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Posted 8/14/2015 4:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy closer to abodonza everyone!!

Note: 20th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: Next week, folks!! Mark August 22nd, 10:00am to noon..on your calendar..that's when Kat is going to demonstrate what to do with all those summer veggies in your share!! We would like to have some of the rest of your bring a recipe or dish of what you do with them to share as well!! 

Rain and sun both this week. It did rain a good bit of Sunday..not huge amounts just sprinkles off and on most of the day then heavier during the evening. More rain off and on Tuesday and Wednesday..torrential downpour with a bit of hail Wed evening. Sunny and downright hot again today but looks like we may have a few happy clouds moving in for the evening. Could our "monsoon" season have arrived?? Seems like we have had a good bit of afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity going on this week??

This week outdoors we have pulled at least another gazillion weeds..seems like we should be getting ahead of them but..A good bit of this week we spent preparing the rest of the old garlic beds and getting the last of the fall roots sowed..beets, carrots, radishes, turnips and kohlrabi are all in now. The rest of the seeds we have planted the last few weeks are up and growing well..some of them have even gotten their first weeding!! After harvesting this morning we spent the rest of the day getting the garlic all off the stalks and into bags. Next week we start on onions!!

Sad news..Alex will be leaving tomorrow.. Please help us thank her for all her hard work!! Cerra starts back to school on Thursday so yesterday was here last day on the farm..Mikal has another week before he starts back..please help us thank them for harvesting and cleaning up all the veggies we pick on Thursdays!!!{by the way, Mikal and Cerra are Mom's great-grandchildren!! Thursdays we have had 4 generations of our family harvesting and getting your veggies ready for you!!}

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..everything is growing well..starting to produce preety good as well. Peppers are almost 3 feet tall..a couple of them are almost as tall as Cerra!! We started flats of fall greens this week..in another month we will be transplanting them into the tunnel for those late fall veggie harvests after the fall frosts!! This season seems to moving along at an extremely fast clip..I can't believe it is already mid August!!

Even though we are approaching the halfway point in our CSA season, there are still many weeks left of awesome procuce!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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. 

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 12 weeks old..looks {and sounds!!}like we have at least two little roosters..they still need much more practice!! They have moved down to the pen next to the chicken yard to make room for the little duckies.

Old little chickies are almost 24 weeks old now..2 have started laying now..one aracana and one columbian wyandotte

New duckies are 20 weeks old now..they are enjoying being with the "big" ducks..one of them has started to lay

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 13 weeks old. Very difficult to tell the babies from the adults now..unless they are honking..the babies are still sort of twittering..either haven't gotten the honk thing down yet or just haven't needed to make that much noise 'cause everyone else is already doing so!!

new baby duckies are 3 weeks old!! They have already outgrown the brooder tank on the porch so have moved in under the apricot tree. They are having a ball with the extra room!!

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!!

 The next one will be Saturday August 22..next week!! please put it on your calendar and come to farm to learn about and taste some awesome food!! Please think about bringing a dish of what you make with peak season goodies to share!! 

Workdays for August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!

 

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

beets..just a couple more weeks left in this planting..will be more in the fall

Cucumbers..a few more..please share!!

eggplant, peppers, okra..a bit more..again please share!!

tomatoes..47 lbs this week..more and more each week

malabar spinach

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic

elephant garlic..not a true garlic but a bulbing leek!!

cabbage 

portuguese kale and collards

scallions

sweet onions

summer squash

carrots..a few more..please share!!

fennel

celery

first few cucs, eggplant, zuchetta and tomatoes from the great out of doors!!

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 8/7/2015 5:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy closer to abodonza everyone!!

Note: 19th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: Mark August 22nd on your calendar..that's when Kat is going to demonstrate what to do with all those summer veggies in your share!! We would like to have some of the rest of your bring a recipe or dish of what you do with them to share as well!! 

We've had about 2 weeks of fairly warm sunny weather..a couple days of clouds but mostly dry and sunny. highs in the high 80's-low 90's..lows still a bit cooler than we would like..ranging from high 40's-low 50's. Looks like we might get a little bit of moisture tonight and tomorrow ..just in time for veggie pickup!!

Outdoor adventures are coming along..another bazillion weeds down. Garlic is all in and hanging..just need to let it dry down a bit before we cut it off the stalks and get it into bags. Then it is on to onion adventures..many of our storage onions are starting to put their tops down..hope they are just overachieving..seems a bit early for some of them..we usually are able to get most of the garlic bagged before we have to start on onions!! now that the garlic is out we are working on getting beds ready for more fall roots..more beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi.. The warm weather is greatly appreciated by all our  warm season goodies..summer squash is starting to come on..picked our first outdoor eggplants and cucs..looks like next week the peppers will be happening..green beans are slow but coming along..tomatillas are setting fruit..tomatoes are growing rapidly.

 Thank you Joyce for coming out and helping us with our  adventures!! As well as Terry, Billie, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Sad news..this coming week will be Alex's last week here on the farm this season. Please help us thank her for all her hard work!! Mikal and Cerra will be starting back to school soon..please help us thank them for harvesting and cleaning up all the veggies we pick on Thursdays!!!

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..favas are all gone now..it looks so different now..but the tomatoes are happy with the extra space. Our tomato walls are growing rapidly..black cherry and blush have made it to the top of the trellis..most everyone else will be there soon!! Tomatoes in the low tunnel are starting to ripen well..the ones in the high tunnel are starting to ripen as well..new tomato we are trying this season..indigo blueberry is starting to come on well..please give us feedback on how you like it!! peppers are doing extra well..eggplant is off and running..some of the cucs are producing well..some are not..we gave the ones that are not a little extra love and they are looking better, though..okra is looking great but not producing much yet..I don't think they like the cool nights even though the plants are bigger and bushier than they usually are. 

Even though we are approaching the halfway point in our CSA season, there are still many weeks left of awesome procuce!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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. 

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 11 weeks old..looks {and sounds!!}like we have at least two little roosters..they still need much more practice!!

Old little chickies are almost 23 weeks old now..2 have started laying now..one aracana and one columbian wyandotte

New duckies are 19 weeks old now..they are enjoying being with the "big" ducks

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 12 weeks old. Very difficult to tell the babies from the adults now..unless they are honking..the babies are still sort of twittering..either haven't gotten the honk thing down yet or just haven't needed to make that much noise 'cause everyone else is already doing so!!

new babies 2 weeks ago!! about a month or so back the fox tried to take Kiera home for supper{Della managed to rescue her!!} while she was setting a nest of eggs..they were still warm so Della carried them up and stuck them in the incubator..2 weeks ago tomorrow Della and Alex went in to take the turner out of the incubator and found little duckies hatching!!

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!!

Looks like the next one will be Saturday August 22..please put it on your calendar and come to farm to learn about and taste some awesome food!! Please think about bringing a dish of what you make with peak season goodies to share!! 

Workdays for August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!

 

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

beets..just a couple more weeks left in this planting..will be more in the fall

Cucumbers..a few more..please share!!

eggplant, peppers, okra..a bit more..again please share!!

tomatoes..30 lbs this week..please share!!

malabar spinach

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!

cabbage 

portuguese kale and collards

beta greens

scallions

sweet onions

summer squash...please share!! 

carrots..just a few..please share!!

fennel

celery

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/24/2015 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 17th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

Another week of changeable Colorado weather!! Saturday started out sunny but by the end of veggie pickup it was pouring rain..let up just a bit..then the heavens opened and really poured!! Sunday and Monday were pleasant and sunny..until about noon Monday..then more of that pouring rain..several times!! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were warm and sunny..then coudy and rainy again today. Our high temps have been in the 70's on cloudy days..mid-high 80's on sunny days..lows have ranged from about 45-56. Much as we appreciate the rain it is making harvesting garlic a bit challenging and some of the warm season crops that love the sun are just waiting it out.{summer squash and tomats especially}

Outdoor adventures are continuing to change..still working on weeds..at least another gazillion of them down,,another gazillion or so to go!! parsnips, rutabaga and mangals are all up..more seeds to plant this next week...beets, turnips, radishes..may try a planting of salad greens as well. We've been working on hilling and mulching potatoes, trellising tomatoes, and harvesting more garlic..got most of the rest of it today..just have elephant garlic to go. Squash bug hunt was better this week..just a handful of adults and nymphs and a few egg clusters. Harvesting more basil this week, sweet onions are positively beautiful, a tad more summer squash. Checked the carrots..maybe another week before they are ready for harvest.

 Thank you Joyce for coming out and helping us with our  adventures!! As well as Terry, Billie, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for July and August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..favas are now only about a foot high..they will be all out next week when we fertilize and mulch the rest of the kale and the gallion. The bulk of the chard and kale are all fertilized and mulched. Tomato walls are getting much taller..some of them are getting taller than me. Harvested about a dozen black cherry tomats this week..our tomato harvest went from 6 tomatoes to about 3 lbs..still not a lot but slowly getting better!! Tomato hornworm harvest went down to something like 10. Peppers are looking awesome..I think our first real harvest of them will be next week..lots of nice firm fruit. Harvested more cucs, eggplant, and okra..still not huge amounts so please be kind and share!!

Even though we are approaching the halfway point in our CSA season, there are still many weeks left of awesome procuce!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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. 

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 9 weeks old..a bit more confident about tomato horn worms!! They missed the big girls for about 2 days but are now very happy with the extra space!!

Old little chickies are almost 21 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday} They moved down to the chicken coop with the rest of the chickens..seem to be liking it. Della throws out a bit of scratch for the chicken in the evening to bribe them into going to bed..she says while the older birds are all about getting in on the scratch the young ones are hopping up on the roosts and picking out the best sleeping spot!!

New duckies are 17 weeks old now..looks like we have 3 girls and 5 boys!! 

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 10 weeks old. Now that they are getting a few feathers, they are harder to tell from the older geese.

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!!

Looks like the next one will be Saturday August 22..please put it on your calendar and come to farm to learn about and taste some awesome food!! Please think about bringing a dish of what you make with peak season goodies to share!! 

Workdays for July, August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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

beets..just a couple more weeks left in this planting..will be more in the fall

Cucumbers..a few more..please share!!

eggplant, okra..a bit more..again please share!!

tomatoes..3 lbs this week..please share!!

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!

kohlrabi..LOTS

cabbage LOTS

portuguese kale and collards

beta greens

scallions

sweet onions

radish pods

summer squash..first picking..please share!!

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/17/2015 4:26pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 16th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

This week has been a bit warmer and much sunnier than last..much drier as well. Our highs have been mid to high 80's with lows hi 40-low 50's. A few random clouds off and on to cover the intensity of the sun..with some afternoon rumblings and a few drops of rain here and there. Humidity has been a bit higher than what those of us born and raised in Colorado are accustomed to..those born and bred in wetter climates are thinking it's about perfect!! This next week looks to be more of the same..maybe a few degrees warmer at night..and maybe an afternoon thunder shower or two.

Outdoor adventures are changing a bit this week..a little less focus on planting..much more focus on weeds..and what we are harvesting is changing rapidly. We are working on planting fall crops..transplanted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and a few cabbages..seeded more parsnips, rutabaga, and mangals. Pulled at least a gazillion weeds..mostly in the onions, potatoes, and along the tomato trellises where the lettuce was. We started trellising tomatoes as well..they are all looking good..lots of blooms and maybe 1/3 have started setting fruit well. Garlic harvest has commenced!!..pulled the first 4 varieties. squash bug hunt yielded about 70 adults..too many egg clusters to keep track of..and a few nymphs. Starting to harvest more basil, first few summer squash, and sweet onions.

Other things happening in the great out doors..Lettuce is done for the season..salad greens are done until fall. Zinnias are starting to bloom..not as glorious as the ones clair planted last season!!

 Thank you Kirk for coming out and helping us with our  adventures!! As well as Terry, Billie, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for July and August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..fava wall is coming down..as we fertilize and mulch the chard and kale..tomato walls are going up..have all the tomatoes started up the trellis now..just have to keep them going up!! Harvested one lone black cherry tomato in the high tunnel this week..but he has LOTS of green friends..I guess we just have to be patient!! Harvested maybe 6 tomats from the low tunnel..I was thinking they were behind but went back and counted the days from transplanting..they should be starting to produce by mid-July and.. gee..it seems to be mid-July. They may play that waiting game with us, though..where they just tease us for a couple weeks 'cause we all want lots of tomats NOW!! Harvested only about 30 tomato horn worms from the low tunnel and 3 from the high tunnel..one harvest yield I am happy to see go down!!We started staking the peppers and thinned out the first few sweets of the season..lots more to come!! Picked the first little bit of eggplant and the first 7 or 8 okras. Lots more cucumbers this week..they we very appreciative of the sun!! 

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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. 

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 8 weeks old..a bit more confident about tomato horn worms!! They missed the big girls for about 2 days but are now very happy with the extra space!!

Old little chickies are almost 20 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday} They moved down to the chicken coop with the rest of the chickens..seem to be liking it. Della throws out a bit of scratch for the chicken in the evening to bribe them into going to bed..she says while the older birds are all about getting in on the scratch the young ones are hopping up on the roosts and picking out the best sleeping spot!!

New duckies are 16 weeks old now..looks like we have 3 girls and 5 boys!! 

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 9 weeks old. Now that they are getting a few feathers, they are harder to tell from the older geese.

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 July, August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS more chard!!}, lots of kale, 

beets..just a couple more weeks left in this planting..will be more in the fall

Cucumbers..a few..please share!!

peppers, eggplant, okra..the very first few..again please share!!

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!

kohlrabi..LOTS

cabbage LOTS

portuguese kale and collards

salad greens..last until it cools off in the fall

scallions

sweet onions

summer squash..first picking..please share!!

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/10/2015 4:00pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 15th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

This week has been amazingly cool and wet for early July..a nice break from the heat for us humans..not so great for the tomatoes and cucumbers!! Sunday was cool with more sunshine than clouds in the morning..more clouds and a bit of rain in the evening. Monday and Tuesday we saw cloudy mornings with a few sprinkles..sunny in the afternoon and rain in the evening. It rained a good bit of Tuesday night..Wednesday..well it seemed to mostly rain with a few sunny patches..several gully washing downpours with a bit of hail in the afternoon and evening. Thursday it started out cloudy..with sun later in the morning..a bit of rain in the evening and overnight. Today started out with a sprinkle or two way early{5am}..sunny with a few clouds most of the day. Most of our highs have been mid 70's to low 80's..our lows really cooled off..mid 40's to low 50's. Looks like this next week is going to be more sunny and warmer..not as warm as last week, though.

Outdoor adventures are moving right along..Planting is progressing..we have all the warm season delights in now. Now we can start on fall crops, weeding, harvesting garlic, squash bug and tomato hornworm searches..etc. This week Mom has been working on harvesting currants..all the red ones are harvested and she will be moving on to the pink ones. We have also been harvesting black raspberries..not a huge amount, but a little taste of things to come when the black berries start in. We are seeing a bit of damage from the hail Wednesday..about 1/4 of today's harvest of black raspberries were damaged..and more that were not ripe yet look a bit dinged..some of the blackberries got dinged, but they are not as far along as the b. raspberries and may be ok come harvest season on them..may just have some hail marks instead of a bruise. The beta greens got hit as well..maybe about 1/3 we had to sort out..not sure how the salad greens are doing..yesterday they looked pretty good but may show more damage as they grow. All in all not too bad with the hail..we've had a couple over the years where everything looked like confetti!!

Happy news!! Alex and Claude arrived here last Saturday afternoon!! They have spent the week helping us with our planting, weeding, harvesting adventures!! Sad news..Claude is leaving tomorrow to head back to Oregon{but Alex is staying!!}

Other things happening in the great out doors..Very little lettuce this week..but lots of cabbage and kohlrabi!! Looks like we may be starting to harvest just a bit of summer squash. This week garlic harvest commences!! May have a few sweet onions ready to harvest next week. Basil is growing well..was able to harvest a bit more this week.

 Thank you Sally  for coming out and helping us with our planting adventures!! As well as Terry, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we can still use your help your help!!!. Workdays for July and August are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday..9-noon unless you want to come earlier to beat the heat!!

In the tunnels..Favas are done..we picked maybe 2 more pounds of them this morning..it is time to pull them out and use them for mulch on the chard and kale!! Got a good bit of trellising done this week during the rains. Have maybe 10 more tomats to get started up the trellis..then I need to start over to keep them headed up the trellis. We harvested the first 5 or 6 tomatoes this morning..lots more to come!! Cucumber harvest was a bit disappointing this morning..not as many as last week..they did not appreciate the cooler weather as much as we did!!Have LOTS of little itty bitty cucs set though!! Peppers are growing rapidly..fruit as well as plants. They eggplant has a few little 1 inch long eggplants. The okra is blooming. We dug the last of the carrots this week{there will be about 3 weeks without carrots..the ones out doors are not ready to harvest yet!!} We found something like 120 tomato hornworms in the low tunnel this week..7 in the high tunnel. Hopefully that is all of the little buggers!!??

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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. 

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 9 weeks old..They and the older chicks got the bulk of the hornworm harvest..they were not too sure at first if they were a food group!!

Old little chickies are almost 19 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..And just about old enough to join the rest of the chickens down in the chicken coop.

New duckies are 15 weeks old now..looks like we have 3 girls and 5 boys!! They really enjoyed the rain!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 8 weeks old. They are almost as big as their parents..not too many feathers yet..mostly just fluff..now that they are pretty good size they will be starting the feather thing,

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 July, August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!!

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

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS more chard!!}, lots of kale, 

carrots..last until the new planting is ready

beets..

fava beans..last week

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!

kohlrabi..LOTS

cabbage LOTS

head lettuces.Last little bit of the season

portuguese kale and collards

beta greens

scallions

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 7/3/2015 6:53pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 14th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

Another hot one!! Not sure if we reached any record breaking temps on Monday or Tuesday, but here on the farm it seemed like record highs..whew was it hot!! Wednesday, Thursday, and today we had a bit of a break with a few clouds..still quite warm but, the sun was not quite so intense. Looks like we might get a bit of rain over the weekend..probably because half the folks I know are headed for the hills where it is cooler!! I need to start asking for my weekly overnight gentle rain..now that I am pretty sure we won't end up with 2 feet of snow!!

Outdoor adventures are moving right along..we are still way behind in planting but the end is getting nearer. This week we mostly worked on getting beds ready for melons and winter squash and got most of the melons in this morning. We have also been working on weeding potatoes, carrots, fennel, and edamame. Peas are done for the season.. a few questions came up about why pea season was so short..well, for one peas do not tolerate the heat well..when the temps get above about 80-85 they quit blooming..no blooms, no peas!! In addition the peas went in late this year..the area we needed to plant them is the area where the leach field went in..heavy backhoe.. digging huge trenches..messing up the soil structure and soil food web..so we are basically starting over to build our soil back up to where it was..so we needed to start out with tilling it..that took a good 6 weeks..the soil would get just about dry enough to till and it would either snow or rain. Note: we can't work our heavy clay soils if it is too wet..it just clumps up and makes bricks and hardpan. So the peas went in about 3 weeks later than we would have liked..then of course we are dealing with new soil in that area so our yields were not up to par with some of our other areas. We could have put the peas in another area but, we need to rotate our crops and the peas would not fit into the rotations in the other areas. Anyway I hope that answers a few question..if you have more please ask!!

