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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

 

 

 

 

 

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