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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 5/15/2015 6:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!

Note: seventh veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! May 16th 9:00am to noon!!!

Fork fest was awesome..once again Kat made our veggies shine!! She did pretty much the same dishes with a few exciting additions like asparagus and morel mushrooms that she and Stan picked from the wild..yum!! And Sarah Sharpe..another of our CSA members demonstrated how to make mayonnaise 6 different ways..same basic recipe..just using different herbs and spices to make each batch of mayo a different flavor..all were yummy especially with our spring roots!! Our thanks to both of these ladies for their enthusiasm and time to promote not only our farm, but our abundance of local foods grown in this valley.

The weather so far for the month of May has been wet!! I hear veggie pickup last weekend was miserable..when I  left for fork fest the sun was kind of thinking about coming out..barely..apparently it went downhill from there..rain, wind, more rain and then snow towards the end of pickup!! Me, I was in a nice warm building where I could look out the window and just watch it snow!! Sunday started out with a good shower but the sun was shining by about noon..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were partly sunny with just a few evening showers..Thursday was wet off and on..this morning..well it rained cats and dogs until about 9..quit AFTER we got the rhubarb harvested..please help us thank Terry and Tami for taking one for the team!! It has been mostly cloudy the rest of the day and we just got a lot more rain and a wee bit of hail!! AND it looks like tomorrow is going to be another wet one!! The forecast does look like it might clear out some on Sunday and give us some dryer sunny days through the week..until Saturday...

Outdoors..Everything we have gotten planted so far is doing well..really loving this cool wet weather!! We are having a hard time getting things planted out..the soil has just been too wet to work with so we are getting behind..We did get the potatoes in this week. and worked on getting some weeding done. This next week we will be working on getting the rest of the onions, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and artichokes in..as well as try to seed salad greens, radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots..the space is all ready to go..just need to have the soil a bit dryer on a day we are not harvesting!! It has been pretty close to good by Thursday but we can't be two places at once!!

Sunday and Monday were good prophouse days!! Just about all the seeds we started last week are up and growing well. I have just one more tray of stuff to prick up!! Late brassicas to plant out in late June..hopefully I will have room to put them come Sunday..I have a bunch of trays of transplants for the CSA that I am hoping we will pull out tomorrow..tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil..all those tender babies!!{and then I am hoping that either the CSA will take them home or that the weather will stay warm enough so I don't have to stick them back indoors!!}

In the tunnels..the high tunnel just doesn't look as full as it did a few short weeks ago..but I think we may have room now to plant eggplant and a few of the peppers..

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 30 members at this point. 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...

Have new little chickies that just hatched Saturday and Sunday..so they are just about 1 week old..these are the ones that mom and Della hatched in the incubator from our eggs..they could be very interesting birds!!

Old little chickies are almost 11 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!!

New duckies are 7 weeks old now..and are pretty much all feathered out..looking pretty good!! Della has been letting them out of the pen and letting them stay out a good bit of the day..so far they are staying close to the pen, but are getting a bit more adventurous each day..they made it clear over to the high tunnel yesterday..

Little Miss did it!! She now has any number of little goslings..They started hatching yesterday morning..Della doesn't know just how many yet..Little Miss has pretty much kept them in the nest to keep them warm..hopefully she will bring them out to show off tomorrow..maybe if it is sunny.

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.. mibuna, Lots of mustards,  bok choi, red rain, endive, escarole, lots more chard and kale, beet greens, chinese cabbage, portuguese kale, gailon, texel greens, broccoli greens

Salad greens

beta greens

head lettuces

Radishes..lots of radishes!!

salad turnips..much bigger!!

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

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

Herbs..rosemary, dill, purslane, chervil

From outdoors

green garlic

green onions

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