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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

Posted 6/9/2017 7:37pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Dad's Day!!!

The tenth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 10th..9:00 am to noon!! 

I think summer hit us with a vengeance this week!! Boy, has it been hot and dry!! Mostly high 80's-90's during the day and high 50's at night..LOTS of bright relentless sun. We did have a few afternoon clouds roll in earlier in the week..with a nice refreshing light breeze. No rain here at the farm..ok so we got about 10 drops. Today we had a lot of hot gusty wind to add to our miseries..it blew up lots of dust..we have a bit of a brown cloud overhead..Grand Mesa is gone and Buckhorn Mountain is disappearing. There are 5 or 6 fire zones in Western Colorado and a couple in Eastern Utah with red flag warnings out for the weekend. Continued wind and low humidity{I think it said something like 7-15%} is making those areas worrisome. The good news..looks like we may get a bit of a break from the heat about mid week..highs in the 70's..lows in the 40's for a day or two..then right back up to 90 by the weekend. Doesn't look like we will get much moisture though.

Soil talk with Ron was awesome!! We had about 20 folks. I think Ron and I were the only ones who have lived in this area more than just a few years. We had a couple of young farmers, a few new farmers, folks growing their own gardens, and a couple of folks brand new to the area..So we had a lot of great questions about our soils and growing in our region. Hopefully everyone was able to take at least one idea home with them to implement in their own garden space.

Food for thought.. I am going to get on my soapbox and give you a farmers viewpoint on the importance of food..and would like you to share your view point from a consumers point of food{unless of course you are one of our young farmer friends..we would like your input as a young farmer} From where I sit here on the farm, food is one of the four things required to sustain our lives..with out them we will die. {Fresh air, clean water, and shelter would be the other three} Fresh, nutrient dense food is not only a delight and taste treat to eat..but sustains our life.  When I hear someone complaining about how much food costs, I wonder if folks really get just how important food is to our very survival!! Simply put some things we spend money on we Need to survive..if we don't have them we will die!! Other things we want..life might be less convenient or not as fun if we don't have them but we will still be among the living. SOOOO...how much is it worth to you to eat fresh, nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and fit?? Is it worth more to you than your cell phone?? Your television with a gazillion channels??..a brand new car??..another pair of shoes?? Let us hear from you!! 

In the high tunnel this week we got more peppers planted and picked the first little batch of fava beans. We harvested the last of the lettuce and salad greens this morning..now we have a bit more room for the rest of the peppers, okra, and a few herbs. Tomatoes are blooming nicely..many of the cucmbers are also blooming well..won't be long!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we got more beds ready to plant..planted artichokes and the last 2,000 or so alliums, got some weeding done and harvested the first little batches of peas and kohlrabi. Thank you Dee for coming out and weeding the pea patch..it made harvesting peas much easier!!

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 3 weeks old..maybe only 2..boy I sure can't remember!!! Anyway they are growing like weeds and are starting to come out of the house with their mommy. Favorite snack..seems to be lettuce and all the lettucey weeds like prickly lettuce..they just about inhale them!!

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 10 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, last of the lettuces

salad greens, beets, little bit bigger carrots, fava beans

From the great out of doors

 fava greens, herbs, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi

Note!! This is the first week for fava beans, peas, and kohlrabi so we have limited quantities..Please share!! there will be many more coming in the next couple weeks!!!

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 6/2/2017 8:05pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Summer{?} in the Rockies!!!

The ninth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 3rd..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: Please don't forget the soil talk with Ron Godin..this coming Monday June 5th...10:30am..I encourage everyone who wants to grow anything to come on out to the farm to learn more about the oh so important foundation to successful growing..the soil!!

It's beginning to feel a lot like summer!! On this, the second day of June,{what happened to May!!}we are dry and toasty..and have been for most of the week. I am trying hard to remember how cool it was just a couple of short weeks ago when it snowed!! We did have some very ominous clouds and a lot of wind on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons..some thunder, but no rain..{it did rain somewhere..I could smell it!!}Highs up to 80..lows in the 40's. Next week looks like more of the same..just hotter and dryer!!

Food for thought.. I am going to get on my soapbox and give you a farmers viewpoint on the importance of food..and would like you to share your view point from a consumers point of food{unless of course you are one of our young farmer friends..we would like your input as a young farmer} From where I sit here on the farm, food is one of the four things required to sustain our lives..with out them we will die. {Fresh air, clean water, and shelter would be the other three} Fresh, nutrient dense food is not only a delight and taste treat to eat..but sustains our life.  When I hear someone complaining about how much food costs, I wonder if folks really get just how important food is to our very survival!! Simply put some things we spend money on we Need to survive..if we don't have them we will die!! Other things we want..life might be less convenient or not as fun if we don't have them but we will still be among the living. SOOOO...how much is it worth to you to eat fresh, nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and fit?? Is it worth more to you than your cell phone?? Your television with a gazillion channels??..a brand new car??..another pair of shoes?? Let us hear from you!! 

In the high tunnel this week we have some cool things going on..the fava wall is taller than I am..what a great place to hide!! Tomatoes are starting to bloom, the silver slicers have little boy blossoms and the favas beans are big enough to start sticking out all over!! This week we got the final tie on the fava wall in..dropped the trellises for the tomatoes and got another bed just about ready to plant. Soon it will be time to pick something other than greens!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we planted broccoli, cauliflower, celery, scallions, parsely, and some specialty kales. We have beds ready for summer squash, peppers, eggplant, more alliums, and part of the artichkes. getting the drip running on all the beds is going slowly but we get a bit more each week. Our thanks to Dee for coming out to help with the fava wall, tomato trellises, and getting another bed ready to plant!! 

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 now have 7 new babies!! We went ahead and let the geese set last month. Wednesday morning the first nest hatched out!! 

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 9 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

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

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, lettuces

The last of the turnips, celtice,

salad greens, beta greens, beets, little bit bigger carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

rhubarb, fava greens, herbs

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 5/26/2017 7:29pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Summer{?} in the Rockies!!!

The eighth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 27th..9:00 am to noon!! 

 The Weather this week was much more May like..a wee bit chilly over the weekend..highs in the 60's..lows in the 30's. The rest of the week has been warming nicely..Today we were almost 80..the low was in the 40's..abundant sunshine all week. We even had a couple of nice little rain showers overnight. Yesterday and today we have seen lots of wind though..hot and dry winds..not great for the little plants we are trying to get out!! Another red flag warning for the Paradox Valley today. Next week looks to be much the same..just a wee bit warmer!

I was able to do a good walk through of the garden this week. Except for the Maple tree in the back and many of the narrow leaf cottonwoods in the river bottom we came through last weeks wet heavy snow with minimal damage!! The roses have pretty much stood back up..they peaked about Wednesday..the wind has made a mess of many of the blooms but where they are a bit more sheltered they are gorgeous!! The iris are beutiful..if you have a chance check out the ones in front of the high tunnel..wow!! The poppys have not been able to stand straight up..they are starting to bloom well..I think there were 6 or 7 blossoms open this morning and more to come..just harder to see because they are not sticking out above the foliage. The rhubarb..well some of the stems straightened back up..many of them just continued to grow but with some fun curves..some of the stems have gotten sunburned..all those big leaves were not above the plant to shade them!! Some of the currant were damaged..a few broken branches, but I don't think it hurt the fruit. The one line apricot I could see last week seems to be gone. Thanks to Zeno, the fruit tree limbs are in good shape, but I am just not seeing a whole lot of green growing fruit..

More fun things I found in my walk abouts this week..The peas are starting to bloom..about 2 weeks until peas!!{lord willin',the crick don't rise,we don't have another hard freeze,snow or hail!!}. The cabbages are starting to head..kohlrabi are about thumb size..carrots and beets are up and doing well..radishes and turnips are not as happy though. All those alliums we planted are looking good!!

Food for thought.. I am going to get on my soapbox and give you a farmers viewpoint on the importance of food..and would like you to share your view point from a consumers point of food{unless of course you are one of our young farmer friends..we would like your input as a young farmer} From where I sit here on the farm, food is one of the four things required to sustain our lives..with out them we will die. {Fresh air, clean water, and shelter would be the other three} Fresh, nutrient dense food is not only a delight and taste treat to eat..but sustains our life.  When I hear someone complaining about how much food costs, I wonder if folks really get just how important food is to our very survival!! Simply put some things we spend money on we Need to survive..if we don't have them we will die!! Other things we want..life might be less convenient or not as fun if we don't have them but we will still be among the living. SOOOO...how much is it worth to you to eat fresh, nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and fit?? Is it worth more to you than your cell phone?? Your television with a gazillion channels??..a brand new car??..another pair of shoes?? Let us hear from you!! 

The scenery in the high tunnel has certainly changed the last couple weeks..spring greens have made way for warm season delights. We harvested the last of the mustards, asian greens and radishes this morning to make room for more peppers, okra, yard long beans, malabar spinach and more!! The tomatoes are just about in need of their trellis..they are growing well and some have started to bloom. Peppers, eggplant and cucumbers are starting to put out new growth, The champions this week though are the favas!! They have grown about two feet since last week!! May wall is now at least 4 feet tall!! If I am over behind it no one can find me!! The little beans are growing bigger..found a couple today that are almost as big as my ring finger!!

Outdoor adventures this week were mostly about getting more beds ready to plant and getting the drip back on..hopefully we will be able to get celery, parsely, broccoli, cauliflower, more alliums, and some random little bits of specialty things in..plus getting more beds prepped to plant and getting the drip tape checked out, repaired or replaced, and tacked down{we were able to get 5 beds all ready for the season this week..hopefully another 5 this week??} 

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 now have 7 new babies!! We went ahead and let the geese set last month. Wednesday morning the first nest hatched out!! 

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

Thank you Vicky for coming out this week to help plant peppers and get the bed ready for the next batch of alliums. I think you must of pulled at least a bazillion weeds!! Also our thanks to our awesome workshare folks who have been going the extra mile to help us out..Evan, Chris, Rhonda, and Tricia!!

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 8 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

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

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, lettuces

The last of the bok choi, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain and radishes

salad greens, celtuce, turnips, beets, little carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

last of the green onion,

rhubarb, fava greens, lovage

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 5/12/2017 8:42pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Mom's Day!!!

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

 The weather this week has been much better..warmer..but not too warm..some light breezes..and some not so light..some clouds..and a bit of nice gentle rain. The weekend was mostly pleasant with some afternoon clouds, a bit of wind, and 2 or 3 drops of rain. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday started out nice and sunny but clouded up early..lots of wind Monday afternoon..nice rain a good bit of Tuesday afternoon and evening..just a smattering of rain and some wind Wednesday. The rest of the week has been great!! More sunshine this next week..maybe a bit of rain and cooler temps along about Thursday. More red flag fire warnings out for tomorrow afternoon..Paradox Valley again and in the North Fork..still seems a bit early to worry about wildfires!!

The season is marching forward!! New things this week..the yellow rose on the driveway is starting to bloom..last week I kinda thought it would be full open just in time for Mothers day..well it is giving us just a tease of things to come!! More iris are opening every day..peonies are starting to bud..and the oriental poppies are just starting to peek up the first few buds.

Rhubarb is going nuts!! Thank you everyone who has shared their recipes and photos!! Lets do rhubarb for another week..maybe some comments on recipes you have tried from other members of the group?? FYI..I have posted a number of recipes on the website.

In the high tunnel..the landscape is rapidly changing!!high tunnel adventures this week were getting cucumbers in and watching the fava wall go up. I think the favas have grown more than a foot..maybe closer to two feet since last week..I can now hide behind it and no one can find me!! Looks like we have another open space for the eggplant..hopefully we can get them in this next week. We got the tomatoes planted in the low tunnel Sunday..thanks Tammy for coming out and helping..and sharing pictures with the group!! What do you think about Tammy's Tremendously Tasty Tomatoes????

I think i can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel!! Unless I have forgotten someone, all the transplants have been started!! We got the melons and winter squash going Tuesday when it was raining. Have one more flat of fall brassicas to prick up and that should be the end of prop house adventures for a while!! NOW, we just have to get everything planted out in the field!!....OOPS, just remembered the fall kohlrabi!!!

Outdoor adventures this week included getting more beds ready to plats..transplanting the first 1,000 alliums{oniony things!!only about 4,000 left to go!!} and getting the drip turned on. The drip has been quite an adventure..so far we have run into one big leak in an area we haven't irrigated for something like 30 years..has a valve and a line going out to it..hasn't been an issue in past years but this year the valve didn't want to close so we had a big problem!! We spent 3 days off and on trying to figure out why we had no pressure!! Got it up and running and ran the high tunnel overnight..well the next morning I couldn't get that valve to turn off..calling it nasty names and slapping it at 6 am did not impress it..it may have even given me the raspberry!! 

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.   

Well, better news this week..Our interns are still coming..just delayed a few weeks until they can get van fixed..we have another workshare gal..her name is Rhonda and she hails originally from South Dakota..Please help us welcome her!! Zeno and his friend made it in last night for a visit on  their way to New Mexico..having their help today was awesome..made a 12 hour harvest day for Terry and I only about 8 hours..thank you guys!

Please help us thank our work share folks who have been coming out extra to help us out..You are all awesome and greatly appreciated!!

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 6 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 abter June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

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,bok choi,  tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain. orach,lettices,

beta greens, celtice,radishes, turnips, the very first little carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, green garlic, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, 

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 5/4/2017 8:54pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!!

The fifth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 6th..9:00 am to noon!! 

The weather this past  week has been all over the map!! Starting with Thursday night..freezing temps..22 Thursday and nighttime temps were below freezing until Sunday..high 20 to low 30. daytime temps were chilly to say the least..Friday we may have gotten up to almost 45 by late morning when the sun was shining..as soon as we finished harvesting in the high tunnel it clouded over, cooled off, and a light freezing breeze came up just in time to be playing in the cold water while we were getting veggies ready for Saturday. Saturday morning we woke up to about 2 inches of snow..that was ok when we learned that Ouray got almost 8 inches!! Was coolish most of Saturday..it did warm up enough to melt off all the snow. Sunday was a wee bit warmer as well as a wee bit sunnier. Monday was a tad warmer with off and on sun..mostly clear by afternoon. Tuesday started out early{like 5:30 am} nice and clear..it got over that notion by about 9 am. Was cloudy, but warm most of the day..we even had a couple of nice little showers in the afternoon and evening. Wednesday and today have been sunny and warm..And it looks like we will be in the 80's tomorrow!!

Happy springtime in the Rockies!! Another week to remind us just how changeable our weather can be this time of year!!  Have some good news and some bad news after out figid Thursday night. Bad news..well, the nanking cherries may be toast..over half of the little cherries they had set are now brown and falling off..a few of the currants are the same..pear has lost some fruit but is too soon to really tell..not sure on the plums..or the apples..some of the apples have bloomed out but some are not there yet. Good news, well, all those cabbages and kohlrabi we set out last week came through with  flying colors, peas and favas are looking great, rhubarb is doing great..another iris is just about ready to bloom..and the birds are happily singing today!!

Rhubarb is going nuts!! This week can we everyone share their favorite things to do with Rhubarb with the face book group????NOTE: we would like to get some chatter going with the face book group sooooo what did you do with your rhubarb last week?? Mom made a rhubarb upside down cake..yum!!

More empty spaces in the high tunnel..I think after tomorrow we will have room for the cucumbers that are crying for more space. This week we got tomatoes in the high tunnel planted..now if they just had a ripe tomato or two!! Oh, and the fava wall is starting to go up..got the first tie on them. And we got the first half of the sweet potatoes planted in the low tunnel..just waiting for our purple sweet potato slips to get here to finish that task!! Yesterday we made more room in all the greenhouses...now that it is warmer again we pretty much emptied out the honey house..but already filled it with the celeriac and outdoor tomatoes. And once again I magically turned one seedling flat into about 10 trays of transplants..peppers and eggplant this time. I also started outdoor cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatillos. Unless I am forgetting something I think all I have left to start is fall kohlrabi, winter squash, and melons. NOW we just have to get everything planted out in the fields!!

Lots more outdoor adventures this week..in addition to doing some walk throughs to see how everybody fared with cold, we got a few more garden beds prepped and planted out porugues kale and collards as well as seeding beds of carrots, radishes, turnips. daokon, and beets.

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.   

Well, a bit more bad news this week..Our interns who were going to be arriving next week are not going to make it!! They ran into car troubles and had to turn around. SOOO..We are in desperate need of some helping hands here during planting frenzy..we need about 3 more workshare folks, a couple more interns, volunteers..

AND we are asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the feilds 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 0 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!!  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!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 8 at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

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,bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain. orach, fava greens

salad greens, arugula,  radishes, turnips, beets, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, leeks, green garlic, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, angelica

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 4/27/2017 7:31pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Earthday!!!

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

Well, can you believe another month has gone by..wow..wasn't it the first of April just a couple of days ago?? Once the weekend was over the weather this week has pretty much been icky..cloudy, windy, a bit of rain or snow off and on{not a whole lot of precipitation},and brief fleeting bits of sunshine here and there. Much cooler temps..highs ranging from high 40's to about 70..lows high 20's to about mid 30's. Saturday may or may not be a sunny or dry pickup day. Next week just in time for May day it looks like we will have more sunshine and warmer temps!!

Happy springtime in the Rockies!! This week has reminded us that our springs are very changeable!! Even though it was pretty cloudy most of the week and the higher elevations got some precipitation, here at the farm we got very little..we need one of those nice gentle overnight rains about now!! I see little baby nanking cherries, even smaller currants, still can't really tell on the apricots, the chokecherries are blooming,and looks like the quince is about ready to bloom. The first few early bearded iris are starting to bloom. 

Rhubarb is going nuts!! This week can we everyone share their favorite things to do with Rhubarb with the face book group????NOTE: we would like to get some chatter going with the face book group sooooo what did you do with your rhubarb last week?? Me I made a rhubarb crisp!!

The high tunnel is starting to get a few empty spaces now..which is good..I have warm season plants just about ready to plant!! This week we were going to get the tomatoes planted out, but chickened out when we looked at the weather!! Instead we got the last few holes for the tomats dug and did some more much needed weeding!! hopefully we will be able to get the tomatoes all in as well as the sweet potato slips that were sitting in the main box this morning!! Also got some quality pricking up done..turned less than three seed flats into something like 25!! Still have one left out of this batch to do before the next batch is ready. This morning we gave everyone another shot of fertilizer and a bit of love..well all except that flat of tomatoes I managed to drop!! It got a LOT of love..I think they will be all right in a day or so..for some reason plants just don't appreciate getting dropped on their heads!!

Not many outdoor adventures this week..did go out and spend some time just looking at everything..peas and favas are all up and growing..garlic is looking good, cabbages and kohlrabi are doing well..and all those trees and shrubs we pruned early on..well they are leafing out and looking so happy with their spring haircuts!!

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.   

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are 0 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!!  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!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 8 at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

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,bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain. orach

beta greens, arugula,  radishes, turnips, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, leeks, green garlic, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, angelica

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 4/20/2017 7:53pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Earthday!!!

Third veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..April 22nd..9:00 am to noon!! 

tomorrow is the third harvest of the season..we will see if we are back in the swing of things!! The weather last Saturday was nice and pleasant..a bit cool in the shade but nice out in the sun. It was nice and sunny and quite warm this week up until yesterday..was quite cloudy off and on with a pretty sharp breeze..this morning it was quite crisp..we had a bit of a freeze. We had run the sprinkler overnight in the black raspberry patch..this morning it was so pretty in the early morning sun..water was all frosty and frozen!! It has been cloudy with a definite chill to the wind most of the day..looks like we will get a slight freeze tomorrow night. Next week looks to be quite sunny and warm up until about Thursday or Friday..looks like we may be harvesting in the rain!! And boy do we need the rain..it is quite dry. Saw the first red flag warning for the season today..it is for the Paradox valley...seems way early to be worried about wildfires!!

Spring continues..More apples are blooming..pears and plums seem to be about finished..currant are blooming their heads off..currant blossoms are not real showy but are pretty in their own way. Wish flowers{what my great niece calls dandelions are blooming and adding some vibrant yellow to the landscape..they are also an early season food source for our beneficials and pollinators. Blackberries are just starting to leaf out..they got just a bit nipped last week. This Saturday is earth day..please plant a plant for our hardworking pollinators{honeybees, bumblebee, a number of different species of native bees and more!!}..they need all the help they can get!! FYI without our various pollinators to pollinate our plants we would not have a whole lot to eat!!

Rhubarb is going nuts!! This week can we everyone share their favorite things to do with Rhubarb with the face book group????

The high tunnel is just going nuts!! You can just barely tell where we harvested last week!! Started getting the beds in the low tunnel ready for tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

This week was all about outdoor adventures..pruning a few more black raspberries..I'll sure be happy when we get them done..they are vicious!! We also worked on getting a few beds ready to plant..and Tuesday and Wednesday we planted cabbages and kohlrabi..just in time for it to get cold last night..other than a bit wind whipped so far they look just fine!! Evan{one of our work share folks} has also been working on getting the drip ready to go and repairing some trellises. And all those plants we moved last week..well most of them are looking great..peppers are hesitant about getting going in their new space but everything else seemes very happy!! And I am working on filling all the space we made..so far I have managed to turn three seedling flats into about 10 flats of transplants!! I also seeded flats of calendula, nasturtium, malabar spinach, and okra.

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.   

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are 0 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!!  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!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

What is available for the CSA this week?

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, fava greens, bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole

salad greens, arugula,  radishes, turnips, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, leeks, burdock root{gobo}, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, angelica

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 spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted 4/15/2017 5:07pm by Billie McClure.

Thanks Terry for taking yet more beautiful pictures of the offerings from the expansive Circle A Garden! You can find these new photos under Member Links!