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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 5/22/2015 5:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!

Note: eighth veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! May 23rd 9:00am to noon!!!

Well, had another wet veggie pickup day Saturday..into the evening and overnight. Sunday the sun was out a good bit of the time with a light evening rain shower..Monday was a gorgeous day until the afternoon when we got yet another little bit of rain..Tuesday was one of those off and on days..cloudy early, then sunny, then rainy, then a bit more sun, then more rain..Wednesday was mostly sunny with another light rain in the evening..Thursday was mostly cloudy but just a bit of rain overnight..today sun and clouds off and on but no rain yet..tomorrow the forecast is calling for yet another rainy veggie pickup day. And looks like more of the same off and on next week!! Can't really complain about the rain..at least this week down in the valley we haven't gotten any of that white stuff!! We were comenting today that it seems like we had more nice warm sunny weather way back in January during the winter than we have had in May this year..maybe we just weren't playing with water so much back in January??

Outdoors..We made great strides this week getting things planted out..we got about 3/4 of the onions in..parsley, the last planting of lettuces..and got salad and beta greens, radishes and turnips seeded. And we worked on getting the beds ready for the artichokes, celery, and broccoli. Exciting things happening in the garden..kohlrabi are about the size of a large marble, cabbages are heading up, poppies are budding, yellow rose on the driveway should be about peak tomorrow..sooo stop and smell the roses on your way to pick up your veggies!!

Sunday turned into another prophouse day..even though the sun was shining it was just too wet to run out and plant anything...sooo got that last tray of fall brassicas pricked up, moved bunches of trays around so we could get everything off the heat mat and a bit more into the sun. AND thank to Bettye, the prophouse, honey house and pot storage have never been this organized in late May!! It's awesome..I have been enjoying having something organized!! 

In addition to joining us for our workday on Sunday, Bettye also made a pot of Portuguese kale soup for us to try..it was yummy!! So Thank you Bettye for organizing and for feeding us!

In the tunnels..the landscape in the high tunnel is certainly changing..most of the early season greens have been harvested. So far we have cucs and eggplant in those spaces..and should have enough room now for the peppers!! The tomatoes are looking very good..some of them are starting to bloom. The favas..well I got lost back behind them this morning harvesting some blue mustard and kales..they are truly awesome right now..over 4 feet tall and trying to take over the whole space..AND they have little 1-1 1/2 inch beans set!!

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 2 weeks old..Mom has them all named..I just call them the motley crue.

Old little chickies are almost 12 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!!

New duckies are 8 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..they are getting much more adventuresome..and very attached to their bath tub.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 1 week old. Very cute!! Very little!! and insist on leading all their "parents" astray!! They are still small enough to get through the fencing, so off they go to explore, "parents" get worried and knock the fence over to get to the babies and they all go adventuring. The other day they found the duckie bath tub on the back lawn..the duckies were NOT amused with the goslings playing in it!! 

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..  mustards,  bok choi,  endive, escarole, lots more chard and kale,  chinese cabbage, portuguese kale, gailon, texel greens, broccoli greens

Salad greens

beta greens

head lettuces

Radishes..last until the outdoor ones are ready

salad turnips..much bigger!!

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

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

Herbs..oregano, purslane

From outdoors

green garlic

green onions


herbs..angelica, dill, chive blossoms, leaf fennel



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