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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 8/14/2015 4:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy closer to abodonza everyone!!

Note: 20th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: Next week, folks!! Mark August 22nd, 10:00am to noon..on your calendar..that's when Kat is going to demonstrate what to do with all those summer veggies in your share!! We would like to have some of the rest of your bring a recipe or dish of what you do with them to share as well!! 

Rain and sun both this week. It did rain a good bit of Sunday..not huge amounts just sprinkles off and on most of the day then heavier during the evening. More rain off and on Tuesday and Wednesday..torrential downpour with a bit of hail Wed evening. Sunny and downright hot again today but looks like we may have a few happy clouds moving in for the evening. Could our "monsoon" season have arrived?? Seems like we have had a good bit of afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity going on this week??

This week outdoors we have pulled at least another gazillion weeds..seems like we should be getting ahead of them but..A good bit of this week we spent preparing the rest of the old garlic beds and getting the last of the fall roots sowed..beets, carrots, radishes, turnips and kohlrabi are all in now. The rest of the seeds we have planted the last few weeks are up and growing well..some of them have even gotten their first weeding!! After harvesting this morning we spent the rest of the day getting the garlic all off the stalks and into bags. Next week we start on onions!!

Sad news..Alex will be leaving tomorrow.. Please help us thank her for all her hard work!! Cerra starts back to school on Thursday so yesterday was here last day on the farm..Mikal has another week before he starts back..please help us thank them for harvesting and cleaning up all the veggies we pick on Thursdays!!!{by the way, Mikal and Cerra are Mom's great-grandchildren!! Thursdays we have had 4 generations of our family harvesting and getting your veggies ready for you!!}

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

In the tunnels..everything is growing well..starting to produce preety good as well. Peppers are almost 3 feet tall..a couple of them are almost as tall as Cerra!! We started flats of fall greens this week..in another month we will be transplanting them into the tunnel for those late fall veggie harvests after the fall frosts!! This season seems to moving along at an extremely fast clip..I can't believe it is already mid August!!

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 12 weeks old..looks {and sounds!!}like we have at least two little roosters..they still need much more practice!! They have moved down to the pen next to the chicken yard to make room for the little duckies.

Old little chickies are almost 24 weeks old now..2 have started laying now..one aracana and one columbian wyandotte

New duckies are 20 weeks old now..they are enjoying being with the "big" ducks..one of them has started to lay

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 13 weeks old. Very difficult to tell the babies from the adults now..unless they are honking..the babies are still sort of twittering..either haven't gotten the honk thing down yet or just haven't needed to make that much noise 'cause everyone else is already doing so!!

new baby duckies are 3 weeks old!! They have already outgrown the brooder tank on the porch so have moved in under the apricot tree. They are having a ball with the extra room!!

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!!

 The next one will be Saturday August 22..next week!! 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 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.

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

tomatoes..47 lbs this week..more and more each week

malabar spinach


From outdoors


elephant garlic..not a true garlic but a bulbing leek!!


portuguese kale and collards


sweet onions

summer squash

carrots..a few more..please share!!



first few cucs, eggplant, zuchetta and tomatoes from the great out of doors!!

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