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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

 

 

 

Posted 8/12/2016 8:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Abodonza!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Note: please be kind to your farmers..e-mail before 5:30 Thursday if I need to bag..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.  

A bit cooler and wetter the last two weeks..had some nice rain several times week before last..a few lighter showers off and on this past week. Temps in the 80's much of the time..overnight temps ranged from about 50 to 60..much more pleasant to work in. Well, except for the picking in the pouring down rain last week!! Looks like this coming week will be drier, but highs still in the 80's..much better than the 90's we had a few weeks ago!!

It's a jungle out there in the fields!! everything has just been growing so much since the first of July!! Melons are taking over!! Even have some softball sized melons on the vines..our early one is starting to net{goes from smooth green to that rough cantaloupe texture}..see a few emerald gem..a couple of snow leopards..and a lot of other ones I can't identify yet..they just look like green baseballs right now!! Harvested the first green beans this week..they are going nuts!! Tomatoes are getting out of their allotted space..picked the first half dozen or so..LOTS more really green ones. Tomatillos are also taking up more than their share of the room..they have lots of little pods, but aren't full yet. Broccoli and cauliflower are both very happy right now..they had a rough start and didn't look too great during the hot and dry, but are looking wonderful..had a hard time harvesting them this morning..the path between them has disappeared!! So much is going on out there..

Still pulling yet more weeds!! And thinning apples..as well as picking some of the early summer ones. Getting beds ready for more fall roots..harvesting a LOT of crops..beans, basil, cucs, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant, a bit of summer squash and zuchetta, celery, greens, carrots, onions, broccoli, a couple of cauliflower, cabbage..and more..but NOT any kohlrabi!!

In the tunnels..Harvesting a bit of just about everything now..okra, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucs, chard, kale, a few herbs..most everything but the yard long beans..and they are starting to bloom so won't be long!

Our thanks to Ryan and Joyce for coming out to give a hand the last 2 weeks..Ryan pulled a ton of weeds, thinned and picked a lot of apples, and helped me with Thursday harvest..Joyce made the high tunnel very happy..she pulled Soooo many weeds!! thanks to you both..you rock. Our thanks also to my great nephew Mikal for coming out every Friday during his summer vacation to help with harvest and getting veggies ready for Saturday pickup..we will miss you!!

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and help your garden grow!!

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

cucumbers..lots of cucs..they have peaked

peppers..a few more..please share

eggplant..lots of eggplant!!

From outdoors

eggplant

cucumbers

peppers

green beans

a bit of summer squash and zuchetta..please share

daikon radish

broccoli

cauliflower..only 3 so please share

 portuguese kale

cabbage

collards

garlic 

 carrots

scallion and sweet onions

celery

basil

parsley

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!! not so many chicken eggs but the 4 little ducks are laying well!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/28/2016 8:06pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy dog days of summer!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Note: please be kind to your farmers..e-mail before 5:30 Thursday if I need to bag..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.  

Still have shares available for our special peak season abodanza share!!

Saturday and Sunday were hot and sunny..Monday and Tuesday we had a bit of relief from the sun..it was pretty much overcast..no rain though. Yesterday and today were pleasantly cool until about 9 am then warmed up quickly..still way hot even now at almost 7 pm. It seems like the sun is not quite as intense as it was a few weeks ago..still plenty hot..in the 90's. Nighttime temps have been in the 50's to low 60's so at least the day starts out comfortable!! Next week looks like more of the same except more highs in the 80's rather than 90's.

Most everything out in the field has been enjoying the weather..squashes are looking better{or at least bigger!!}..basil harvest doubles this week..beans are blooming and some of them have little itty bitty beans set..2 varieties of eggplant went nuts this week..other 3 are blooming well and setting fruit..pepper are starting to grow little peppers..cauliflower is looking well; maybe starting to head..cucs are starting to gear up..zuchetta has filled all it's space on the trellis and trying to take over more room..

This week we pulled even more weeds..you would think we could run out at some point!! harvested more garlic..next week we shold be finishing up..trellising raspberries..thinning more apples..planting fall brassicas..and pulling more weeds.

In the tunnels..tomatoes and cucs are almost to the top of their trellis..yard long beans are starting to run..and have buds..eggplant is very happy..peppers are coming right along..harvested a few more tomats..hopefully next week we will start to have an abundance out of the low tunnel!! I think the sweet potato vines grew at least a good foot or more!!

 Thank you Sally for coming out and helping tackle thistle in the garlic patch..it made harvesting on Wednesday so much nicer!!  Thank you to all our interns, work share folks, volunteers, CSA members, and all our young farmer friends for coming out to share in all our adventures..you are all awesome!!}

We are offering a short 10 week peak season share. We just don't have enough full season shares to use all the peak season abodonza this year. It will run July 23-Sept. 24. Please help us pass the word!! 

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and help your garden grow!!

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

cucumbers..lots of cucs..they have peaked

peppers..a few more..please share

eggplant..lots of eggplant!!

From outdoors

eggplant

cucumbers

peppers

daikon radish

kohlrabi..probably last untill fall

 portuguese kale

cabbage

collards

first garlic of the season

 carrots

scallion and maybe some sweet onions

possibly celery

basil

parsley..lots of parsely

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!! not so many chicken eggs but the 4 little ducks are laying well!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/21/2016 6:54pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy dog days of summer!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Note: please be kind to your farmers..e-mail before 5:30 Thursday if I need to bag..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.  

Sign up now for our special peak season abodanza share!! First Pickup for this additional share offering is this week July 23!!

Well, the weekend was hot and sunny..then along came Monday..overcast and much cooler!! A bit of a shower early while I was picking cucs in the high tunnel..a nice shower in the evening. The rest of the week has been mostly cloudy with afternoon and evening thundershowers..cooler unless the sun was peeking out from the clouds. Highs in the 80's..lows in the high 50's-low 60's. All in all a very pleasant week!! The forecast for next week looks drier and warmer..temps up into the 90's..but still looks like we might have an occasional afternoon or evening thundershower. Do you suppose our monsoon has kicked in?? I heard earlier in the season that maybe we weren't going to have much of a monsoon season this year..hopefully the info was wrong!!

Things out in the feild are looking better this week..the rain made everyone feel happier!! Still not sure on the squashes..the summer squash is looking better, but some of the winter squash is still not taking off like I think it should. I am much happier about the basil after it's first picking this week. Green beans are blooming..outdoor cucs are starting..picked the first striped armenian, silver slicer, and pickling cucs this morning. Peppers and eggplants are starting to set fruit.

We spent a good bit of our outdoor week pulling weeds, harvesting garlic{just 2 more varieties to go!!}, trellising blackberries and cucs, thinning a few more apples..and did I mention weeding??

In the tunnels..Wow!! things are growing well..and starting to produce. A few more peppers and eggplant..5 more tomatoes..all cherry. Did not find any tomato horn-worms this week..so where one had munched in the high tunnel..but not worm..hopefully my little birdie buddy has been busy{and showed his friends where the goodies are!!} Sweet potatoes are starting to want to take over the path..they are very happy right now!!

 Thank you Sally for coming out and helping tackle thistle in the garlic patch..it made harvesting on Wednesday so much nicer!!  Thank you to all our interns, work share folks, volunteers, CSA members, and all our young farmer friends for coming out to share in all our adventures..you are all awesome!!}

We are offering a short 10 week peak season share. We just don't have enough full season shares to use all the peak season abodonza this year. It will run July 23-Sept. 24. Please help us pass the word!! 

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and help your garden grow!!

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

beets..last of the beets for a while

cucumbers..lots of cucs

peppers eggplant..just a few..please share 

From outdoors

daikon radish

kohlrabi..lots of kohlrabi

 portuguese kale

cabbage

collards

first garlic of the season

 a few carrots

scallion and maybe some sweet onions

basil

parsely

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!! not so many chicken eggs but the 4 little ducks are laying well!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/14/2016 7:49pm by Betsy Austin.
Next week July 23 is the first veggie pick up for our peak season share!!  Please sign up now to get in on 10 weeks of amazing veggies!!
Posted 7/14/2016 7:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy dog days of summer!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Note: please be kind to your farmers..e-mail before 5:30 Thursday if I need to bag..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.  

Sign up now for our special peak season abodanza share!! First Pickup for this additional share offering is next week July 23!!

Well, no happy little clouds to cover the sun this week..just more hot and dry sunshiny weather. Highs have been in the mid 90 range with overnight lows in the 50's. Makes getting out to the fields at 5:30 of a morning very pleasant and inviting. unfortunately it has been heating up quite rapidly..by 9:30 or so it is blazing!! evenings have been fairly pleasant though..still hot, buy we've had some pleasant little breezes to cool us off just a bit. The forecast for next week is still hot..90's during the day..60's at night..BUT we might at least get a happy cloud or two to block the sun. Maybe we'll get some rain as well. Today the forecast is predicting a 10-20 percent chance of rain..I'm not going to hold my breath until it says at least 50 percent!! Unless, of course, everyone washes their car or plans huge outdoor events that the rain would disrupt!! Maybe a rain dance??

Most things out in the field are looking great!! A few things are struggling..the squashes are not looking as well as I would like..summer quash are just not taking off..even the ones I re-seeded..some of the winter squash are looking well..some are not. Squashes this season may be iffy. The basil seems like it is also struggling..seems like it is late taking off..it is looking better this week so maybe I am just pushing it a bit..I'm ready for tomatoes and basil..in anything!! Green beans are starting to bud..picked the first 2 outdoor cucumbers this morning..determinate out door tomatoes are setting fruit..I can see dozens are little green tomatoes from clear across the field on a couple of them..celery, celeriac, and artichokes are looking well after their weeding{Mom has been out weeding quite a bit in the mornings and the evenings after it cols off..she is amazing!!} Most of the fall roots we planted last week are up. 

We spent a good bit of our outdoor week pulling weeds, harvesting garlic, trellising blackberries and cucs, harvesting the last of the currant and nanking cherries, thinning a few more apples..and did I mention weeding??

In the tunnels..Wow!! things are growing well..and starting to produce. OK, so the cucs have been coming on for a couple of weeks now..this week they went into overdrive!! Harvested the first eggplant and peppers..not a lot yet but both have many fruit set and are blooming up a storm!! In the high tunnel I harvested the first 5 tomatoes..one was a slicer..the others were supposed to be black cherry..not sure what happened there..the plants are looking and growing like black cherry..But the fruit is all wrong..they look like an orange purple plum..hmm. They are just loaded with fruit..but I was really looking forward to that first black cherry!! In the low tunnel, I went out to check for ripe tomatoes..and found 57 tomato horn-worms..I've been checking and thinking maybe there wouldn't be so many..turns out I was just rushing them!! Fun thing while I was "harvesting" horn-worms..my little sparrow buddy who hangs out in the high tunnel eating grasshoppers came in to help me..snagged one worm..it was almost as big as he was..ate it,,but just couldn't eat any more!! The next day while I was working on the tomato trellis in the high tunnel he came in and was trying to get me to find him another horn-worm!!

 Thank you to all our interns, work share folks, volunteers, CSA members, and all our young farmer friends for coming out to share in all our adventures..you are all awesome!!}

We are offering a short 10 week peak season share. We just don't have enough full season shares to use all the peak season abodonza this year. It will run July 23-Sept. 24. Please help us pass the word!! 

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and help your garden grow!!

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

beets

cucumbers..lots of cucs

peppers eggplant..just a few..please share 

From outdoors

daikon radish

kohlrabi..lots of kohlrabi

 portuguese kale

cabbage

collards

first garlic of the season

 a few carrots

nanking cherries..last of the season

currants..last of the season

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/7/2016 8:29pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy summer!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Time to make a payment if you haven't already!!

After a brief respite for the summer heat..3 whole days of clouds and rain..we are into week 5 of summer heat. I don't think it is quite as hot..low 90's instead of high 90's..nice for all those warm season goodies, but not as nice as the clouds and rain for your farmers. I had to break down and find my coat 2 days in a row..Friday and Saturday..it was wet and in the high 70's so seemed cold in my summer attire of shorts and t-shirt!! The forecast is calling for at least another week of hot and dry..no rain..but I am hoping for the random happy little cloud to come along and cover the sun for a bit while I am out in the field!!

So many fun things are happening out in the field..some of the cucumbers now have little girl blossoms, beans are starting to run{new romano this season called early riser is almost to the top of the trellis!!}, melons most all have a few blossoms and are starting to vine, peppers and eggplant are growing well and starting to bloom, some of the tomatoes are just barely starting to bud, onions are starting to bulb, zuchetta has a couple of little girl blossoms, hollyhocks are finally blooming{some are way taller than I am!!}, currant and nanking cherries are ripening. Some of the not so fun things..well the weeds are VERY happy after all that rain, peas are done..just way too hot, this is the last week for lettuce..again just way too hot for it, turnips are really struggling so this may be the last week for them as well.

We spent a good bit of our outdoor week pulling weeds. We also seeded some of the fall roots, harvested the first variety of garlic, strted trellising outdoor cucs, picked a lot of nanking cherries and currants, and started on apple thinning.

In the tunnels..well the fava wall is now only about 18 inches tall..we are slowly getting them out..we are in the process of weeding and fertilizing the chard and the kale..then using the favas as mulch. The tomato walls are rapidly growing up..some of the are about 2/3 of the way to the top..all of them are blooming well and have lots of very green tomats..no ripe ones yet!! Cucumbers are starting to boom..each week they have doubled their yield..and there are 3 varieties that are not producing yet!! I see 3 little eggplant that will be rady next week..and maybe some peppers..there were a couple this week that looked like they might be ready for harvest, but when I checked them this morning they just weren't quite there. Picked the first few okra this morning..it has been hiding behind the fava wall..just hanging out.

 Thank you to all our interns, work share folks, volunteers, CSA members, and all our young farmer friends for coming out to share in all our adventures..you are all awesome!!}

We are offering a short 10 week peak season share. We just don't have enough full season shares to use all the peak season abodonza this year. It will run July 23-Sept. 24. Please help us pass the word!! 

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and help your garden grow!!

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

beets

 

From outdoors

lettuces..last of the lettuce

daikon radish

kohlrabi

salad turnips..may be the last week

peas..last of the season..just a few english and snow

 portuguese kale

cabbage

collards

first garlic of the season

maybe a few carrots

nanking cherries

currants

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 6/30/2016 8:46pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy summer!!

 veggie pickup will be this coming Saturday,  9 am to noon!!!

Time to make a payment if you haven't already!!

Last week started out as week 4 of summer heat..then Wednesday afternoon happened!! The clouds came rolling in and covered the sun, a nice breeze came up..it was really quite pleasant!! Then Just about the time Mom got all settled in to weed; there was a big crack of thunder and before we could even take a breath the heavens opened up and poured BUCKETS of rain on her parade..she didn't think it would last but a few minutes..but came in after about 10 minutes dripping wet!! It continued to pour for about another 10 minutes, then settled in to about half an hour of my nice gentle rain I'm always asking for. It was cooler for a couple of days then the heat returned..not quite as hot but close. It clouded up nicely again yesterday evening and we had a few light sprinkles. Then about 5:30 this morning I got some of my nice gentle rain for about an hour..just in time for pea pickin'..boy was it a muddy mess out there in the pea patch!! Was a bit cooler, cloudy, and a few sprinkles off and on the rest of the day. Looks like it is going to rain some more tomorrow..just in time for harvest day..and Saturday..just for veggie pickup!! The forecast for next week looks to be hot and dry again..maybe not quite as hot as it has been..in the higher 80's rather than higher 90+.

Planting is slowing down..all of our warm season crops are in..now we need to start on fall roots and brassicas. We are all taking a deep breath and enjoying a few weeks of not so intense stuff..a time to do a LOT of meditative{?} weeding..watching the plants grow as we care for them..thinning apples..preparing ourselves for harvesting all those veggies in another month or so!! 

The landscape in the tunnels is certainly different these days..the fava wall is coming down..favas are done and we will use all that organic matter to mulch the chard and kale..tomato and cucumber walls are going up..peppers have many little baby peppers..eggplant is blooming..okra is growing well..yard long beans are up and will be looking for the trellis soon..sweet potatoes vines are starting to grow rapidly..tomats in the low tunnel are just covered with blossoms and little green tomats..

 Thank you to all our interns, work share folks, volunteers, and all our young farmer friends for coming out to share in all our adventures..you are all awesome!!}

 

Workdays for the rest of the summer are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings..9-noon or come earlier to beat the heat. Please come out and helo your garden grow!!

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

beets

fava beans..last of the favas until next year!!

herbs

From outdoors

garlic scapes..last of the scapes

lettuces

daikon radish

kohlrabi

salad turnips

peas..may be the last week

 portuguese kale

cabbage

first garlic of the season

maybe a few carrots

herbs

 

NOTE: still have eggs!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden