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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 8/21/2015 5:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy closer to abodonza everyone!!

Note: 21st veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: tomorrow morning!! August 22nd, 10:00 am to noon.. Kat is going to demonstrate what to do with all those summer veggies in your share!! On the summer brunch menu to sample is a chilled summer squash salad; a duck egg frittata with eggplant,tomato, and pepper topping; and a delightful basil lemonade. Please come join us..bring a dish or your recipe of what you do with summer bounty to share!!

FUN Happening coming up Sunday, Sept 13, 2015 10:30-4:00

Savor the San Juans..Local Foods, Local Chefs, Local Homes

A delightful tour of 6 local homes..local chefs preparing samples of wonderful dishes using local bounty!! For more information go to  valleyfoodpartnership.org and look for savorthesanjuans. Earlybird tickets are $35 until Sept 1..$40 after that. I have tickets here at veggie pickup or there is a list of places on the VFP website. This a benefit for Valley Food Partnership and the Montrose Community Foundation

Not so much thunder and lightening this week..Makes Oreo, oh, so happy!! Mostly sunny {and smokey!!} this week..high in the 80's..some lows down into the 40's again..42 Sunday night!! The forecast looks like we might get a bit of moisture in the coming week.

Our focus outdoors is switching more from weeding to harvesting. That doesn't mean we don't have more weeds to pull..but in most areas we seem to be getting ahead of them a bit!! Mom and Della went out earlier this week and harvested onions..walla walla and cabernet. The wallas will store short term..the cabernet will be in the veggie pickups late in the season. We got them all sorted and hung. The blackberries are starting to ripen rapidly..this week was the first week of major picking..Mondays picking mostly went into the freezer for jam and wine..that last hail we had really messed them up..Wed and Fri pickings were much better. The summer squash has peaked!! Egplant, pepper, and tomato are growing well and we have been harvesting a few here and there. Today we picked the first 5 lbs of green beans!! Almost all our babies are up..beets, radishes, turnips, and kohlrabi are pretty much all up..the first few carrots are starting to come up.

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..Everythng decided it was time to get with the program and start ripening a bit faster..we harvested over 40 lbs of tomats just from the high tunnel, the jimmy nardello peppers are going crazy{red sweet pepper that all our interns have voted the best tasting pepper they have EVER had for about 6 years now. The okra was just waiting for Alex to get back to Oregon..it's yield jumped about 4 times this week!! All the trays we seeded last week are up and looking good..we will be starting to transplant them into the tunnel as warm season goodies start coming out in Sept. You can see them over on the west side of the lawn..please,send them love and warm thoughts!!

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 13 weeks old..looks {and sounds!!}like we have at least two little roosters..they still need much more practice!! They seem to be enjoying their new quarters..some day we may get used to hearing them down there!!

Old little chickies are almost 25 weeks old now..2 have started laying now..one aracana and one columbian wyandotte

New duckies are 21 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 14 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 4 weeks old!! They are having a ball with the extra room!! And are fun to watch when it is duckie bath time!!

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..this 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..next week will be the last until the fall plantings are ready

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

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

tomatoes..64 lbs this week..more and more each week

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic

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

cabbage 

portuguese kale and collards

turnips and daikon

scallions

sweet onions

summer squash

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

fennel

celery

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

a few broccoli and cauliflower..please share

the first green beans..again 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