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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 4/10/2015 2:30pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: second veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! April 11 th 9:00am to noon!!!

The weather warmed up over the weekend..some awesome spring sunshine. Then the winds started to pick up on Monday..still nice sunshine, but was not as enjoyable with all the dust blowing up. The wind settled down just a bit on Tuesday but was back with a vengance on Wednesday. If it wasn't nailed down it left the farm for parts unknown!! Temperature was much cooler again on Wednesday and Thursday..highs barely in the 50's..low 26 Wednesday night. Much warmer and barely a breeze today. No moisture for us this week..with the winds we are getting dry, dry, dry. Looks like next week will be pretty much the same..hopefully not as windy!! Really need a couple of those nice gentle overnight rains!!

Got a few things done outdoors early in the week..until all the wind. 3 trellisses are up..running the sprinkler on the pea patch so we can get them in on Monday. Many fruit trees were in full bloom..plums, early apples, pear, and crab apples..not sure how they fared Wednesday night..they may have gotten a bit frosted. Late apples and quinces are not open yet so they may be alright. 

Spent the entire day Tuesday in the prophouse..fertilizing, watering, and moving trays..kicked a bunch more stuff out onto the hardening off bench..just in time for it to get cold Wed night!! After the wind died down Wed. evening we were able to pull the cover down..all those little plants made it through with flying colors!! Most everything I seede last week is up and growing...and I have a whole list of goodies that need to be started this next week..okra for the high tunnel, more lettuces, late cabbages, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, all sorts of flowers for our beneficial insect borders, and more!! Looks like at least the basil will be ready to prick up as well.

Wednesday we spent most of the day in the high tunnel..just too darn windy to play outdoors!! Got those last 100 or so transplants in..did a lot weeding and took time to just watch things grow!! Things are sure growing differently this year than last..chard and kale were huge by now last year..this year they are taking their sweet time..growing well, but still small..same with the bok choi. The mustards and many of the asian green were slower last year..this year they are growing much more rapidly. We won't have as much orach this year..already through 2 succession of it..it is bolting already!! Favas are growing well, but I think we had already started staking them by this time last year..looks like this is the week though we need to start!! Beets and carrots are coming right along. Lettuces are just about ready to start harvesting..chines cabbage is growing rapidly. 

Our thanks to Terry and our workshare folks 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 second 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 6 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 2 weeks old..4 little khaki campbells. Mom and Della picked up 4 more on their trip to town Tuesday. They have been going out to the high tunnel to catch grasshoppers..while they are still small enough to not mess us the plants.

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, tokyo bekana, a little chard and kale

Salad greens..just lettuce this week

Beta greens

Radishes..many more this week

salad turnips..a bit small but greens are awesome!!

Herbs..oregano, chives, dill weed

From outdoors


green onions


Rhubarb..much more


From storage





Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden