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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

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/22/2012 5:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

Here we are just past spring equinox and except for a slight cool down early in the week it has been glorious!!  I did get about 2 hours of that nice gentle rain I wanted on Sunday...then it turned to snow. We didn't get much down here in the valley..just a few light snow showers off and on through Tuesday morning. Now the sun is back and it is warming up again. Hopefully our mountains got a good bit of snow.. We are still a bit on the dry side.
Everything in the high tunnel is looking great. I think everything just about doubled in size despite the cold. We planted another planting of turnips, radishes, salad greens, and arugula..also planted peas in the low tunnel..hopefully we are past any really cold spells this year..I seem to remember 18 degrees and snow mid April last season, though. Time will tell!! This week we will be transplanting another batch of lettuces and bitter green. And weeding a bit more and watering a lot!!
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 things are growing well. Earlier in the week there was not any room left!! Now that it has warmed back up I am in the process of fertilizing and kicking out some of the early cool season crops to the hardening off bench..onions, shallots, kohlrabi, and cabbages..guess what we are doing this coming week!! Planting onions!!

Outdoors things continue to come up..Most things were not affected by the cold temps except maybe the apricots. Some of the blossoms were already opening on Saturday..I checked them today and the remaining buds look ok..it will take a couple more days before we can tell if more of the buds were damaged. The bees seem to think the buds are ok..they are out there buzzing around going  open open open!!


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 less than three short weeks 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: I am planning on doing a tour of the farm Saturday April 7 {first veggie pickup} If you would like a tour before then, please let me know..we would love to show you around!!

New and Fun Happenings.. The Chicks finally are here!! They arrived yesterday morning at the crack of dawn!! They are sooooo cute..look like little fuzz balls right now!! I have already caught Mom and Della spoiling them!!  {I just haven't mentioned the time I have spent with them early of a morning before it gets light!!}
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
We will be doing Saturday workdays until veggie pickup starts in April.
March workdays will be the 24th, and 31st 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: 10:00 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

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/14/2012 6:19pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!

Dare I say spring has sprung? This week at least spring has definatly been in the air!! Our daytime temps have been in the high sixties with high 20-low 30 degree nights. We even had a couple of nights that almost reached 40. We saw our first bluebird of the season Monday when we went up to Buckhorn Gardens to help them prune their trees. The maple is in full bloom..it has so many bees buzzing it sounds like it is just going to take off!! We are seeing many more plants poke up those first fragile shoots..most of the perenial herbs are now waking up..more buds are swelling on the trees and shrubs..many of our "wild edibles" {weeds to many folks!!} are starting to sprout..the birds are starting their spring courtship rituals. The forcast is calling for cooler and wetter conditions over the weekend. Hopefully we will get those nice gentle rains down here in the valley and the mountains will get a good bit more snow.

Everything in the high tunnel is just loving all this sunshine!! Everything is growing well. We have been working on weeds and trying to keep everything watered. It is still a bit early to try to get the drip going so we are watering a lot by hand and using the overhead sprinkler. I am so looking forward to the day we can get the drip going..I just love hauling hoses all over, NOT!! This week we transplanted the second batch of green leafies. They are SO small compared to the first batch!! We are starting to run out of room..have 1 more batch of green leafies, 1 of salad turnips, 2 of lettuces, 2 of salad greens, arugula, and radishes left to stick in..them we will have to start planting in the great out of doors!!!
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 things are growing well. I am fast running out of room..it is that time of year when for every tray of plants I get planted out I prick up at least 2. If this weather holds I am going to have to kick the alliums, cabbages, and kohlrabi out to the hardening off bench so I have room for all those tomatoes and peppers I started last week. Not to mention the broccoli, cauliflower, and green leafies I started Monday that are already coming up!! I also started celeriac and hamburg parsely.

Outdoors things continue to wake up..it is so fun to go out and pull back the mulch to see what is coming up!! It is a daily adventure and treasure hunt!! Saint Patty's day is just around the corner..this is when we usually plant peas..I planned differently this season and was going to wait until April 1st..BUT it has been so warm I am itching to get them in next week. Does anyone have a crystal ball that will tell us what the weather is going to do the next 6 weeks or so??


Ela Fruit Share..
The past couple of years we have been offering a fruit share from Ela Family Farm. Steve grow 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 about four short weeks out from our first veggie pickup!! We are anticipating our first veggie pickup to 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 two 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.
Note: I am planning on doing a tour of the farm Saturday April 7 {first veggie pickup} If you would like a tour before then, please let me know..we would love to show you around!!

New and Fun Happenings.. The good lord willin' and the crick don't rise we should have baby chicks next week!! Mom and Della are chomping at the bit!! 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
We will be doing Saturday workdays until veggie pickup starts in April.
March workdays will be the  17th, 24th, and 31st 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: 10:00 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

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/6/2012 7:57pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!

Well, March came in like a lion!! Thursday wasn't too bad..lots of wind and clouds came in late in the day with a bit of rain. Friday we woke up to about 4 inches of snow and much colder temps..snowed off and on most of the morning, then cleared during the afternoon. It was much colder Friday night down to about 8 here. Saturday was a bit cool, but sunny. By Sunday much of the snow was starting to melt..today most of it is gone and we are back to mud!! {we got up to 60 today with lots of wind}. The forcast for the week looks pretty good..maybe some rain here in the valley and more snow in the mountains..then sunny and windy off and on.

Everything in the high tunnel weathered the cold night with flying colors. We tucked them in with an extra layer of remay to help keep them warm. Everything is just loving all the sunshine!! All the greens we transplanted have about doubled in size this week. Beets, carrots, turnips, and new spinach are all getting their first and second sets of true leaves. The salad greens, radishes, and arugula is just sprouting..green garlic, scallions and old spinach are growing like weeds. And of course the weeds are growing, well, like weeds!! Mom has been coming out and "harvesting" many of them to put into our spinach salads. Week we are working on transplanting letuuces and the next succession of greens. In the low tunnel we will be planting peas!! I've held off getting them planted because the last couple of years have been so cold early on. They have gotten to growing well and then gotten frozen back pretty hard. Murphy's law strikes again!! {Murphy would be that little short guy running around the farm looking for ways to make life difficult!!}
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 things are growing well. Lettuces and green leafies will get kicked out to the high tunnel before they take over!! The alliums all were fertilized and given another haircut. Artichokes are finally starting to look better. Kohlrabi is lookin'good..parsely and cabbages are pricked up and are apreciating the extra root room. And I have the first 40 or so tomatoes and the first 20 peppers coming up!! {these are ones for the tunnels..it's still a bit early to start the ones for outdoors}

Outdoors the garden is starting to wake up!! Most of the snow has melted again..a few beds in the shade still have a bit of snow, but it is going fast. The garlic is about 3 inches high already..the rhubarb is poking it's little red noses out of the soil..the blackberries are wanting to leaf out, the willow trees are glowing {they are getting that yellowy-green color they get just before they start leafing out..if this warm weather holds the maple will be blooming by next week..the apricot buds are starting to swell. Its a bit early for some of these to be waking up..hopefully the weather will cooperate this year and NOT turn so cold during March and April!!

Yesterday afternoon we started pruning the fruit trees..with the help of our friends from Buckhorn Gardens. We got a good start and hopefully we can finish them up on Friday. {then Monday we will go up to Buckhorn and help them with their trees}

Now is the time to sign up for the CSA!!
We are about five short weeks out from our first veggie pickup!! We are anticipating our first veggie pickup to 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.

NOTES: Mellisa..Gail needs to know if you are still wanting to share this season!! Please let me know ASAP!!
We have two 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.

New and Fun Happenings.. well baby chicks did not arrive for Della's birthday..the hatchery has them scheduled for the 19 of MARCH..so we are all ready and no babies..
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
We will be doing Saturday workdays until veggie pickup starts in April.
March workdays will be the  10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st 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: 10:00 or so until about 1:00
Please let me know if you can make it.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/12/2011 5:57pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone,
Well, what is Mother Nature going to throw at us next week?!! This past week started out glorious..we could not have asked for nicer weather on the weekend..sunny and warm..by Monday it was very windy..Tuesday the clouds had rolled in and by Wednesday we woke up to snow again!! I did get that nice overnight rain most of the night Tuesday but by 5 or 6 am Wed. it had turned to the wetest sloppiest snow you can imagine!!
Our workday Sunday was awesome..nice sunny, warm{but not too warm} weather..we got 3 more beds of potatoes planted..Rose Finn Apple, Ozette, Purple peruvian, Austrian Crescent, and All Blue all nicely spaced and tucked in under a layer of mulch!! {thanks to Mable, Janet, and Jon for all your hard work!! Janet helped make trenches and fertilized, Mable spaced all the potatoes in the trenches and Jon hauled several truck loads of leaves} Monday was too windy for doing much of anything outdoors so we spent much of the day in the prophouse fertilizing, labeling, and starting more plants..in the afternoon we worked in the high tunnel getting the drip flushed and fixing leaks and getting beds ready for cucumbers and peppers. Tuesday we planted the remaining bed of potatoes and while I weeded the favas Jon and Della worked on flushing and fixing leaks in the drip outdoors. Wednesday we chickened out..we were going to plant cucs and peppers, but..we slopped around in the snow knocking it off the shade cloth on the vegetable shed and off the fruit trees that have leafed out so they wouldn't break off under all the weight..then we holed up in the house and labled soap, read, knitted and watched it snow!! This morning we planted cucs, peppers, nasturtiums, New Zealand and Malabar spinach in the high tunnel..this afternoon we fastened the shade cloth back down, mixed up fertilizer, and got set for tommorrows harvest.

Note: This Sunday May 15th is a work day..it is supposed to be another glorious sunny day..project for the day will be covering beds and planting broccoli and cauliflower..and maybe some artichokes.. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!


What is available for the CSA;
We still have some hail damage on crops from out doors..the sugar snaps that didn't get nipped last week are starting to set pods..looks like our first pea harvest of the season will be Monday!! the others are stating to recuperate and may be blooming again by next week. We should have a few more carrots..and possibly a few beets

note..not sure what to do with your veggies?? I have recipes for many of the crops we grow on the website..I try to add more as new and different things as they come into season. also, since we are getting a pretty large array of herbs and I can't remember half of them, Della is compiling a notebook with some growing information and uses..look for the blue notebook by the cut  herbs

from the high tunnel
salad greens
kale
chard
mustard
bok choi
collards
beet greens
orach
turnips
radishes {a medley of colors!!}
scallions
green garlic
lettuce
carrots..just a few

NOTE: our spinach and salad greens are NOT ready to eat..we do chill them twice in a cool water bath but we recomend you wash them before eating. {you may be noticing what looks like little white hair in the salad greens..it is fibers off the floating row covers we use to protect them from the cold..usually we manage to find most of them  when we chill it but I noticed some that we missed yesterday when I made my salad for lunch.}

From outdoors
spring onions
green garlic
Rhubarb
herbs

from Della's greenhouse
herbs..not sure just what this week



bedding plants
pansies
and herb plants..chives, sage, broadleaf thyme, camphor, licorice flag, peppermint, tarragon, and more!!
artichokes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly more
just have a couple of tomato plants from the early planting left..will have more in a couple of weeks when they get a bit larger

Note; the tomatoes are doing so well with their jugs of water I would like to use them on the cucumber that are going in next week so Please bring more jugs!!

Thanks to everyone who is bringing us jugs and stuff for the compost bin!!

We still have shares available..our goal is 50-60 members..if we get this many I will not have to make the trip to market every week!!
 
Note:
We have a group in Telluride who needs another person to share pickup..also in Ouray..

Anyone who would like to car pool out to the farm, I will put a sheet out so you can share contact info


If you would like a tour of the farm, please let me know..I still plan on doing a tour one of these Saturdays..I think maybe sometime in May if the weather shapes up!!

Returning members will need to use this link;
circleagarden.com/members/returning   It should give you a place to type in your e-mail address {the one you used this season} It will send you an e-mail with a secure link that you can use to complete the signup process..{this verifies that you own the e-mail address}.. for those of you who are sharing..use the e-mail address of the primary user{should be whoever did the signup for this season}..If you have any problems please let me know..I did a test run and it looks like it all works, but..I am very new to all this and ....who knows when my little netherspere gremlin will pop up!!

New members will need to go to the website { www.circleagarden.com } and use the member signup. {not mailing list sign up!!}


Workdays for May with be Sundays..9:00-noon...project for Sunday May 15..planting broccoli and cauliflower.. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!

I will have a sign up sheet up Saturday for workdays in May

Looking forward to seeing all of you Saturday

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

Posted 5/5/2011 6:17pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone,
Well, the weather was cold,cold,cold over the weekend..we were down in the low twenties until Tuesday night..a bit warmer since then. We ended up turning the drip off once again..it seems like we get all set for a warm spell and it cools off again. We did not get much moisture from the storms this week..just lots of cold and wind. The last couple of days have been gloriously sunny and warm..we are all hoping it will last for a few weeks!! The cold temperatures have been putting a crimp in our outdoor planting plans..we are 2-3 weeks behind getting new things planted out..we may end up with a slight gap between what we are harvesting out of the high tunnel and what we will be able to harvest outdoors in 3 weeks.

In spite of the cold early in the week, this has been a busy week for planting. Our potato project Sunday got put on hold..it had only warmed up to 24 degrees at 8:00 when the first folks arived{I think we may have warmed up to 40}..needless to say we chickened out and spent the morning in the tunnels planting tomatoes..and hauling water to water them in..not to mention filling and hauling something like 75 gallon milk jugs to keep them warm. It looks like we are growing milk jugs instead of tomatoes!! Thank you to John and Mary, Gail, and Jon for braving the weather and hauling all those jugs of water..the tomats look great..I think they have grown at least 2 inches since Sunday!! Monday it was a glorious sunny day..we planted out lettuces, mustard, collards, mizuna, and bok choi..then spent a good bit of time getting them all tucked in under frost blanket for the night..Jon pulled it off this morning and they are looking great. Tuesday the folks from Ridgway community garden were down..we pricked up more celeriac..started basil..filled more pots for cucumbers, summer squash, lettuce, etc..AND hauled all those plants back out to harden off!! In the afternoon Jon and I got the rest of the leeks and shallots in while Mom and Della filled pots for the winter squash and melons and got them started. Wednesday we got a good start on potato planting..we got the German Butterball and the Sangre all planted..2 varieties down and 6 to go!! in the afternoon while I tried to catch up on some paper work, Jon and Della turned the drip on Again and worked on getting the drip fixed up in the allium beds. This morning we planted the sweet potatoes in the low tunnel. Della and Jon are working on getting a bed ready for asparagus {it won't be big enough to harvest for a couple of years, but we will be looking forward!!}
And, of course, tommorrow we harvest!! the look of the high tunnel is changing..we will have space empty after this week for cucumbers and peppers, and maybe some eggplant..

Note: This Sunday May 8th is a work day..it is supposed to be warm and sunny so we are going to plant more potatoes!! Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!

NOTE: This from our good freind Jon..he is working with a local group...name of which I can't remember for the life of me {Sorry Jon..you may have to write it on my forehead or something more drastic!!}..on local food issues. this is one of many progects they are working on..if it is successful it can expand to every school!! Wouldn't that be awesome!!

Community Members and Valley Residents..
Pamona School is putting in a school garden.
We need your help!!
This will be an educational/demonstration garden with the possiblity to expand.
Here's what we need
Lumber- 2x 12's
Soil
Seeds
Transplants
Tools..shovels,rakes, hoes..both large and small. seed planters and markers, wheelbarrow, buckets, hoses, wagons, trowels, tomato cages, watering cans, spading forks, pruning shears..
Shed/locker to store garden suppleis
Money to fill in gaps not donated
AND most important thing..your time and support to get this into the ground!! Help to build beds, setting up the garden, hauling stuff, and care of the garden to ensure its success.
THANKS to Alpine Lumber..they have donated all the wood for the beds!!!
For more information or to volunteer contact;
Jon Clayshulte..  jon.clayshulte@gmail.com  or
Christina Fulmer.. cfulmer@gmail.com 
 
If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them off here at the farm and we will make sure Jon gets them..please put a note on them as to what they are for and who they are from..


What is available for the CSA;
We still have some hail damage on crops from out doors..part of the sugar snaps in the low tunnel are blooming their heads off..about 1/4 of them got pretty damaged by the cold over the weekend..the ones we had tucked in with the tomatoes under 2 frost blanket and many gallon jugs of water did great..the ones where we had not planted tomatoes yet were only under 1 frost blanket and not water jugs {we were anticipating about 27 degrees but it got down to 22} are not so happy..they are busy putting out new growth though and will just be a little later than we wanted. should have a few carrots again this week..not sure how many though..we have beet greens now and should be seeing beets very soon.

note..not sure what to do with your veggies?? I have recipes for many of the crops we grow on the website..I try to add more as new and different things as they come into season. also, since we are getting a pretty large array of herbs and I can't remember half of them, Della is compiling a notebook with some growing information and uses..look for the blue notebook by the cut  herbs

from the high tunnel
salad greens
kale
chard
mustard
mizuna
bok choi
collards
beet greens
orach
turnips
radishes {a medley of colors!!}
scallions
green garlic
lettuce
carrots..just a few

NOTE: our spinach and salad greens are NOT ready to eat..we do chill them twice in a cool water bath but we recomend you wash them before eating. {you may be noticing what looks like little white hair in the salad greens..it is fibers off the floating row covers we use to protect them from the cold..usually we manage to find most of them  when we chill it but I noticed some that we missed yesterday when I made my salad for lunch.}

From outdoors
spring onions
green garlic
Rhubarb
herbs {not sure just what weathered the hail..they may be in short supply until they have a chance to recuperate}

from Della's greenhouse
herbs..not sure just what this week

from storage
horseradish

bedding plants
pansies
and herb plants..chives, sage, broadleaf thyme, camphor, licorice flag, peppermint, tarragon, and more!!
artichokes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly more
just have a couple of tomato plants from the early planting left..will have more in a couple of weeks when they get a bit larger

Note; the tomatoes are doing so well with their jugs of water I would like to use them on the cucumber that are going in next week so Please bring more jugs!!

Thanks to everyone who is bringing us jugs and stuff for the compost bin!!

We still have shares available..our goal is 50-60 members..if we get this many I will not have to make the trip to market every week!!
 
Note:
We have a group in Telluride who needs another person to share pickup..also in Ouray..

Anyone who would like to car pool out to the farm, I will put a sheet out so you can share contact info


If you would like a tour of the farm, please let me know..I still plan on doing a tour one of these Saturdays..I think maybe sometime in May if the weather shapes up!!

Returning members will need to use this link;
circleagarden.com/members/returning   It should give you a place to type in your e-mail address {the one you used this season} It will send you an e-mail with a secure link that you can use to complete the signup process..{this verifies that you own the e-mail address}.. for those of you who are sharing..use the e-mail address of the primary user{should be whoever did the signup for this season}..If you have any problems please let me know..I did a test run and it looks like it all works, but..I am very new to all this and ....who knows when my little netherspere gremlin will pop up!!

New members will need to go to the website { www.circleagarden.com } and use the member signup. {not mailing list sign up!!}


Workdays for May with be Sundays..9:00-noon...project for Sunday May 8..planting potatoes!!! This is a pretty big project..we have close to150 lbs of seed potatoes to get in the ground!! Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!

I will have a sign up sheet up Saturday for workdays in May

Looking forward to seeing all of you Saturday

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

Posted 4/28/2011 5:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone,
Well, I may have spoken too soon on the spring thing last week. I wasn't too bad Sat.,Sun., and Mon. We got quite a bit of much needed rain..a little snow shower Sat. morning, but mostly rain. I could tell where folks had come from by their comments on the weather..those coming from Montrose thought it was aweful..those coming from south of us thought it was pretty good. {The mountains got a fair amount of snow over the weekend} Tuesday was a different story..we had rain, snow, wind, hail, a very tiny bit of sun, and freezing temperatures.{had to turn the drip off and drain it AGAIN!!}

Between the hail and the cold nights {Tues we were 23 degrees and Wed we were 24}, I can pretty much definatly say the tree fruit is toast..Apricots, pears and plums got hit pretty hard..I don't think we will have much of any of them..the apples were a bit further behind and so far Della thinks that most of them may go ahead and have at least a amall crop. {they may just be waiting for the nest cold spell!!} Most things growing outdoors weathered the cold nights fairly well, but the hail damaged a few things..mostly the herbs and the rhubarb..so not sure just what herbs we will have this week {Della says the chives are looking good, but some of the other ones form outdoors look like confetti. The rhubarb the next couple of weeks may have hail marks.{the leaves protected the stalks some}
Our new babies {onions, leeks, shallots, peas, favas and kohlrabi made it through fairly well..we had about 15 minutes of hail..the first part of the storm was fairly soft and did not come down as hard as the last part..enough had accumulated up around the plants so that when the major portion of the storm hit they were a little bit protected..I see a few bruised leaves but we lucked out. I am SO glad it rained so much Sat and Sun..I was going to plant lettuce and greens!!

We did not get as much planted out this week due to the weather but kept busy anyway. Sunday and Monday I worked in the prophouse..pricking up herbs, starting more seed {okra, more lettuce, etc}, fertilizing peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery. {Nick was up camping in the snow!!} Tuesday morning we were going to plant tomatoes in the low tunnel, but I chickened out!! and we finished getting the sweet potato bed ready. Then we spent the afternoon tucking everything back in with extra covering for the cold nights and moving all those trays of plants we kicked out last week back into the greenhouse. Wednesday we planted part of the tomatoes..thank you all for the gallon jugs!! {we need more!!}. in the afternoon Nick worked on clearing the old crop residue off the summer squash beds {about the only ones that did not still have snow on them while I worked some more in the prop house and watered the peas in the low tunnel. This morning we picked spinach, let everybody out from under their cold night covering and worked on pulling a few weeds. AND tommorrow we harvest again!

Note: This Sunday May first is a work day..time to plant potatoes!! Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!

NOTE: This from our good freind Jon..he is working with a local group...name of which I can't remember for the life of me {Sorry Jon..you may have to write it on my forehead or something more drastic!!}..on local food issues. this is one of many progects they are working on..if it is successful it can expand to every school!! Wouldn't that be awesome!!

Community Members and Valley Residents..
Pamona School is putting in a school garden.
We need your help!!
This will be an educational/demonstration garden with the possiblity to expand.
Here's what we need
Lumber- 2x 12's
Soil
Seeds
Transplants
Tools..shovels,rakes, hoes..both large and small. seed planters and markers, wheelbarrow, buckets, hoses, wagons, trowels, tomato cages, watering cans, spading forks, pruning shears..
Shed/locker to store garden suppleis
Money to fill in gaps not donated
AND most important thing..your time and support to get this into the ground!! Help to build beds, setting up the garden, hauling stuff, and care of the garden to ensure its success.
THANKS to Alpine Lumber..they have donated all the wood for the beds!!!
For more information or to volunteer contact;
Jon Clayshulte..  jon.clayshulte@gmail.com  or
Christina Fulmer.. cfulmer@gmail.com 
 
If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them off here at the farm and we will make sure Jon gets them..please put a note on them as to what they are for and who they are from..


What is available for the CSA;
a few more new things this week..More Rhubarb {may be a bit hail marked}, more lettuces, more greens should have a few different ones..sugar snap peas in the low tunnel are blooming..about 2 week {lord willin' and the crick don't rise!!} we should be able to do the first picking
no carrots, though..we dug the last of the overwintered ones last week..the ones in the high tunnel should have been ready this week, but didn't grow much.

note..not sure what to do with your veggies?? I have recipes for many of the crops we grow on the website..I try to add more as new and different things come into season. also, since we are getting a pretty large array of herbs and I can't remember half of them, Della is compiling a notebook with some growing information and uses..look for the blue notebook by the cut  herbs

from the high tunnel
salad greens
spinach
kale
chard
mustard
mizuna
bok choi
collards
beet greens
orach
turnips
radishes {a medley of colors!!}
scallions
green garlic
lettuce

NOTE: our spinach and salad greens are NOT ready to eat..we do chill them twice in a cool water bath but we recomend you wash them before eating. {you may be noticing what looks like little white hair in the salad greens..it is fibers off the floating row covers we use to protect them from the cold..usually we manage to find most of them  when we chill it but I noticed some that we missed yesterday when I made my salad for lunch.}

From outdoors
possibly scallions
green garlic
Rhubarb
herbs {not sure just what weathered the hail..they may be in short supply until they have a chance to recuperate}

from Della's greenhouse
herbs..not sure just what this week

from storage
sunchokes
horseradish

bedding plants
pansies
and herb plants..chives, sage, broadleaf thyme, camphor, licorice flag, peppermint, tarragon, and more!!
tomato plants, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly more


Note; last year we had to replant most of the tomatoes in the low tunnel..this year I want to have a gallon jug of water for each plant to help keep them a bit warmer..Please save us your gallon milk/water/etc jugs for this purpose. I will need about 50 jugs. Thanks!!

Thanks to everyone who is bringing us jugs and stuff for the compost bin!!..I need about 25 more!!

We still have shares available..our goal is 50-60 members..if we get this many I will not have to make the trip to market every week!!
 
Note:
We have a group in Telluride who needs another person to share pickup..also in Ouray..

Anyone who would like to car pool out to the farm, I will put a sheet out so you can share contact info


If you would like a tour of the farm, please let me know..I still plan on doing a tour one of these Saturdays..I think maybe sometime in May if the weather shapes up!!

Returning members will need to use this link;
circleagarden.com/members/returning   It should give you a place to type in your e-mail address {the one you used this season} It will send you an e-mail with a secure link that you can use to complete the signup process..{this verifies that you own the e-mail address}.. for those of you who are sharing..use the e-mail address of the primary user{should be whoever did the signup for this season}..If you have any problems please let me know..I did a test run and it looks like it all works, but..I am very new to all this and ....who knows when my little netherspere gremlin will pop up!!

New members will need to go to the website { www.circleagarden.com } and use the member signup. {not mailing list sign up!!}


Workdays for May with be Sundays..9:00-noon...project for Sunday May 1..planting potatoes!!! This is a pretty big project..we have close to150 lbs of seed potatoes to get in the ground!! Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!

I will have a sign up sheet up Saturday for workdays in May

Looking forward to seeing all of you Saturday

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

Posted 4/7/2011 5:09pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

It has been a busy week!! The first veggie pickup went well..a few minor hitches..mostly while we were setting up..it is amazing what Della and I can forget over the winter. But the sun shone most of the morning and the wind didn't pickup until about 11:00. Our first intern of the season {Nick}arrived late Saturday afternoon..just in time to get his tent set up before we headed up to dinner with the folks at Buckhorn. Sunday we started out in the prop house..getting more seeds started and more little plants pricked up. We are getting Soooo..many plants we keep running out of room for them!! Monday we had the farm tour..we ended up with about 20 folks..the folks from Uganda and Kenya, a couple of CSA members, and a couple of local folks..it was awesome..so many great questions and good conversation..just not enough time!! After the tour we headed up to Jon's for an amazing lunch and more great conversations..then a tour of Kinikin Corner Dairy. Tuesday Nick and I headed out to the prophouse once again..it was time to bite the bullet and kick a few things out to harden off..we fertilized and trimmed onions and leeks, and fertilized spinach,chard, and kale starts for Ridgway Community Garden, {we have been working with them again this year on getting their transplants started..this year we have a group that is coming down each week to learn how to start their own transplants in the coming years} We kicked out cabbages and leeks to harden off..weather permitting we would like to get them planted this week!! We fertilized the tomatoes for the tunnels {they should be about ready to plant soon}, pricked up broccoli, cauliflower, pansies,and more celery. After lucnch we headed out to plant a few more onions..someday we will get them all in!! We are about 2/3 of the way through them, but we seem to pick the days it wants to snow to plant them!! Wednesday we worked more in the prophouse early, then helped Della and Darren work on the new doors for the high tunnel..After lunch Mom, Nick, and Della weeded the whaole high tunnel.This morning we picked spinach and once again headed for the prophouse..Anthony from Ridgway Community Garden} pricked up their broccoli and cauliflower then helped Nick and I start summer squash, cucs, late cabbages, luffa, nasturtiums, marigolds, zinnias, tomatillos, the first little bit of basil {we will start more in a couple more weeks} and more!! In between wind, snow and rain this week mom has been weeding the garlic patch. {it is really looking great!!} And tommorrow we harvest!!

What is available for the CSA;
A few more things will be ready for harvest this week..we will be able to add turnips, lots more radishes,more chard, a bit of arugula, collards, and pea greens..

from the high tunnel
salad greens
spinach
kale
chard
mustard
mizuna
bok choi
collards
pea greens
turnips
radishes {a medley of colors!!}
scallions

NOTE: our spinach and salad greens are NOT ready to eat..we do chill them twice in a cool water bath but we recomend you wash them before eating.

From outdoors
carrots
green garlic
dandelion greens

from Della's greenhouse
a few herbs..not a lot of any
chives
mayan mint
lemon grass
pepperminttarragon
spearmint
pineapple mint

from storage
onions
garlic
sunchokes
horserqdish

bedding plants
pansies
and herb plants..chives, sage, broadleaf thyme, camphor, licoice flag, peppermint, tarragon, and more!!
If the weather is nice I will add a few tomato plants..


Note; last year we had to replant most of the tomatoes in the low tunnel..this year I want to have a gallon jug of water for each plant to help keep them a bit warmer..Please save us your gallon milk/water/etc jugs for this purpose. I will need about 50 jugs. Thanks!!


We still have shares available..our goal is 50-60 members..if we get this many I will not have to make the trip to market every week!!
 
Note:
We have a group in Telluride who needs another person t share pickup..also in Ouray..

Anyone who would like to car pool out to the farm, I will put a sheet out so you can share contact info


If you would like a tour of the farm, please let me know..It looks like the weather will be a bit unsettled this coming Saturday so I will do a tour in another week. I think its the 16th..Please let me know if you can make it!!

Returning members will need to use this link;
circleagarden.com/members/returning   It should give you a place to type in your e-mail address {the one you used this season} It will send you an e-mail with a secure link that you can use to complete the signup process..{this verifies that you own the e-mail address}.. for those of you who are sharing..use the e-mail address of the primary user{should be whoever did the signup for this season}..If you have any problems please let me know..I did a test run and it looks like it all works, but..I am very new to all this and ....who knows when my little netherspere gremlin will pop up!!

New members will need to go to the website { www.circleagarden.com } and use the member signup.


Workdays for April with be Sundays..projects for the month will be getting the rest of the onions and leeks in, getting beds ready, and planting potatoes and cabbages.

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

Posted 3/25/2011 4:37pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

It has been springtime in the rockies this week!! We have a day of glorious warm sunny weather..then a day or two of wind..with a little snow..and maybe a bit of rain..and some days we have a bit of everything!!

It has been a busy week..our trip down to Austin was great..it is always fun to see what is happening in the "banana belt"!! When we left here it was cold and snowy..at Rivendell Farm the sun was shining and it was getting warm. We all had a great time looking at all of John's many projects..everything from little transplants in his dining room, woodworking projects in his shop, many cool tools, to his vintage car..something for everyone!!
In the high tunnel we planted more lettuces and greens..just have a bit more spinach, another little section of radishes, and some more lettuce and bok choi to go in this week..it is a good thing we will start harvesting for the CSA this week..I have the next round of veggies just about ready to be transplanted!!
Outdoors we have gotten the fava beans planted and have started on the onions and leeks..{thanks Mike and Joanna, Jon, Patrick, and Evan for all your help!!}

Note; last year we had to replant most of the tomatoes in the low tunnel..this year I want to have a gallon jug of water for each plant to help keep them a bit warmer..Please save us your gallon milk/water/etc jugs for this purpose. I will need about 50 jugs. Thanks!!

Things in the high tunnel are doing well..a bit behind schedule but growing rapidly..Our first veggie pickup will be April 2. While there are a few things that just will not be ready then, we will have quite a bit that just won't hold another week. We should have spinach, salad greens, radishes, swiss chard, kale, bok choi, mustard, green onions and chives for sure. We may have turnips, pea greens, mizuna, orach, green garlic and other herbs by then..they are growing well but may not be quite big enough to harvest by the April 1. beets, carrots, and peas are all up and growing but will take a bit longer before they are ready. We will have a few things from storage..a few onions and garlic and maybe a few parsnips. From the great out of doors we should have sunchokes and possibly carrots..we did a late fall planting of carrots to winter over as an experiment..we checked them and they are tasting great so far!! Della has also been starting quite a few herb plants that should be ready by the 1st..they won't be ready for the great out of doors for many of you, but should do well as house plants untill it is time to plant them out {you should be able to snip them here and there for use in the mean time} I will keep you posted on how things are growing as we get closer to April 1st.

We are one week out from our 1st veggie pickup!!  While many of you have signed up already; there are a few of you who haven't yet..please, please take a few minutes now to sign up!!!
I will need to know by Wednesday if you plan to pick up veggies on Saturday{for those of you who haven't gotten around to signing back up!!}

Note;those of you who are making four payments, this year we are going to need those first 2 payments before the end of April..{this is why we start sign up in January to spread them out!!}. If you are having difficulties, please let me know, we can work something out!!

So....if you have already signed up and made a payment..THANK YOU!!

If not..and you are going to return for another season of great vegies or would like to become a new member..Please sign up now!!

Please let me know if you need someone to share with or are wanting to join one of our pickup groups.
 
Note:
We have a member in Montrose who is looking for someone to share a Mini. Let me know if you are interested and I can hook you up with her contact info.


If you would like a tour of the farm, please let me know..I will be tenatively setting up a tour on the 2nd..if the weather looks iffy I will wait a week..will keep you posted.


Returning members will need to use this link;
circleagarden.com/members/returning   It should give you a place to type in your e-mail address {the one you used this season} It will send you an e-mail with a secure link that you can use to complete the signup process..{this verifies that you own the e-mail address}.. for those of you who are sharing..use the e-mail address of the primary user{should be whoever did the signup for this season}..If you have any problems please let me know..I did a test run and it looks like it all works, but..I am very new to all this and ....who knows when my little netherspere gremlin will pop up!!

New members will need to go to the website { www.circleagarden.com } and use the member signup.


Last workdays for March is the 26..project will be getting beds ready onions and getting them planted!! this is the last Saturday workday until December..In April we will switch to Sundays until June. Please make a bit of time to come join us and see just how your food is growing!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!!

All of us at Circle A Garden