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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 4/3/2015 6:08pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: first veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! April 4th 9:00am to noon!!!

Our warm spring weather stayed around until Wednesday..then the winds started in{what ever happened to March winds!!!}..clouds rolled in off and on and the temps dropped just in time for harvesting and cleaning veggies!! Our low last night was 22..32 on Wed night..in the low 40's before that. Our high today was about 58..much chillier than the 70's we had earlier in the week!!

Outdoors things were in a holding pattern much of the week..spent more time getting ready for the CSA pickup..washing pans, washing tables, getting things put away from the winter, getting the shade cloth down over the veggie shed, and harvesting veggies. Earlier in the week we did get some more done on the trellises, but pea planting is still delayed..hopefully this next week?? We are in a waiting pattern on the apricots..not sure just how many we may have. Some of the plums may have gotten frozen last night. They early apples are budding up nicely and some are showing color..later apples and quinces are just starting to bud. 

I keep thinking I am all caught up in the prop house..then things grow!! I was pretty sure on Monday that I had everything that was ready pricked up..today I have more peppers and eggplant, the broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuces are now ready. And I have something like 4 more seed flats germinated and growing rapidly{mostly basil and celeriac. I got more stuff seeded this week as well..peppers, eggplant, and some of the tomatoes for outdoors, cucumbers for the high tunnel, and a succession of greens for outdoors. Was going to kick some more stuff out of the honey house, but chickened out with the wind and cold.

In the high tunnel I managed to fit in another 350 or so little green plants..just have another 100 to go..they should all fit..just have to remember not to breath!! Soon the landscape will be starting change again..we are starting to harvest cool season goodies that will make way for all those warm season delights!!

Our thanks to our Jeff, Randy, Terry, Billie, Cerra, and Mikal for coming out to help this week!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 30 members this night before our first veggie pickup of the season. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

New little chickies are almost 5 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They have been thoroughly enjoying the great out of doors. OK so they didn't totally enjoy the wind..but neither did we!!  

New duckies are a little over a week old..4 little khaki campbells. They seem awefully quiet and neat..could be the difference between 4 and 12? I've been calling them Eeny, Meeni, Minie, and Moe..Della is NOT amused!!

Fun happening we would like to get started here on the farm..a demonstration of how to use different veggies in the share. We are shooting for 3 Saturdays this season..early spring, peak season, and fall. If you have a favorite way to prepare your veggies that you wold like to share with everyone please let me know so we can get it all coordinated. Our THANKS to Kat and Stan for helping put this together!!

Workdays for April..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon.  Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Sunday? but have other days that work better for you?? Please talk to us about setting up and alternative time..Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings work best for us. 

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..also have goose and duck eggs..and goose eggs for setting..call 249-9725 to get some!!


What is available for the CSA?

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

NOTE: Food Safety..we do NOT consider any of our produce ready to eat{not even the salad greens!!} We chill it in cool water to remove the field heat and get some of the soil off but must recommend that you WASH your produce before eating!!

From the high tunnel

Greens..kale, mizuna, mibuna, mustards, orach, bok choi, yakina savoy, nettles, arugula,                      turnip greens

Salad greens

Radishes..just a few

Herbs..oregano, chives, lemon verbena

From outdoors


green onions


Rhubarb..a very small amount


From storage





Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden