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Posted 7/18/2014 5:53pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy July!!

!!!!!Note..need payment for Ela fruit share!! Also have a couple extra shares available!!

Weather this week has been mostly HOT!! and muggy part of the time. Highs in the high 80 to low 90 range..lows right about 60 most of the week. A bit cooler on Wednesday morning when we had several nice rain showers. They didn't last long, but sure made the air smell nice and clean!!

In the tunnels..finished fertilizing and mulching the chard, kale, and collards this week..the chard is especially appreciative!!  Did some more trellising of tomatoes and cucs. Both the tomatoes and cucs tripled their yield this week..harvested 18 lbs of cucs and 3 lbs of tomats..many more to come!! We harvested the first peppers and eggplant this week..Patrick's Purple Pepper is now Patrick's Perfect Purple Pepper..it is beautiful!! Just have to find a great phrase for Bettye's okra and Kat's eggplant..

Outdoors..Did our third squash bug hunt of the season Tuesday..found over 40 adults, lots of egg clusters and a few nymphs..they must have been asleep and hiding out last week!! Thanks Diann for you help!! Weeding frenzy continues..have one section and most of the second one completed..we are making progress!! Harvested the next 2 varieties of garlic...And did I mention all the weeds we pulled? 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have come out to help us during our time of need..Transition Lab, Tomten Farm, Buckhorn Gardens; Geoff, Claire, Pheobe and all our wonderful volunteers; AND all our CSA members who heard our call. Words cannot describe how very fortunate and blessed we feel to have such a wonderful group of folks in our farm's family and community.

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 3 weeks old on Monday. They are growing at an astonishing rate..remind me of summer squash!!. Mom's babies..are almost 3 weeks old today and tomorrow..Coral has adopted one, one of the other mammas has adopted one, and Miss Piggy{one of the ganders} has adopted the other 3.

Duckies are all doing well.. nothing is hatching so Della is going to see if Kiera is up to setting another 35 days.

 Baby chickies will be 19 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  16 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. The next couple of weeks the shares may be a bit light..we are transitioning from cool season crops to warm season goodies

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

beets

cucumbers..just a few more

tomatoes..just a few

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant..about 4 of each

herbs

From outdoors

kohlrabi..last until fall crop is ready

garlic

cabbage..many more

broccoli..cauliflower

carrots

summer squash

basil

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

Ela fruit share 

  2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic CSA fruit share For Circle A Garden Members Ela Family Farms’ CSA Organic Fruit Share- $150 Enjoying Colorado fruit season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through Circle A Gardens. Our fruit share offers 58 lbs of organic fruit over 9 weeks and is designed for a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will eat all year! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge. If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share. To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to jeni@elafamilyfarms.com. If you are curious about life on our farm, like Ela Family Farms on Facebook or read our posts and blogs at your leisure on our website.

Predicted Fruit Schedule Aug. 7- Peaches Aug. 14- Peaches Aug. 21- Peaches Aug. 28- Peaches and pears Sept. 4- Peaches and Gala apples Sept. 11- Peaches and pears Sept. 18- Peaches and Swiss Gourmet apples Sept. 25- Honeycrisp apples Oct. 2- Ten pound mixed bag of apples and a jug of cider-Ela’s choice.  

 

 

Posted 7/10/2014 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy July!!

!!!!!Special, special note: For those of you doing Ela Fruit Share..payment due by July 10!!

Still another hot week here on the farm..Gee someone might think it is summer!!  Our highs this week have been in the upper 80'sand 90's and our lows in the high 50's. Some rains south of us in Ridgway and the mountains but just a few drops here on the farm..but I hear a rumor that our monsoon will start soon!!

In the tunnels..More weeding, fertilizing, mulching and trellising early mornings in the tunnels. We have one pepper so far that is just almost ready to pick..and he has many friends!! Picked about 5 lbs of cucs this morning..and they have many, many friends!! Picked 5 tomatoes this morning..I think they are teasing us right now..or they are scared because everyone is going out and drooling on them!! Picked the first little okras..not many but they are off and running. Can see eggplants growing from across the tunnel..not quite big enough to pick yet, but getting there!!

Outdoors..Did our second squash bug hunt of the season Monday..only found 5 adults but lots of egg clusters. Harvested the first variety of garlic..Thank you Abigail and Birch for coming out to give us a hand!! Most of the rest of the week we spent weeding..almost have one section completely weeded..just 5 more to go!! Picked the first basil of the season this morning..about 3 lbs..not bad for the first picking!! We will just have the genovese this year..we changed soil mix in the prop house from a peat moss based one to a coir{coco fiber} based one and have had some issues getting use to it..the new one looks different, feels different and holds the water different so we have had a learning curve with watering our seedlings..the basil was not too happy to be overwatered!! Next week we will be starting to trellis cucs and tomatoes..they are really starting to grow!! Some of the green beans are starting to run..we do mostly pole beans so they are starting to think about running up the trellis. Looks like we will have more broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage this week.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have come out to help us during our time of need..Transition Lab, Tomten, Farm, Buckhorn Gardens; Geoff, Claire, Pheobe and all our wonderful volunteers; AND all our CSA members who heard our call. Words cannot describe how very fortunate and blessed we feel to have such a wonderful group of folks in our farm's family and community.

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 2 weeks old on Monday. They are at least twice as big as they were when they hatched!! . Mom's babies..are almost 2 weeks old today and tomorrow..also growing like weeds and spoiled rotten already!! Della has been trying to see if one of the geese will adopt them..Little Miss would like to take care of them..but can't make the goslings understand what she is up to. Most of the adult geese will stand guard during the day when the babies are out on the lawn with them, but no one seems to want to take care of them at night.

Duckies are all doing well.. I don't think they are going to hatch any of their eggs..they are way past overdue.

 Baby chickies will be 18 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  15 weeks old on Tuesday. They all seem to have settled down after last week..don't seem to be quite so skittish..much calmer.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. The next couple of weeks the shares may be a bit light..we are transitioning from cool season crops to warm season goodies

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

beets

cucumbers..just a few

herbs

From outdoors

kohlrabi

garlic

cabbage..a few more

broccoli..cauliflower

carrots

basil

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

Ela fruit share 

  2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic CSA fruit share For Circle A Garden Members Ela Family Farms’ CSA Organic Fruit Share- $150 Enjoying Colorado fruit season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through Circle A Gardens. Our fruit share offers 58 lbs of organic fruit over 9 weeks and is designed for a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will eat all year! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge. If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share. To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to jeni@elafamilyfarms.com. If you are curious about life on our farm, like Ela Family Farms on Facebook or read our posts and blogs at your leisure on our website.

Predicted Fruit Schedule Aug. 7- Peaches Aug. 14- Peaches Aug. 21- Peaches Aug. 28- Peaches and pears Sept. 4- Peaches and Gala apples Sept. 11- Peaches and pears Sept. 18- Peaches and Swiss Gourmet apples Sept. 25- Honeycrisp apples Oct. 2- Ten pound mixed bag of apples and a jug of cider-Ela’s choice.  

 

 

Posted 7/3/2014 6:11pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy July!!

Note: 14th veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 28..9:00 am to noon. 23 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

!!!!!Special, special note: Once again we are working with Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss to bring you the option of a fruit share. This year we will be able to offer a nine week fruit share with peaches, pears, and apples{in their season}{about 58 lbs of fruit total}. The cost is $150. Ela,s is requesting that we have at least 20 shares to make it worth their time and effort to deliver it to us each week. I need to know before July 4th if you are interested..I need payment before July 10th. Please read the information from Ela's at the end of this update. Sorry for the lousy formatting..at least this week I got it to copy here!!

Another hot week here on the farm..all our warm season goodies are lovin' it..the people and the birds, well we wanting to hunt for shade by about 10 am!! Our highs this week have been in the 90's and our lows in the 50's. a few random clouds here and there but no moisture. It has clouded up nicely this afternoon, but don't think we will get any rain out of it.

In the tunnels..Did quite a bit of work early in the mornings..trellising tomatoes and cucs..weeding  fertilizing and mulching  galion and kale..taking the favas out{guess what we used for mulch??} weeding and getting water jugs in the low tunnel out before we have to harvest tomats. Found our first tomato hornworm..just a little one but he was hungry and probably has friends. This is the last week for carrots and favas from the high tunnel.

Outdoors..We worked on weeds much of the week..trying to catch up before they completly overtake us!! We also planted scallions for fall and edamame. The first veariety of garlic is ready to harvest on Monday. Della did our first squash bug hunt of the season this morning..that isn't what she started out to do, but..she found at least 30 adults and so many egg cluster she lost count.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have come out to help us during our time of need..Transition Lab, Tomten, Farm, Buckhorn Gardens; Geoff, Claire, Pheobe and all our wonderful volunteers; AND all our CSA members who heard our call. Words cannot describe how very fortunate and blessed we feel to have such a wonderful group of folks in our farm's family and community.

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were a week old on Monday. They have been out on the lawn helping all the adults mow it. Mom's babies..Had 5 of the eggs hatch..some on Thursday, some on Friday and some on Saturday so they are about a week old now. They had their first big adventure on Tuesday..Mom took them down to show all her friends at PACE..everyone had a ball. The rest of the week they have been going out on the lawn in the chicken tractor to get acquainted with the rest of the geese.

Duckies are all doing well.. Della doesn't know if we are going to have any babies..something has been getting in the pen and stealing eggs from the nests this week..plus they are past due for hatching.

 Baby chickies will be 17 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  14 weeks old on Tuesday. Disaster in the form of a skunk struck Tuesday morning. It managed to kill 9 of them..just pulled the wire off the coop and went in. Della fixed it and reinforced it but lost another one Wednesday morning..so she brought them all back up to the coop under the apricot tree until she figures out this predator menace.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. The next couple of weeks the shares may be a bit light..we are transitioning from cool season crops to warm season goodies

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

collards

gailon

beets

carrots

fava beans..last of the season

herbs

From outdoors

kohlrabi

english peas..last of the season

salad greens

garlic scapes..last of the season

garlic

cabbage..a few more

broccoli..possibly

salad turnips and daikon radish..just a few

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

Ela fruit share 

  2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic CSA fruit share For Circle A Garden Members Ela Family Farms’ CSA Organic Fruit Share- $150 Enjoying Colorado fruit season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through Circle A Gardens. Our fruit share offers 58 lbs of organic fruit over 9 weeks and is designed for a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will eat all year! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge. If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share. To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to jeni@elafamilyfarms.com. If you are curious about life on our farm, like Ela Family Farms on Facebook or read our posts and blogs at your leisure on our website.

Predicted Fruit Schedule Aug. 7- Peaches Aug. 14- Peaches Aug. 21- Peaches Aug. 28- Peaches and pears Sept. 4- Peaches and Gala apples Sept. 11- Peaches and pears Sept. 18- Peaches and Swiss Gourmet apples Sept. 25- Honeycrisp apples Oct. 2- Ten pound mixed bag of apples and a jug of cider-Ela’s choice.  

 

 

Posted 6/26/2014 7:42pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Solstice!!

Note: 13th veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 28..9:00 am to noon. 24 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

!!!!!Special, special note: Once again we are working with Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss to bring you the option of a fruit share. This year we will be able to offer a nine week fruit share with peaches, pears, and apples{in their season}{about 58 lbs of fruit total}. The cost is $150. Ela,s is requesting that we have at least 20 shares to make it worth their time and effort to deliver it to us each week. I need to know before July 4th if you are interested..I need payment before July 10th. Please read the information from Ela's at the end of this update. Sorry for the lousy formatting..at least this week I got it to copy here!!

Well, we haven't noticed the days getting any shorter..just hotter!! Our highs have ranged from 89-92 this week..with just a few happy little clouds coming in about the time we are ready to get out of the field before we melt down. Our lows have been in the low 50's..which will be good for our warm season goodies.

In the tunnels..The scenery has totally changed!! Have good news and bad news..the good news..we picked our first cucumber and our first tomato this week..the bad news..we ate them.{try splitting a small cuc 8 or 9 ways} Even better news is that that cuc has many friends growing bigger by the minute..the tomato has many friends set..still very green but getting bigger!! 

Outdoors..Planting frenzy is done..whew!! Just 5 more beds to plant with fall season goodies and there will be no more room at the inn until we harvest garlic.

Thank you to Gail, Abigail, and Birch for coming out this week.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have come out to help us during our time of need..Transition Lab, Tomten, Farm, Buckhorn Gardens; Geoff, Claire, Pheobe and all our wonderful volunteers; AND all our CSA members who heard our call. Words cannot describe how very fortunate and blessed we feel to have such a wonderful group of folks in our farm's family and community.

Updates on our little birdie friends. Coral's eggs started pipping Sunday and were all hatched out by Monday evening. Coral is a VERY proud mama of 9 little goslings!! They are 3 days old and already growing like weeds!! Pumpkin decided he was the proud papa and was strutting around handing out cigars!! All the geese are very proud and are all "helping" to take care of the new babies. Poor babies have 12 parents!! Lucy, the other goose who was nesting abandoned her nest when Coral decided to use it for her new family. Luckily Della noticed in time to rescue the eggs before they got too cold.{one was already starting to pip. So we are hatching them in the house. We had one gosling all hatched out at 4 am this morning and 4 or 5 more that are starting to pip. Hopefully they will be all hatched out by morning. Mom has been baby sitting the one gosling that is hatched today. We went in to check on them and they were both fast asleep in Mom's chair.

Duckies are all doing well.. Della's 3 setting ladies are hanging in there!! According to her calendar they should be startin to hatch sometime next week.

 Baby chickies will be 16 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  13 weeks old on Tuesday. Mom and Della got them moved down to their new home the other night.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. The next couple of weeks the shares may be a bit light..we are transitioning from cool season crops to warm season goodies

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

collards

gailon

beets

carrots

fava beans

herbs

From outdoors

kohlrabi

sugar snap peas last of the season

english peas..maybe a few more next week

lettuce

salad greens

garlic scapes

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

Ela fruit share 

  2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic CSA fruit share For Circle A Garden Members Ela Family Farms’ CSA Organic Fruit Share- $150 Enjoying Colorado fruit season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through Circle A Gardens. Our fruit share offers 58 lbs of organic fruit over 9 weeks and is designed for a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will eat all year! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge. If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share. To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to jeni@elafamilyfarms.com. If you are curious about life on our farm, like Ela Family Farms on Facebook or read our posts and blogs at your leisure on our website.

Predicted Fruit Schedule Aug. 7- Peaches Aug. 14- Peaches Aug. 21- Peaches Aug. 28- Peaches and pears Sept. 4- Peaches and Gala apples Sept. 11- Peaches and pears Sept. 18- Peaches and Swiss Gourmet apples Sept. 25- Honeycrisp apples Oct. 2- Ten pound mixed bag of apples and a jug of cider-Ela’s choice.  

 

 

Posted 6/19/2014 7:48pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Solstice!!

Note: 12th veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 14..9:00 am to noon. 25 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

Special Note!! We need your help!! The end is in sight!! Please come out and help us finish  planting..Sunday June 22..I will be out there at 6 am when it is cool..would like to be done before noon when it is way hot!! This will be the last Sunday workday until fall..your farmers need to start taking a day off!!

!!!!!Special, special note: Once again we are working with Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss to bring you the option of a fruit share. This year we will be able to offer a nine week fruit share with peaches, pears, and apples{in their season}{about 58 lbs of fruit total}. The cost is $150. Ela,s is requesting that we have at least 20 shares to make it worth their time and effort to deliver it to us each week. I need to know before July 4th if you are interested..I need payment before July 10th. Please read the information from Ela's at the end of this update. Thanks..well..for some reason I can't get it to work so I will have the information posted at Saturday pickup

Solstice is upon us!! Next week the days will be getting shorter..not..we will just have a little less daylight to in which to get everything done!!                                                         The weather this week has been WINDY!! Once again anything that wasn't nailed down is long gone. Temperatures were just a bit cooler..mostly 70-80 during the day and mostly high 40's at night..we did have one night that was 38 though..just a wee tad cold for June!! A few clouds off and on..or maybe it was just the brown cloud of dust blowing in!! Our good freind Mindy dropped by this afternoon to drop off a loaf of fresh baked bread..she was in Telluride yesterday in the middle of a snow storm!!

In the tunnels..Favas have been a bit more restrained this week..only picked about 30 lbs!! Tomatoes are getting bigger..vines and those first little tomatoes. Peppers are starting to set little tiny peppers..bush cucs are starting to get their first little girl blossoms..the viney ones are starting to run..eggplant is just starting to bloom. 

Outdoors..Planting frenzy continues..hopefully Sunday and Monday will see the last of the warm season goodies in the ground. {the wind slowed us down this week}..Please consider coming out and giving us a hand!!                                                                                         Sunday was ladies day at the farm!! Thank you Bettye, Sonja, Claire, and Phoebe for joining us. We planted the rest of the okra, part of the winter squash, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant..and a patch of zinnias for Claire!!

Peas are slowing down already..looks like this week is pretty much the last of the sugar snaps..and the early variety of english peas. We may have the first cabbages next week..if Della and I don't wear them out checking them..they look ready but when we give them a little squeeze they are not quite there. Salad turnips may also be back soon..they are about the size of my thumb this week. Potatoes are just barely  starting to bloom. 
Garlic is coming along nicely..just a few more weeks before we can harvest those first juicy bulbs!!

Our thanks to Bettye, Sonja, Claire, Phoebe, Geoff, and Transition Lab for helping us out this week!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. Della has checked her calendar and is thinking Coral may be about ready to hatch..well she hasn't yet..Della went out and asked her if she could hurry it up so that Phoebe could see the goslings before she left..nothing doing!!

Duckies are all doing well.. Della's 3 setting ladies are hanging in there!! 

 Baby chickies will be 15 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  12 weeks old on Tuesday. Della is getting a new home ready for them..we have a pen down in the plum thicket that is the next step for our new ladies..they will be able to get aquainted with the older chickens without actually being in the same pen. By fall they should be comfortable with each other so they can go into the chicken house for the winter.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days last Sunday workday until fall is Sunday June 22..we can set up times during the week for you during the summer..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime 6 am to noon.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is June and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We still have a few shares available..of special note..I have a gentleman who would like to purchase a share for a family in need..so please touch base with me Saturday if you can help us out.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

collards

gailon

beets

carrots

fava beans

herbs

From outdoors

kohlrabi

sugar snap peas..possibly the last until next season

english peas

radishes..last until fall

lettuce

salad greens

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/12/2014 7:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fathers Day!!

Note: 11th veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 14..9:00 am to noon. 26 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

Special Note!! We need your help!! Please come help us plant..Sunday June 15..I will be out there at 6 am when it is cool..would like to be done before noon when it is way hot!!

June is marching on..solstice is right around the corner..                                                         The weather this week has been variable..hot and sunny Friday and Saturday..cloudy and much cooler Sunday..Della and I were working in the high tunnel and were dressed for 90..we had to break down and go put more clothes on!! Monday and Tuesday the sun was back at full force..Wednesday we had clouds and a few thundershowers both in the morning and the afternoon with sun in between..and today it was bright and sunny and hot. Everyday except Sunday our temps have been in the 80's and low 90's with lows high 40 to low 50. Sunday our high was about 70..our low was 34..had a few panicky moments Monday morning when I saw frost on the wood of the hardening off bench..had to run around and check all our babies to make sure they were all right!! Everyone came through with flying colors..even the cucs that we have planted in one of the "cold" spots. the forecast for next week is calling for hot and dry much of the week..we wouldn't mind the occasional cloud or two!!

In the tunnels..Favas have gone crazy!! Della and Claire picked over 40 lbs this week and they are just starting!! if you haven't seen the tunnel for a while you will not recognize it..all those lush green leafies have made way for warm season goodies!! All are doing well..my tomato wall is on it's way up the trellis..it will be a while before they get as big as the favas..we are seeing many more little tiny pea sized tomatoes..don't know about you, but I can't wait!! Many of the peppers are blooming, the cucs are still doing the little boy blossom thing..eggplant is growing well..okra is happy in it's new home.

Outdoors..Planting frenzy continues..and the heat is on..literally!! we have 1 more short week to get the rest of everything planted out so that they will have time to mature before that first fall frost!! Please consider coming out to help plant the rest of our transplants..Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday..I will be out there at 6 am!!

Pea picking adventures were much more productive this week..not as productive as the favas..but a decent amount..and many more to come!! Pea season may be short but sweet..but oh so good!!

Our thanks to Sonja, Claire, and Transition Lab for helping us out this week!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. Della has checked her calendar and is thinking Coral may be about ready to hatch!!

Duckies are all doing well.. Titus is still hanging in there..and she thinks that Quakers, one of the other khaki cambells is ready to set.  Kiera..the lap duck.. seems to be settling in for the duration

 Baby chickies will be 14 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  11 weeks old on Tuesday. They are getting very selective about their greens..we have been taking them some of the trimmings from the greens, lettuces, etc and Mom has been getting them a bucket of weeds everyday. They like chard, kale, a very eclectic assortment of weeds, kohlrabi, beet, carrot, and radish tops..They do not like lettuce, dill, mizuna, or bok choi!!

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for June will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

beets

carrots

fava beans..LOTS of fava beans!!

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered shallots

green garlic

kohlrabi

sugar snap peas

english peas

rhubarb

radishes..probably just one more week until fall

salad greens

dill weed..LOTS of dill weed

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/5/2014 7:25pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy June!!

Note: tenth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, June 7..9:00 am to noon. 27 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

Can you believe it is June already?? Wow, time is marching on..rapidly!! I think summer is upon us..to me it seems like we went from spring to high summer is a matter of hours!! Our weather this week has been hot and dry. Highs in the mid-upper 80's..lows is the high 40's-low 50's. Tuesday was the only day we had many clouds at all..most of the week the sun has just been a beatin' down. Next week looks like more of the same only hotter..with highs in the 90's. At least we won't have much humidity..forecast is calling for 18-25%. {the high temps and the low humidity increases our fire danger..so be careful out there!!}

In the prop house..Just a few more odds and ends left..soon we will be closing the doors and the vents to let it solarize to kill off any pests and diseases we might have picked up during the spring.

In the tunnels..Favas are still getting taller..looks like we will be doing our first picking next week. I think the tomatoes have grown at least a foot since last week!! We have both trellises down now and are starting on our tomato wall. Peppers and eggplant are looking great. Pulled the trellis down for the cucumbers..we are seeing those first few little boy blossoms so it won't be long!! Got beds prepped for the okra and malabar spinach. Sweet potatoes are growing almost as fast as the bind weed..did you know they are related? I would't dislike the bind weed so much if it produced big fat tasty tubers in the fall!!

Outdoors..Planting frenzy continues..and the heat is on..literally!! we have 1 more short week to get the rest of everything planted out so that they will have time to mature before that first fall frost!! This week we got the rest of the brassicas, slicing cucs{still have picklers to go}, and most of the artichokes in. this next week we will be busy, busy,busy, prepping beds and planting beans, celeriac, tomats, peppers, tomatillas, winter and summer squash, melons and a few odd hold outs from earlier plantings{just have to see where we have more room!!}

Our pea picking adventure on Monday turned into a pea weeding adventure. We found maybe a double handful of them{and of course we ate them!!}. Today was much better..picked over 5 lbs..by Monday they should be booming for a couple of weeks!!                                               Monday was also our soil talk with Ron..we had quite a turnout of young farmers, interns, community members and a few of us older farmers as well. Ron's talk was very informative and the questions everyone had were awesome!! It was so inspiring to meet and talk with our next generation of young farmers and food growers!! {Della and I are the average age of small farmers so it is wonderful for us to see so many young folks interested in learning about growing food!!}

We have had many folks out to the farm the last few week to help us get our crops planted. Claire is back for another visit this year..she is a friend of Patrick.one of your fellow CSA members..we hope she enjoys spending her time here as much as  we enjoy having her!! We have also had the interns from Buckhorn Garden, Tomten Farm, and Transition Lab; also Geoff, Lisa, and Daniel; and a few of your fellow CSA members who have all come out to give us a hand. If you happen to see them out and about or at Farmers Market, please help us thank them for their hard work!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. Coral is definatly setting now..and so are 2 others..all 3 seem to be sharing 2 nests and setting duties. Della moved a couple of tables over their nests for a bit of shade and protection from the weather since they still want their nests out in the hot sun, rain, hail, and whatever else we get!! 

Duckies are all doing well.. Titus is still hanging in there..and she thinks that Quakers, one of the other khaki cambells is ready to set.  Kiera..the lap duck.. seems to be settling in for the duration

 Baby chickies will be 13 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  10 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for June will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

collards

salad greens

beta greens

gailon

salad turnips..the last until the new planting is ready

beets

carrots

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered shallots

green garlic

kohlrabi..a few more than last week

sugar snap peas..the first few pounds so please share..there will be more!!

rhubarb

radishes..probably just one more week until fall

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/29/2014 7:36pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost summer!! {at least for this week!!}

Note: ninth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 31..9:00 am to noon. 29 more weeks of fresh awesome deliciousness !! shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Note: time for a payment if you haven't done it already!! Thanks!!

Overall the weather has been pretty good. Friday we got about 20 minutes of downpour with some hail mixed in..we're talkin' the heavens opened up and the rain came down in huge bucket fulls!! Saturday was pretty calm and sunny in the morning..by evening it had clouded over and was starting to rain a bit. I finally got that nice gentle overnight rain I've been asking for!! It rained..and soaked in..most of the night!! Sunday morning was still a bit rainy off and on, but by about 10 the sun was back. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were very sunny and warm..a few clouds that we kept trying to coax over to cover the sun a bit while we were working. They would wait until about 5 minutes after we were finished, then come in!! Today was a welcome relief from the sun..cloudy pretty much most of the day..still pretty warm though.Looks like we have a lot more sun in our forecast for the coming week..maybe a stray thunderstorm, but for now looks sunny and warm. I think we went from springtime in the Rockies to high summer in one short week!!

In the prop house..Getting emptier by the day..I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel!!{when everything is planted and all we have to do is weed,water, admire, harvest, and EAT!!}

In the tunnels..All the asian greens are gone..just have chard, kale, and collards left. This week we got the eggplant in. {Thanks Kat for your help!! Patrick, your peppers are lookin' great!! Starting to grow and a couple are wanting to bloom already. The favas seem to still be getting taller..we added another tie this week..they are over the top of their stakes now and we can see their pods sticking out from across the tunnel..some are about 4 or 5 inches long now. Got one tomatoe trellis down and part of the tomatoes tied up. That first black jasper is almost twice as big as he was last week!! and he has freinds!! another black jasper and a black cherry..both about the size of peas!!

Outdoors..Planting frenzy continues..the heat is on..we have 2 short weeks to get the rest of everything planted out !! Each day we get a little more in..we are having a rough time keeping up..what with planting, taking care of what is already in and harvesting each week for the CSA..seems every year about this time the faster we go, the behinder we get!! Harvested the first few kohlrabi this morning..by next week they should be booming. Looks like our first picking of peas will be Monday..there were a few pods ready this week, not enough for the CSA so we ate them right there in the field!! Cabbages are looking good and little heads are getting bigger. Lettuces are growing well..small but we may go ahead and harvest just a few for Saturday. Some of the asian greens did not far well with the hail so we will have to seek how they look next week..a few of them are already starting to bolt so we probably won't have as much of a variety of them. Potatoes are not up yet..they are starting to put out little shoots though. AND the rose is in full glory!! Take a few minutes SAturday to stop and smell the roses!!..just be careful not to sniff up a bee!!

Fun happening here at the farm!! Come join us on June 2nd for our annual soil talk with Dr. Ron Godin..Tri-river area agronomist.                                                              Ron is the soil scientist we work with on our fertility issues here at Circle A. He will give us an overview of what is soil.. basic soil 101..with an emphasis on working with our heavy clay high alkaline soils. Come learn about the foundation of your garden/farm/etc. and bring your questions!!                                                                Talk will start at 9:30 am with a potluck lunch and farm tour afterwards.

Updates on our little birdie friends. Coral is definatly setting now..and so are 2 others..all 3 seem to be sharing 2 nests and setting duties. Della moved a couple of tables over their nests for a bit of shade and protection from the weather since they still want their nests out in the hot sun, rain, hail, and whatever else we get!! 

Duckies are all doing well.. Well, Velvet seems to have gotten out of the mood for setting..but Titus is still hanging in there..with a bit of help? from 2 of the other khaki cambells..all three of them are sharing one nest. Della says that Kiera..the lap duck.. is now setting..has a big pile of leaves with a hole in the center all lined with down and filled with eggs.

 Baby chickies will be 12 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  9 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for May and will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard

bok choi

collards

salad greens

beta greens

gailon

salad turnips

radishes

beets

carrots

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered onions and leeks

green garlic

kohlrabi..the first few

rhubarb

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/22/2014 8:43pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost summer!! {at least for this week!!}

Note: eighth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 10..9:00 am to noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

It has been a very nice week weather wise..abundant sunshine..a few clouds off and on..a bit breezy at times. Highs in the high 70-mid eighty degree range..lows mid to high 40's.  Very dry, though. Much better than the front range where they had tornadoes and ping-pong ball size hail!!  Looks like we may have a bit of weather coming in over the weekend..possibly some rain here in the valley..maybe a bit of snow on the high peaks and over some of the passes. 

In the prop house..melons and winter squash are starting to pop up..slowly emptying out as we get more stuff planted in the field.

In the tunnels..The landscape continues to change. Planted peppers this week. Almost all of the asian greens and mustards are gone. Favas are almost 4 feet tall now..still blooming like crazy..first few pods are now about 2 inches long. Tomatoes are growing well..looks like we need to get their trellis in place this week. Saw our first tomato this morning..it is a black jasper..about the size of my thumb and green as it can be!! Hope it will have friends soon..not sure how to divide one small tomat between everyone!!

Outdoors..Well, the drip is still on..we have about half the beds up and running..not on the timers yet, but at least we can run it manually and not haul hoses from one end of the farm to the other!! In places it is starting to look like a garden again!! The garlic is growing rapidly..seems like it was just last week that I could still step over the beds..this week I opted for going around..not sure I want to get high centered in the garlic patch!! The peas are blooming..lord will and the crick don't rise we should have those first peas in about 2 weeks!! The favas are starting to stretch and should start to bloom in the next week or so..they sure look puny in comparison to the ones in the high tunnel. Kohlrabi have little bulbies about the size of my thumb..looks like we may be able to start harvesting a few soon. Cabbages are starting head. Greens and lettuces are growing well..a bit small yet..we may have a slight gap for a week or two. We got the celery and the rest of the onions in. Della says it looks like at least four of the apple trees will have a pretty good crop of fruit..we will know more after June drop. The quince is starting to bloom. And the rose out front is starting to bloom..by Saturday it may be making quite a show!!

Fun happening here at the farm!! Come join us on June 2nd for our annual soil talk with Dr. Ron Godin..Tri-river area agronomist.                                                              Ron is the soil scientist we work with on our fertility issues here at Circle A. He will give us an overview of what is soil.. basic soil 101..with an emphasis on working with our heavy clay high alkaline soils. Come learn about the foundation of your garden/farm/etc. and bring your questions!!                                                                Talk will start at 9:30 am with a potluck lunch and farm tour afterwards.

Updates on our little birdie friends. Della thinks that Coral may be serious about nesting..still out in her spot in the sun and rain.

Duckies are all doing well.. Velvet sat on her eggs most of the week..until Titus{the littlest khaki cambell with the big attitude!!} chased her off the nest this morning and is now setting on the eggs.  Baby chickies will be 11 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  8 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for May will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard

red rain

bok choi

salad greens

beta greens

gailon

salad turnips

radishes

beets

carrots

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered onions and leeks

rhubarb

and more herbs


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/15/2014 9:14pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy just a bit more springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: seventh veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 10..9:00 am to noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Well, the storm predicted for Sunday made it's way to us. Sunday was one of those on and off again days..a bit of rain, a bit of snow, a bit of sun, quite a bit of wind..one of those days that if you waited just a few minutes the weather changed to something completely different!! Monday we woke up to wet snow/rain/mud mix. It either rained or snowed or both off and on most of the day. Tuesday was much nicer but chilly..our low was 26 overnight but with a bit of sunshine we got up to almost 60. Both Wednesday and today were glorious..lots of sun..a bit of a breeze here and there..highs in the 70's..lows in the high 30's. And looks like it will be sunny and warm for the next week or so.

In the prop house..Started the last few things for now..winter squash, gourds, malabar spinach, and calaloo. Hopefully I haven't forgotten anything!! We shouldn't have to start much of anything else until time to start fall greens for the high tunnel. Summer squash and cucs are coming up..melons look like the may be sprouted but not quite ready to pop through the surface of the soil. Everything else is growing well and just waiting to be planted!!

In the tunnels..The landscape is changing rapidly..just doesn't look loke the same space anymore. All those greens are making way for warm season goodies!! Monday we got beds ready for cucs, peppers and eggplant. Planted the cucs Tuesday, but decided to wait until next week for the peppers and eggplant..they just don't tolerate being chilled..it makes them pout. Tomats are growing well..sweet potatoes are starting to put out new leaves and the favas are starting to set little tiny pods.

Outdoors..Well, we turned the drip back on yesterday..we'll see how long it lasts!! This week our big push was getting the potatoes planted..all 5 beds are in now. Next week it;s on to more alliums, celery, beets, and whatever else we have hardened off and can get planted!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. The geese have settled into their new space. It was almost noon Saturday before they realized that all sorts of people had been coming and going..usually they greet all the CSA members as they come down the driveway. Another goose is starting to make a nest..not where Della would like..and not in a spot I would pick..it is protected from the wind by the greenhouse, but is out in the rain/snow/sunshine/etc. Me, I would make my nest back under one of the trees where I would have a bit of shade and some shelter from the storm!!

Duckies are all doing well.. Velvet is acting like she might be ready to set again..she keeps trying to hoard all the eggs that everyone has laid each day. Della gave her some goose eggs to play with. {she used goose eggs because it is very easy to tell them from the duck eggs..that way she know which eggs are fresh and which are not} Baby chickies will be 10 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  7 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for May will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard

red rain

bok choi

mibuna

chinese cabbage

lettuces

salad greens

gailon

salad turnips

radishes

beets

carrots..we on to the mokums this week..what did you think of the early ones?

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered onions and leeks

hopefully the first picking of rhubarb!!


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden