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Posted 8/22/2013 4:46pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy Abodanza!!

Much warmer this week..lots of sunshine..a couple of stray showers in the afternoon and evening.
Abodonza has arrived!! Just about everything responded to the warm temps and sunshine..Highs have been in the high 80's..lows in the low to mid 50's..it is amazing what a difference 10 degrees makes!! We will see how long this weather holds..been talking to my freind Horton up at Buckhorn Gardens..he's been reading somewhere about nighttime temps in the high 30's happening here starting early September. Please think lots of warm thoughts in the coming weeks for all our warm season veggies!!

 Fun observations..so far this week we have picked over 400 lbs of yummy produce!!{not counting the melons}..Della says we have something like 95 melons in the cooler already and we still have to pickthem again tommorrow..all the seeds {except the carrots} that we planted last week are us and doing well..

FUN events happening soon!!

Montrose Farmers Market
is celebrating their 35th anniversary and 4th annual Garlic Fest
Saturday September 7th starting at 8:30..for more information please visit their website  www.montrosefarmersmarket.com

Savour the San Juans..Local Foods, Local Chefs, Local Homes
Sunday September 15th, 11am to 4 pm
Tour and taste your way through six fabulous homes each showcasing a local chef preparing gourmet bites from local farms
Toast the Tour from 1-5 pm at Turn of the Century with local drinks and deserts.
Benefitting Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here at Circle A Garden {contact Betsy 249-9725}
For more information about this and other fun things happening please visit the Valley Food Parnership website  www.valleyfoodpartnership.org 


note: Ela fruit share folks..fruit share has started..boy are the peaches yummy!! If someone is picking up for you, please make sure that they know you have the fruit share..Thanks!!

Needed: pint canning jars..


Needed:  still in need of old carpet..if you are getting new please keep us in mind {just the carpet..no padding!!}

Baby ducks are now 12 weeks old..and spoiled rotten!! ..Turkeys are 15 weeks  old now..most everyone except peewee and Silver are sleepping in the trees..
Please do not chase the birds..or let your children chase the birds..if you sit quietly and watch them, a few will come right up to say hello!!
Be aware that we consider chasing the birds a form of animal abuse and will be speaking up more sharply to anyone who we consider is abusing our animals!! Thanks!!

 veggie pickup is  Saturday..9:00am-noon!!!


Workdays:
Workdays for the summer will be mainly our Wednesday kids day..9:00 am- noon. If this day doesn't work for for you we can set up time on Monday or Tuesday for you to get your hours in. {Wed is the only day for the kids} Now that it is so hot we can do adult time here at the farm earlier in the morning..I start before 6 am..{kid time is still going to be Wed 9-12}

What is available for the CSA??

this is my best guess on Thursday evening of what we will be harvesting in the morning.

Please be aware that all our produce is NOT "ready to eat". It is not "washed" per se..we chill it to get the feild heat out of it and get some of the soil off. Because of food saftey issues we recomend that you wash it before eating!!

From the high tunnel
Kale
Swiss chard
gallion 
malabar spinach
cucumbers
okra..still not too happy about those cold temps!!
peppers and eggplant
 tomatoes

From the great outdoors

 garlic 
summer squash
cucumbers..lots of cucs!!
 broccoli
cabbages..just a few
artichokes
sweet onions..
peppers..both sweet and hot
eggplant..much happier this week
tomatoes
carrots
beets
collards
beans
plums
the first few ground cherries and tomatillos
parsely
basil
and assorted herbs

note: please be kind to your fellow CSA members and share!! when I add everything up after we pick I put in a catagory those things that make the numbers come out..the catagory may have a total of 60 pounds and contain 2 or more veggies..if you take your entire share in just one item somebody else may not get any of that item.  THANKS!!

We also have eggs available for sale..they are $4.00/dozen.


Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/9/2013 6:23pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy May!!

A bit cloudy and wet this week. We have had a few  very nice rain showers this week..Many of them the kind I like..the nice gentle overnight rains. {ok so night started early afternoon and lasted until mid morning..but we can't complain too much..it's moisture..and it is raain and NOT that white stuff!!}. Temperatures have been a bit cool..mostly 50-60 during the day..nights from 32-40.

The rain has messed with my schedule this week..we didn't get everything done outdoors I wanted to..on the other hand we did get to spend some time in the prophouse and the tunnels..
Outdoors we got another succession of greens planted..the rest of the potatoes in ..more rhubarb weeded..and more beds ready to plant. In the prophouse we got the last tray of marigolds pricked up and late cabbages, tomatillos, and teddy bear sunflowers started. In the high tunnel we got more cucumbers and edible flowers planted and did in a few more weeds.


Needed: about 100 more gallon milk jugs for the low tunnel. It seems to be a bit colder so far than it was last year. We have about 100 all filled and ready to go, but I think we will need all those for the tomatoes that go in next week. Sweet potatoe slips should be coming in another week or so and I just don't think it will be warm enough for them without the extra jugs.
Also still in need of old carpet..if you are getting new please keep us in mind {just the carpet..no padding!!}

kid day turned out wet and rainy again..we'll keep trying..should have more settled weather as we go into the summer.
We would like to try something new this season. A Wednesday kid's day for those of you who have children. One of our workshare folks has a small child..one of his freinds has one as well. They have all come out to the farm to help out and the kids had a blast. So..he came up with a plan. If you have kids and would like to get some of your hours in, bring them along on Wednesday mornings{9:00-noon} for a fun workday. How will it work? Well the idea is to have one or two parents watch the small guys {maybe over on the lawn with some fun thing and take short tours of the farm}while the rest of the adults and older kids participate in whatever the project for the day might be.
Please NO kids without an adult..this is NOT daycare!!

We would like to work with Ela Family Farm again this year on a fruit share..please let me know soonest if you are interested..I'll try to remember to put a signup list out on Saturday.

Also, we are going to do turkeys again this year..They ate a ton of bugs and were a nice, if comic, addition to our summer. Downpayment this year will be $25..that's about 12 for the poult and the rest for labour costs..then in November when they are harvested there will be a charge for  feed.{last year we took the amount of feed they all ate and divided it out.} For those of you who did not get in on the turkey thing last year..the way it works is we raise your turkey for you..then the Sunday before Thankgiving you come out to the farm and help harvest your bird. I'm hoping we will have about 15 birds available for CSA members. We have already put an order in for them{so we can make sure to get the birds we want}. They are scheduled to be here sometime the week of May 8. I hope to have a signup list out on Saturday

Well, the bird population is growing!! In leaps and bounds!! Those geese and ducks must grow at least an inch everyday!! The little chickens are much more restrained..compared to the duck and geese they haven't grown much at all!!

Turkeys arrived this morning!!! They are SO tiny compared to the other babies!! Not sure if we will  have them out on the lawn Saturday..they may be a bit small and young to brave the weather.

 veggie pickup is  Saturday..9:00am-noon!!!


Workdays:
Workdays for May will be Sundays.. the 11th, the 18th,and the 25th..9:00am to noon. Projects will either be planting or getting beds ready to plant.

What is available for the CSA??
We do still have a few shares available!!
this is my best guess on Thursday evening of what we will be harvesting in the morning.
Please be aware that all our produce is NOT "ready to eat". It is not "washed" per se..we chill it to get the feild heat out of it and get some of the soil off. Because of food saftey issues we recomend that you wash it before eating!!

From the high tunnel
Kale
Swiss chard
Bok choi
Mustard
endive
escarole
pea greens
collards
orach
lettuce
salad greens
beta greens
radishes
turnips
 green garlic


From the great outdoors
green garlic
green onions
and rhubarb!!

and from the greenhouses..bedding plants!!


We also have eggs available for sale..they are $4.00/dozen.


Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/4/2013 7:07pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy glorious spring!!

Here we are in April already..less than 2 short DAYS from our first veggie pickup of the season!! What a truly glorious week it has been!! With the exception of Tuesday afternoon we have had more than abundant sunshine. {Tuesday we got about 15 minutes of almost hail..what you could call either soft hail or mushy sleet}. Most of the week our highs have been in the high 60's..lows in the high 30's-low 40's. Today we hit 70 and our lows are supposed to be mid-40's.

Well Marcus and I got the prophouse cleared out..but by Tuesday we had pretty much filled it back up.  Pricked up more herbs,lettuces, peppers, and eggplant and started more trays of greens. The next greenhouse is pretty much full now with artichokes, herbs, lettuces, and greens..the hardening off bench has a bit of room left but not much..must be time to plant!!

The high tunnel is looking great!! Can't even tell where the greens and the favas got nipped last week. Marcus was gone over the weekend and was amazed at how much everything had grown in just two days. We planted the last successions of lettuces and radishes for the tunnel. The next ones are going out in the feilds.

For our Saturday workday we gave the alliums a haircut, separated out the first 2 varities and got them ready to plant, mixed fertilizer, and got more trays set up for the prophouse. {Thanks Ester and Sally for all your help!!}
Needless to say we spent most of the week outdoors..digging sunchokes, turning compost, {yes we finally were able to get it turned!!}, planting the first of the onions and getting geared up for our first harvest tommorow. I made a list of everything we needed to get done this week..I think we ended up adding more things than marking them off!!

Once again I let Mom and Della loose in town by themselves..Guess what they came home with? The cutest little baby ducks and goslings!! If it is warm enough Saturday we will have them out on the lawn so everyone can see them.

First veggie pickup is this coming Saturday..April 6..9:00am-noon!!!
Farm tour This saturday as well..we'll start about 10:30. It will take about 1-2 hours depending on interest and how many question everyone has.. Come a bit early and pick out your veggies..then we will show you where they were grown!!


Workdays:
Workdays for April will be Sundays..the 7th, 21st and 28th ..9:00am to noon. Project for this week will be planting onions and getting beds ready to plant potatoes the following 2 workdays. If the weather doesn't cooperate we will be weeding in the high tunnel and working in the prophouse.

What is available for the CSA??
this is my best guess on Thursday evening of what we will be harvesting in the morning.
Please be aware that all our produce is NOT "ready to eat". It is not "washed" per se..we chill it to get the feild heat out of it and get some of the soil off. Because of food saftey issues we recomend that you wash it before eating!!

From the high tunnel
Kale
Swiss chard {a bit..it doesn't look as big as the other greens}
Bok choi
Mizuna
Mustard
collards
orach
salad greens
beta greens
chives
{was hoping to have turnips and radishes but they just aren't quite there yet}


From the great outdoors
green garlic
green onions
{for whatever reason they are bigger than the ones in the tunnel}

From storage
carrots
sunchokes
garlic
shallots

We also have eggs available for sale..they are $4.00/dozen.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/21/2013 6:54pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy equinox!!

Here we are the first day of spring!! What a day..started out with a good rain shower about 6:00 am..clearing and blue sky by 7:00..then a couple of hours where the weather couldn't make up it's mind..was either very cloudy or very sunny..then about 11:00 the wind picked up, the clouds rolled in, the temperature dropped and it poured down rain. We closed everything down and tucked everyone in..by about noon the sun was trying to shine again!!
Last week we had nice warm, sunny days..up to 70..we were running around in shorts and t-shirts a good bit of the time. Over the weekend it cooled off and we got some more moisture. A couple of nice gentle soaking rains here on the farm.  This weekend it looks like we are going to be in for some cooler weather..highs in the 40's..lows in the low 20's. Guess it's not quite time to put away my winter woolies!!
More signs of spring..The garlic is up!! The maple is blooming..the apricot buds are swelling, the snow is almost all gone, the mud is drying up, the grass is getting much greener, the weeds are starting to sprout, the birds are singing and all is well in my world!!

The prophouse is not so full for another day or two..we moved a bunch of stuff over to another greenhouse..but we have tomatoes, broccoli,cauliflower, and herbs ready to prick up. We are hoping we can kick alliums out to harden of this next week after this cold front moves on..'tis almost onion planting time..Marcus is so looking forward to it!! We seeded another batch of lettuces and scallions. The first batch of greens for outdoors gets seeded this week..can you beleive it is almost the end of March already??

The high tunnel is looking so happy!! everything is growing well.. a bit slower than last year..but this would be a good thing..we had a lot of greens that bolted early last season so we are happy that it is a bit cooler for them. Tommorow we plant the last succession of greens, radishes, arugula, salad greens, and bets greens..the next batch of stuff will go outdoors.


Workdays:
Workdays will be Saturday March 23 and March 30...9:00am to noon. Hopefully project for the 23rd will be planting peas!!  If the weather is bad we will be working in the prop house seeding flats of greens and pricking up more plants.

We are about 3 weeks out from our first veggie pickup{April 6}. Member signup is going well. Thank you everyone for talking us up!!  Still in need of more members so please keep talking!! Your enthusiasm is our best advertizing!! I can tell folks about what we do, how we do it, and show folks around the farm, but your enthusiasm is what gets folks hooked!! If you have folks who are interested please encourage them to sign up or if they would like more information or a farm tour please have them contact me through the website or by phone {249-9725..ask for Betsy} THANK YOU!!

Member sign up for 2013 season is up and running. Most everything is the same as last season..same size shares, same prices, but I have added a member agreement to the signup. So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.
For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours in March {or as  soon as the snow melts back a bit}. 


Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/11/2013 6:15pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy Springtime in the rockies!!

After a weekend of snowy, sunny, cold, warm weather {we ended up with almost 10 inches of snow!!} it warmed up and was nice and sunny most of the week..up into the 50's.Then Friday it clouded back up and was much cooler over this past weekend..just a bit of snow..highs in the high 30's..lows down into the low 20's. The weather forcast is calling for somewhere around 60 this week with lows just above freezing..until the weekend when it is supposed to be cloudy and cooler again. More signs of spring..last weekend I saw my first 3 bluebirds of the season, many of the perennisl herbs are starting to send up new shoots, the rhubarb is starting to stick little red noses up out of the ground, and this morning I saw my first robin!!

The prophouse is bursting at the seams!! We had to kick all the alliums out into another greenhouse to make room!! We have cabbages, artichokes, Italian parsely, kohlrabi, pansies, scallions, and more greens all growing well. Last week we started peppers, tomatoes and eggplant for the high tunnel..and they are all coming up nicely. The celery we seeded last week isn't up yet..it takes it a while to get going. Today I started hot peppers, more eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, and a bit of very early basil..may be a bit early for basil but I am getting antsy!! This week we will be pricking up curly parsely, seeding celeriac and parsely root.

The high tunnel is rapidly filling up!! The chard, kale, and other greens are doing well. Last week we transplanted lettuces and more greens. We have favas, beets, carrots, turnips, arugula, salad greens, and beta greens all up and starting to grow. Friday we seeded the first batch of radishes..they aren't up yet, but the sunshine this week should get them off to a good start.

Our first intern of the season got here just in time to shovel snow. Marcus has returned to get in on all the early season fun!! He came out from Nebraska with his girlfreind {Cameron}, and the dog{Jude} the last week of Febuary. The first few days they were here..well they moved a lot of snow!! Since then we have planted new seeds in the prophouse, got space for the alliums all fixed up, cleaned out the pot shed, watched the snow melt and turn into mud, put bird netting on the rollup sides of the high tunnel, planted all sorts of goodies in the tunnel, and waited for the compost bins to thaw. {we are still waiting on the compost bins..they just about get thawed enough to turn and it gets cold again..hopefully this week!!}. Cameron planted her very first seeds ever..turnips in the high tunnel and scallions in the prophouse..it is so much fun to introduce folks to the joy of watching those first seed come up!!

Workdays: I've been holding off on Saturday workdays untill some of the snow melts off..
Workdays will be Saturday March 23 and March 30...9:00am to noon. Hopefully project for the 23rd will be planting peas!!

We are about 5 weeks out from our first veggie pickup{April 6} and we need your help!! We have more folks signed up early this season, but still need quite a few more members. Ideally we need about 50 members..with a pretty even mix of share sizes to make ends meet. Right now we have many more Tiny shares than Full and Mini so it looks like we may need closer to 60-65 members. At this point it looks like we are going to need about 25 additionsl members. So can you give us a hand? Talk us up to friends, family, and co-workers. The enthusiasm of our members is our best advertizing!! I can tell folks about what we do, how we do it, and show folks around the farm, but your enthusiasm is what gets folks hooked!! If you have folks who are interested please encourage them to sign up or if they would like more information or a farm tour please have them contact me through the website or by phone {249-9725..ask for Betsy} THANK YOU!!

Member sign up for 2013 season is up and running. Most everything is the same as last season..same size shares, same prices, but I have added a member agreement to the signup. So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.
For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours in March {or as  soon as the snow melts back a bit}. 


Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 2/22/2013 6:03pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy Spring?? almost!!

It was almost spring here on the farm the last couple of weeks. The snow was melting back..the mud was getting deeper by the day..the chickens were out playing in the sunshine..the maple trees were starting to bud..a few willows were starting to "glow"..soil was warming..grass was greening here and there..even saw our first red wing blackbird {he was sitting on a fence post just all full of himself..preening and singing his heart out}. Then yesterday happened!! We woke up to a good 4 inches of new snow..it cleared up a bit and the sun barely peeked out in the afternoon..then the clouds came back and it started snowing again. This morning we shoveled another good 4 inches and it snowed more after we were finished. The sun is trying to peek out just a bit now but the weatherman is calling for more snow over the weekend!! Don't get us wrong..we are happy to see moisture of any kind..{our snow pack in the mountains is still way down..we need much more before winter ends}..but Della and I are ready for some nice gentle spring rains!! Still would like to see it snow in the high country for at least another month, but dare I say we are looking forward to mud season!! {the geese are enjoying the snow but the chickens and guineas think it is for the birds!!}

Things in the prophouse are coming along nicely..have onions and leeks just about ready for their first "haircut". The first batch of greens are ready for transplant into the tunnel {we were going to do them this week but held off due to the snow..they will be going in this next week though}. The first batch of lettuce is growing well..it will be ready to transplant in another week or so. Kohlrabi is coming up and cabbages are just about ready to prick up. Artichokes are up and ready to prick up. Have all sorts of herbs coming up..oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and parsely. This week we will be starting the next batch of greens and lettuces and I have to check my calendar but I think this is the week to start peppers and eggplant for the high tunnel. I may even get brave and start a bit of basil!!

The high tunnel is starting to change from winter to spring. We worked in there yesterday while it was snowing..balmy and quite comfortable. We went in with winter coats, hats, and gloves on..and shed them rapidly!!We have carrots, beets, and favas seeded..they aren't up yet, The green onions and garlic is starting to sprout..oregano and chives are up and growing well. We have beds all ready for all those greens. Soon it will be bursting with yummy cool season crops!!

We are about 6 weeks out from our first veggie pickup and we need your help!! We have more folks signed up early this season, but still need quite a few more members. Ideally we need about 50 members..with a pretty even mix of share sizes to make ends meet. Right now we have many more Tiny shares than Full and Mini so it looks like we may need closer to 60-65 members. At this point it looks like we are going to need about 25 additionsl members. So can you give us a hand? Talk us up to friends, family, and co-workers. The enthusiasm of our members is our best advertizing!! I can tell folks about what we do, how we do it, and show folks around the farm, but your enthusiasm is what gets folks hooked!! If you have folks who are interested please encourage them to sign up or if they would like more information or a farm tour please have them contact me through the website or by phone {249-9725..ask for Betsy} THANK YOU!!

Member sign up for 2013 season is up and running. Most everything is the same as last season..same size shares, same prices, but I have added a member agreement to the signup. So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.
For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours in March {or as  soon as the snow melts back a bit}. 


Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 1/29/2013 4:47pm by Betsy Austin.
Happy New Year everyone!!

Can you believe it is 2013? I can remember{vaguely} a time when 2013 was somewhere way far future..you know back in the good ol' days when all my body parts worked and all my friends kids and my nieces were babes in arms..but time seems to be marching on..now the body is telling me things I never thought I'd hear and the kids..well..they are all grown and have families of their own!!
So far the new year has gone fairly well.. all 30 days of it!! A bit cold early in the month..we had about 2 weeks there when our daytime temps did not get above freezing and the night time..well..it's been a while since we have seen 11 below. We at least had some pretty good snow cover, much more than we have had for a few years. And mybe it was cold enough long enough to do in a few bugs!! The latter part of the month has been pretty mild. Lots of sun and warmer temps. Warm enough last week to start melting some of the snow and making things pretty mucky. Over the weekend {26th} we even had rain most of the day to make things even more mucky!! The temperatures are a bit cooler now..this morning we woke up to about 4 inches of new snow. the good news..I think the mountains got several feet of new snow!! Need some more but I think we have more snow pack so far this year than we did last.

2012 was a challenging season not only for us here at Circle A but for farmers across the nation. Much of Colorado had severe drought conditions most of the season. We did not get much snow during the winter, very little spring rain, and dry, dry, dry. We were getting a bit worried about some of our crops..even running the drip 24/7 it seemed like we just could not keep up with the dry conditions. Our "monsoon" kicked in in July and the rains helped out so much. All the plants that spent June just sitting there gasping in the heat perked up and started growing like weeds {the weeds grew too!!}. We didn't get enough rain to offset what we didn't get in the spring but at least here on our farm we made out ok. We had a few crops that just were not able to overcome the early conditions..spring greens, brocolli, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, favas, and beans. Other crops did exceedingly well..tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers went nuts..cabbages and celery did very well..not sure why the celery was so happy..our celery has NEVER done this well!! This year we had fruit coming out our ears as well. Apricots..first good crop in about 12 years..plums and apples..well it had been about 3-4 years since they had full crops. When I added up all my numbers at the end of the year we had harvested almost 16,000 pounds of produce..not too shabby!!

We had some new additions to the farm in 2012. Mom and Della started a flock of laying hens..I think they have about 50 now..mostly heritage breeds..most of them have been laying since late summer..Della and I go out to feed and water them..ok so Della feeds and waters while I try to bribe them out into the sunshine..they don't know what to make of all this cold white stuff!! They also started a flock of geese..the geese LOVE all the white stuff!! You don't know what you have missed if you have never seen a goose try to take a bath in fluffy powder snow!! We also had a small flock of turkeys running around the farm eating all sorts of bugs. All the birds were a great addition..it was fun watching them all grow..ok so the geese were a bit scary..they looked like they were full grown before they were 6 or 8 weeks old..I don't think I have seen anything grow that fast..not even weeds!!
We have eggs for sale here at the farm. Please give us a call {970-249-9725} if you would like to pick some up.

After a short break we are getting back into the swing of things. I have been working on seed and supply orders, and garden plans. Most of the seed orders have come in and I am finalizing the garden plans..just have to figure out where to put a few oddball things. We have the high tunnel just about ready to plant..next week green onions and garlic are going in. I have all sorts of early greens up and growing..chard, kales, mustards, asian greens. They will be just about big enough to plant in about 2 weeks!! Onions, leeks, and shallots are seeded in trays but not quite up yet..I am impatient!!
2013 is going to be a great season!! We have found some new things to try..a few new tomatoes {in addition to the 20-30 varieties we already love to grow!!}..a couple of eggplants {we have 4 varieties that do well for us}..some new varities of greens..wax gourds, and more!! We also plan on growing 4 colors of beets, 4 or 5 colors of carrots, about 20 varieties of peppers, I think we are up to about 30  varieties of winter squash, about 20 varieties of melons, 8 varieties of potatoes, 4 colors of turnips, many colors and shapes of radishes, a dozen or so varieties of lettuces, as well as brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, parsnips, rutabaga, artichokes, summer squash, peas, favas, green beans, celery and celeriac, sweet potatoes, garlic, leeks, onion, shallots, and many more garden delights!!

Member sign up for 2013 season is up and running. Most everything is the same as last season..same size shares, same prices, but I have added a member agreement to the signup. So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.
For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours in March {or as  soon as the snow melts back a bit}. 


Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/12/2012 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

Well, the weather this week has been ever changing. Warm and VERY windy on Friday. the wind calmed down and the temperature dropped drastically Friday night. {18 degrees!!}. Warmer and Sunny for our first veggie pickup of the season. Much of the week our temperature were in the high 70's-80 during the day and high 30's-low 40's at night. Until today!! We were about 40 degrees at 6:30 this morning and we got up to about 66 this afternoon. Not much sun and a VERY chilly breeze is a blowin'!! It does look like we might get some very badly needed moisture this weekend. Me, Well, I'm hoping for lots of snow up in the high country and those nice gentle spring rains down here in the valley. BUT..we are so dry any kind of moisture will be a blessing!!

NOTE: we need about 200 gallon plastic milk jugs to help keep the tomatoes, cucs, etc warm in the high tunnel..please let us recycle them for you!!

Looks like I may get some more quality time in the prop house again this coming weekend..I need to start Malabar Spinach and cucumbers for the high tunnel, start another succession of green leafies for outdoors, and prick up celery, celeriac, hamburg parsely, and late cabbages. Not just too sure where I am going to put them. Once this storm goes through and the weather warms back up again, it looks like the artichokes are going out to brave the elements on the hardening off bench.

Everything continues to grow in the tunnel..We did a bit of weeding and got the drip all hooked up and running..Both the plants and I will greatly appreciate it!! The plants will get more even watering and I won't have to drag the hose around or remember to move the sprinkler!!

Outdoors, well, that cold Friday night pretty much got the apricots and the blood plum. The lovage is pretty toasted {it will be ok, it just will have to start growing again}, the rhubarb has a few leaves that got nipped, but Della thinks that we will have a little bit next week. The rest of the plums and the pears are in full bloom..just in time for this cold spell!! We will have to wail and see just how cold it gets..so far looks like low 30's just above freezing, but this is Colorado..that could change at a moments notice!!
The peas are just barely starting to come up now. We got more onions planted and the kohlrabi is in now..slowly but surely things are getting going!!
Our thanks to everyone who has come out to give us a hand the last couple of weeks..it GREATLY appreciated!!..Hope, Tate, Eva, Ransom, Shalom, Scella, Kyle, Levi, Suzann, Joyce, Scott, Gail, and Russel.

Ela Fruit Share..
The past couple of years we have been offering a fruit share from Ela Family Farm. Steve grows a goodly variety of certified organic peaches, pears, apples and plums. It is a bit early in the season to know exactly what fruit will be in the fruit share..we need to wait and see what mother nature does to the fruit on both farms to know what we can both offer. BUT we need to do a bit of basic planning so I need to know how many folks are interested in the fruit share again this season. please let me know in the next couple of weeks so I can let Steve know for sure if we are going to offer it again this season..thanks   They are also having a farm tour Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 am. I have toured their farm and it is amazing!! I would love to see it agian..let me know if you are interested and we can get a car pool going!!


Now is the time to sign up for the CSA!!
  First veggie pick up was April 7. We will have 37 weeks of our great veggies this season. We start the season with lots of green leafies {chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi, arugula, spinach, salad greens..to name a few}, beets, carrots, spring radishes, scallions, green garlic, salad turnips and more. As the season progresses you will find peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, artichokes, summer squash, potatoes, onions, melons, winter squash, sweet potatoes, celeriac, dry beans, sunchokes and much more. {check out our list of veggies and about the time they are in season on our website}. 2012 will be our 7th year for our CSA. We are excited and looking forward to growing for you!! Please visit our website  www.circleagarden.com  for more information or to sign up. if you have any questions or would like a tour of the farm please contact us. If you need a partner to share with or are looking for a pickup group please let me know so I can add it to the newsletter.
Note: when you sign up for the CSA please make sure you are signing up under MEMBERSHIP signup rather than mailing list sign up!! I did add a new widget to make it easier to find..look on the left hand side the screen when you go nto the website..Mailing list sign up is at the top..Membership actions is on the bottom..You can also check out your balance from here as well.

NOTES:
We have three members in Telluride looking for more members from that area to share pickups.

Also have two members in Ouray looking for more folks to share pickup.

Also have a group forming from the Crested Butte/Gunnison way who are looking for more members to share pickups

New and Fun Happenings.. The Chick are 3 weeks old now and still growing like weeds!! They outgrew their brooder tank this week so Mom and Della fixed them up a nice warm place in the barn. Most of them are enjoying the extra space. About a dozen of the smaller chicks are still on the porch and enjoying going out in the chicken tractors on warm sunny days.

NOTE: Della says we will need to order our turkey poults in early May. We won't get them until July, but the hatchery needs some lead time to get them hatched out. I will have a sign up sheet out on Saturdays if you would like us to grow your holiday bird. The poults we want to get are about $10 each {we are looking at heritage breeds like the Bourbon Reds we gre last season} so we would like a $10 deposit to help cover that initial cost. We are not sure what feed costs will be..they will need chick started until they get a bit bigger and learn how to forage for bugs and weeds on their own..we are hoping that they will eat LOTS of bugs and not so much grain through the summer, but will probably need more during the fall.  Please remember that you will need to be here to help harvest your bird!!

More Fun happenings.. Check out Valley Food Partnership    www.valleyfoodpartnership.org
A local community organization dedicated to connecting local farms to local forks.
Look for recipes from VFP in your DMEA newsletter starting in March!!

Workdays for  April2012
April workdays will be Sundays. April 14, 21, and 28. Project will be planting potatoes!!
Time: 9:00 or so until about 1:00
Please let me know if you can make it.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!! Our March intern will not be able to come until May so we will be struggling just a bit to get through the next weeks. If Saturdays do not work for you, please let me know..we are out working just about everyday now and would love some extra hands to help us out!! THANKS

What is available for the CSA?

From the high tunnel
green onions
green garlic
kale
swiss chard..just a bit
mizuna
bok choi
orack
colards
mustards
other assorted greens
spinach
salad greens
radishes
salad turnips

from outdoors
carrots {crop failure!! spring planting should be ready for harvest in about 3 weeks}
sunchokes

from Della greenhouse
herbs and a few herb plants

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/5/2012 5:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

Here we are just 2 very short days until our first veggie pickup of the season!! {April 7} {if you haven't signed up yet, please do so I can add you to my list!!}.
The weather this week has been ever changing. We went from warm, sunny, and dry 78 degrees over the weekend to 36 and snowing on Monday. The last couple of days have seen mixed periods of clouds and sun with temps in the high 60-low 70's. nights have been fairly warm {high 30's mostly {except monday}. What a change from last season..MUCH warmer not to mention drier.
In the high tunnel things continue to grow well..The warmer temps and abundant sunshine have really gotten everything off to a good start..Looks like harvest tommorrow will be abundant for most things. A few things I am unsure on until we start picking tommorrow..they may be in short supply {or they may surprize me!!}. Radishes just look a bit small..they seem to be a bit slow for some reason. Swiss chard is not quite as big as I would like..it just looks very small compared to all the other greens. Salad turnips..looks like we will have a few.
But looks like we will have lots of mizuna, bok choi, collards, mustards, orach, kale, spinach, salad greens, green onions, and green garlic!!

NOTE: we need about 200 gallon plastic milk jugs to help keep the tomatoes, cucs, etc warm in the high tunnel..please let us recycle them for you!!

In the prop house I was able to spend quite a bit of quality time early in the week. It was so nice to be able to work through the day instead of just in the cool of the early morning! I am in the process of kicking the next batch of plants out to harden off. Unfortunatly I think I have all that space filled already with peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. And have another batch of plants ready to prick up..they are just growing so fast!!

Outdoors this week we were able to get the peas and favas planted and get the drip on. Onions are waiting!! It was just a bit too wet too work the soil after our snow.
Della has been looking at the apricots..they were in full bloom with a layer of snow on Monday, but she thinks maybe they are ok for now. We'll keep you posted on how they are doing. It has been so long since we had a good apricot year we have forgotten what they taste like!!

Ela Fruit Share..
The past couple of years we have been offering a fruit share from Ela Family Farm. Steve grows a goodly variety of certified organic peaches, pears, apples and plums. It is a bit early in the season to know exactly what fruit will be in the fruit share..we need to wait and see what mother nature does to the fruit on both farms to know what we can both offer. BUT we need to do a bit of basic planning so I need to know how many folks are interested in the fruit share again this season. please let me know in the next couple of weeks so I can let Steve know for sure if we are going to offer it again this season..thanks   They are also having a farm tour Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 am. I have toured their farm and it is amazing!! I would love to see it agian..let me know if you are interested and we can get a car pool going!!


Now is the time to sign up for the CSA!!
We are 2days out from our first veggie pickup!! First veggie pick up will be April 7. We will have 37 weeks of our great veggies this season. We start the season with lots of green leafies {chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi, arugula, spinach, salad greens..to name a few}, beets, carrots, spring radishes, scallions, green garlic, salad turnips and more. As the season progresses you will find peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, artichokes, summer squash, potatoes, onions, melons, winter squash, sweet potatoes, celeriac, dry beans, sunchokes and much more. {check out our list of veggies and about the time they are in season on our website}. 2012 will be our 7th year for our CSA. We are excited and looking forward to growing for you!! Please visit our website  www.circleagarden.com  for more information or to sign up. if you have any questions or would like a tour of the farm please contact us. If you need a partner to share with or are looking for a pickup group please let me know so I can add it to the newsletter.
Note: when you sign up for the CSA please make sure you are signing up under MEMBERSHIP signup rather than mailing list sign up!! I did add a new widget to make it easier to find..look on the left hand side the screen when you go nto the website..Mailing list sign up is at the top..Membership actions is on the bottom..You can also check out your balance from here as well.

NOTES: Mellisa..Gail needs to know if you are still wanting to share this season!! Please let me know ASAP!!
We have three members in Telluride looking for more members from that area to share pickups.

Also have two members in Ouray looking for more folks to share pickup.

Also have a group forming from the Crested Butte/Gunnison way who are looking for more members to share pickups

Note: Farm tour April 7 {first veggie pickup} Looks like we are going to have a nice sunny day!! We will start about 10:30. Tour last 1-1 1/2 hours. Come a bit early so you can pick out your veggies before we start.

New and Fun Happenings.. The Chick are 2 weeks old now and growing like weeds!! They are at least twice as big as they were when we first got them. Mom has been going out in the greenhouse and getting them bugs, worms, and weeds to go along with their chick starter ration..Boy do they like the bugs!! Della has set up the chicken tractors on the lawn and has been getting them used to the great out of doors on warm sunny days. I am not sure they quite get it yet..they are a bit hesitant about
all the wide open space. they are used to not being able to see out of their brooder tank.
We are also thinking of growing a few turkeys again this year for our holiday feasts. Last season several of you asked about getting a turkey. We would like to know how many folks would be interested in having us grow one for you. We will probably ask for a downpayment to help cover the initial cost of the poults and then figure out a per pound price depending on our feed and labour costs. {also we will be asking you to help with harvesting of your holiday bird in November!!}

More Fun happenings.. Check out Valley Food Partnership    www.valleyfoodpartnership.org
A local community organization dedicated to connecting local farms to local forks.
Look for recipes from VFP in your DMEA newsletter starting in March!!

Workdays for  April2012
April workdays will be Sundays. April 14, 21, and 28. Project will be planting potatoes!!
Time: 9:00 or so until about 1:00
Please let me know if you can make it.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!! Our March intern will not be able to come until May so we will be struggling just a bit to get through the next weeks. If Saturdays do not work for you, please let me know..we are out working just about everyday now and would love some extra hands to help us out!! THANKS

What is available for the CSA?

From the high tunnel
green onions
green garlic
kale
swiss chard..just a bit
mizuna
bok choi
orack
colards
mustards
other assorted greens
spinach
salad greens

from outdoors
carrots
sunchokes

from Della greenhouse
herbs and a few herb plants

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/29/2012 6:46pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

Here we are just 9 very short days until our first veggie pickup of the season!! {if you haven't signed up yet, please do so I can add you to my list!!}The weather has been a bit more seasonal since the weekend..we hit 80 degrees last week. One day of intense wind on Monday..if you live in Delta you may have some of our stuff!! The rest of the week has been calmer..a few gentle brezes and in the high 60's/low 70's..just right for planting!! Very dry though..that wind Monday really sucked the moisture out of the soil..and we didn't get any rain. My weather request for the next 6 weeks or so..well..70 degree days, 40 degree nights, ONLY gentle breezes, and a nice gentle overnight rain about once a week.

In the high tunnel things continue to grow well..It looks like we will have a bountiful harvest for our first pickup. What is ready?? well, lots of green leafies..mizuna, bok choi, orach, collards, kale, pea greens, swiss chard, mustards. turnips may be ready, they are starting to make little turnips already..they look to be ahead of the radishes this week..hopefully the radishes will be ready. Scallions are more than ready..green garlic as well,..beets are not as far along..we may have a few ready for greens, but will be a couple more weeks for roots. spinach and salad greens look good to go. carrots in the high tunnel won't be ready for about 3 more weeks, but we have a planting that we wintered over outdoors that we will be harvesting. Lettuces look a bit small right now but with all this sunshine they could surprize us. I think Della has some early herbs lined up and we will have a few other odds and ends as well
NOTE: we need about 200 gallon plastic milk jugs to help keep the tomatoes, cucs, etc warm in the high tunnel..please let us recycle them for you!!

In the prop house I had room earlier in the week, but have just about filled it back up again!! I started more transplants, luffa and bitter melon, many of our companion flowers for our beneficials, late cabbages, and a small amount of basil {It may still be too cool for it but I couldn't wait!!}. I am still working on pricking up tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Outdoors everything thinks it is spring!! The apricots are in full bloom {bees are VERY happy!!}. Plums are starting to show color. willows and cottonwoods are starting to bloom, We have even seen the first few painted lady butterflies {and the first cabbage butterfly}..Kind of scary..it is not even April, yet!!
I have been working on getting onions planted {2,000 in and about 5,000 to go!!}. Tommorow we are planting peas and favas..spring is here!!

Ela Fruit Share..
The past couple of years we have been offering a fruit share from Ela Family Farm. Steve grows a goodly variety of certified organic peaches, pears, apples and plums. It is a bit early in the season to know exactly what fruit will be in the fruit share..we need to wait and see what mother nature does to the fruit on both farms to know what we can both offer. BUT we need to do a bit of basic planning so I need to know how many folks are interested in the fruit share again this season. please let me know in the next couple of weeks so I can let Steve know for sure if we are going to offer it again this season..thanks   They are also having a farm tour Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 am. I have toured their farm and it is amazing!! I would love to see it agian..let me know if you are interested and we can get a car pool going!!


Now is the time to sign up for the CSA!!
We are 9 days out from our first veggie pickup!! First veggie pick up will be April 7. We will have 37 weeks of our great veggies this season. We start the season with lots of green leafies {chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi, arugula, spinach, salad greens..to name a few}, beets, carrots, spring radishes, scallions, green garlic, salad turnips and more. As the season progresses you will find peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, artichokes, summer squash, potatoes, onions, melons, winter squash, sweet potatoes, celeriac, dry beans, sunchokes and much more. {check out our list of veggies and about the time they are in season on our website}. 2012 will be our 7th year for our CSA. We are excited and looking forward to growing for you!! Please visit our website  www.circleagarden.com  for more information or to sign up. if you have any questions or would like a tour of the farm please contact us. If you need a partner to share with or are looking for a pickup group please let me know so I can add it to the newsletter.
Note: when you sign up for the CSA please make sure you are signing up under MEMBERSHIP signup rather than mailing list sign up!! I did add a new widget to make it easier to find..look on the left hand side the screen when you go nto the website..Mailing list sign up is at the top..Membership actions is on the bottom..You can also check out your balance from here as well.

NOTES: Mellisa..Gail needs to know if you are still wanting to share this season!! Please let me know ASAP!!
We have three members in Telluride looking for more members from that area to share pickups.

Also have two members in Ouray looking for more folks to share pickup.

Also have a group forming from the Crested Butte/Gunnison way who are looking for more members to share pickups

Note: Farm tour April 7 {first veggie pickup} weather permitting. We will start about 10:30 and it will take 1-1 1/2 hours. Come see how the garden grows!! If you would like a tour before then, please let me know..we would love to show you around!!

New and Fun Happenings.. The Chick are a week old now and growing like weeds!! They are already getting their first wing feathers. Mom has been going out in the greenhouse and getting them bugs, worms, and weeds to go along with their chick starter ration..Boy do they like the bugs!!
We are also thinking of growing a few turkeys again this year for our holiday feasts. Last season several of you asked about getting a turkey. We would like to know how many folks would be interested in having us grow one for you. We will probably ask for a downpayment to help cover the initial cost of the poults and then figure out a per pound price depending on our feed and labour costs. {also we will be asking you to help with harvesting of your holiday bird in November!!}

More Fun happenings.. Check out Valley Food Partnership    www.valleyfoodpartnership.org
A local community organization dedicated to connecting local farms to local forks.
Look for recipes from VFP in your DMEA newsletter starting in March!!

Workdays for  March 2012

March workdays will be the  31st This will be the last Saturday workday until the end of the season.Depending on March weather projects  may be working out doors pruning trees and shrubs, getting ready to plant alliums, peas, and cabbages and getting the sunchoke bed ready for the season.
Time: 9:00 or so until about 1:00
Please let me know if you can make it.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!! Our March intern will not be able to come until May so we will be struggling just a bit to get through the next weeks. If Saturdays do not work for you, please let me know..we are out working just about everyday now and would love some extra hands to help us out!! THANKS

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!!

All of us at Circle A Garden