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Posted 11/21/2014 5:26pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Thankgiving!!

NOTE: Last CSA veggie pickup of the 2014 season is December 13!!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! More fall leaves!!

The week started out cloudy, cold, and a bit damp..had a nice gentle rain shower early. Saturday was not too bad..a bit chilly and cloudy..we got about an inch of snow Saturday night..Sunday was cloudy then cleared off for the night..Monday was cold but sunny..our low was 7 degrees..we barely made it to almost 40 for the high. Tuesday and Wednesday gradually warmed with more sunshine..lows in the upper teens..highs 45-50. Thursday was cloudy and a bit nippy..but today we were up into the mid 50's with more than abundant sunshine!! Tomorrow looks like we may have more sunshine early with some clouds rolling in later in the day. Considering what the weather was like on the front range, we have been downright balmy!! They got a lot more snow and sub-zero temperatures!!

In the tunnels..greens in the high tunnel took a hit Sunday night..even though we had tucked them up a bit more, they did not like 7 degrees. Hardest hit were the Kale and the Mibuna..bok choi and yakina savoy had quite a bit of damage..the mustards and the chinese cabbage came through with very little damage. Soooo..greens are a bit short this week. How many greens we have for the last 3 weeks of the season will depend on what the weather decides to do. If we have warmer temps and lots of sunshine some of them will grow out of the freeze damage.

 

Outdoors..The colder temps put a bit of a damper on the rest of the fall harvest, but we did get about half of the carrots and all of the sugar beets and mangals in.

Garlic is in!!! Just need a few more leaves to finish mulching them for the winter. Our thanks to Sally, Russel, and Keven for hanging with us Wednesday to get the job done..what a relief not to have to worry about it anymore!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 21 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 21 weeks old today and tomorrow. Moved them over to new pasture in the brossica {think broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, and cabbage} patch yesterday. Sad news..another night of predators..lost another goose for a total of 5..Our injured goose{Gooseberry} is doing well..we have been doing hydro-therapy and massage on his injured leg. He has been staying in Della's greenhouse and is getting bored not to mention totally spoiled!! The other geese were picking on Pumpkin again Wednesday so Della stuck him in with Gooseberry for company..they have both been enjoying themselves!!

Duckies.. They are enjoying wandering the garden..a little less frenzied..they have scouted out their favorite spots now and make the rounds each day. Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 14 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 37 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  34 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

endive

escarole

chinese cabbage..lots of chinese cabbage!!

salad greens

 

From outdoors

carrots

parsnips

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

rutabaga

winter radish

beets

turnips

cabbage..last of the season

celeriac

horseradish

onions

apples

quince

leeks

garlic


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 11/13/2014 6:07pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday...time change for workday..looks to be cold so we are going to do it from 11 am to 2pm..projects..possibly planting garlic or harvesting more carrots, parsnip and sunchokes..or if it is too cold working on pulling out tomato and pepper plants out of the high tunnel..                                                        If we are unable to plant garlic Sunday any and all help will be greatly appreciated Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday..please let me know what day{s} you can come out!!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Well, I think our lovely fall weather decided to go south with the birds..lots of geese, sandhill cranes and other birds have been going over this week..so fun to watch..especially the sandhills!! Wasn't too bad early in the week..Sunday and Monday{Alex and Zeno's last days here} were a bit cooler, but nice and sunny. Tuesday was even cooler, but still some sunshine. Wednesday was pretty much cloudy with a random little skiff of snow here and there..not anything significant..just enough to make us really miss the last few weeks. Today was cloudy and cold..I think our high was maybe 35..brrrrr!!! And the forcast for the next couple of days doesn't look much better..cold, cloudy, and our first touch of winter weather..may even get some snow. Della and I are definitely NOT looking forward to that!! Not only are we in intern withdrawal{Zeno.s jokes and conversations with Alex about growing food are very much missed!!}we are already missing the sun and warm temperatures of the last few weeks!!

In the tunnels..greens in the high tunnel are also missing the sun..today we added another layer of frost blanket to keep the rest of our babies warm!! Between the cooler temperatures and to shorter days they are starting to grow much more slowly

 

Outdoors..Fall harvest continues. This week we harvested the last of the brussel sprouts. We also harvest the last of the kohlrabi, leeks, and beets for storage. Also harvested a few more sugar beets, mangals, and parsnips.  We are getting close..just have a few turnips, carrots, sunchokes, and parsnips to go!!

