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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 4/24/2014 9:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!!!

Note: fourth 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 week started out with clouds and a nice rain on Saturday..Sunday was an almost perfect day..lots of sun, a few happy little clouds..just right for a potluck Easter dinner with our farmer friends. Monday and Tuesday were sunny and VERY warm..I think we reached 80. Wednesday was cloudy and chilly. Overnight low was down to 22 degrees again. Today was sunny, but a bit of chill in the air. And it looks like we have another storm coming through just in time for the weekend!! We have our request in for more snow in the mountains and a few of those gentle soaking rains hear on the farm. Murphy's law say that we will get snow because we went ahead on got the shade cloth up on the veggie shed this week!!.

It seems like I am barely holding my own in the prop house..I get to thinkin' I am all caught up but look again and something has grown much bigger than it was just a bit ago!! Pricked up a bunch more stuff but still have several seed flats that are now ready. Started tomatillos and got trays ready for celeriac, malabar spinach and out door cucs

In the tunnel..Planted ginger on Monday..I asked Della which we should start with..she voted for ginger..wanted to get the tomatoes in, but chickened out.. so glad I did it was much colder last night than we anticipated. Ginger did well though..we tucked it in with extra remay so that it wouldn't get cold.

Outdoors..Well we got the greens and the lettuces in..so far they look ok after their  cold night. the plums and one apple tree were in full bloom..Della says they look alright, but they may have gotten damages. We keep trying to get the drip up and running but just about the time we decide it's warm enough we get another night in the low 20's.{all the valves that control the water flow will freeze even with protection}. Though we were going to have rubarb this week, but may have to let it grow out of this freeze now. Peas, favas, onions, cabbages, and kohlrabi are still looking pretty good..the cold night may have set them back just a bit though. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} will have been setting 21 days on Saturday..one week to go!! 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 7 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  4 weeks old on Tuesday. They finally got to go out this week. Della put them in with their slightly older siblings..they've been a bit amusing..at first they were scared of each other. The dog..you know the predator.. howling,  doesn't faze them, but another chick? Today Della says they are co-existing..sharing space, food, water..just tolerating each other.

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


mustard..3 varieties


red rain

bok choi


yakina savoy


chinese cabbage

beet greens


beta 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


From outdoors

overwintered scallions

Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest this 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