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Posted 4/14/2016 3:46pm by Betsy Austin.
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Time to sign up for the 2016 CSA season from Circle A Garden. This weekend will be our 3rd veggie pickup of the new season. Still 34 weeks of awesome fresh produce left!!

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Posted 4/14/2016 2:53pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

third veggie pickup of the 2016 season will be this coming Saturday, April 16. 9 am to noon!!!

Another week of glorious spring weather. We got a little bit of rain..mostly on Saturday morning pickup day..not enough to make up for the wind though. We tried to mess with Murphy{you know that little guy who hangs out here on the farm thinking of ways to mess up my game plan!!} this week..started running the sprinkler so that it would rain..well it didn't work..so we are continuing doing the sprinkler thing until we can get the drip up and running..holding off on it another week so that we don't have to worry as much about the valves freezing. Most of the week has been very sunny..a bit breezy off and on..but warm and pretty comfortable. Highs in the 70's..lows in the high 30-low 40 range. Today looked like it was going to be sunny early, but then clouds started rolling in..right now it is trying to rain. Looks like our best chance at some rain is going to be tomorrow for harvest day and Saturday for veggie pickup!! Looks like it's going to be a hair cooler until Monday.

More fun spring stuff happening this week..The sand cherries have been in full bloom all week..willows are blooming..the plums are just starting to open well..the peas we planted last week are starting to sprout..the birds are singing and building nests..the leopard frogs are croaking loudly away.

Another busy week here on the farm. Sunday and Monday were  prophouse days..started cucs, okra, and malabar spinach for the high tunnel..started peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias, and nasturtiums for outdoors..and pricked up some odds and ends that we didn't get to last week..a bit of basil, a bit of celery, a few random herbs. We were also working on finishing getting the frame for the low tunnel ready for plastic. Tuesday we put the plastic on the low tunnel{the main day we had wind this week!! Yesterday and today we went into planting mode..kohlrabi and early cabbages are all planted out in their beds in the field. They look so much smaller out there in the field than they did in the flats on the hardening off bench!!

The high tunnel is still lookin' good!! Mom has been working on weeding..they are growing almost as fast as the greens!! The favas are really starting to take off..looks like we will have to start tying them up this next week!! Low tunnel adventures went well..a bit exciting at first..as we were running the plastic the wind started blowing harder{imagine a 20 x 96 foot kite!!}..that darn Murphy was at it again!! As soon as we got the plastic on the end walls tacked down so that it wouldn't end up in Delta, the wind died down!! It's looking good..just have a few more things to do..put the doors back on and get the windows covered. Then we just need to get the beds ready for planting and it will be ready for sweet potato slips and some of those tomato plants growing in the prophouse!!

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

third veggie pickup is this coming Saturday April 16th..still have shares available..

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! So far we are up to about 25 {including our workshare folks} shares signed up..with at least 10 that have said they are going to. Please folks..sign up soonest..if you aren't signed up, you are not on my list!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December..you come to the farm and pick out your share of the harvest..that's 37 weeks of the most awesome produce you have ever eaten!!  

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibility.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Workdays for April..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. Also Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!!! Please let me know when you will be out!! 

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 or twice a week..mostly on Thursday..If I need to bag for you please call 970-249-9725!!

From the high tunnel

an assortment of greens..tokyo bekana, red rain, bok choi, yakina savoy, orach, mustards and a bit more kale..possibly some beet greens as well

radishes

salad turnips

salad greens

chervil, chives, and possibly oregano 

green garlic

carrots will be back in the next couple of weeks..the high tunnel ones just aren't quite big enough to harvest yet!!

From outdoors

green onions

rhubarb..just a bit

lovage

From storage

garlic 

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 4/7/2016 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

second veggie pickup of the 2016 season will be this coming Saturday, April 9. 9 am to noon!!!

What a glorious week it has been!! Lots of nice warm sunshine..a few clouds here and there..but very comfortable even with the clouds. Saturday pickup started out downright cold..it was 20 degrees when we went to set up!! But the day warmed up nicely..it felt so good to just sit and soak up the sun after last week!! Most of the week we have been in the 60's during the day 30's at night..today we got up into the 70's. We sure are getting dry though..all those little snow flurries we had last week did not get ahead of the drying effect of the wind. I have my request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..but you know how that goes!! The forecast looks like we might get a bit of moisture off and on this next week.

More fun spring stuff happening this week..more of the spring bulbs are blooming..lilac buds are really swelling..the plums are blooming..so are the willows..the wild birds are building nest..lots of fun to watch!!

This has been a busy week here on the farm!! Sunday we got the rest of the trees pruned..still need to do some cleanup under the trees, but the main bulk of that job is done..whew!! Monday was a prop house day..Tuesday and Wednesday we worked on getting the pea patch finished and today we planted and watered them!! Next week we are on to planting early cabbages and kohlrabi and a bazzllion onions!! {I'm pretty sure I only started about 4500 seed way back in January, but i'm sure by the time we are through planting it will seem like at least a bazillion plants!!}

Monday we worked on rearranging the prophouse..kicked all those cabbages, kohlrabi and alliums out to the hardening off bench so they will be ready to plant next week. Then we moved celery, artichokes, and all sorts of greens for outdoors over into that space. As fast as Lindsey made space I was busy filling it back up..got lettuces, broccoli,cauliflower, and high tunnel peppers and eggplants all pricked up..it's magic..I can take 4 seed flats and turn them into about 15 trays!!

The high tunnel is still lookin' good!! Things are growing so fast in there..it doesn't even look like we harvested anything last week!!

Thank you to Gail and Traci for coming out for pea patch adventures!!  {as well as our interns, work share folks, volunteers, and all our young farmer friends..you are all awesome!!}

second veggie pickup is this coming Saturday April 9th..still have shares available..

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! So far we are up to about 25 {including our workshare folks} shares signed up..with at least 10 that have said they are going to. Please folks..sign up soonest..if you aren't signed up, you are not on my list!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December..you come to the farm and pick out your share of the harvest..that's 37 weeks of the most awesome produce you have ever eaten!!  

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibility.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Workdays for April..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. Also Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!!! Please let me know when you will be out!! 

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 feild heat out and some of the soil off. We recommend you wash before eating

From the high tunnel

an assortment of greens..tokyo bekana, red rain, bok choi, yakina savoy, orach, mustards and a bit more kale..possibly some beet greens as well

radishes..just a few..salad turnips..a few more

beta greens and possible a bit of arugula

chervil, chives, and possibly oregano and rosemary

From outdoors

carrots, sunchokes, green onions

From storage

garlic and onions

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 3/31/2016 4:51pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!??

First veggie pickup of the 2016 season will be this coming Saturday, April 2. 9 am to noon!!!

Well, once again we are questioning that springtime thing!! Monday into Tuesday morning was not too bad..some nice sunshiny warmth during the day..with nighttime temps in the 30's. But by Tuesday afternoon it was all over..wind..and more wind..snow showers..the temperature dropped about 20 degrees..went from about 53 to 32 in an hour or so. Wednesday started out nice and clear..a bit coolish..20 degrees at 7 am..the sun was up..things were getting warmer..then the clouds rolled in and it was snowing again. Did that all day long..about every hour or so the weather changed drastically..it would be clearing and sunny..then all of a sudden the sun went away and we had another snow shower!! Was nice and clear again this morning..but before noon the clouds moved in again. No snow has really stuck around, and we did get some nice moisture..but I am very ready for my nice gentle spring RAINS!! {not mention all that warm sunshine we had earlier in the month!!

Fun spring stuff still happening in spite of the weather..some of the spring bulbs are now blooming..the lilac buds are swelling rapidly{hope they don't get frozen again this year!!} the yellow rose is just barely starting to leaf out. The birds are singing..We've seen a couple of red wing blackbirds strutting their stuff..and can hear them calling in the distance..saw a flicker the other day..Tuesday evening there was a big flock of birds..not sure what they were..up in the maple tree loudly discussing the weather..they didn't sound too happy. {it had just finished snowing again} The bad news is..once again I think the apricots are toast..

Most of the week we have been concentrating on getting ready for our first harvest of the season..at least those mornings when we have had sunshine!! Yesterday we were going to finish getting the vegetable shed set up and getting the CSA area set up..well that didn't happen..BUT the tunnel is all weeded and more little transplants are in..should'nt have to deal with the weed thing for a week or two.

Rearranged stuff in the prophouse..need to move some plants to the honey house..but have to kick somebody out onto the hardening off bench..but just couldn't yet..have alliums, kohlrabi, and early cabbages all ready to go as soon as it warms up just a bit again. Hopefully we have enough room to prick up peppers and eggplant for the high tunnel, broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuces for outside..and start some new seed trays..mostly cucs for the high tunnel and peppers and eggplant for outdoors.

The high tunnel is looking good!! Got some serious weeding done in there yesterday..also got all those last trays of lettuces and greens planted..just one last little bit of space left for more radishes{didn't get them seeded..Tuesday I ran the sprinkler so everything was nice and wet!!} Things are looking good for a bountiful harvest tomorrow!!

Thank you to Heather and Joyce for coming out for high tunnel weeding adventures!! {as well as our interns, work share folks, volunteers, and all our young farmer friends..you are all awesome!!}

First veggie pickup is this coming Saturday April 2nd..still have shares available..

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! So far we are up to about 20 shares signed up..with at least 10 that have said they are going to. Please folks..sign up soonest..if you aren't signed up, you are not on my list!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December..you come to the farm and pick out your share of the harvest..that's 37 weeks of the most awesome produce you have ever eaten!!  

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibility.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Workdays for April..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. Also Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!!! Please let me know when you will be out!! 

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 felid heat out and some of the soil off. We recommend you wash before eating

From the high tunnel

an assortment of greens..tokyo bekana, red rain, bok choi, yakina savoy, orach, mustards and maybe some kale

radishes..just a few..salad turnips..just a few..may have more green than turnip this week

salad greens

chervil, chives, and possibly oregano and rosemary

From outdoors

carrots, sunchokes, green onions

From storage

garlic and onions

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 3/27/2016 2:03pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

First veggie pickup of the 2016 season will be Saturday, April 2. 9 am to noon!!!

Vernal equinox has come and gone..today is Easter..winter is slowly leaving us. Earlier in the month it seemed spring was here to stay..snow was rapidly melting in the shady spots..mud was drying up..daytime temps in the 60's with overnight lows in the 30's. Then came the Ides of March..cooler temps during the day part of the time..anywhere from high 30's to 60's..overnight lows mostly all cooler..many in the low teens. We haven't gotten a whole lot of moisture here on the farm..just a few snowstorms..{not rain!!} 1-2 inches or less each time. It has been pretty windy whenever a storm front moves through..I guess pretty normal for March. We got spoiled earlier in the month..I was enjoying the spring sunshine!!

Spring is still springing here on the farm!! The snow even in the shade has all melted..what snow that has fallen this month has pretty well melted off by the next day. Fun things are still happening..the garlic is all up..can see it now from clear across the field. The rhubarb is growing slowly. The maple is done blooming. All sorts of fun spring bulbs are up and have buds. The violets and siberian iris are blooming. Unfortunately so are the apricots..blooms about 3/4 full open Wednesday and all covered with snow and ice..so it looks like we may not have many cots again this year. I am afraid to look at the plums..they are usually the next thing to bloom!!

Things on moving along out doors. Still working on getting the pruning done..still have most of the apples to go..the weather this last week slowed us down. We have been working on some early spring projects..re-roofing the veggie shed..replacing plastic on the honey house and low tunnel..veggie shed and honey house are done. Been working on getting the area ready for peas..almost ready to plant..hopefully this next week.

Things are rolling right along in the prophouse..we keep kicking stuff out into the honey house and filling the spaces in..need to start kicking things out to harden off, but the temps have been just a bit cold side!! Hopefully, we can get the alliums, kohlrabi, and early cabbages out this week so we can start getting them planted outdoors next week!! What all do we have ging in the prophouse?..well, lettuces and greens for outdoors..as well as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, artichokes, celeriac, parsley..all for the great out of doors as well. Also have tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for the tunnels. AND a whole lot of basil!! One of those things I started just a bit of for those of us who need a basil fix before the last spring frost!!  Well, it was old seed..from 2005..SOOO I planted it pretty thickly..long story short..I don't think I will have to start lemon or genovese basil again this year!!

The high tunnel is just about full..have one more seeding of radishes..would like to do another one of arugula..and 6 more trays of lettuces and greens to squeeze in..not sure it will all fit!! Most everything else is growing well..a bit slower this last week or so..but lookin' good. Looks like we will have a pretty nice selection of greens for next week..tokyo bekana, red rain, bok choi, orach, yakina savoy, mustards, and maybe a bit of kale{the kale and swiss chard  grow much slower than the asian greens}. We should also have salad greens..possibly radishes and turnips..they look a little small this morning but may look bigger by the time we harvest Friday. Should have chives, oregano, and chervil as well.

Please help us thank our interns, work share folks, volunteers, and all our young farmer friends for all their help during this sad time..They have been awesome!! I don't know what we would do without them!!

 We are less than a week out from our first veggie pickup of the season!! April 2nd this year..if I am looking at the calendar right, that's next Saturday, folks!!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! So far we are up to about 20 shares signed up..with at least 10 that have said they are going to. Please folks..sign up soonest..if you aren't signed up, you are not on my list!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December..you come to the farm and pick out your share of the harvest..that's 37 weeks of the most awesome produce you have ever eaten!!  

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibility.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Workdays for April..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. Also Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!!! Please let me know when you will be out!! 

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 2/28/2016 4:43pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Springtime in the Rockies!!

First veggie pickup of the 2016 season will be Saturday, April 2.

Sad news for February. Della passed on earlier in the Month. She will be greatly missed by all whose life she touched. She was an awesome woman..a daughter, a sister, on aunt, a great aunt, a friend, a mentor, and Oreo's mommy. Her spirit and strength live on here at the farm!!

Vernal equinox is just a few short weeks away..it is already spring here. All that snow we had earlier in the winter has been slowly melting away and becoming mud!! We have just a bit of snow left in the shadier areas of the garden. Mud is better this week..the soil has thawed so all that water is soaking into the soil..the mud is firming up a bit in most areas. Our highs the last week or so have been mostly in the 50's with lows in the 20's..some days it is almost time for shorts!! The forcast looks like we might have something coming in tomorrow, but other wise looks warm and sunny. BUT it is springtime in Colorado so that can change at a moments notice!!

Spring is springing here on the farm!! The snow has melted back and we see all sorts of fun things happening..a few garlic are starting to come up, the rhubarb has little red noses poking out, the spuria iris is coming up, some of the herbs and other perennials are just starting to pop out of the ground{so far I have seen angelica, motherwort, sage, garlic chives, columbine,fall crocus, siberian iris..even the poppies are getting into the act!!}. The maple is blooming..Thursday the buds were still swelling..Friday they were opening. Buds on some of the other trees and shrubs are barely starting to swell. And the last couple of days the air has smell like spring..that moist earth smell that means things are starting to happen!! We have been working on tree and shrub pruning the last week or so..I started with a pink currant and a crab apple tree last weekend..was going to take a day for r&r and paperwork..but it was such a glorious day..the sun was calling me to come out and play..so I did!!

A lot has happened in the prophouse in the six weeks..the first succession of greens grew up big enough to transplant into the high tunnel..the second one looks like they will be big enough by weeks end. The first batch of lettuces are just about ready to transplant and the second one is just about ready to prick up. Onions and leeks are just about ready for their second haircut. Kohlrabi is up and growing well..cabbages are just about ready to prick up. Parsley, celery, pansies, artichokes, and some of the herbs are just about all up. Just seeded flats of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for the high tunnel. Soon it will be time to start broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, and more!!

The high tunnel is filling rapidly..we have green garlic, beets, carrots, turnips, and favas that we seeded all up and growing well. The greens we transplanted{chard, kale, bok choi, mustard, orach, and other asian greens are very happy. Just seeded salad greens, beta greens, arugula, and radishes..some of the salad greens are just barley coming up. The chives and the oregano are really starting to grow. 

Please help us thank our interns, work share folks and all our young farmer friends for all their help during this sad time..They have been awesome!! I don't know what we would do without them!!

 We are about 6 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season!! Looks like April 2nd this year!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! So far we are up to about 20 shares signed up..with at least 10 that have said they are going to. Please folks..sign up soonest..if you aren't signed up, you are not on my list!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December..you come to the farm and pick out your share of the harvest..that's 37 weeks of the most awesome produce you have ever eaten!!  

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibilty.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Workdays for March..every Saturday 9:00 am to noon.  Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Saturday? but have other days that work better for you?? Please talk to me about setting up and alternative time..Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings work best right now!!

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 1/18/2016 4:09pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Wintertime in the Rockies!!

And it is actually winter here this year!! We have gotten quite a bit of snow..the most over Christmas..about 16 inches over two days..with random smaller amounts of 1-2 inches pretty much every week. Our temperatures have been cold..lows..a few days of below zero right after all that snow at Christmas..single digits to low teens the first part of January..mostly in the 20's this week. Our highs have ranged from not even 30 right before the new year on up to about the low 40's in the last week or so. Somehow I don't think we will be pruning trees in January this year!!

After a much needed rest we are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. I have spent most of my time the last couple weeks doing seed inventory, making the garden plan, and getting seed/ equipment/amendment/etc orders ready to go. I am still tweaking the garden plan..I keep finding things we would like to grow or were new for us last year we want to do again or that we need to grow more of..so it may be awhile before I get it finalized.{then of course Mother Nature will throw us a curve and I will need to change all my planting dates  around to fit the weather!!} Seed orders are mostly just about ready to go..except that we keep getting more catalogs!! Some are ones we ordered for the first time last season and a couple are ones that we requested new this season..most all of them have an abundance of cool varieties that we just have to try!! So I am once again making  some hard decisions..what varieties do we not grow or grow less of to make room for the new ones we keep finding!! It is fun and exciting but sometimes a bit of a challenge to figure out just what we have room for. 

The prop house is all set to go for the first batch of seeds to be started..looks like I will be out there in the next couple of days planting up a storm..onions, leeks, and other alliums for outdoors..fun little herbies that grow real slowly like thyme and rosemary, the first succession of green leafies{chard, kale, bokchoi, mustards, asain greens, lettuces} for the high tunnel. Just waiting for the temperatures to warm just a tad more so it doesn't take as much to keep the prop house warm enough!!

In the high tunnel we are getting beds prepped ready for the first seeds to go in..carrots, beets, turnips, favas. It looks so barren right now..about the only green things we see are the chervil, the rosemary, the chives and oregano are starting to wake up..and of course a few random weeds are already growing well!!

 We are about 10 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season!! Looks like April 2nd weather permitting!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! Huge thanks to our returning members who have already signed up..you make our lives much easier!!

How does it work?? Well we start signing up members for the new season in January..this helps us with planning..we need to know how many folks we are going to be growing for so we know how much we need to plant. In addition your deposit or payment gives up a bit of capitol for all those early season expenses that happen before we have any crops ready for harvest..seeds, amendments, water, utilities, wages, etc. Then April through mid-December{weather permitting..so far we have always had crops ready to harvest by the first weekend in April..but Mother Nature is not always kind!!} each week you come to the farm and pick out your share of the weeks harvest. 

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Folks looking for share partners or pickup groups..please let me know and I will post it here.

Have a mini share from Ridgway looking for a share partner.

May have some folks in Ridgway looking for more folks for a pickup group{a pickup group is a group of 2 or more shares taking turns with pickup responsibilty.}

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!

Fun happening..Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum..

pre-conference Friday January 22nd..conference Saturday January 23rd. For more information on times and speakers please visit www.valleyfoodparnership.org  

Workdays for January and February..every Saturday 9:00 am to noon. {except January 23..I will be at the forum!!}  Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Saturday? but have other days that work better for you?? Please talk to us about setting up and alternative time..Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings work best for us. 

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..call 249-9725 to get some!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 12/4/2015 3:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Winter Snow everyone!!

Note: Only two weeks left of the 2015 season!! Last veggie pick up will be December 12th!! Pickup time is now 11:00am to 2:00pm!!!

Note: Help!!We need a few more bags of leaves for our garlic..Please keep us in mind as you rake or if your neighbors have bags sitting on the curb for the city to pick up..FYI neighbors may be grateful to you for snagging their leaves..apparantly the city charges to pick them up!!

NOTE: Time for another payment!

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!! Ours was awesome with lots of family and entirely too much feast!! The weather the last two weeks has been getting steadily cooler..Thanksgiving week was not too bad..mostly sunny but did get about an inch of snow. Saturday pickup was nice and sunny..Sunday was mostly cloudy but not too much snow until night. We wake up Monday morning to a winter wonderland..had at least 4 inches of snow..probably closer to 5. Monday night somebody turned off the heat!! We were a whopping 4 degrees Tuesday morning..and didn't warm up much all day..we might have barely gotten up to freezing!! Sunny and warming just a few degrees everyday the rest of the week. Had lots of cloud cover today but got up to about 47 with a nighttime low of 22..not too bad for the first week of December!!

Our outdoor adventures are just about finished for the season. Amazingly enough we got most of the roots harvested and the garlic planted before Thanksgiving!! I wasn't sure we were going to make it..since we didn't get started on it until after the first of November..Our first hard fall frost was soooo late!! But, thanks to a lot of good help from our farm family.. family, work share folks and CSA members.. it all cam together..THANKS everyone for a job well done!! This past week we didn't do much except shovel snow, read seed catalogs and books{yes, seed catalogs are starting to come in..we are starting to get fun ideas for next year!!} until Wednesday..then we worked on digging the last of the roots from the feild{parsnips} mulching the garlic{need a few more leaves to finish off that project!!}, covering and building a goosey fence around next springs carrots{yes,those rotten geese know how to dig their own carrots!!} and getting veggies ready for tomorrow. 

I am working on adding up crop records and getting the website set up for 2016 CSA signup..was planning on doing it early in the week but I kept hearing those seed catalogs and a good book calling..

FYI CSA shares make awesome gifts whether from our farm or one of our farmer friends in the valley..healthy people, healthy planet, healthy farmers..it's a win-win for everyone!! 

Updates on our little birdie friends...

NOTE: Della has some of the ducks and geese for sale now..please check with her if you are interested..

 new little chickies  are just about 28 weeks old..getting a few more eggs from them now

Old little chickies are almost 40 weeks old now.

New duckies are 36 weeks old now..still enjoying the snow..especially when it melts off their roof.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 27 weeks old. We let the birds out into the garden after we have everything harvested..they clean up all sorts of crops residues and turn it into a bit fertilizer. They spent their first day out in the fields today..they were so excited..once they got out there it was hard for them to decide just where to start!!

new baby duckies are now 19 weeks old!! We have a theory{and we are sticking to it!!} The ducks with the big feet are the boys..the ones with the smaller feet are the girls!! Della did try to do her bead thing this week but the duckies kept trying to eat her bead!! Don't know what the bead thing is..ask Della and she can show you how it works..same principle as dowsing for water..pretty cool!!

 What is available for the CSA?

Note: not looking forward to missing your weekly veggies?? Check out our friends up at Buckhorn Gardens..they are doing veggies most all winter!!

Note: not sure what to do with your produce..check out our website..  www.circleagarden.com I keep adding more recipes as new stuff is ready to harvest.

NOTE: Food Safety..we do NOT consider any of our produce ready to eat{not even the salad greens!!} We chill it in cool water to remove the field heat and get some of the soil off but must recommend that you WASH your produce before eating!!

From the high tunnel

Greens..  chard, kale, bok choi, yakina savoy, vivid choi, tokyo bekana, chinese cabbage

From outdoors

parsnip

from storage

onions, garlic, winter squash, turnips, radishes, celeriac, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, sugar beets, leeks,

 

Needed..more old carpet..if you are carpeting your home or office..please keep us in mind..we can use the old carpet..just the carpet though, NOT the padding!!

NOTE please think of us when it comes time to rake your fall leaves!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 11/20/2015 6:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Note: Only four weeks left of the 2015 season!! Last veggie pick up will be December 12th!! Pickup time is now 11:00am to 2:00pm!!!

Note: Sunday workday for is this coming Sunday November 22. Our goal is to get the rest of the garlic in!! .please come join us..we will be starting about 9:00 am and going until we get dome done!! 

NOTE: Time for another payment!

Well, we liked the weather Saturday and Sunday..both days were sunny with a bit of chill but nothing major..fine fall weather. By Sunday evening the clouds had rolled in and it was raining..woke up Monday morning to snow..snowed off and on all morning..then snowed some more overnight..ended up with 2-3 inches of really wet white stuff!! Tuesday tried the clouds tried to clear out..several times..would look like it was clearing and we'd go outside to work and the clouds would just roll back in..no precipitation but windy and COLD..I think our high was almost 35. Wednesday was a bit warmer but off and on again clouds with a wee bit of sun. Thursday was sunny most of the day and quite warm..in the 50's. Today was another of those off and on days..a bit of sun here..a lot of clouds there..more sun..then more clouds..was warm though into the 50's again. The weekend looks like we should have some sunshine. Another storm coming our way about mid-week, though.

Our last cooking demo of the season went well..lots of yummy stuff to do with fall veggies. It seemed like more folks hung around, chatted, and shared ideas of what they do with the veggies than the previous 2..not sure why. some ideas might be it was fall and not so many other things going on..new thing we did this year and it was the 3rd one and more folks were aware of what we were doing..any other ideas would be appreciated..why did YOU stick around or not?? And feedback on whether we should do more demos next season..we need your ideas!!

Please help us thank Kat for making our produce shine!! She took home our veggies and turned them into awesome tasty meals!! 

Our workday Sunday was awesome..nice and sunny with just a touch of chill, had an great crew and we got 2 beds of garlic planted!! Just have 2 more to go!! Thank you to Joyce and Scott for coming out to help!! Didn't do too much Monday and Tuesday except watch it snow..checked out the first 3 seed catalogs, read, drank lots of tea, just chilled. Wednesday we had to bite the bullet and get going on harvesting..harvested about 150 lbs of beets out of the snow and got some ready for veggie pickup tomorrow and the rest into storage. Thursday we harvested more stuff for veggie pickup in the melting snow and mud..parsnips, mangols, sugar beets, carrots, leeks, sunchokes, and the last of the brussel sprouts and cabbage. We even managed to get most of it ready to chill!! Today we harvested greens in the high tunnel and got all those roots demudded !! Thank you Sally for coming out to harvest in the snow Thursday!!

Please help us thank Lindsay and all our workshare folks..Terry, April, Chris, Tami, and Corina for hanging in there in there and harvesting lots of roots!!

 

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for November Sunday November 15 and the 22nd as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon. 

Updates on our little birdie friends...

NOTE: Della has some of the ducks and geese for sale now..please check with her if you are interested..

 new little chickies  are just about 26 weeks old..getting a few more eggs from them now

Old little chickies are almost 38 weeks old now..looks like all the aracanas..the ones who lay the blue eggs are laying..not sure how many of the others have started..

New duckies are 34 weeks old now..we are pretty sure that they have changed from doing a rain dance to a snow dance this week!! They were having a good time Wednesday!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 27 weeks old. 

new baby duckies are now 17 weeks old!! We have a theory{and we are sticking to it!!} The ducks with the big feet are the boys..the ones with the smaller feet are the girls!! Della did try to do her bead thing this week but the duckies kept trying to eat her bead!! Don't know what the bead thing is..ask Della and she can show you how it works..same principle as dowsing for water..pretty cool!!

Workdays for  November Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon and Sunday November 22nd!!

 

What is available for the CSA?

Note: not sure what to do with your produce..check out our website..  www.circleagarden.com I keep adding more recipes as new stuff is ready to harvest.

NOTE: Food Safety..we do NOT consider any of our produce ready to eat{not even the salad greens!!} We chill it in cool water to remove the field heat and get some of the soil off but must recommend that you WASH your produce before eating!!

From the high tunnel

Greens..  chard, kale, bok choi, yakina savoy, vivid choi, tokyo bekana, chinese cabbage

From outdoors

cabbage 

brussel sprouts

carrots

beets

mangals and sugarbeets

parsnip

sunchokes

from storage

onions, garlic, winter squash, turnips, radishes, celeriac, kohlrabi, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, 

 

Needed..more old carpet..if you are carpeting your home or office..please keep us in mind..we can use the old carpet..just the carpet though, NOT the padding!!

NOTE please think of us when it comes time to rake your fall leaves!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 11/13/2015 5:54pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall everyone!!

Note: Only five weeks left of the 2015 season!! Last veggie pick up will be December 12th!! Pickup time is now 11:00am to 2:00pm!!!

 

NOTE: Our last cooking demo for 2015 is tomorrow at 11:00 am. Kat has been creating up a storm..what's on the menu?..Roasted turnip & apple soup, Kohlrabi & carrot fritters with green tomato chutney, Roasted winter veggie salad with quince, Pumpkin gingerbread loaf, and Spiced apple cider..yum!! Please come and check it out!!

Note: Sunday workdays for November are tommorow November 15 and the next Sunday November 22. The next two Sundays are garlic planting days..please come join us..we will be starting about 9:00 am and going until we have a bed done!! 

NOTE: Time for another payment!

Well, it keeps getting colder!! It was nice and sunny a good bit of the week, but had a hard time getting much above 40..with lows down into the high teens..brrrr. Our only non sunny day was Wednesday..started raining Tuesday evening..just about time for evening chores..then sometime during the night it changed to snow!! We woke up to about 1/2 inch of that cold white stuff!! The sun was VERY reluctant to show it's face until we were all done harvesting in the early afternoon. Looks like it will stay sunny until Monday..a storm is supposed to blow in sometime Sunday evening..looks like we may get another little bit of snow. Then it is supposed to clear out and be sunny again..cold but sunny!!

This week we worked on getting beds ready for garlic and harvesting fall roots for storage. So far we have radishes, turnips, rutabaga, kohlrabi, about 1/2 the beets and a few carrots stored away. This next week we will be working on planting garlic and harvesting more roots..beets, carrots, parsnips, sunchokes, and whatever else we find out there!!

 

Please help us thank Lindsay and all our workshare folks..Terry, April, Chris, Tami, and Corina for hanging in there in there and harvesting lots of roots!!

special thanks to Gail for coming out Wednesday and helping us harvest in the snow!!

 

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for November Sunday November 15 and the 22nd as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon. 

Updates on our little birdie friends...

NOTE: Della has some of the ducks and geese for sale now..please check with her if you are interested..

 new little chickies  are just about 25 weeks old..getting a few more eggs from them now

Old little chickies are almost 37 weeks old now..looks like all the aracanas..the ones who lay the blue eggs are laying..not sure how many of the others have started..

New duckies are 33 weeks old now..we are pretty sure that they have changed from doing a rain dance to a snow dance this week!! They were having a good time Wednesday!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 26 weeks old. 

new baby duckies are now 16 weeks old!! We have a theory{and we are sticking to it!!} The ducks with the big feet are the boys..the ones with the smaller feet are the girls!! Della did try to do her bead thing this week but the duckies kept trying to eat her bead!! Don't know what the bead thing is..ask Della and she can show you how it works..same principle as dowsing for water..pretty cool!!

Fun happening we would like to get started here on the farm..a demonstration of how to use different veggies in the share. We are shooting for 3 Saturdays this season..early spring, peak season, and fall. If you have a favorite way to prepare your veggies that you wold like to share with everyone please let me know so we can get it all coordinated. Our THANKS to Kat and Stan for helping put this together!!

Workdays for  November Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon and Sunday November 15 and 22nd!!

 

What is available for the CSA?

Note: not sure what to do with your produce..check out our website..  www.circleagarden.com I keep adding more recipes as new stuff is ready to harvest.

NOTE: Food Safety..we do NOT consider any of our produce ready to eat{not even the salad greens!!} We chill it in cool water to remove the field heat and get some of the soil off but must recommend that you WASH your produce before eating!!

From the high tunnel

Greens..  chard, kale, bok choi, yakina savoy, vivid green, tokyo bekana, chinese cabbage

From outdoors

cabbage 

brussel sprouts

turnips

carrots

beets

mangals and sugarbeets

rutabaga

parsnip

horseradish

celeriac

sunchokes

potatoes

from storage

onions, garlic, winter squash

 

Needed..more old carpet..if you are carpeting your home or office..please keep us in mind..we can use the old carpet..just the carpet though, NOT the padding!!

NOTE please think of us when it comes time to rake your fall leaves!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden