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Posted 9/11/2014 7:11pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Pears and peaches this week..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

What a week..Sunshine continued until Sunday afternoon..then the wind started blowing..the clouds rolled in..and it rained a good bit of Monday and Tuesday!! Mostly nice gentle rain, but there were a few times that it just came down in buckets..really big buckets!! The storm was pretty much done by Wednesday morning..had lots of sun yesterday and today to dry things out a bit. Highs in the high 70's-low 80's..lows high 40's-low 50's. AND it looks like it may be sunny and warm much of this coming week..maybe a bit of rain late in the week.

In the tunnels..the rain Monday and Tuesday made planting  our babies an easy decision. Got the majority of them planted..a few that need another week of growing befoer we can get them in the ground. We now have something like 500 new plants..chinese cabbage, bok choi, yakina savoy, swiss chard, mustards, mizuna, mibuna, and more. They all look really small compared to the cucumbers, tomatoes,peppers and other warm season goodies in the beds around them. They are looking good and will be much bigger soon. 

Outdoors..Melons are reluctantly starting to ripen..harvest a couple more each day{have to harvest them every evening so the skunks and other wild critters don't smell them and decide it't time for a little snack!!}. Outdoor tomatoes are slowly getting into the swing of things..like the melons they just are not ripening very fast..lots of beautiful green tomatoes!! I think the clouds and rain slowed them all down AGAIN!! 

 Fun Happening!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner..was awesome last night!! Thank goodness the rain was over..Thank you Kat, Stan, Tamara, Heidi, and everyone else who worked so hard to pull it together!! Thank you all so much for using and supporting LOCAL foods!!

Another fun happening coming up Sunday!!

Savor the San Juans..local food, local chefs, local homes.                                                       Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership invite you to savor the flavor of the Western slope during this 2nd annual home and chef showcase. From the historic old school lodge to a rugged yurt, tour your way through 7 one of a kind properties whose luxurious kitchens will host area chefs. These culinary masters will be preparing delectable tastes from the bounty of local farms.                                                                                   Tour from 11am-3pm Sunday September 14                                                                         Toast the tour from 1pm-4pm at Turn of the Century Saloon..featuring local wine, beer, cider and desserts.                                                                                                                      For more information and tickets visit  www.valleyfoodpartnership.org

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 11 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 11 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..The wind blew the fence down Sunday and Gonzo led them all astray again!! So Della just opened the gate and let them all get reaquainted before they found Alex's radishes again!! After 1/2 hour or so of stand off and establishing a new pecking order they seem to all be getting along and enjoying the new space.

Duckies had a blast playing in the rain..I think they were a bit disappointed Wednesday when the sun came back!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 4 weeks old tomorrow..getting bigger by the minute..and is enjoying his bath very much.

 Baby chickies will be 27 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  24 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

pickling melon

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

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

 

 

 

Posted 9/5/2014 6:23pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Pears were not quite ready to pick last week so we have pears, apples, and peaches this week!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Happy mostly sunshiny weather this week!! Lots of sunshine except for yesterday..Toasty warm days and cooler nights. Highs in the 80's..lows high 40-low 50's. {we were down to 46 the other morning!! Looks like we have some more rain coming our way early next week with cooler temps. Average first fall frost for Montrose County is about the 15th..here on the farm we have gotten that first frost as early as Sept 3 or as late as mid October. We will be checking the weather more closely again..will need to do a last frantic harvest of any warm season goodies that are ready just before we think it is going to frost. Some years it looks like it might frost..then doesn't get as cold as we think..other years it gets MUCH colder than we anticipate!! Each season is a bit different.

In the tunnels..Well all those red tomats are slowing down a bit so not quite so many this week. Heirlooms and fun tomats in the high tunnel are starting to ripen a bit more rapidly. We are starting to get beds ready for all those fall greens we started last month. We will be taking out the okra and malabar spinach..they are pretty much done for the season..their space will be filled in with chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, chines cabbage, salad greens. and more!!

Outdoors..well we have harvested almost 600 lbs. of awesome goodness this week. And the melons still haven't really kicked in..lots of beautiful melons out there in the patch..Starting to get a few more outdoor tomats..again lots of beautiful green ones..sunchokes are starting to bloom..I think they will be awesome in a couple more days..dry beans are starting to fill up their pods..fall roots are growing nicely..in the winter squash patch the sugar pumpkins are just starting to turn..have a mystery squash..we haven't figured out just what it is yet but it keeps getting bigger!!

 Fun Happening!!...revised date!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner September 10  6-9 pm

Ouray Chamber Resort Association Fundraiser at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine                   1223 County Road 14 Ouray  Tickets are $75/person all inclusive RSVP 970-325-4746           This will be a lovely outdoor Farm to Table dinner with awesome views using locally grown and produced foods and spirits.                                                                                         Kat..one of your fellow CSA members and chef is creating a menu using local in season produce from local producers including Circle A Garden.                                                    The menu is spectacular..5 courses starting with seasonal vegetable tarts, locally milled breads, herb butters and dips, fruity beverages. Next comes tomato and peach gazpacho with cantaloupe and pink peppercorn pop. next course is corn and shaved squash salad with herbs, goat feta, morel salt, and tomato millefeulle. Then there is coffee crusted pork with peach relish, herb roasted and stuffed chicken, carrot pancakes with salted yogurt, chard tomatillo salsa verde, tomato and peach salsa, roasted farmer's veggie quinoa, braised farm greens. Then if you still have any room there isa selection of cakes and tarts, seasonal frozen treats, s'mores at the campfire.

Another fun happening coming up!!

Savor the San Juans..local food, local chefs, local homes.                                                       Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership invite you to savor the flavor of the Western slope during this 2nd annual home and chef showcase. From the historic old school lodge to a rugged yurt, tour your way through 7 one of a kind properties whose luxurious kitchens will host area chefs. These culinary masters will be preparing delectable tastes from the bounty of local farms.                                                                                   Tour from 11am-3pm Sunday September 14                                                                         Toast the tour from 1pm-4pm at Turn of the Century Saloon..featuring local wine, beer, cider and desserts.                                                                                                                      For more information and tickets visit  www.valleyfoodpartnership.org

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 10 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 10 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese have been enjoying their new pasture..the little geese have been so good hanging out on the lawn untill yesterday..Gonzo led them astray..down to Alex's planting of french breakfast radishes..where they nibbles. Alex is NOT happy with them!!!

Duckies did not enjoy the weather quite as much this week..they would like it to rain all day every day!!  Kiera's baby will be 3 weeks old tomorrow..braved his first bath today.

 Baby chickies will be 26 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  23 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..lots!!

pepper and eggplant

pickling melon

malabar spinach..last week

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

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 8/28/2014 4:52pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Monsoon!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Happy rain?? Well it has been raining off and on most of the week..it rained on Saturday..some more on Sunday..a bit more on Monday..and even more on Tuesday..Tuesday night it poured and continued Wednesday morning. We were all primed for sunshine today..the newspaper, the computer and the radio all said we would have abundant sunshine..well, it was started raining again about 6:30 this morning and drizzled off and on until almost 11..the sun is shining brightly right now, but I see more clouds all around the horizon!! Maybe tomorrow we will have sunshine??

In the tunnels..Yes, tis tomato season!! The tomatoes in the low tunnels went even more nuts this week..mostly red tomats...salsa,soup,salad..basically anything with tomatoes anyone?? 

Outdoors..Well, we have harvested over 500 lbs of awesome goodness so far this week..and still have harvest tomorrow to go!! Much is tomats from the low tunnel {almost 200 lbs!!}. AND the melons still are not ripening ..they are waiting for a couple of nice warm SUNNY days!! The rain has made harvesting a bit of a challenge..lots of mud to muck through..lots of waiting for things to dry out{berries, beans, and basil don't do well if harvested wet!!}..  Thanks Joyce for coming out to help.

 Fun Happening!!...revised date!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner September 10  6-9 pm

Ouray Chamber Resort Association Fundraiser at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine                   1223 County Road 14 Ouray  Tickets are $75/person all inclusive RSVP 970-325-4746           This will be a lovely outdoor Farm to Table dinner with awesome views using locally grown and produced foods and spirits.                                                                                         Kat..one of your fellow CSA members and chef is creating a menu using local in season produce from local producers including Circle A Garden. 

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 9 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 9 weeks old today and tomorrow. It is amazing how fast they have grown..it is getting difficult to tell them apart from the older geese..until they try to honk. We moved the big geese from the front yard into nes pasture yesterday..they seem to be enjoying it.

Duckies are about the only ones who have truly enjoyed the weather this week..they think it's great!! Kiera's baby will be 2 weeks old tomorrow..growing like a weed, but still cute

 Baby chickies will be 25 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  22 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 6am 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..lots!!

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant

pickling melon

malabar spinach

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

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 8/14/2014 7:38pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Monsoon!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Where has the year gone?? We are having a hard time believing that it is mid August already!! A few drops of rain here and there this week until this morning..my nice gentle overnight rain started about 6:30 this morning..it rained nicely until almost 11:00..made harvesting a bit of an adventure!! Most of the week our highs ranged mid to high 80's..there were a couple of days that it seemed much hotter!! About 1/2 after we decided we couldn't bake in the hot sun any more and shaded up..well here came one of those happy little clouds!! We were way cool a couple nights this week..down to 48 degrees..okra and basil did NOT like it!!{difference in basil harvest this week was 7 lbs..last week 11 lbs!!} Forcast looks to be hot and dry most of next week..

In the tunnels..well,tomato season has begun!! low tunnel tomats have definitely kicked in this week..high tunnel tomats are getting there..and we picked the first few outdoor tomats this morning. harvests of everything except the okra are increasing quite a bit..We seeded 17 trays of greens for the high tunnel this week..mustards, bok choi, chard, kale, chinese cabbage, bitter greens and more!! A few of them are already coming up..it is so exciting!! They will be going into the high tunnel in September as the weather cools and we start taking out plantings of warm season goodies.

Outdoors..pretty much everything is growing well..including the weeds!! Each week we are harvesting more stuff from outdoors..I would say Peak Season is arriving!! Much of our week was spent harvesting..weeding{thanks Stephanie and Eli for coming out to give us a hand!!}..and prepping beds for fall roots{beets, carrots, turnips, radishes} and getting them seeded.

Fun Happening!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner August 26  6-9 pm

Ouray Chamber Resort Association Fundraiser at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine                   1223 County Road 14 Ouray  Tickets are $75/person all inclusive RSVP 970-325-4746           This will be a lovely outdoor Farm to Table dinner with awesome views using locally grown and produced foods and spirits.                                                                                         Kat..one of your fellow CSA members and chef is creating a menu using local in season produce from local producers including Circle A Garden. 

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 7 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 7 weeks old today and tomorrow. They have been hanging out on the lawn..and have been so good..not trying to escape into the garden where there are many more things more interesting than grass to eat!!

The goose's name is Gonzo..last week he was hanging out on the lawn with the babies and going back to the front to sleep with the big geese..this week he has decided that the babies aren't so bad and has been sleeping with them. I guess maybe he's  thinking teenagers are better to hang with than squalling babies??

Duckies are all doing well..they really enjoyed the rains!! Kiera and Titus have been setting for about 3 weeks now..hanging in there!!

 Baby chickies will be 23 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  20 weeks old on Tuesday. They are very happy down in the chicken house.

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..

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..we are getting a few more pounds of warm season delights each week but are not there yet!!

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..LOTS!!

Kale

gailon

cucumbers

tomatoes..lots!!

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant..a few more each week

malabar spinach

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil..not as much as last week but a fair amount

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

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 8/7/2014 7:14pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Monsoon!!

**note..for those of you who signed up for Ela Fruit Share..this is the week!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Our monsoon rain continues..some areas of Colorado have gotten hit with large quantities of rain and/ or hail..some flooding in places as well as some crop damage. Here at the farm we have had a few light afternoon /evening thundershowers and one real nice gentle soaking rain..not quite my overnight rain I always ask for..it started about 3 in the early morning and rained until about 10 am. Not complaining though..it made pulling weeds and prepping beds so nice!! The plants are rally lovin' it!! Still a bit cooler..mostly about mid 80's with lows in the mid 50's..lows just a tad cool for some of our warm season goodies..okra is complaining!!

In the tunnels..harvests of everything except the okra are increasing quite a bit..I think the low tunnel tomats have finally decided to kick in!! A few more cucs..and the eggplant is very happy!!

Outdoors..everything just loved the rain again this week..we could see the plants just stretch out and shout thank you!! Cucs are starting to slowly kick in..green beans have little tiny inch long beans..melons are growing larger{Della picked the first watermelon..unfortunately all it's little signs she looks for to see if they are ready to pick were misleading..it was not ripe!!}Garlic is all in and hung..we are getting more seed beds ready for fall roots..seeding trays with fall greens for the tunnel..and pulling bazillions of weeds..doing squash bug hunt and tomato hornworm hunt..trellising tomats and cucs..and much more!! Thanks to the Mueller family for coming out to help..

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 6 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 6 weeks old today and tomorrow. I can't beleive how big they are getting!! One of them is learning to honk..

We have been naming the goose the last couple of weeks..you all came up with over a dozen very awesome names..last week we had you vote on your favorite name. Well, we have it narrowed down to 4 names now so we will have you vote again this week and see if we can narrow it down to just one!!

Duckies are all doing well..they really enjoyed the rains!! Kiera and Titus have been setting for about 2 weeks now..almost halfway there!!

 Baby chickies will be 22 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  19 weeks old on Tuesday. They are very happy down in the chicken house.

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..

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..we are getting a few more pounds of warm season delights each week but are not there yet!!

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..LOTS!!

Kale

gailon

cucumbers..just a few more

tomatoes

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant..a few more each week

malabar spinach

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

cabbage

broccoli

cauliflower

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil..LOTS of basil..pesto anyone??

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

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 8/1/2014 6:40pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Monsoon!!

Well, I think our monsoons have kicked in this week..several nice gentle overnight soaking rains as well as some heavier afternoon downpours that didn't last long. Plants {as well as people} are just lovin' it!! Temperatures have been just a wee bit cooler..mostly mid to high 80's with night time lows in the high 50 to low 60's. A bit muggy off and on..but then a breeze picks up and a happy little cloud will come over the sun and makes it very bearable. 

In the tunnels..wish I could say harvests in the tunnels are peaking..but no such luck{except for the chard!!}. The plants are growing very well..the peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes are setting lots of fruit..they just are taking their sweet time to ripen. We have been expecting tomatoes in the low tunnel to really kick in any time the last 3 weeks..they are SO loaded with green fruit..once they start..watch out!! Cucumbers and okra are coming along and producing just a bit more each week. The sweet potatoes in the low tunnel are growing madly..they are starting to take over the entire bed and then some!!

Outdoors..everything just loved the rain this week..we could see the plants just stretch out and shout thank you!! Last week when we were picking basil I could look over at the melon patch and see space between the plants..not this week!! {some of them have baseball sized fruit now!!} The winter squash has pretty much filled it's area as well. Picked the first couple outdoor cucs and the first of the artichokes..the beans are blooming. I think the celery is twice as big this week as last. Just a few short weeks ago we had very nice paths in between the beds..well, they are disappearing rapidly!! The garlic is almost all harvested and hung..just have a bit of elephant garlic left{we bugged out when it started thundering and lightening and spitting rain!!} We have also pulled a gazzillion more weeds, done squash bug hunts, tomato hornworm hunts and seeded beds with more salad turnips, salad greens, beets, and carrots for the fall. Thanks Diane and Sonia for your help!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 5 weeks old on Monday. They are growing at an astonishing rate..remind me of summer squash!!. Mom's babies..are almost 5 weeks old today and tomorrow. We have lost 2 goslings to preditors so we moved them to the pen under the apricot tree today where hopefully they will be safer..they are old enough to not need to be brooded..they don't fit under their parents anymore!!

Duckies are all doing well..they really enjoyed the rains!! Della gave both Kiera and Titus new eggs last week so we will see what happens

 Baby chickies will be 21 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  18 weeks old on Tuesday. Della moved them into the chicken house with the older chickens. AND they are starting to lay!! I had forgotten just how small pullet eggs are!!

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..

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..we are getting a few more pounds of warm season delights each week but are not there yet!!

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..LOTS!!

Kale

gailon

cucumbers..just a few more

tomatoes..just a few

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant..a few more each week

malabar spinach

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

cabbage

broccoli

cauliflower

beets

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

 

 

 

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.