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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 7/24/2015 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 17th 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!!

Another week of changeable Colorado weather!! Saturday started out sunny but by the end of veggie pickup it was pouring rain..let up just a bit..then the heavens opened and really poured!! Sunday and Monday were pleasant and sunny..until about noon Monday..then more of that pouring rain..several times!! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were warm and sunny..then coudy and rainy again today. Our high temps have been in the 70's on cloudy days..mid-high 80's on sunny days..lows have ranged from about 45-56. Much as we appreciate the rain it is making harvesting garlic a bit challenging and some of the warm season crops that love the sun are just waiting it out.{summer squash and tomats especially}

Outdoor adventures are continuing to change..still working on weeds..at least another gazillion of them down,,another gazillion or so to go!! parsnips, rutabaga and mangals are all up..more seeds to plant this next week...beets, turnips, radishes..may try a planting of salad greens as well. We've been working on hilling and mulching potatoes, trellising tomatoes, and harvesting more garlic..got most of the rest of it today..just have elephant garlic to go. Squash bug hunt was better this week..just a handful of adults and nymphs and a few egg clusters. Harvesting more basil this week, sweet onions are positively beautiful, a tad more summer squash. Checked the carrots..maybe another week before they are ready for harvest.

 Thank you Joyce for coming out and helping us with our  adventures!! As well as Terry, Billie, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for July and August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..favas are now only about a foot high..they will be all out next week when we fertilize and mulch the rest of the kale and the gallion. The bulk of the chard and kale are all fertilized and mulched. Tomato walls are getting much taller..some of them are getting taller than me. Harvested about a dozen black cherry tomats this week..our tomato harvest went from 6 tomatoes to about 3 lbs..still not a lot but slowly getting better!! Tomato hornworm harvest went down to something like 10. Peppers are looking awesome..I think our first real harvest of them will be next week..lots of nice firm fruit. Harvested more cucs, eggplant, and okra..still not huge amounts so please be kind and share!!

Even though we are approaching the halfway point in our CSA season, there are still many weeks left of awesome procuce!! 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. 

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 9 weeks old..a bit more confident about tomato horn worms!! They missed the big girls for about 2 days but are now very happy with the extra space!!

Old little chickies are almost 21 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday} They moved down to the chicken coop with the rest of the chickens..seem to be liking it. Della throws out a bit of scratch for the chicken in the evening to bribe them into going to bed..she says while the older birds are all about getting in on the scratch the young ones are hopping up on the roosts and picking out the best sleeping spot!!

New duckies are 17 weeks old now..looks like we have 3 girls and 5 boys!! 

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 10 weeks old. Now that they are getting a few feathers, they are harder to tell from the older geese.

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!!

Looks like the next one will be Saturday August 22..please put it on your calendar and come to farm to learn about and taste some awesome food!! Please think about bringing a dish of what you make with peak season goodies to share!! 

Workdays for July, August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!


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, kale

beets..just a couple more weeks left in this planting..will be more in the fall

Cucumbers..a few more..please share!!

eggplant, okra..a bit more..again please share!!

tomatoes..3 lbs this week..please share!!


From outdoors

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!


cabbage LOTS

portuguese kale and collards

beta greens


sweet onions

radish pods

summer squash..first picking..please share!!

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more


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