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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 5/26/2017 7:29pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Summer{?} in the Rockies!!!

The eighth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 27th..9:00 am to noon!! 

 The Weather this week was much more May like..a wee bit chilly over the weekend..highs in the 60's..lows in the 30's. The rest of the week has been warming nicely..Today we were almost 80..the low was in the 40's..abundant sunshine all week. We even had a couple of nice little rain showers overnight. Yesterday and today we have seen lots of wind though..hot and dry winds..not great for the little plants we are trying to get out!! Another red flag warning for the Paradox Valley today. Next week looks to be much the same..just a wee bit warmer!

I was able to do a good walk through of the garden this week. Except for the Maple tree in the back and many of the narrow leaf cottonwoods in the river bottom we came through last weeks wet heavy snow with minimal damage!! The roses have pretty much stood back up..they peaked about Wednesday..the wind has made a mess of many of the blooms but where they are a bit more sheltered they are gorgeous!! The iris are beutiful..if you have a chance check out the ones in front of the high tunnel..wow!! The poppys have not been able to stand straight up..they are starting to bloom well..I think there were 6 or 7 blossoms open this morning and more to come..just harder to see because they are not sticking out above the foliage. The rhubarb..well some of the stems straightened back up..many of them just continued to grow but with some fun curves..some of the stems have gotten sunburned..all those big leaves were not above the plant to shade them!! Some of the currant were damaged..a few broken branches, but I don't think it hurt the fruit. The one line apricot I could see last week seems to be gone. Thanks to Zeno, the fruit tree limbs are in good shape, but I am just not seeing a whole lot of green growing fruit..

More fun things I found in my walk abouts this week..The peas are starting to bloom..about 2 weeks until peas!!{lord willin',the crick don't rise,we don't have another hard freeze,snow or hail!!}. The cabbages are starting to head..kohlrabi are about thumb size..carrots and beets are up and doing well..radishes and turnips are not as happy though. All those alliums we planted are looking good!!

Food for thought.. I am going to get on my soapbox and give you a farmers viewpoint on the importance of food..and would like you to share your view point from a consumers point of food{unless of course you are one of our young farmer friends..we would like your input as a young farmer} From where I sit here on the farm, food is one of the four things required to sustain our lives..with out them we will die. {Fresh air, clean water, and shelter would be the other three} Fresh, nutrient dense food is not only a delight and taste treat to eat..but sustains our life.  When I hear someone complaining about how much food costs, I wonder if folks really get just how important food is to our very survival!! Simply put some things we spend money on we Need to survive..if we don't have them we will die!! Other things we want..life might be less convenient or not as fun if we don't have them but we will still be among the living. SOOOO...how much is it worth to you to eat fresh, nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and fit?? Is it worth more to you than your cell phone?? Your television with a gazillion channels??..a brand new car??..another pair of shoes?? Let us hear from you!! 

The scenery in the high tunnel has certainly changed the last couple weeks..spring greens have made way for warm season delights. We harvested the last of the mustards, asian greens and radishes this morning to make room for more peppers, okra, yard long beans, malabar spinach and more!! The tomatoes are just about in need of their trellis..they are growing well and some have started to bloom. Peppers, eggplant and cucumbers are starting to put out new growth, The champions this week though are the favas!! They have grown about two feet since last week!! May wall is now at least 4 feet tall!! If I am over behind it no one can find me!! The little beans are growing bigger..found a couple today that are almost as big as my ring finger!!

Outdoor adventures this week were mostly about getting more beds ready to plant and getting the drip back on..hopefully we will be able to get celery, parsely, broccoli, cauliflower, more alliums, and some random little bits of specialty things in..plus getting more beds prepped to plant and getting the drip tape checked out, repaired or replaced, and tacked down{we were able to get 5 beds all ready for the season this week..hopefully another 5 this week??} 

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan now have 7 new babies!! We went ahead and let the geese set last month. Wednesday morning the first nest hatched out!! 

Intern update..they may be ready to head out here to Colorado in about 2 weeks!! 

Thank you Vicky for coming out this week to help plant peppers and get the bed ready for the next batch of alliums. I think you must of pulled at least a bazillion weeds!! Also our thanks to our awesome workshare folks who have been going the extra mile to help us out..Evan, Chris, Rhonda, and Tricia!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 8 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, lettuces

The last of the bok choi, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain and radishes

salad greens, celtuce, turnips, beets, little carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

last of the green onion,

rhubarb, fava greens, lovage

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A