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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 9/11/2015 7:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy abodonza everyone!!

Note: 24rd veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

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....Kat and Circle A Garden will be teaming up for the day..Please come and see us and help support local food!!

Another fun happening!!! Next Saturday, Sept 19. Farm to Mine event at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine above Ouray. A fun day at the mine..mine tours..local foods lunch. Please join Kat and Stan up at the mine for an awesome time!!

Well, this week was oh so much drier!! It was cloudy early on in the week..clearing and sunny by early afternoon...maybe 10 whole drops of rain. By Tuesday the sun was back in all its glory...from dawn to dawn!!! High temperatures early in the week in the 70's..today it hit 85..lows have been in the 40's all week. Who enjoyed a week of sunshine?? Well, pretty much all of us here at the farm..it was so delightful to harvest and work out in the fields without all that water pouring down!! The forecast for next week is calling for a bit of rain early in the week with sunshine later on.

Was a much better week for getting out into  the fields..Mom has been oh so happy to be able to get out of the house..she has been working on weeding our fall roots..they are lookin' good!! The melons appreciated the sunshine..they have been waiting for it..Della harvested our first 5 watermelons today!! Hopefully if we get another good solid week of warm sunny weather the rest of the melons will decide to start ripening. There are lots of melons out there, but they like warmer, sunnier days than we have been getting to start ripening out. If you haven't been out in the gardens for a while, the sunchokes are in full bloom right now..spectacular!!

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

Thanks to Joyce for coming out Wednesday and Rylan {our great nephew} for coming over Thursday to help out!!

In the tunnels..We plan on starting to plant greens next week..lord willin' and the crick don't rise!! Okra and malabar spinack will be coming out soon to make way for more greens. Tomats are still going strong. Chard and kale..especially the kale is very happy!! Peppers are amazing..many of them are starting to sport their fall colors..lots of reds, yellow, and orange to brighten up the CSA this week.

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 16 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 28 weeks old now..several more have started laying.

New duckies are 24 weeks old now..they have not been at all pleased with the lack of rain!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 17 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 now 7 weeks old!! They are reaching that awkward teenage stage..all feet..growing more feathers..a couple of them are starting to get little baby mohawks. They are going to be interesting when they get finished feathering out!!

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  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..LOTS of kale..it is going nuts!

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

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

peppers..quite a few now..lots of Jimmy Nardello Gatherers gold is awesome!!



From outdoors


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


portuguese kale and collards

turnips and daikon..a few d'avignon..almost forgot that Alex planted them!! 


sweet onions

summer squash

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



a few more cucs, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes from the great out of doors!!

more broccoli and cauliflower..please share

the first green beans..again please share!!

blackberries and raspberries


herbs.. parsely, a lot of basil..especially the specialty ones


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