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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 4/18/2014 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!!!

Note: third veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, April 12..9:00 am tp noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

The weather this week started out not so happy..Saturday was pretty nice for veggie pickup in the morning, but the wind picked up and the clouds rolled in in the afternoon. We had wind, thunder, a little more wind and not much rain in the evening. When I went out Sunday morning it was cloudy and 40 degrees..I did a few things in the prop house, then planted a tray of parsley..by 10 the temperature had dropped and it was snowing!! Snowed and rained off and on a good bit of the day..then cleared off overnight and got really cold..we were 22 degrees both Sunday and Monday nights. Nice and sunny and warming up some on Tuesday. Wednesday was cloudy, but warm..we kept expecting it to rain any minute but nothing happened. This morning it was 38 when we started out and got almost to 80 before the clouds rolled back in this afternoon. 

This was a good week for catching up in the prop-house..I had a lot of things that were not quite ready to prick-up last week but were desperate for more room this week. Pricked up late cabbages, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, basil, marigolds, and I'm sure I am forgetting somebody. Started more lettuces and got trays ready to seed the next batch of greens. Okra and cucumbers are already coming up..can't believe it is almost time to start summer squash!!

In the tunnel..starting to get some blank spaces in the greens plantings.. as the greens come out we will be getting those beds ready for all those warm season goodies in the prop house. Was going to start planting tomatoes and ginger until it got so cold. I think they would have been alright all tucked in under the remay with their jugs of water, but just wasn't quite brave enough to risk my babies!!

Outdoors..well things were looking up until Sunday night!! You know those apricots we thought were looking so much better Saturday..well they are looking pretty sad..not sure if we will have more than a handful of cots again this year. Rhubarb got pretty frozen..it was looking like we could start picking it this week..well it needs to grow out a week or so. Not sure on the lilacs.. we were all jazzed thinking we would have lots of blooms..we'll just have to wait and see. The plums were maybe 1/4 bloomed out, but are blooming nicely again now. Apples and pear are starting to leaf out a bit. Garlic is growing well. The cabbages, kohlrabi, onions, peas, and favas came through the freeze with flying colors..they are looking very good. hopefully this next week we can get greens, lettuces, more onions and some of the potatoes in. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} will have been setting 14 days on Saturday..halfway there!! Coral has a nest now but hasn't gotten real serious about staying on the next..she's just thing about it for now. Duckies are all doing well.. Baby chickies will be 6 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  3 weeks old on Tuesday. We keep promising they will get to go out and play with the older chikies, but the weather hasn't cooperated. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for April will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.


We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..3 varieties

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

orach

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

beet greens

lettuces

salad greens

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes..more than last week

carrots..the first few..they are pretty small but are a new variety we are trialing for baby                     carrots..please let us know what you think

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered scallions


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden