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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 7/3/2014 6:11pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy July!!

Note: 14th veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 28..9:00 am to noon. 23 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

!!!!!Special, special note: Once again we are working with Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss to bring you the option of a fruit share. This year we will be able to offer a nine week fruit share with peaches, pears, and apples{in their season}{about 58 lbs of fruit total}. The cost is $150. Ela,s is requesting that we have at least 20 shares to make it worth their time and effort to deliver it to us each week. I need to know before July 4th if you are interested..I need payment before July 10th. Please read the information from Ela's at the end of this update. Sorry for the lousy formatting..at least this week I got it to copy here!!

Another hot week here on the farm..all our warm season goodies are lovin' it..the people and the birds, well we wanting to hunt for shade by about 10 am!! Our highs this week have been in the 90's and our lows in the 50's. a few random clouds here and there but no moisture. It has clouded up nicely this afternoon, but don't think we will get any rain out of it.

In the tunnels..Did quite a bit of work early in the mornings..trellising tomatoes and cucs..weeding  fertilizing and mulching  galion and kale..taking the favas out{guess what we used for mulch??} weeding and getting water jugs in the low tunnel out before we have to harvest tomats. Found our first tomato hornworm..just a little one but he was hungry and probably has friends. This is the last week for carrots and favas from the high tunnel.

Outdoors..We worked on weeds much of the week..trying to catch up before they completly overtake us!! We also planted scallions for fall and edamame. The first veariety of garlic is ready to harvest on Monday. Della did our first squash bug hunt of the season this morning..that isn't what she started out to do, but..she found at least 30 adults and so many egg cluster she lost count.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have come out to help us during our time of need..Transition Lab, Tomten, Farm, Buckhorn Gardens; Geoff, Claire, Pheobe and all our wonderful volunteers; AND all our CSA members who heard our call. Words cannot describe how very fortunate and blessed we feel to have such a wonderful group of folks in our farm's family and community.

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were a week old on Monday. They have been out on the lawn helping all the adults mow it. Mom's babies..Had 5 of the eggs hatch..some on Thursday, some on Friday and some on Saturday so they are about a week old now. They had their first big adventure on Tuesday..Mom took them down to show all her friends at PACE..everyone had a ball. The rest of the week they have been going out on the lawn in the chicken tractor to get acquainted with the rest of the geese.

Duckies are all doing well.. Della doesn't know if we are going to have any babies..something has been getting in the pen and stealing eggs from the nests this week..plus they are past due for hatching.

 Baby chickies will be 17 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  14 weeks old on Tuesday. Disaster in the form of a skunk struck Tuesday morning. It managed to kill 9 of them..just pulled the wire off the coop and went in. Della fixed it and reinforced it but lost another one Wednesday morning..so she brought them all back up to the coop under the apricot tree until she figures out this predator menace.

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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. The next couple of weeks the shares may be a bit light..we are transitioning from cool season crops to warm season goodies

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

Swiss chard






fava beans..last of the season


From outdoors


english peas..last of the season

salad greens

garlic scapes..last of the season


cabbage..a few more


salad turnips and daikon radish..just a few

and more herbs

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


Ela fruit share 

  2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic CSA fruit share For Circle A Garden Members Ela Family Farms’ CSA Organic Fruit Share- $150 Enjoying Colorado fruit season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through Circle A Gardens. Our fruit share offers 58 lbs of organic fruit over 9 weeks and is designed for a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will eat all year! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge. If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share. To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to jeni@elafamilyfarms.com. If you are curious about life on our farm, like Ela Family Farms on Facebook or read our posts and blogs at your leisure on our website.

Predicted Fruit Schedule Aug. 7- Peaches Aug. 14- Peaches Aug. 21- Peaches Aug. 28- Peaches and pears Sept. 4- Peaches and Gala apples Sept. 11- Peaches and pears Sept. 18- Peaches and Swiss Gourmet apples Sept. 25- Honeycrisp apples Oct. 2- Ten pound mixed bag of apples and a jug of cider-Ela’s choice.