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

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

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

From the great out of doors

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

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

Hope you are all enjoying the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

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

From the great out of doors

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

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

Hope you are all enjoying the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Summer!!!

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

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

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

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

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

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Summer!!!

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

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

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

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

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

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Summer!!!

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

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

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

From the great out of doors

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

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

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Summer!!!

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

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, beta greens

 beets, carrots, fava beans, herbs

From the great out of doors

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

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

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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

Happy Solstice!!!

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

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is available for the CSA this week?

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

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

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

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

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, fava beans, herbs

From the great out of doors

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

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

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

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