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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 5/8/2014 9:12pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Mothers Day!!

Note: sixth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 10..9:00 am to noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Well, our glorious May weather lasted just about a week..sunny with a few random clouds..a bit breezy..highs in the 70's and 80's..lows ranging 32 to about 48. Then today happened!! At 5 am it was cloudy..by 6 it was a soft morning..by 6:20 it was pouring down rain..by 8 it was clearing and the sun was trying to shine..by about 10 it was getting way to warm in the tunnel..just about the time we were finishing in the tunnel and ready to escape the heat a huge black cloud blew in..thunder rumbled, the wind blew and we had this very wet snow/rain mix going on. About 11 it was clearing again and the sun was trying to shine..by 12 the wind picked up, another big black cloud appeared and it started raining a bit more..then we could see huge patches of blue sky..just not where we are!! The sun came out about 3 but was gone again by 5..the thermometer said our high for today was 67..I think we missed it!! Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!! And it looks like we are going to get another big storm coming in by Sunday.

In the prop house..got a bit more stuff pricked up. Started summer squash, cucs for outdoors, and melons. I was hoping to get the last succession of lettuce pricked up and winter squash started yesterday, but my get up and go done got up and left so I did some catching up on paper work stuff instead.

In the tunnels..Sunday and Monday we planted sweet potato slips and tomatoes in the low tunnel {Thanks Bettye for all your help!!} More new little shoots coming up in the ginger..the tomatoes are growing..not as rapidly as the favas though!! Della and I are trying to remember just how tall they were last year when they started blooming..they are about 3 feet tall now and we are hoping that they will slow down on getting any taller and just concentrate on making lots of pods.{last year they got about 6 feet tall before we had to start cutting them back before they took over the whole tunnel!!}

Outdoors..Getting a bit more planted each week. This week we seeded carrots, planted more lettuces, and got a start on planting potatoes. Sunday Della got brave and turned the drip on..well that lasted four whole days..today she chickened out and turned it back off and drained it 'cause if it clears it could get a bit chilly tonight..Maybe next week we can get it on again. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. Sad news on the goose front..sometime during the night Friday a predator got Babble {Miss Piggy's mate}.  If there is a goosie heaven, I hope she is up there with a whole flock of babies because she sure was working hard down here for them. Yesterday we moved the geese back up to the front yard..partially because of the predator and partially because they need new pasture. Della is going to try to convince the next goose that decides to set to make her nest in the pen so she can shut it at night..not sure how well that is going to work..the geese hate to be shut in even when it is 11 below zero!!

Duckies are all doing well.. the cayuga..who's name is Velvet..who was starting to set last week gave it up after 2 days..can't say I blame her..I can think of much more interesting things to do than set on a nest for 28 days staring at the walls!! Baby chickies will be 9 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  6 weeks old on Tuesday. 

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 May 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.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

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




red rain

bok choi

yakina savoy


chinese cabbage


salad greens


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


carrots..we on to the mokums this week..what did you think of the early ones?


From outdoors

overwintered onions and leeks

hopefully the first picking of rhubarb!!

Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden