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Posted 3/31/2017 6:40pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!!

First veggies pickup of the 2017 season is next Saturday April 8th..9:00 am to noon!! I am making my list and checking it twice..if you are not on my list we won't be harvesting any of our awesome veggies for you on Friday!! So please go to the website to sign up for our CSA and get on my list!!  www.circleagarden.com   I will be finalizing the first weeks list on Thursday morning..any signups after that will need to wait until the following week to pick up veggies..thanks

Tomorrow is the first of April..no foolin'!! And it has been a springtime in the rockies week!! Saturday we had sun early..then clouds, but no rain until late night..my nice gentle overnight rain..Sunday we had clouds and hail then some sun..Monday was one of those days where we didn't know whether it was going to rain or shine..another nice gentle overnight rain..Tuesday was and Wednesday were both on and off days..Thursday started out cloudy and cool but was sunny and warm about mid-morning..cloudy later and today was off and on. Temps have been cooler..highs mostly in the 50-60's lows in the mid 30's, Looks like this will continue until mid-week. 

Spring continues..lilac buds are getting bigger..I don't think they are going to be as spectacular as they were last year..way fewer buds. Apricots..well I don't think they got frozen yet but that hail on Sunday knocked a lot of stuff off the trees..can't tell if they have set any fruit yet..they are way up in the tree and I can't see that far!! Rhubarb and lovage are just shooting up..I think they have both grown a foot this week!! Willows are blooming..and a disturbing number of weeds are popping up all over!!

The high tunnel is definitely looking tasty!! It looks like we will have swiss chard, kale, bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, mustards, fava greens, radishes, salad greens, arugula, chives, and oregano for our first harvest. This week we transplanted the last succession of greens and seeded radishes, salad and beta greens, arugula, and some more of that baby pak choi. Today I transplanted another 100 lettuces..I just have about 50 to go. We have also gotten some weeding done off and on..plan on doing more the next few days.

Terry moved 20 more flats of transplants over to the honey house..and we transplanted about 10 flats into the high tunnel..unfortunately I have managed to fill all that space back up!!..I managed to turn 3 seedling flats into 20 flats of transplants!! As soon as it warms back up this next week we need to kick a bunch of stuff out onto the hardening off bench..some perennial herbsand alliums..maybe the artichokes and kohlrabi. Then I think we will move all the nightshades..peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant to the prophouse where I can keep them warmer if it decides to get cold. Then maybe I'll have room for more trays..broccoli,cauliflower, and lettuces are next on my list..with marigolds and basil not far behind!! Started peppers and eggplant for the great outdoors..I know I started 4 new seedling flats..but I can't remember what they were!! Sometimes I feel like the little od woman in the shoe!!

Outdoor adventures this week were all about getting peas planted, fertilizing the last of the currants and getting them all staked up for the season. This next week I need to start thinking about pruning black raspberries, weeding and fertilizing the rhubarb, and getting beds prepped for alliums..there's only about 5,000 or so of them to plant!! Some of that may end up on hold for a week..the weather is supposed to be cloudy and cool so need to spend it in the tunnel..and we need to get organized for our first harvest and veggie pickup!!

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are 1 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!! The first veggie pickup will be April 8. Lools ;ike we will have radishes, turnips, chard, kale, bok choi, mustards, other asian greens, fava greens, salad greens and/or beta greens, oregano, and chives from the high tunnel and over wintered beets, scallions, maybe some leeks, green garlic, and lovage from outdoors. if the weather continues to be as pleasant we may also have bedding plants. IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP YET PLEASE DO..IF YOU ARE NOT ON MY LIST WE WON'T PICK ANY OF OUR AWESOME VEGGIES FOR YOU!!   Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

Last Saturday workday will be next Saturday April 1st..no foolin'!! .If you can't make Saturdays we still need help during the week..please call and let me know when you can come out!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 3/24/2017 7:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Equinox!!!

Here we are at spring equinox..the weather this week has been a bit more seasonal..lower temps..in the 50's and 60's during the day..in the 30's at night..more clouds..some wind..even a bit of rain!! Looks like we have more of the same continuing into next week..more rain would be nice. but we are holding our breath on the nighttime temps..would be nice not to have the fruit trees get frozen at this point!!

Sign of spring are continuing..apricots seem to be mostly done blooming..it has "snowed"under the trees the last couple days{petals are falling}..nanking cherries are in full bloom..so are the plums{they snuck up on us the other day..I'm pretty sure they were not blooming on Monday, but by Wednesday they were full open!!} We have daffodils blooming all over the place..currants are budding..the lovage is coming up..rhubarb is growing fast, it is about a foot tall now..and we had spring rain!! It smells so good!!

The high tunnel is starting to look impressive!! Plants are just popping out of the ground..including the weeds!! Hopefully we will be able to get in there for goodly amounts of time this next week while we have cooler temps and clouds..when the sun is shining so brightly like it has been, it gets too hot to work comfortably before about 10 am. We did get in there briefly yesterday and pulled a few weeds..well Mom was in there for a good bit weeding favas and lettuces..she thought the temps were just right!! Terry and I were going to start in there{we thought it was going to be cloudy and rainy most of the morning} but it was already getting pretty warm so we went and got the rest of the currents pruned then went back to the tunnel when the weather was getting cloudy and rainy..that didn't last long we weren't in there more than 1/2 hour before the sun came back.

Well, we need to kick some more plants out to the honey house!! Looks like gooseberries, a succession of scallions, and the cabbages are ready to go on out..maybe the parsely as well. Good thing because the broccoli, cauliflower, most of the greens I started last week are coming up!! Wednesday I started basil, marjoram, summer savory, and marigolds..some of them are starting to come up as well.

Outdoor adventures this week were all about getting the rest of the garlic in, getting beds ready for peas, and running the sprinkler. It was so dry and I wasn't sure Mother Nature was going to give us enough moisture..I'm still not sure..we'll see what happens this next week moisture wise..may have to expand our sprinkling adventures. It is still just a bit early to turn on the drip..it could still get cold enough to freeze all the valves..but may have to get it up and running a bit early this year.Thank you to Dee for coming out and helping prep seed beds in the pea patch!! Also thanks to our work share folks..Evan Chris, and Brenda Joyce..

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are 2 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!! The first veggie pickup will be April 8. Lools ;ike we will have radishes, turnips, chard, kale, bok choi, mustards, other asian greens, fava greens, salad greens and/or beta greens, oregano, and chives from the high tunnel and over wintered beets, scallions, maybe some leeks, green garlic, and lovage from outdoors. if the weather continues to be as pleasant we may also have bedding plants. IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP YET PLEASE DO..IF YOU ARE NOT ON MY LIST WE WON'T PICK ANY OF OUR AWESOME VEGGIES FOR YOU!!   Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

Special Workday tomorrow March 25..9 am to noon.. we will be planting peas if the weather is not precipitating..otherwise we will be working in the high tunnel.

Last Saturday workday will be next Saturday April 1st..no foolin'!! .If you can't make Saturdays we still need help during the week..please call and let me know when you can come out!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 3/24/2017 7:08pm by Billie McClure.

A huge thank you to Terry for getting these great photos for us. You can find them under Member Links. Click on "What's New at Circle A Garden". As we get into the season, we will be updated that photo link to contain photos of what you can expect in your share for that week. 

Posted 3/17/2017 6:46pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!

It is now mid March but the weather this week has been more like late April-early May. Abundant sunshine and record high temps. About mid 60 early in the week but the last 2 or 3 days we have been mid to high 70's..just downright hot and dry!! I have been running around in shorts and t-shirt all week even in the early morning!! While I am not missing the snow it would be nice to get a nice gentle overnight rain!! Looks like we may have a change of weather about mid-week. A bit of rain and cooler temps along about Wednesday..

The warm weather is speeding up some of the signs of spring. The apricot trees went from barely showing color on Tuesday to about 3/4 bloom today. The bees are VERY happy but I am worried about them getting frozen this next week. The maple is pretty much all done blooming and is starting to leaf out. The nanking cherries are blooming. The crocuses and siberian iris are just about through blooming, but the daffodils are budding. The buds on the apple trees are just barely starting to show green,,they start to leaf out before they bloom {apricots and cherries bloom first then leaf out}. The willows are starting to leaf out. The roses are even starting to leaf out..The buds on the lilac are swelling..

High tunnel is growing well..plants are just going nuts is all this sunshine!!  We got 5 more trays of greens and lettuces in Wednesday..just have a couple more trays of greens, another succession of lettuces and another seeding of radishes, salad greens and beta greens and it will be full to bursting until we start harvesting. aThen as the beds get empty again we will be planting warm season goodies..tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. okra and more!!

I kind of thought the prop house was a bit empty after we moved all those trays out to the honey house..well I think I have filled most of the space back up and I have more to do!! It is magic..I can take one seedling flat and turn it into 5 or 6 flats of seedlings in just a couple hours!! Didn't get to spend as much time in there as I would of liked..the weather was just too gorgeous and we had outdoor projects lined up..Today Mom and I potted up a bunch of gooseberry plants that we dug out of the currants when we pruned Monday and fed the worms{Mom has a bin of composting worms going} Looks like Sunday we will be out there again potting up lemon grass and starting more seeds..more lettuce and greens{these will be for outdoors}, the broccoli and cauliflower, and I need to check my calendar..there is something else I need to get started..maybe basil for the CSA?..I have a really severe case of CRS going on this week..good thing I have written stuff down..now if I could just remember where I put my calendar!!

This week our outdoor adventures were mostly about pruning and garlic. Monday we worked on pruning the last pink currant..and digging the gooseberries back away from it..{at some point the gooseberries are going to get a new "home"..I have several spots I can put them...just need to decide which one}. We also prunned what I think is a honey berry, an aronia{we actually found a tag on it!!} and another mystery shrub that Della planted a couple years ago. We got them all fertilized and tied up for the season..then we fertilized and tied up the nanking cherries. Just have 2 more cherries to tie up and 4 more currants to prune. On Tuesday we planted a bed of garlic..we didn't get the garlic planted last fall..first time ever..the ground went from workable to frozen solid overnight on us. This next week we will be getting another bed planted. Having never planted garlic in the spring I have no idea what it may do..I am thinking it will maybe be later to harvest{although I think day length may have something to do with how it grows and matures} and the bulbs may be smaller..It will be a learning experience!! Thursday we pruned trees..got 9 apples and a quince done..have a couple more I would like to work on, but I think it is getting too late to do much with them. {and it's not like we don't have a long list of other projects to work on!!} Tomorrow during our work day we will be getting beds ready for peas and favas.

Our website has a new look!!a new look!! Billie and Mike {my youngest niece and her hubby} have gotten it finished and set up a facebook page as well. Please check them out and give us feedback!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   THANK YOU THANK YOU guys for getting all this set up..

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are about 3 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!! It looks like first veggie pickup will be April 8th..I had thought maybe April 1st but I just don't think we will have enough stuff ready. If this weather keeps up we may change that but I think most stuff needs that extra week.{on April 1st it looks like we would just have arugula, chives, chervil, and oregano and maybe radishes and turnips}On April 8th though we should have all those plus chard, kale, bok choi, mustards, other asian greens, fava greens, salad greens and/or beta greens from the high tunnel and over wintered beets, scallions, maybe some leeks, green garlic from outdoors. if the weather continues to be as pleasant we may also have bedding plants. Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

Special Workdays for March will be the next two Saturday.. March 18 and 25..9 am to noon.. we will be getting ready to plant peas..If you can't make Saturdays we still need help during the week..please call and let me know when you can come out!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 3/12/2017 6:38pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost{?} spring!!!

Here we are coming up to mid March..someplace in Shakespeare he says Beware the ides of March..that's about all I remember..is anyone's memory doing better than mine? The time also changed last night..I think they do it just to confuse me!! The weather the last couple of weeks has been pretty typical springtime in the rockies weather...clouds, snow, a bit of rain, abundant sunshine, lots of wind..sometimes all in one day. Mostly sunny and warm except for early this last week..Sunday if it wasn't nailed down it is now in Delta or beyond..had a bit of rain early Sunday night..then we woke up to snow{so much for the forecast of 20% chance of precipitation..all 20% hit here!!}..early Monday morning we had blizzard conditions for a bit..wind was still howling and the snow was coming down hard..visibility was nil. Cold Monday but at least the wind was gone and it started clearing by late afternoon..Cold and clear on Tuesday and the rest of the week was gloriously sunny. Today has been a bit cloudy off and on but still very warm. Looks like we are going to be sunny and warm for about the next ten days. I know, I know, This is Colorado and it is springtime so that can change in  a matter of minutes!!

The high tunnel is really filling rapidly!! Our first succession of greens are looking yummy..they are about 3-4 times the size they were just 2 weeks ago. Favas, beets, and turnips are up and working on their 2nd set of true leaves..the carrots finally decided to get in the act this last week..I think they were waiting for the sun before they germinated..they are lookin' good but still very small. Radishes, salad and beta greens, and arugula are already up and growing well. I found a new green to try this year..it is a baby pak choi..is only supposed to get about 2 inches tall..we'll be harvesting it as a very baby green..We got another succession of greens and lettuces transplanted..compared to the first ones they look so small!! They are looking great!! When I look down the tunnel from the top I can see many more green patches..Ain't spring grand??!!

The prop house is changing just about every week now..new plants are growing rapidly..older plants either get "kicked" out to transplant into the high tunnel or out to the honey house to grow on until it is time to transplant them into the garden. We kicked all of the alliums out last week..they are ready for another haircut and another bit of fertilizer..they are slated to go out into the garden late March-early April..depending on what the weather decided to do then. Have another succession of greens and lettuces that will be going out to the high tunnel in the next couple of weeks. Fertilized and moved artichokes, early kohlrabi, and pansies out to the honey house this morning. Yesterday and today I pricked up cabbages, more lettuce, rosemary, lavender, and some other little herbie things. The next couple of days I will be starting more lettuces and greens, early broccoli and cauliflower, celeriac and more. The peppers, tomatoes and eggplant for the high tunnel are starting to come up. Celery is and some more little herbs are just about ready to prick up. We started rooting some lemon grass starts a couple of weeks ago and I think they are just about ready to pot up. An ever changing cornucopia of new "babies"!!!

Outdoors pruning adventures continue..Mom, Terry, and I have been working on getting currants and nanking cherries pruned..just about done with most of them..then it is on to blackberry adventures. Tree pruning has gotten slowed by the weather, but looks like we may be able to get back to it this week..unless we wake up to more snow in the morning!! More signs of spring..bees are ecstatic in the maples..they are almost done blooming..willows are "glowing" and the buds are swelling rapidly..nanking cherries are budding and looks like they will be blooming soon{the bees are already checking them out I can hear them going "open. open. open" already..some of the earlier herbs are just barely peeking up{salad burnet, garlic chives, and celandine}

Our website is getting a new look!! Billie and Mike {my youngest niece and her hubby are busy working on it. It is a work in progress but so far I like!! Please help me thank them!! I can grow just about anything, but am VERY challenged when it comes to the computer stuff!!

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are about 3-4 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!!  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

Special Workdays for March will be the next two Saturday.. March 18 and 26..9 am to noon.. we will either be working on tree pruning or getting ready to plant peas..If you can't make Saturdays we still need help during the week..please call and let me know when you can come out!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all having a healthy and restful winter season,

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 3/1/2017 4:01pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost{?} spring!!!

Can you believe it is March already?! Did March actually come in like a lion? or a lamb? This is March 1 and it has been a glorious sunshiny day..a bit cold..but lots of sun. Yesterday it snowed most of the day!! We got about 3 inches..most of which is starting to melt off already. February seemed way shorter than usual...many more sunshiny days than in January though!! Seems like we are getting a storm about once a week or so when it cools way off and either rains or snows just a bit. A few temps up in the 60's until the last couple of days. We heard that it was in the 80's on the front range a couple weeks back..in January?..really??

In the high tunnel..we have gotten the first succession of greens planted as well as favas, beets, carrots, and turnips. It looks so empty right now..plants are very small..only big green splotches are the chives and the chervil..I know that will change soon.. Tomorrow we will be seeding salad and beta greens, radishes, and a bit of arugula. Next week we will have a whole other succession of greens and lettuces ready to go in..it should start looking a bit more full!!

All the "babies" in the prop house are doing well{I am actually using the greenhouse off the house right now so that Mom can watch everything grow} All the aliums{onions,leeks,shallots}got another haircut and fertilizer..they will be going out to the honey house as soon as it warms up just a tad this next week. More lettuces and greens are just about ready for transplant. Have started early cabbages and kohlrabi..the are all up and doing well..just pricked up artichokes and pansies..started a few more herbs and celery. AND today I started tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for the high tunnel!!

Outdoors a couple weeks back we got a good start on tree pruning..George and Allysa{our young farmer friends from Blue Grama} came out and we spent a day pruning. Mom has been  out pulling weeds off and on in the sunshine. Still have quite a few more trees to get to as soon as this last bit of snow goes away. Signs of spring we are seeing..Maple is blooming, bulbs are coming up everywhere, just barely seeing little red noses popping up on the rhubarb..birds are starting to get into that spring mood.

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are about 4-5 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!! The website was down for a week or so..my bad!! if you tried to sign up and couldn't I apologize and ask that you please try again!! Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com 

Workdays for March are pretty much any day from 9 or 10 to about 1 or so. Please call ahead and make arrangements to come out to help!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all having a healthy and restful winter season,

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 2/7/2017 6:46pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost{?} spring!!!

Here we are in February already!! I can think of several sayings..tempes fugits{obviously latin is not my forte!!}..time flies when you're having fun..you get the drift..the older I get, the faster the time goes.. Anyway, we are finally getting a bit of sun..wahoo!!..The end of January and the first couple days of February were still a bit gloomy..I don't think the ground hog was able to see his shadow on the second..maybe way late in the day just before the sun went down..will we have an early spring..well mother nature may know but she isn't sayin'!! Yesterday and today have been a bit gloomy but it looks like the sun may be back again tomorrow!!

We've been working quite a bit in the high tunnel, getting it ready for planting..have a couple more beds to tweak but it is mostly done. Good thing because the first succession of greens is just about ready for larger quarters..they really appreciated the week or so of sunshine!! The soil is not quite warmed enough to plant but is getting there..even though it was not particularly cold during January it stayed cool in the tunnel. Today when we were working out there the worms were starting to move up to the surface of the soil, the salamanders were on the surface, and I even saw a little tiny "peeper" frog running around!! So looks like warmer soil temps and that "magic" time halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox when the day length is suddenly much longer are going to happen just about the same time. My "babies" in the prop house are growing well..onions are just about ready for their first haircut, many of the greens are just about ready to go out to the tunnel, lettuces are about ready to prick up..and I started more things{more greens and lettuces, herbs, leeks, etc} and many of them are popping out to the soil!! AND I have a whole list of things that I will be starting this next week!! I so love this time of year..there is just something about planting little seeds andd watching them come up that just makes me happy!!  I have also been able to get outside in the sunshine to start pruning some of the shrubs..worked on some of the nanking cherries and raspberries..oh it was sooo wonderful to get out in the sun!!

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

We are about 7 or 8 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!! Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go towww.circleagarden.com 

Workdays for February and March are pretty much any day from 9 or 10 to about 1 or so. Please call ahead and make arrangements to come out to help!! {this is the time of year I am most able to "run away from home" so I need to plan a bit.

Hope you are all having a healthy and restful winter season,

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 1/26/2017 5:03pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy winter!!!

Can you believe January is almost gone? And still we have no sun!! January has been relatively warm overall..even had rain a few times..but very cloudy and overcast!! Those of us born and bred in Colorado are going into "sun withdrawal"!! and trying to remember the last year it was so gloomy here..I vaguely remember a winter something like 10 or 15 years ago when we didn't get much sun..I also remember it being a lot colder with much more snow!!

Despite the gloom and doom on many different levels,{maybe the clouds are an indication of what is going on in the world??}we are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. Seed orders and garden plans are just about all finished..now we are waiting for seeds to arrive..kind of like Christmas all over again!! In addition to our many tried and true varieties, I have found a few new things to try this year..a purple artichoke; a dinosaur Kale called dazzling blue..the pictures of it are gorgeous!! {and you all know how I feel about purple veggies!!};a blue cherry tomato called dancing with smurfs..gotta try it for the name if nothing else!! It is supposed to be tasty as well. I'm going back to the drawing board on melons{kind of where Della was 30 years ago!!}. I am going with 7 varieties..2 early and 2 late cantaloupes, 2 asian ones and a crenshaw..all are supposed to be VERY easy to tell when they are ready to pick. We'll see if I have better luck this season..not only do I have to be able to tell when they are ripe, I also have to show other folks as well..sometimes it get lost in the translation!! I also found a couple head lettuces, a purple bean, a sweet pepper, an eggplant, a blue slicing tomato, and a couple more fun things to try out. AND we already have little babies coming up in the prophouse!! Greens, onions, shallots, lettuces, and more!!

This coming week we need to bite the bullet and get into the high tunnel to get beds ready for our babies.  We're going to try it tomorrow if it is a tad warmer and we have some sunshine. For some reason it just does't warm up much if the outside temp is in the 20-30 degree range and the sun refuses to shine!! We need your help!! Please give me a call 249-9725 to set up a time for you to come join us!!

I do have the website set up for the new season..please go to www.circleagarden.com to sgn up for another season of amazing veggies!!

Hope you are all having a healthy and restful winter season,

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 1/10/2017 6:45pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy winter!!!

Well maybe it's winter..we are rather confused..one day it is snowing and cold..below zero nights..and 2 days later it is warm and melting all the snow!! We have had several very nice snows since the end of 2016 veggie pickup in December..about a foot of the white stuff each time. We almost didn't have a white Christmas..had a nice snow about 10 days before with cold temps..you know that typical December weather..then the week before it warmed up..40-50 degree days with barely freezing nights..we even had a rain storm on Christmas Eve!! Not quite all the snow melted!! Just this past week we had another good snow fall..cold cold with nighttime temps below zero..two days later it was almost 50 with mid 30 degree nights that melted most of what we got..seems early for mud season!! We even had some more rain!! Haven't had much sun..we sure miss it!!

Our "vacation" was short but sweet..I spent the last couple of weeks of the old year sleeping, reading, working crosswords, just in general vegging out..it was wonderful!! It was nice being able to spend time with family and friends without having to worry about keeping up with farm stuff!! Now we are into the new year and is time to get started again!! Been doing seed inventory, making the garden plan, setting up for the new season, and checking out seed catalogs. This next week I'll be working on seed orders, getting a few seeds started in the prop house and starting to get beds ready in the high tunnel for the coming season. 

2016 was a challenging season for us on many levels..but we made it through!! A few things fell by the wayside..had to make many on the run decisions..{like do we pick berries and apples or do we plant fall greens?} Overall I think it was a pretty productive season..{I am still working on our yield figures and will share them in future updates} Some of the crops that didn't do well would include artichokes {someone who should remain nameless..me.. may have gotten carried away with the alysium; apricots..hard freeze down here by the river during bloom{the neighbor trees just a bare 1/4 mile up the road were loaded!!; spring brassicas..again maybe the alysium thing..it attracted lots of flea beetles in addition to many beneficial insects..worked to keep the aphid and thrip population down..now I just have to figure out what flea beetles don't like{but they bounced back..had beautiful cauliflower 4 weeks later than I planned!!}; fall cabbages and brussel sprouts..have no clue why they didn't do their thing!!..they certainly had a very loooong fall to grow up in!!; late fall greens, turnips, and winter radishes..ok this was one of those hard decisions..do we plant or do we harvest! I am sure that there were other things that just didn't thrive..these are the ones I remember well!!

The crops that did well..apples!! boy did they do well!! They made up for last season, even our younger trees had good crops; fennel..was very happy..had plenty for the CSA and plenty for us!!{ I froze a lot and have been enjoying it over the winter}, romano bean..found a new variety called early riser..they rose to the occasion!!, portuguese kale..wow!!cucumbers..once again!!

We are planning a few changes for the coming season. Melons, well, we need to go back to the basics so we can learn about picking them just a bit slower..They were one of Della's thing and she had long ago mastered the learning curve!!{picking melons this last season was like the blind leading the blind..I thought I sort of had an idea but...the same with some of the winter squash..I am planning on growing fewer varieties..the same number of plants just not so many different kinds until we get over that learning curve. Season length..we are looking at a 34-35 week season instead of 37..first or second week of April to the end of November. There may be a few other minor changes but we plan on doing this again!! I have already found a purple artichoke and 2 now kales to try out..and I haven't even gotten into picking out new varieties!!

I do have the website set up for the new season..please go to www.circleagarden.com to sgn up for another season of amazing veggies!!

Hope you are all having a healthy and restful winter season,

Looking forward to growing for you!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted 10/27/2016 4:45pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

 New Fall Veggie pickup time..11 am to 2 pm every Saturday!

Thank you all for being kind to your farmers!!

Note: please be kind to your farmers...after Thursday please call and leave a message on the machine. Also please plan to be able to pickup your veggies with in the pickup time. Please call if you are running late..Your farmers are ready to pack it in at noon so we can eat lunch and have an afternoon rest.  

Been a while since I have given you all an update on whats happening here on the farm!! So many things have been happening I can't remember half of them!! For the most part we have been harvesting, harvesting, harvesting and harvesting yet more!! Lots of warm season goodies back before the frost..lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, summer squash, cucumbers, melons, berries and more!! For about 8 weeks there the only day we weren't harvesting something was Saturday pickup day!! frost happened Oct 10..We had a fun 2 day mad scramble before the frost harvest adventure..harvested over 500 lbs of warm season goodies..tomatoes, peppers, winter and summer squash, cucumbers..our thanks to our awesome CSA member harvest crew..Bettye, Patrick, Kat, Francie, Emily, Keven, Brenda Joyce, and Terry!! Great Job!! The "jungle" looks so much different now..I can actually walk down most of the paths without something reaching out to grab me!! Now we are busy harvesting lots of cool season goodies..carrots, leeks, celeriac, sweet potatoes, and more. We finally got all the apples and quinces harvested last week..they made up for last season when they all got frosted by spring frost. 

Note: Please think of us when you are raking your leaves..we need some to muclch the garlic and can always use any extras

Workdays are Monday- Wednesday 9-noon and a couple of special Sunday workdays to get the garlic planted..November 5, 12, and19.

What is available for the CSA? 

This is my best guess on Thursday what we will be harvesting on Friday..

Please be aware that our veggies and greens are NOT ready to eat..we chill them in a cold water bath to get the field heat out and some of the soil off. We recommend you wash before eating

NOTE please be aware that I am only checking the e-mail once a week..mostly on Thursday..If I need to bag for you please call 970-249-9725 before noon on Saturday!

From the high tunnel

 kale..swiss chard

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

 portuguese kale..maybe

cabbage

collards

 carrots

celeriac

parsley

from storage

onions, garlic, shallots

winter squash

apples and quince

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden