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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 6/12/2015 1:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy June!!

Note: eleventh veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

Today is :Mom.s 90th birthday!!

Well, Saturday pickup was a wet one..rained pretty steady for most of the day..had a brief 15 minutes of sun just about the time Sally was here to pick up her veggies..it started raining again right after she left. It cleared off in the evening but rained a bit more over night. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday were fairly clear and sunny in the morning with some afternoon thunder showers. By Tuesday evening it was pouring again. Wednesday morning started out with a light shower just before 6..was cloudy, but pleasant until almost 10..then the heavens opened up and let loose again..cleared off some during the evening. Thursday morning was off and on sun..mostly off. By afternoon it was thundery..it was really rumbling for over an hour..then the heavens opened up and pured again. This morning started out cloudy, but no rain..the sun was able to peak out for a good bit of the morning. Looks like tomorrow could be sunny at least for the morning, but could have a chance of more afternoon showers. Sunday and on into the first part of the week looks like it might be much drier.

Outdoors..Getting more and more stuff planted despite the rain. When it's been too wet to plant we've been getting a lot of things weeded..the weeds are just loving all the rain!! Brocli and cauliflower are in..beds are ready for peppers, eggplant, summer squash, celeriac, and more artichokes. Fennel and carrots are up..didn't see any parsnips up yet. Peas are still blooming..the poppy is trying, but the rain is making a lot of the blooms fall over. Currants are starting to turn just the slightest bit pink. 

Thank you Torie for joining us at the crack of dawn Wednesday morning!!

Note; we need your help!!!..workday Sunday, June 14th..we are starting in the high tunnel at 6 am and shifting to outdoors as it heats up..we will be out there until noon..so please come join us!!! If you can't make it Sunday we also need help Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..anytime between 6 am and noonish!!

In the tunnels..Picked the first of the fava beans..have beds all ready to go for okra and malabar spinach. Cucumbers are starting to bloom..a couple of little girl blossoms to go with all the little boy ones..found the first tomato of the season this morning..a blush..it is about an inch long and looks like he will have many friends soon!! A few of the sweet peppers are starting to bloom. AND the swiss chard is going nuts!

Fun happening coming up tomorrow evening!! Our swiss chard, kale, and carrots will be a part of the meal!! There are still a few tickets left..not many though. 

Farm to Fork Affair..6:00pm, Saturday June 13 at the Bistro 228 Main Street. Nick will be doing 3 courses featuring Happy Hogs pork, drink pairings from Big B's Hard Cider served with seasonal produce from Valley Food Producer Partners. This is a Benefit for Valley Food Partnership..Tickets are $65 and are available at The Bistro or at the Valley Food Partnership{970-249-0705} and I have a few as well and can get more if needed!! Please come, enjoy, and help support all the wonderful programs Valley Food Partnership is involved in!!

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...

 new little chickies  are just about 5 weeks old..They have been coming out on the lawn in the chicken tractor and having a ball!! Have at least one little rooster..he's been trying to talk back to Cocky..it is not going well yet..he needs a LOT more practice!!

Old little chickies are almost 15 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!! They have not really appreciated the rain..Saturday they gave up seeing the sun, holed up in their little house and took a nap!!

New duckies are 11 weeks old now..They have been loving all the rain..Wednesday they were racing up and down the driveway, splashing from puddle to puddle.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 4 weeks old. They are already more than half the size of the adults..

We also have guinea keets..forgot about them last week!! They are now 4 weeks old. Della has a broody hen who is raising them..she may even let them come out of their house tomorrow.

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 June..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: these will be the last Sunday workdays until late fall..Your farmers need a day off!!

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..  chard {LOTS of chard!!}, kale, portuguese kale..and a couple of new kales we are trialing..please let us know what you think!!

Beta greens

carrots..

beets..

fava beans

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic scapes..{LOTS of scapes!!}..flower heads off our main hardneck garlics

kohlrabi..first of the season!!

head lettuces..a bit bigger than last week..please share!!

bok choi..

Rhubarb ..last of the rhubarb until next spring

herbs.. dill, sage, lemon balm, oregano

 

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