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Posted 6/16/2020 5:58pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Summer Solstice!!

Note: We are in need of a couple more workshare folks. Really need 2-3 more folks ASAP, Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 of an evening  if you would like more information.

The weather has been mostly dry, dry, dry....hot in between a couple of cooler days. We did get one more last almost frost around June 6th....got down to about 33....not quite freezing. Compared to the week before it was very cold!!! We had been up into the 90's with 60 degree nights!! I had to figure out where I had left my warmer fleece!! This week it has Just been hot, dry, and very windy....we need more rain so badly....we've had a couple of nice showers the last few weeks, but not nearly enough....with the wind it just dries out again in a couple of hours. Time for some serious rain dances!!!!

In the prop house...well it is empty now....moved everything out after the cold spell last week....honey house and hardening off bench are starting get empty. 

In the high tunnel....have all of the warm season goodies in....cucumbers are getting little girl blossoms...Suzanne, Sonia, Mom and I ate the first couple cucs...boy were they good!!!! Won't be long before we have enough to share!!! Eggplant is starting to bloom...peppers are growing well....a couple of them have blooms. Tomatoes are just about ready to head up their trellises....the cherries are all blooming and some of the slicers. We pulled out the last of the peas last week....we could just hear the tomats heave a big sigh over the extra room!!! The tomats behind the fava wall are going...so where's our extra room??! In a couple weeks guys....we started harvesting favas last week and will probably get two more harvests.

 

Outdoors...well, planting frenzy continues….we are frantically trying to get the rest of our crops in by July1....had been hoping for June 15, but just wasn't in the cards. I think the main things we have left are squashes, melons and nightshades...oh and a few more cucs, and some herbs. We are having a hard time getting everything done....getting beds ready, planting, weeding, and harvesting.  So far everything we have gotten in is looking good....some of it we are already harvesting!!!! Now if we could just get this blasted wind to die back to a nice cooling breeze....and a few happy little clouds to drop a bit of rain on us!!!!              

 

Work days ...workdays through June are Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday early mornings....we are starting at 6 am to beat the heat.  We are also doing a couple of Sunday workdays to get everything planted....9 am to noon.  our main push through June will be getting beds ready and finishing planting....Planting frenzy continues!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...We really need you help!!! 0we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine. Our thanks to everyone who has come out to help....Bettye, Gus, Zac and Taylor, The Larson clan, the Spears, Eli and Wren, Pat, Sharon, Lindzey and her son.  Our thanks to our workshare folks who have been helping out every week since January!!! Tammy, Joey, Suzanne, Sonia, Chris,....Logan....00000000000000000000000 if you see them around give them a big thank you!!!

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

 

Hope you are all enjoying almost summer!!

Please stay healthy!!

 

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

Posted 5/19/2020 5:10pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: We need a couple more workshare folks. Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 if you would like more information.

The weather this past month has been pretty good.....lots of sunshine...clouds here and there, but not very much precipitation. We had one pretty good rain and a few odd sprinkles off and on the last few weeks, but not enough to keep ahead of the wind. Temperatures most of the time have been in the 70's until last week.. getting a few days up into the 80's now.  It's been breezy to   downright windy most afternoons just lately.  We have red flag warnings out for our area this week....humidity forecasted to be 7 to 12 percent....higher temperatures into the 80's....and winds....everything is so dry and getting drier so it won't take much to start wildfires....please be careful when you are out.  The forecast looks like we are going to be cooler for a few days starting tomorrow...60's during the day and a couple nights that look like we might get a frost here.

In the prop house...almost done starting transplants until fall greens...just have melons and winter squash to go. Just waiting for summer squash and cucumbers to finish germinating so I have space for more trays. Just one more seed flat to prick up...started just a few more tomatoes and am just waiting for them to get a bit bigger.

In the high tunnel....We are starting to transition from green leafies to warm season goodies. Got the tomatoes in last week and part of the cucumbers....tomorrow we are finishing up the cucumber row and planting the eggplant....next week we start on peppers. This week we will harvest the last of the mustards, asian greens, radishes and lettuces. Then we will just have beets, carrots, chard, kale, peas, and favas that we will be harvesting until the warm season stuff starts producing.

Outdoors...well, it is starting to look like a garden in places!!! peas look like they will start blooming soon...favas are growing well...beets and carrots are looking good....turnips and radishes are struggling with the flea beetles, but I think the radishes will be ready to start harvesting next week. Asian greens are also struggling with the flea beetles, but the lettuces and onions are doing well. The rhubarb is going nuts!!! we've been able to harvest it for almost a month now.  The garlic is looking oh so happy...won't be long until scapes!!! Tomorrow we are going into planting mode and hopefully can get a bunch more stuff in the ground!!

 Fun happenings.....favas in th high tunnel have a few pods that are almost 3 inches long....the yellow rose in front is starting to bloom....the irises and the oriental poppies are budding...               

 

Work days ...our main pushes during May and June will be getting beds ready and finishing planting....Planting frenzy continues!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine.

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

 

Hope you are all able to get out some and enjoy spring!!

Please stay healthy!!

 

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

Posted 4/15/2020 2:08pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: First veggie pickup of the 2020 season was last Saturday...it went very well!!!

Note: We need a couple more workshare folks. Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 if you would like more information.

Just a brief note....hope everyone is staying healthy and able to find peace and sanity during this trying time...

Well, it is definitely springtime in the rockies!!! The weather the last couple of weeks has been very unsettled.... some sunshine and warm days mixed in with cold, windy cloudy days. Monday night we were VERY cold...something like 14 degrees!!! Yesterday morning it was 20 at 8 am...didn't get much above 30 even though the sun was shining brightly!! Today is cloudy, but warmer...I think it has gotten up into the 40's!!!

In the prop house...have gotten the celeriac, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower plus a seed flat of zinnias and marigolds all pricked up. Keep filling all my space in the prop house up…we keep kicking stuff out to the honey house.....it is now getting very full. The hardening off bench if filling up as well. Hopefully we can get a couple of decent weeks of planting weather in so we can move some of these babies out to the field!!! Also started flats of cucumbers for the high tunnel, more cabbages, cauliflower, kohlrabi, nasturtium, and calendula.

In the high tunnel....Everything weathered the cold the other night very well...we see a couple of leaves that got a bit frosted but everything looked great this morning when I pulled the remay off. Our first harvest was last week...we harvested green onions, turnips, swiss chard, kale, fava greens, endive, Tokyo bekana, yakina savoy, orach, mustard, some misc. Asian greens, beta greens. baby lettuce. chives, oregano, and pine apple sage. looks like we may have a few baby carrots and beet greens this week as well. The peas finally started blooming so maybe we'll have peas in a couple weeks!!

Outdoors...tree pruning is progressing slowly, but surely.  We did get peas, beets, and carrots planted before it got so cold...now we are working on favas , turnips, radishes and all those babies over on the hardening off bench. Please think warm thoughts for this next week!!!

Time to sign up for our CSA!! We will be starting veggie pickup Saturday, April 11th this year. 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} 

not so Fun happenings  That cold the other night zapped the apricots, nanking cherries, lovage, and some of the daffodils. I think the rhubarb is looking ok...will know better tomorrow when I go to pick just a bit of it!!               

 

Work days ...our main pushes  April and May will be finishing the pruning and getting early season crops in the ground....Planting frenzy commences April 1!!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine.

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

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!! Please stay healthy!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in April!!!

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

Posted 4/1/2020 12:58pm by Betsy Austin.

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2020 CSA season from Circle A Garden. We are 11 short days from our first veggie pickup of the season. First pickup will be Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am to noon. Please, sign up now for a season of awesome fresh veggies!!

There have been a few questions about how this is going to work with virus thing and all going on. We will be changing how you all pickup for April and May, then will reevaluate. We hate to do it, but to limit the transference of germs, Terry and I and possibly one of our workshare folks will bag all shares Saturday mornings. They will still need to be picked up between 9:00 and noon. We ask that you all practice social distancing, hand washing, etc. to keep everyone as safe as possible. If we all work together and be kind to each other, we should be able to get through this trying time. We will go back to our normal pickup where everyone gets to choose what they like as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting our farm and working with us!!!

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

%%renewal-link%%

We look forward to having you back this season. Please stay safe, stay healthy!!

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

Posted 3/25/2020 2:38pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: First veggie pickup of the 2020 season will be Saturday. April 11 9:00am until noon. That's just 2 weeks away!!! Please sign up now for awesome fresh veggies!!

Note: We need a couple more workshare folks. Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 if you would like more information.

Just a brief note....hope everyone is staying healthy and able to find peace and sanity during this trying time...

Well, It is officially spring now. And it looks like we may get a storm...I'm pretty sure the sun was supposed to shine today but it is very cloudy and there is this really quite frigid wind blowing. Isn't there a saying about March? If it comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion? I seem to remember lots of nice warm sunny days the first couple of week of March, but the last week or so we have had more cloudy days, cooler temperatures, and wind than those nice mild sunny days. Well, maybe once again it will have a good chance of precipitating here on the farm....we sure need a bit....have had a little, but it sure is getting dry!!

In the prop house...well it was getting a bit full so last week we kicked a bunch of stuff out to the honey house...alliums, sages, artichokes, pansies, cabbages, kohlrabi, and more. For a few days I have had lots of room....not to mention lots of fun filling it all back up!!! Right now I have more lettuces and greens for the high tunnel, celery, parsley, lettuces, greens and various herbs to go to the honey house this next week. Then I have seed flats of celeriac, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower that are almost ready to be pricked up... they just aren't quite big enough today. I'm thinking they will be ready all at once; all seven flats!!! I can turn those seven flats into somewhere between 20 and 30 flats without batting an eye...there goes all me space again!!!

In the high tunnel.., everything is looking yummy!!! We planted a few things....more greens and lettuces....this last week. Mom and I have been working on getting everything weeded, Mom has been working on the peas, favas, carrots, and beets....they sure are looking good...growing great and enjoying not having to share space with all those weeds!! I've been working on seeding a few more things and weeding all greens and baby lettuces and baby greens. I think we are just about done...I have one more bed of greens to work on and it may be time to do the peas again. We'll check it out in the morning...today Terry is watering everything with the sprinkler, so it's just a bit wet!! At least it is raining someplace on the farm!!!

Outdoors...well, we are starting to get more done outdoors...working on pruning....slowly but surely we are progressing. Yesterday we started on getting beds ready for favs, peas, beets, carrots, radishes, turnips...and I think there was something else on my little list.

Time to sign up for our CSA!! We will be starting veggie pickup Saturday, April 11th this year. 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} 

Note: Terry and I have been discussing how to work veggie pickup with this virus thing going on. We have decided that for at least April and May,  Terry and I will bag all the shares of a Saturday morning....members will still come out to pick them up between 9 and noon. We are hoping this will make pickup a bit safer for all of us. As we get closer to that first pickup we will be getting all our members more detail. 

Fun happenings  The birds are doing that spring thing, some of them are very entertaining!!! More things are waking up after their winter nap...more weeds are sprouting...                

 

Work days ...our main pushes for March and April will be finishing the pruning and getting early season crops in the ground....Planting frenzy commences April 1!!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine.

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

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!! Please stay healthy!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in April!!!

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

Posted 3/11/2020 12:42pm by Betsy Austin.

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2020 CSA season from Circle A Garden. We have all sorts of wonderful goodies happily growing in the high tunnel already. Beets, carrots, turnips, green onions, peas, favas, lettuce, celtuce, arugula, and all sorts of green leafies; swiss chard, kale, bok choi, mustards, tokoyo bekana, yakina savoy, orach and more!!! Next week we will be planting spring radishes, more green leafies, and lettuces...then the tunnel will be pretty close to full and we will be starting to plant goodies outdoors!!

First veggie pickup this season will be Saturday April 11...9:00 am to noon. Last pick up of the season will be November 21...33 weeks of some of the best veggies in the valley...freshly picked at the peak of flavor each week just for you!!

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

%%renewal-link%%

If you are interested in a work share, please contact me {Betsy} 970-249-9725.

We look forward to having you back this season.

All of us here at.
Circle A Garden

Posted 3/6/2020 12:09pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

After an endless January and a long February, I think that spring has sprung! January was just down right gloomy and cold. We did end up with above normal snow pack at the end of the month...a welcome change over the last couple of years. Here on the farm we had some snow that stayed most of the winter .. we got it in smaller amounts most of the time ..a couple of inches here and a couple more there. Made shoveling snow relatively easy!!! February started out bright and sunny long enough for the groundhog to see his shadow. Then was cold and gloomy a few days, sunny a few days, not sure what it was going to do a good bit of time. By the end of the month it was getting warmer and a lot more sun. March has been pretty glorious so far...last Sunday was cloudy and we did get just a bit of snow overnight... the weatherman says we may be getting some rain this Sunday.  I'm ok with it raining. I just hope it waits until we are through pruning trees that day!!

In the prop house, things are happily growing...we have all sorts of alliums, greens, lettuces, celery, artichokes, parsley and a few other herbs, cabbages, kohlrabi, and a few other goodies started. And more just getting going... Going to have to start kicking things out to the honey house soon!!

In the high tunnel, We are getting it full up!!! So far we have beets, carrots, turnips, favas, peas, arugula, and green onions all seeded, up and growing well. We have also transplanted a good array of greens...chard kale mustards, bok choi, Tokyo bekana, yakina savoy and more.. all are growing well. This next week we will be transplanting mostly lettuces and celtuce. Next week or so we will seed radishes, baby pak choi, braising greens and more goodies.

Outdoors... well, mostly right now we are working on pruning.. last weekend we worked on one of the apricots in the front. This week we will be doing the quince and then checking out some of the apples. We are kind of working our way around some of the mud. Soon it will be time to plant peas and favas outdoors.

Time to sign up for our CSA!! We will be starting veggie pickup Saturday, April 11th this year. 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} 

Fun happenings  The snow is gone!! the maple is blooming, the garlic is just starting to come up, the rhubarb has it's little red noses poking up, I see all sorts of little perennials just barely starting up....lemon balm, catnip, chives, iris, jonquils and other spring bulbs, and LOTS of weeds!!                 

 

Work days ...our main pushes for March and April will be finishing the pruning and getting early season crops in the ground....Planting frenzy commences April 1!!!!!

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 in April!!!

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

Posted 5/1/2019 1:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!! 

Note: veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday , May 4, from 9 am to noon. looking forward to seeing you all!!! Not signed up yet? We have 31 more weeks of fresh goodies to go...they just get better and better!!! Please call me before Friday Morning if you want veggies Saturday!!{new sign ups only}

Spring is marching is still marching on!! We can't believe it is May already!! The weather this last couple of weeks has been mostly pretty good....lots of sunshine and warm temperatures last week. This week we have clouds, lots of rain....3 days of rain showers off and on.. and cooler temps....except for the cooler nighttime temps...down into the 30's with maybe a night or two into the 20's... we have been ok with it...we needed the rain even though we would like for the sun to come back!!! This morning we were thinking that duck feet would be a good thing to have.

I the prop house things are still booming...I still have one flat of late cauliflower to prick up, and outdoor peppers, eggplant, and basil getting ready to prick up. I just started summer squash, part of the winter squash, gourds, okra, tomatillos and?. 

In the high tunnel...the landscape is starting to change slowly. Most of our first planting of greens and radishes will be harvested this week...and part of our second planting. The girls have spent much of this week in the tunnels...weeding again, tying up favas. and planting sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The peas in the low tunnel are just starting to bloom.

Outdoors...It is starting to look like a garden!!!...all sort of goodies are either up or have been transplanted and are doing very well!! We now have all the alliums in. peas. favas. carrots. turnips. radishes. artichokes. cabbages, kohlrabi. all sorts of greens and lettuces and more!! Apricots and cherries are through blooming...plums are in full bloom. pears and apples are just starting. Hopefully it won't get too cold the next couple of nights and freeze all those tender little flowers!!

Time to sign up for our CSA!! Our fourth veggie pickup is this coming Saturday... 31 weeks of awesome fresh produce left in the 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  Mud season seems to be back this week!!! The lilacs are blooming, plants are growing, birds are singing in between rain showers, AND lord willin and the crick don't rise{and no hail or other unexpected happenings!!} we may actually have apricots this year!!! I can see little tiny apricots just starting to grow!!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting each week...sometimes plants will surprise us once we get in there to harvest.

Please remember to wash your veggies before you eat them...we consider our veggies raw agricultural products and not ready to eat...we do chill most of them in a cool water bath to remove the field heat, but do not wash them!!!!

Not sure what to do with your veggies?  Please ask us or go to the web site...we have lots of recipes posted there...Do you have a fun way to prepare your veggies? Please share...inquiring minds want to know!!!

from the tunnel: chard, kale, bok choi, orach, yakina savoy, mustards, salad greens,Radishes, turnips,

possibly carrots, beets and head lettuces

From the great out of doors: rhubarb, green garlic,  green onions

Note: have a mini share looking for a share partner. please call me if you are interested                                                      

 

Work days ...our main pushes for May will be getting more beds ready and planted....weeding crops that are already going.....Planting frenzy continues!!!

Please give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time to come commune with your veggies!!

 

Hope you are enjoying spring!!

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

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

Posted 4/17/2019 1:52pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!! 

Note: Second veggie pickup of the new season will be this coming Saturday ,April 20, from 9 am to noon. looking forward to seeing you all!!! Not signed up yet? We have 33 more weeks of fresh goodies to go...they just get better and better!!!

Spring is marching on!! The weather the last couple weeks has been, well. spring like. We have had some days that have been glorious...abundant sunshine...very few clouds... nice spring breezes...warm, but not too warm temperatures...just down right perfect!! Then we have had those days when the weather just can't make up its mind what it wants to do!! The sun shines for a bit...then the wind starts blowing and the clouds roll in...then it rains some...hails some...snows some...all within a couple of hours!! The temperatures are slowly warming though...last week we had a couple days of pretty cold temps...highs barely in the 40's. lows in the mid 20's. This week most of our highs have been high 50's to almost 70 with lows mid 30's to mid 40's. Mot a great amount of precipitation, though. It would be nice to have that nice gentle overnight rain for all our newly planted beds!!

In the prop house, things are still booming ….Terry just moved a bunch of stuff out to the honey house the other day...I think I have all the space she made full again!! I have been working on pricking up all sorts of little herbies, celeriac, broccoli, cauliflower, zinnias, marigolds and china asters. I have also potted up more pineapple sage and lemon verbena that I rooted from cuttings. Right now the shelves are all full of tomatoes. peppers. eggplant. and cucumbers for the high tunnel and lots of herbs. The space below the shelves is full of flowers, broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, and more herbs that have just been pricked up. I also have seed trays of cabbages and late cabbages just about ready to prick up and a couple of trays of very happy lemon grass that I rooted earlier in the season. The heat mat is not quite as full as it was...mostly has roselle, pineapple sage and lemon verbena that is about ready to come off, sweet potato slips and a seed flat of peppers and eggplant just germinating for the great out of doors. But I need to start tomatoes and basil this week and I think next week it is time to start outdoor cucumbers, okra, and something else so it will be full to over flowing again.

In the high tunnel...everything is VERY happy. The girls gave it a good weeding last week on a couple of those days that the weather couldn't make up its mind. Friday was our first harvest...we managed to pick radishes, the first few turnips, lots of greens{Tokyo bekana, bok choi, mustard, yakina savoy, kale, etc.}, salad lettuce, braising greens, arugula, baby bok choi, and chives. Boy are they yummy!!!

Outdoors... boy have things have really been happening out there the last couple of weeks!!! Peas, favas, beets, carrots, radishes, and turnips are up....alliums{onions. leeks. and shallots}, more greens, lettuces, and more are all transplanted. Everyone looks great!!! The garlic is almost all up, the rhubarb is just about big enough to pick{if not this week then next}. Bulbs are blooming. many of the herbs are coming up. the apricots and the nanking cherries are in full bloom.

Time to sign up for our CSA!! Our second veggie pickup is this coming Saturday... 33 weeks of awesome fresh produce left in the 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  Mud season seems to be over!! We may actually end up with apricots this year...so far the blossom look great!!! Red wing blackbirds are back....birds are starting to do the nest thing.

 

Work days ...our main pushes for April and May will be getting more beds ready and planted....weeding crops that are already going.....Planting frenzy continues!!!

Please give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time to come commune with your veggies!!

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in April!!!

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

Posted 4/17/2019 12:44pm by Betsy Austin.

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2019 CSA season from Circle A Garden. There are 33 weeks of awesome fresh produce left in this season!!

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

%%renewal-link%%

We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden