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Posted 3/14/2012 6:19pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!

Dare I say spring has sprung? This week at least spring has definatly been in the air!! Our daytime temps have been in the high sixties with high 20-low 30 degree nights. We even had a couple of nights that almost reached 40. We saw our first bluebird of the season Monday when we went up to Buckhorn Gardens to help them prune their trees. The maple is in full bloom..it has so many bees buzzing it sounds like it is just going to take off!! We are seeing many more plants poke up those first fragile shoots..most of the perenial herbs are now waking up..more buds are swelling on the trees and shrubs..many of our "wild edibles" {weeds to many folks!!} are starting to sprout..the birds are starting their spring courtship rituals. The forcast is calling for cooler and wetter conditions over the weekend. Hopefully we will get those nice gentle rains down here in the valley and the mountains will get a good bit more snow.

Everything in the high tunnel is just loving all this sunshine!! Everything is growing well. We have been working on weeds and trying to keep everything watered. It is still a bit early to try to get the drip going so we are watering a lot by hand and using the overhead sprinkler. I am so looking forward to the day we can get the drip going..I just love hauling hoses all over, NOT!! This week we transplanted the second batch of green leafies. They are SO small compared to the first batch!! We are starting to run out of room..have 1 more batch of green leafies, 1 of salad turnips, 2 of lettuces, 2 of salad greens, arugula, and radishes left to stick in..them we will have to start planting in the great out of doors!!!
NOTE: we need about 200 gallon plastic milk jugs to help keep the tomatoes, cucs, etc warm in the high tunnel..please let us recycle them for you!!

In the prop house things are growing well. I am fast running out of room..it is that time of year when for every tray of plants I get planted out I prick up at least 2. If this weather holds I am going to have to kick the alliums, cabbages, and kohlrabi out to the hardening off bench so I have room for all those tomatoes and peppers I started last week. Not to mention the broccoli, cauliflower, and green leafies I started Monday that are already coming up!! I also started celeriac and hamburg parsely.

Outdoors things continue to wake up..it is so fun to go out and pull back the mulch to see what is coming up!! It is a daily adventure and treasure hunt!! Saint Patty's day is just around the corner..this is when we usually plant peas..I planned differently this season and was going to wait until April 1st..BUT it has been so warm I am itching to get them in next week. Does anyone have a crystal ball that will tell us what the weather is going to do the next 6 weeks or so??

Ela Fruit Share..
The past couple of years we have been offering a fruit share from Ela Family Farm. Steve grow a goodly variety of certified organic peaches, pears, apples and plums. It is a bit early in the season to know exactly what fruit will be in the fruit share..we need to wait and see what mother nature does to the fruit on both farms to know what we can both offer. BUT we need to do a bit of basic planning so I need to know how many folks are interested in the fruit share again this season. please let me know in the next couple of weeks so I can let Steve know for sure if we are going to offer it again this season..thanks   They are also having a farm tour Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 am. I have toured their farm and it is amazing!! I would love to see it agian..let me know if you are interested and we can get a car pool going!!

Now is the time to sign up for the CSA!!
We are about four short weeks out from our first veggie pickup!! We are anticipating our first veggie pickup to be April 7. We will have 37 weeks of our great veggies this season. We start the season with lots of green leafies {chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi, arugula, spinach, salad greens..to name a few}, beets, carrots, spring radishes, scallions, green garlic, salad turnips and more. As the season progresses you will find peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, artichokes, summer squash, potatoes, onions, melons, winter squash, sweet potatoes, celeriac, dry beans, sunchokes and much more. {check out our list of veggies and about the time they are in season on our website}. 2012 will be our 7th year for our CSA. We are excited and looking forward to growing for you!! Please visit our website  www.circleagarden.com  for more information or to sign up. if you have any questions or would like a tour of the farm please contact us. If you need a partner to share with or are looking for a pickup group please let me know so I can add it to the newsletter.
Note: when you sign up for the CSA please make sure you are signing up under MEMBERSHIP signup rather than mailing list sign up!! I did add a new widget to make it easier to find..look on the left hand side the screen when you go nto the website..Mailing list sign up is at the top..Membership actions is on the bottom..You can also check out your balance from here as well.

NOTES: Mellisa..Gail needs to know if you are still wanting to share this season!! Please let me know ASAP!!
We have two members in Telluride looking for more members from that area to share pickups.

Also have two members in Ouray looking for more folks to share pickup.
Note: I am planning on doing a tour of the farm Saturday April 7 {first veggie pickup} If you would like a tour before then, please let me know..we would love to show you around!!

New and Fun Happenings.. The good lord willin' and the crick don't rise we should have baby chicks next week!! Mom and Della are chomping at the bit!! We are also thinking of growing a few turkeys again this year for our holiday feasts. Last season several of you asked about getting a turkey. We would like to know how many folks would be interested in having us grow one for you. We will probably ask for a downpayment to help cover the initial cost of the poults and then figure out a per pound price depending on our feed and labour costs. {also we will be asking you to help with harvesting of your holiday bird in November!!}

More Fun happenings.. Check out Valley Food Partnership    www.valleyfoodpartnership.org
A local community organization dedicated to connecting local farms to local forks.
Look for recipes from VFP in your DMEA newsletter starting in March!!

Workdays for  March 2012
We will be doing Saturday workdays until veggie pickup starts in April.
March workdays will be the  17th, 24th, and 31st Depending on March weather projects  may be working out doors pruning trees and shrubs, getting ready to plant alliums, peas, and cabbages and getting the sunchoke bed ready for the season.
Time: 10:00 or so until about 1:00
Please let me know if you can make it.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!! Our March intern will not be able to come until May so we will be struggling just a bit to get through the next weeks. If Saturdays do not work for you, please let me know..we are out working just about everyday now and would love some extra hands to help us out!! THANKS

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!!

All of us at Circle A Garden