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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 5/1/2015 5:45pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May Day!!

Note: fifth veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! May 2nd 9:00am to noon!!!

Fun event here on the farm..Saturday May 2..10:00 am..Come and visit with fellow CSA members Kat and Stan as they demonstrate yummy ways to prepare spring veggies..this is a good opportunity to find new ways to prepare some of the many spring veggies we grow here at Circle A..have a recipe or an idea of what to do with spring bounty in your CSA share? Let's put the community in community supported agriculture!!  Bring along a dish to share with everyone..This will hopefully be first of many such get togethers in years to come!! {we want to try 3 of these this season but need your help and participation to make them work!!} 

this will be a bit of an introduction to the next fun event the following week!!

Ouray Fork Fest..May 8th and 9th!! On May 9th about 2 pm Kat will be doing a demonstration with a share of the harvest from Circle A Garden..many other chefs will be demonstrating yummy things to do with local foods through out the day as well. There are many other fun events scheduled during Fork Fest as well. 

The weather for Saturday pickup was much more pleasant this week..a bit cloudy but warmer and no rain, snow or ice!! Our weekend storm started coming in around noon..the wind picked up and was downright cold, but the rain held off until we were pretty much all packed up. We had nice gentle rain showers all Saturday night and most of the day Sunday and into Sunday night. Monday the clouds cleared off and the sun came back. By Wednesday it was downright hot!! I had thought maybe I had spent way to much time in the tunnels during the morning, but I had still not cooled off when we did evening chores around eight!! Yesterday and today it was not quite so warm..very pleasant and sunny with a random happy cloud coming over to cover the sun. Looks like the next storm is going to hold off until Sunday afternoon..maybe a few random afternoon and evening showers tonight and tomorrow.

Outdoors..The peas are starting to pop up as well as some of the cover crop we got in. Cabbages, kohlrabi and onions are doing well. Rhubarb is starting to go nuts. Our new planting is very happy and growing well. Garlic is growing well, raspberries and blackberries are starting to leaf out, currants are blooming. This week we will be spending much more time getting early season stuff into the ground.

Sunday was an excellent prophouse day again..unfortunatly about the time I think I am caught up it is either time to start something else or prick something up. Most everything I started last week is up and growing well. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on seed starting..I think I just have melons, squashes, outdoor cucs, and tomatillos left to start!! But I am checking my list to make sure I haven't forgotten anyone!!

In the tunnels..well, this was the week..we now have tomatoes and most of the cucs in{had to wail until we harvested the bok choi to get space for the last few cucs}  All are doing well. In years past I have tries to get at least the tomatoes planted around mid-April..the weather has been so changeable and turning cold about that time..and really stressing the plants.. the last few years that I decided to try waiting a couple weeks. So far I think it's working. They all look very happy..but then they have only been in the ground for about 4 days!!

Our thanks to Terry, Dave, Chris, and Alyssa 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 9 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They are just about all feathered out and are looking oh, so pretty!!

New duckies are 5 weeks old now..and still doing the awkward teenage thing..they now have all their tummys covered with feathers and you can see some of the rest of their feathers starting to grow more. This week they got their first real bath..they are so funny to watch. and very messy!

Both the chickies and duckies are sharing the pen under the apricot tree..

Little Miss is still hanging in..I think she is about 1/2 way there!! Coral is now definitely nesting..and Della thinks that 2 more geese are thinking seriously about setting.

Mom and Della also started an incubator of chicken eggs ..should be seeing things happening in another few weeks

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 May..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?

Note: not sure what to do with your produce..check out our website..  www.circleagarden.com I keep adding more recipes as new stuff is ready to harvest.

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..mizuna, mibuna, Lots of mustards,  bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, red rain, endive, escarole, lots more chard and kale, beet greens, chinese cabbage, portuguese kale, gailon, texel greens, nettle

Salad greens..lots of salad greens!!

beta greens

head lettuces


salad turnips..much bigger!!

carrots..first few of the new planting..please share!!

beets..also the first few..again please share!!

Herbs..rosemary, chives, chive blossoms, dill weed, chervil

From outdoors

green garlic

green onions

Rhubarb..lots of rhubarb!!



Needed..more old carpet..if you are carpeting your home or office..please keep us in mind..we can use the old carpet..just the carpet though, NOT the padding!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden