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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 6/2/2017 8:05pm by Betsy Austin.

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

The ninth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 3rd..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: Please don't forget the soil talk with Ron Godin..this coming Monday June 5th...10:30am..I encourage everyone who wants to grow anything to come on out to the farm to learn more about the oh so important foundation to successful growing..the soil!!

It's beginning to feel a lot like summer!! On this, the second day of June,{what happened to May!!}we are dry and toasty..and have been for most of the week. I am trying hard to remember how cool it was just a couple of short weeks ago when it snowed!! We did have some very ominous clouds and a lot of wind on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons..some thunder, but no rain..{it did rain somewhere..I could smell it!!}Highs up to 80..lows in the 40's. Next week looks like more of the same..just hotter and dryer!!

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!! 

In the high tunnel this week we have some cool things going on..the fava wall is taller than I am..what a great place to hide!! Tomatoes are starting to bloom, the silver slicers have little boy blossoms and the favas beans are big enough to start sticking out all over!! This week we got the final tie on the fava wall in..dropped the trellises for the tomatoes and got another bed just about ready to plant. Soon it will be time to pick something other than greens!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we planted broccoli, cauliflower, celery, scallions, parsely, and some specialty kales. We have beds ready for summer squash, peppers, eggplant, more alliums, and part of the artichkes. getting the drip running on all the beds is going slowly but we get a bit more each week. Our thanks to Dee for coming out to help with the fava wall, tomato trellises, and getting another bed ready to plant!! 

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!!

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 9 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!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, lettuces

The last of the turnips, celtice,

salad greens, beta greens, beets, little bit bigger carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

rhubarb, fava greens, herbs

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