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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 6/26/2015 8:24pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 13th 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!!

The heat is still on!! Lots of sun!! highs up into the 90's..lows mid to high 50. So far no triple digits but I am hearing rumors of record highs!! We did get a little respit from the heat Wednesday afternoon..not even an hour after we gave up weeding the potato patch lots of happy clouds rolled in and it rained a bit off and on into the evening..not a great amount of rain..just enough to soak us and wet the surface of the soil..gosh it felt{and smelled!!} wonderful. The forecast is calling for more sun and hot temperatures for the coming week.

Outdoor adventures are moving right along..we are still way behind in planting but the end is getting nearer. This week we planted the last of the peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and summer squash as well as tomatillos, cucumbers, something else that I just can't think of right now. The beans and edamame we planted last week are sprouting up. Potatoes are starting to bloom and put out runners..the first batch of summer squash has little boy blossoms{and we found our first 4 squash bugs!!}. Beds for melons are almost ready to plant and then it is on to winter squash adventures..that will be the last of our warm season stuff in..then mostly we will have our fall plantings going in..cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi.


Thank you Gus for coming out and helping us plant tomats and cucs!! As well as Terry, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we desperately need your help!!!..We are a still a good 3 weeks behind in our planting..and rapidly losing that window of time for crops to ripen before that first fall frost!! We can use extra help Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!! I am heading out to the fields about 5:30 am while it is still a nice cool 50 degrees. Please come join me!! {you can come later but the best part of the day is at the crack of dawn..the sky is just lightening up,,the birds are waking up and starting their morning songs..the sunrise is pretty awesome!!}

In the tunnels..Didn't get as many favas this morning..but did trim the fava wall down to about 4 feet..doesn't look quite as impressive, but it was topping almost 7 feet and falling over, making getting down the path difficult. Picked the first 2 cucs yesterday..we sent them home with our great niece and nephew. We have a tomato that is almost 2 inches around, peppers I can see from clear across the tunnel, and lots more blooms on the eggplant!! And we planted the malabar spinach.

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 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 7 weeks old..They are in with the older girls now and liking the extra room.

Old little chickies are almost 17 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!! 

New duckies are 13 weeks old now..Had a ball in the rain Wednesday!! AND some of them are getting that curl on their tail feathers so we can tell the boys from the girls!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 6 weeks old. They are almost as big as their parents..not too many feathers yet..mostly just fluff..now that they are pretty good size they will be starting the feather thing,

Sad news..we lost the guinea keets and mamma chicken t a predator this week..not the fox but something much smaller..Della thinks maybe a weasel.

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. {or you can come earlier to beat the heat!!} 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 more chard!!}, kale, 



fava beans..one more week or so on favas


From outdoors

garlic scapes..last of the scapes this week


head lettuces.

peas..both sugar snap and english..pea season is going to be short and limited amounts..they just don't  like the heat

cabbage..also first of the season..please share

portuguese kale and collards

herbs.. parsely, sage, lemon balm, mint


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