Garlic planting continues..finished up the bed we started last week and maybe about 1/2 of the next bed...Thank you Terry for your help on Sunday workday!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 20 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 20 weeks old today and tomorrow. Moved them over to new pasture in the brossica {think broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, and cabbage} patch yesterday. Sad news..some critter got into the flock and we lost four geese last night..and one injured. The rest are VERY nervous and unhappy..they are back over in the other patch for the night..may just move them over to the brassicas during the day

Duckies.. They are enjoying wandering the garden..a little less frenzied..they have scouted out their favorite spots now and make the rounds each day. Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 13 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 36 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  33 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

 

From outdoors

beets

carrots

celery{last week for celery}

 turnips

kohlrabi

brussel sprouts{last week}

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

rutabaga

winter radish

cabbage

celeriac

horseradish

onions

apples

garlic


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 11/6/2014 6:04pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday 9:am-noon..time to plant garlic..it is supposed to be a gloriously sunny day and we sure could use your help!!..please let me know if you can make it!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Yet another lovely week of fall weather..Our storm seemed to have gotten lost somehwere along the way..a couple of more cloudy days early in the week with a slight bit of rain..a bit chilly in the mornings but warming up nicely. Highs in the 50 to high 60's..lows 22 to 28.

Sad news..this was our interns last week of farm adventures. Alex is leaving Sunday to go back to Portland{see Alex I got it right and didn't say Seattle this time!!}. Zeno is leaving Monday on his way back to Rhode Island for the holidays. Please help us thank them for the awesome job they did growing your food!!

In the tunnels..Sweet potato harvest is finished..Thank you Patrick for coming out Sunday and chopping up all those vines!! We ended up with about 250 lbs of yummy sweet potatoes!! Greens in the high tunnel continue to grow and grow and grow!!

Outdoors..Fall harvest continues. We have had a busy week getting more stuff in out of the fields and into storage..more carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, rutabaga, sunchokes, celeriac, Hamburg parsley, horseradish and more. Still have more turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots, leeks, sugar beets, mangels, sunchokes,kohlrabi, and more to go!! Even though this was a very bad year for the potatoes we have been harvesting some record amounts of some of the other fall roots and tubers!!

We also started planting garlic this week..Thank you Tiffany for all your help Tuesday!! 3/4 of a bed down..3 to go!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 19 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 19 weeks old today and tomorrow. Della and Alex have started the fence around the fall roots so we can let them into the garden to graze and forage{and fertilize!!} anything that will be left the next few weeks.

Duckies We have started letting the duckies out into the garden during the day this week. They are SOOO excited!! I think they spend the first hour or two running full tilt{hard to do when your legs are only 3 inches long!!}around the garden trying to decide where to start first..grasshoppers in the turnips? worms where ever we are digging? frozen tomatoes on the trellis? decisions, decisions!! Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 12 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 35 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  32 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

 

From outdoors

cabbage

beets

carrots

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

onions

apples

garlic


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 10/30/2014 6:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday 9:am-noon..please let me know if you can make it!!

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Another lovely week of fall weather here on the farm. Rain did not develop..{totally broke our hearts..not!!}..a bit cooler of a morning, though..we got down to 25 Monday and Tuesday nights. Daytime temps warmed up nicely..50's early on..today was 70. Supposed to be nice 1 or  2 more days..then another storm is supposed to blow in.. looks like Sunday and Monday will be miserable!!

In the tunnels..Sweet potato harvest continues..I think we are up to about 150 lbs and still more to go. We harvested the last of the tomatoes and peppers this morning. Greens are just booming..looks like we may have a couple of napa cabbages this week.

Outdoors..Fall harvest is in full swing. This week we harvested radishes, turnips, beets, celeriac, and kohlrabi for storage. We also harvested the first of the sunchokes, rutabaga, and parsnips for the CSA this week. Our fall roots are amazing this year..they had a good 4-6 weeks of warm weather and extra growing time after our first fall frost that they haven't had in recent years. 

THANK YOU Joyce and Scott for joining us on our first fall Sunday workday!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 18 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 18 weeks old today and tomorrow. Della and Alex have started the fence around the fall roots so we can let them into the garden to graze and forage{and fertilize!!} anything that will be left the next few weeks.

Duckies We have started letting the duckies out into the garden during the day this week. They are SOOO excited!! I think they spend the first hour or two running full tilt{hard to do when your legs are only 3 inches long!!}around the garden trying to decide where to start first..grasshoppers in the turnips? worms where ever we are digging? frozen tomatoes on the trellis? decisions, decisions!! Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 11 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 34 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  31 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

tomatoes

apples

garlic


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 10/23/2014 5:08pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday 9:am-noon..please let me know if you can make it!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time is now 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!!!..please let everyone Know!!

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Well, it has been another lovely week!! Lots of sunshine with cool fall temperatures{want to know the Main reason we didn't get much rain Wednesday??..Zeno washed up all our bins on Monday so we wouldn't be washing them in the pouring rain!!} Not sure it will work again this coming week..we are supposed to get rain coming in Monday or Tuesday..and be much cooler..in the 50's during the day with low 30's at night.

In the tunnels..Harvested more sweet potatoes in the low tunnel. Peppers and tomatoes are still going pretty strong{may change with the colder temps next week} Greens just keep on a growin'!!

Outdoors..Fall harvest is in full swing. We are starting to harvest lots of fall roots to put into storage for those final CSA pickups in Dec..Remember that day last year when the temperature on Saturday didn't even get above 30 and we had everything on the tables tucked up in blankets?? {right after we had mucho snow??} We are hoping that the weather will continue to be fairly mild until AFTER we are all done..Della and I are just NOT ready!! So far we have kohlrabi, carrots, a few beets, turnips, celeriac, potatoes, onions, and radishes in. Still have many more of all of them to harvest..and haven't even started on rutabaga, parsnips, sunchokes, and sugar beets!!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 17 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 17 weeks old today and tomorrow. Della and Alex have started the fence around the fall roots so we can let them into the garden to graze and forage{and fertilize!!} anything that will be left the next few weeks.

Duckies I think spent the week doing a rain dance..they were not quite as pleased with the weather as we were!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 10 weeks old tomorrow..he has learned how to quack now!!

 Baby chickies will be 33 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  30 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash

tomatoes

apples

garlic


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 10/17/2014 7:22pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time is now 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!!!..please let everyone Know!!

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

What a lovely week it has been!! Plenty of sunshine..comfortable temperatures to work in..just perfect fall weather!! A bit chilly at night early in the week..we were down to 27..but high 30-low 40's now. Our highs have been highs 60's to low 70's..just glorious!! Awesome sunrise Wednesday morning..just enough cloud to make the colors spectacular to the east..then looking west our cottonwoods {which are in full fall color} were picking up the light from the sunrise and were just glowing!! Beautiful!!..what a way to start the day!!

In the tunnels..Started sweet potato harvest..we are about 1/3 of the way and have about 75 lbs of nice lookin' tubers!! We harvested more of a variety of greens today..they are doing SOOOO well and lookin' SOOO happy!!

Outdoors..Harvesting more of our fall season goodies..turnips, winter radish, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, celeriac..and have many more to go!! Still have a bit of winter squash to harvest..they are just not quite ready yet..we covered them this last week and hopefully all this sunshine will finish them up. Also working on potato harvest..so far it is not looking good..spuds are small and way too few so far..hopeful that the last 2 beds will look much better!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 16 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 16 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They still think we should be picking melons at 6:00 every evening!!

Duckies I think spent the week doing a rain dance..they were not quite as pleased with the weather as we were!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 9 weeks old tomorrow..he has learned how to quack now!!

 Baby chickies will be 32 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  29 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 Starting next weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

From storage

peppers

tomatoes

apples

garlic


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 10/10/2014 6:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time will be changing in 1 week. Starting October 18 {that's next week, folks!!} the new time will be 11 am to 2 pm..please let everyone Know!!

 

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

This week's weather started out wonderful!! Abundant sunshine with fall like temps..highs in the 70's..lows right around 40. Then yesterday happened!! Clouds had rolled in on Wednesday afternoon..Thursday started out very dark and cloudy with just a bit of "mist"..one of those "soft" days..then the heavens opened up and dumped!! rained pretty much all afternoon and into the night. It had finally finished by about 5 this morning. Today was very cloudy and cool..but at least it wasn't raining cats and dogs!!

In the tunnels..I think we will be starting sweet potato harvest next week. Started harvesting a few new greens today..they are lookin' yummy!!

Outdoors..Starting to harvest a few fall season goodies. This week we harvested the rest of the apples and the quince. Harvested more winter squash and got the squash pile started. Still quite a few squash that just aren't quite ready yet..hopefully they will finish out this next week. Thank you Gail and Dian for helping harvest and haul all that squash!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 15 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 15 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are about the only ones who completely and absolutely enjoyed all the rain yesterday!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 8 weeks old tomorrow..he and his mommy were just playing and enjoying the wet..we were all huddled up in the veggie shed sorting tomatoes and trying to stay warm and dry!!

 Baby chickies will be 31 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  28 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 8 am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper 

herbs

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash..one last little hurrah

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers..last hurrah on them as well

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

From storage

peppers

tomatoes

apples

garlic


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 10/3/2014 6:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time will be changing in 2 weeks. Starting October 18 the new time will be 11 am to 2 pm..please let everyone Know!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! last week for Ela fruit share!!..Circle A veggie share goes until mid- Dec..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

Well, this second week of fall was certainly MUCH different!! The storm started coming in Saturday night..did anyone see the lightening over the plateau around 9 or so?? What a show!! It rained much of the day Sunday..was cloudy and threatening rain a good bit of Monday{then if poured in the evening..Tuesday was sunny in the morning..rainy in the afternoon..Wednesday it mostly rained. Much cooler temps this week..Our high on Sunday was almost 60..almost 50 Monday-Wednesday..and up into the 60's yesterday and today. Our lows were anywhere from 42 down to 30 this morning. Got our first frosts of the season..32 Wednesday night and 30 last night. Looks like we are going to warm up just a bit this next week..highs in the 70's lows in the high 30's. After this last week we are eagerly looking forward to a nice LONG Indian summer!!

In the tunnels..sweet potatoes are "humping"!! {we can pull back the vines and see humps of sweet potatoes pushing up the soil}..all our new babies are very happy..may be able to harvest a few in the next week or two!! 

Outdoors..We chickened out on Monday and started our mad harvest of warm season goodies..green tomatoes and peppers are into storage so we will have them for a couple more weeks. We harvested what is probably the last of the cucs, summer squash, tomatillos, and green beans.{may have a final last hurrah on all the warm season stuff depending on what the weather does} We started harvest the winter squash..made a big pile down at the bottom and covered the rest of it..will be harvesting more and getting in moved up to the CSA are in the next week or so..some beautiful squash!! By Wednesday we were all harvested out and took a rain day..spent the time in the kitchen; preserving the harvest and making all sorts of goodies to eat!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 14 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 14 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are about the only ones who completely and absolutely enjoyed all the rain!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 7 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks like when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 30 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  27 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 8 am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper 

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash..the last little bit

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers..probably the last

peppers..will have peppers from storage for a couple weeks

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

edamame

leeks..the very first few of the fall season


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 9/26/2014 6:18pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Next week is the last week for the Ela fruit share..Circle A veggie share goes until mid- Dec..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

Well, the first week of fall has been glorious!! Lots of sunshine..highs high 70-mid 80's..Lows in the upper 40's and low 50's. Looks like that could change next week, though..a storm is supposed to come in tomorrow afternoon and give us some moisture..how much depends on just where you happen to be in the valley. It is supposed to rain off and on through Sunday night/Monday..as the storm clears out it looks like we could have some much cooler weather..highs in the 60's lows in low 40's. We could maybe get a touch of frost Monday or Tuesday night..forecast is calling for 38-40..but where we are down along the river..we could be 5-10 degrees cooler.

In the tunnels..all our new babies are very happy!! 

Outdoors..Not quite as many melons this week..Tomatoes have finally decided to kick in..all our fall goodies are just around the corner!! celeriac, leeks, rutabaga, parsnips. sunchokes, winter swash, sweet potatoes and much, much more!! Thank you Lashonda, Keona, Luke, Terry, and Billie for coming out to help this week!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 13 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 13 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are still waiting for it to rain again!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 6 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks like when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 29 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  26 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper and eggplant

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

edamame

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 9/19/2014 5:54pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Swiss Gourmet apples are not ready to pick this week so we have peaches and plums..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

What a great week of sunshine to usher in the fall this weekend!! Abundant sunshine all week..a bit chilly early..we were down to 40..a bit better this morning at 48 degrees. With all this sunshine our highs have been low to mid 80's most of the week. And the forecast looks like the first week of fall will be almost as nice..maybe a bit of rain but not any great amount.

In the tunnels..all our new babies are very happy and growing like weeds..they are almost 3 times bigger than they were when we planted them!! Tomatoes in the low tunnel are pretty much finished..sweet potatoes are starting to get bigger roots.

Outdoors..Melons have finally gotten the message that it is time!! So far we have harvested 169 melons and still have this evening to go before CSA pickup tomorrow!! FYI Della has some recipes for jam and wine..I also added some more melon recipes to the website!!         Tomatoes are still waiting..maybe they will get the message this next week.                              In addition to harvesting pretty close to 1000 lbs of goodies{that includes melons!!} we have done some weeding, picked apples, cleaned the chicken house, and built a compost pile. AND enjoyed the sunshine!! Thanks Sally for coming out to give us a hand!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 12 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 12 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are still waiting for it to rain again!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 5 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks likw when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 28 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  25 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

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 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every 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

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

cucumbers

tomatoes..fewer this week

pepper and eggplant

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

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