of bright shiny days. So far, March has been nice and sunny..not to mention windy..off nd on the last couple days if it wasn't nailed down, it is somewhere down Delta way!! Looks like we have another little bit of storm coming through later this evening. We are still worried about water..even though our mountains have gotten some snow pack over the last month it hasn't been enough..that snow pack is our water for the coming summer. We have several young farmer friends who are trying to figure out what they are going to do if we don't get a bit more moisture. 

We have a new addition to our farm this season..Alex is our young farmer..she hails from Oregon{where it actually rains!!}..she has been an intern here several seasons, but this is her first year to see it all happen from beginning to end!! She has already given us a huge lift with her experience and enthusiasm!! Please help us welcome her!!! 

Terry, Alex, our work share folks, Mom and I have been busy the last 6 weeks or so. We have been starting seeds, getting the tunnel ready for planting, planting the tunnel, starting more seed, pruning trees and shrubs, getting space ready for peas, working on setting up new herb beds and much more!! 

The high tunnel is getting full!! So far we have seeded beets, carrots,turnips fava beans, beta greens, arugula, a baby pak choi, and radishes. We have transplanted all sorts of greens; swiss chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, orach, and more. We also have planted lettuces and celtuce. Everything is looking great..the carrots are even up!!

Outdoors we have been busy pruning trees and shrubs..we have 3 currants and the blackberries left to go on the shrubby things and  9 or 10 trees left to go. We are in the process of moving herb beds around..this is a multi year project..we are aiming to get 4 done this spring..Terry has been working on them. Alex and the work share folks have been working on getting the pea patch ready to go and digging a bazillion cottonwood roots. All of us have been working on pruning projects. 

We are 5 short weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

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

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..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, Alex, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

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!!


Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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Please help us pass the word that we are ready to sign folks up now!!

We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

 

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