Other things happening in the great out doors..we will have LOTS of lettuce this week..the heat has pushed our last succession of lettuce so that the most of it needed harvested all at once instead of over 2-3 weeks. When we do successions of lettuce we have anywhere up to 8 varieties that mature at different times, but lettuce is also another one of those crops that do not tolerate the heat well..they think their main purpose in life is to make seed..when the temperature starts soaring, they try to hurry up and bloom. We think lettuces main purpose is to feed us so we want to harvest it before it starts wanting to bloom. Garlic is almost ready to harvest..I think the first variety will come out by the end of the week!! The tomats are growing rapidly and are just about ready to start trellising. The summer squash is starting to really take off..we will be checking it next week to see if it is ready to start harvesting. The basil is almost 3 times the size it was when we transplanted it 2 weeks ago..harvested just a sample of things to come for the pickup tomorrow. The sweet onions are starting to bulb..looks like we may have a few to harvest in the next week or two.

 

Thank you Bettye for coming out and helping us with our planting adventures!! As well as Terry, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we desperately need your help!!!..We are a still a good 3 weeks behind in our planting..and rapidly losing that window of time for crops to ripen before that first fall frost!! We can use extra help Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!! I am heading out to the fields about 5:30 am while it is still a nice cool 50 degrees. Please come join me!! {you can come later but the best part of the day is at the crack of dawn..the sky is just lightening up,,the birds are waking up and starting their morning songs..the sunrise is pretty awesome!!}

In the tunnels..This may be the last week for favas..there may be a few next week but they are just about done..another of those cool season crops that don't tolerate the heat as well!! We worked on trellising cucumbers and tomatoes..the fava wall is coming down..the tomato and cuc walls are going up!! We harvested the first 5 lbs of cucs this morning..many more in the weeks to come..they LOVE the heat!! Peppers are growing rapidly..plants as well as fruit..shouldn't be too long before peppers!! Have one tomato just barely showing color..also found one tomato hornworm in the high tunnel and 23 of the buggers in the low tunnel..they were not even an inch long yet..any we missed will be much bigger when we check them again..they grow even faster than the goslings!! Almost done harvesting carrots..have maybe one more week left..will have a short break in carrots..the new plantings outdoors should be ready by the end of July or so.

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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 in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 8 weeks old..They are in with the older girls now and liking the extra room.

Old little chickies are almost 18 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..And just about old enough to join the rest of the chickens down in the chicken coop.

New duckies are 14 weeks old now..looks like we have 3 girls and 5 boys!! The runoff irrigation from our neighbors hay field was watering our lawn this week..the duckies were SO happy.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 7 weeks old. They are almost as big as their parents..not too many feathers yet..mostly just fluff..now that they are pretty good size they will be starting the feather thing,

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 July, August, Sept..weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 9 am-noon unless you would like to come earlier to beat the heat!!

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

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS more chard!!}, kale, 

carrots..

beets..

fava beans..one more week or so on favas

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic scapes..last of the scapes this week

garlic..first "real" garlic of the season!!

kohlrabi..

cabbage

head lettuces.LOTS of lettuce..next week wiil be the last little bit

peas..both sugar snap and english..last little bit..please share

portuguese kale and collards

salad greens

herbs.. parsely, basil..and more

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 6/26/2015 8:24pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer everyone!!

Note: 13th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

The heat is still on!! Lots of sun!! highs up into the 90's..lows mid to high 50. So far no triple digits but I am hearing rumors of record highs!! We did get a little respit from the heat Wednesday afternoon..not even an hour after we gave up weeding the potato patch lots of happy clouds rolled in and it rained a bit off and on into the evening..not a great amount of rain..just enough to soak us and wet the surface of the soil..gosh it felt{and smelled!!} wonderful. The forecast is calling for more sun and hot temperatures for the coming week.

Outdoor adventures are moving right along..we are still way behind in planting but the end is getting nearer. This week we planted the last of the peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and summer squash as well as tomatillos, cucumbers, something else that I just can't think of right now. The beans and edamame we planted last week are sprouting up. Potatoes are starting to bloom and put out runners..the first batch of summer squash has little boy blossoms{and we found our first 4 squash bugs!!}. Beds for melons are almost ready to plant and then it is on to winter squash adventures..that will be the last of our warm season stuff in..then mostly we will have our fall plantings going in..cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi.

 

Thank you Gus for coming out and helping us plant tomats and cucs!! As well as Terry, Mikal, and Cerra for harvest day..you all rock!!

Note; we desperately need your help!!!..We are a still a good 3 weeks behind in our planting..and rapidly losing that window of time for crops to ripen before that first fall frost!! We can use extra help Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!! I am heading out to the fields about 5:30 am while it is still a nice cool 50 degrees. Please come join me!! {you can come later but the best part of the day is at the crack of dawn..the sky is just lightening up,,the birds are waking up and starting their morning songs..the sunrise is pretty awesome!!}

In the tunnels..Didn't get as many favas this morning..but did trim the fava wall down to about 4 feet..doesn't look quite as impressive, but it was topping almost 7 feet and falling over, making getting down the path difficult. Picked the first 2 cucs yesterday..we sent them home with our great niece and nephew. We have a tomato that is almost 2 inches around, peppers I can see from clear across the tunnel, and lots more blooms on the eggplant!! And we planted the malabar spinach.

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 34 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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 in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 7 weeks old..They are in with the older girls now and liking the extra room.

Old little chickies are almost 17 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!! 

New duckies are 13 weeks old now..Had a ball in the rain Wednesday!! AND some of them are getting that curl on their tail feathers so we can tell the boys from the girls!!

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 6 weeks old. They are almost as big as their parents..not too many feathers yet..mostly just fluff..now that they are pretty good size they will be starting the feather thing,

Sad news..we lost the guinea keets and mamma chicken t a predator this week..not the fox but something much smaller..Della thinks maybe a weasel.

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 June..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. {or you can come earlier to beat the heat!!} Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Sunday? 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: these will be the last Sunday workdays until late fall..Your farmers need a day off!!

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..also have goose and duck eggs..and goose eggs for setting..call 249-9725 to get some!!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS more chard!!}, kale, 

carrots..

beets..

fava beans..one more week or so on favas

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic scapes..last of the scapes this week

kohlrabi..

head lettuces.

peas..both sugar snap and english..pea season is going to be short and limited amounts..they just don't  like the heat

cabbage..also first of the season..please share

portuguese kale and collards

herbs.. parsely, sage, lemon balm, mint

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 6/19/2015 9:05pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!!

Note: 12th veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

The heat is on!! Welcome to summer in the Rockies!! We did a bit of looking back to May while we were planting basil this morning..it had only been about a month since we had snow here on the farm!!{Mothers day weekend} And just short of two weeks since we had all the rain. This week has been mostly sunny and hot. Did have a slight respite from the blazing sun on Tuesday..was cloudy most of the day but still quite warm..but a very pleasant day for getting beds ready to plant, weeding peas, planting beans, and digging out a huge cottonwood root. Later we learned that parts of Delta and Mesa Counties had 60 mile an hour winds and marble sized hail!! Looks like the next week is going to be very warm and dry..I keep hearing rumors of triple digit temps but the forecast is saying high nineties.

Outdoor adventures are moving right along..we are still way behind in planting but the end is getting nearer. This week we planted peppers, eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes, the rest of the artichokes, hamburg parsley , celeriac, and basil. We also seeded green beans and edamame, weeded the pea patch again, worked on getting more beds ready to plant and dug out a huge cottonwood root..ok so Dave and Chris. two of our work share folks dug it out..thanks guys..the tomatoes and beans will be very appreciative in the coming weeks!!

Check out the poppy..it is at peak this week!! 

Thank you Gail for coming out and helping us eliminate a gazillion weeds in the pea patch..picking them this morning was a snap!!

Note; we desperately need your help!!!..We are a still a good 3 weeks behind in our planting..and rapidly losing that window of time for crops to ripen before that first fall frost!! We can use extra help Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!! I am heading out to the fields about 5:30 am while it is still a nice cool 50 degrees. Please come join me!! {you can come later but the best part of the day is at the crack of dawn..the sky is just lightening up,,the birds are waking up and starting their morning songs..the sunrise is pretty awesome!!}

In the tunnels..Picked over 40 lbs of favas this morning!! Swiss chard is going even nuttier this week!! We can see a few peppers starting to set fruit..most of the tomatoes have at least one tomato set so far...see a couple little cucs starting to grow..eggplant is blooming and okra is just planted!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 30 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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 in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 6 weeks old..They have been coming out on the lawn in the chicken tractor and having a ball!! Have at least one little rooster..he's been trying to talk back to Cocky..it is not going well yet..he needs a LOT more practice!!

Old little chickies are almost 16 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!! Happier that it is not raining so much this week..but not liking the afternoon heat too much.

New duckies are 12 weeks old now..They are not happy with the no rain thing!! they have been getting out early of a morning when it's cool..then napping most of the late morning and afternoon away..then setting off for adventures in the cooler temps of the evening.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 5 weeks old. They are almost as big as their parents..not too many feathers yet..mostly just fluff..now that they are pretty good size they will be starting the feather thing,

We also have guinea keets..forgot about them last week!! They are now 5 weeks old. Della has a broody hen who is raising them..she may even let them come out of their house tomorrow.

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 June..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. {or you can come earlier to beat the heat!!} Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Sunday? 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: these will be the last Sunday workdays until late fall..Your farmers need a day off!!

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..also have goose and duck eggs..and goose eggs for setting..call 249-9725 to get some!!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS of chard!!}, kale, portuguese kale..and a couple of new kales we are trialing..please let us know what you think!!

carrots..

beets..

fava beans

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic scapes..{LOTS of scapes!!}..flower heads off our main hardneck garlics

kohlrabi..first of the season!!

head lettuces..a bit bigger than last week..please share!!

bok choi..

Sugar snap peas..first of the season..limited amout..please share!!

cabbage..also first of the season..please share

herbs.. dill, sage, lemon balm, mint

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 6/12/2015 1:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy June!!

Note: eleventh veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!!  9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

Today is :Mom.s 90th birthday!!

Well, Saturday pickup was a wet one..rained pretty steady for most of the day..had a brief 15 minutes of sun just about the time Sally was here to pick up her veggies..it started raining again right after she left. It cleared off in the evening but rained a bit more over night. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday were fairly clear and sunny in the morning with some afternoon thunder showers. By Tuesday evening it was pouring again. Wednesday morning started out with a light shower just before 6..was cloudy, but pleasant until almost 10..then the heavens opened up and let loose again..cleared off some during the evening. Thursday morning was off and on sun..mostly off. By afternoon it was thundery..it was really rumbling for over an hour..then the heavens opened up and pured again. This morning started out cloudy, but no rain..the sun was able to peak out for a good bit of the morning. Looks like tomorrow could be sunny at least for the morning, but could have a chance of more afternoon showers. Sunday and on into the first part of the week looks like it might be much drier.

Outdoors..Getting more and more stuff planted despite the rain. When it's been too wet to plant we've been getting a lot of things weeded..the weeds are just loving all the rain!! Brocli and cauliflower are in..beds are ready for peppers, eggplant, summer squash, celeriac, and more artichokes. Fennel and carrots are up..didn't see any parsnips up yet. Peas are still blooming..the poppy is trying, but the rain is making a lot of the blooms fall over. Currants are starting to turn just the slightest bit pink. 

Thank you Torie for joining us at the crack of dawn Wednesday morning!!

Note; we need your help!!!..workday Sunday, June 14th..we are starting in the high tunnel at 6 am and shifting to outdoors as it heats up..we will be out there until noon..so please come join us!!! If you can't make it Sunday we also need help Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..anytime between 6 am and noonish!!

In the tunnels..Picked the first of the fava beans..have beds all ready to go for okra and malabar spinach. Cucumbers are starting to bloom..a couple of little girl blossoms to go with all the little boy ones..found the first tomato of the season this morning..a blush..it is about an inch long and looks like he will have many friends soon!! A few of the sweet peppers are starting to bloom. AND the swiss chard is going nuts!

Fun happening coming up tomorrow evening!! Our swiss chard, kale, and carrots will be a part of the meal!! There are still a few tickets left..not many though. 

Farm to Fork Affair..6:00pm, Saturday June 13 at the Bistro 228 Main Street. Nick will be doing 3 courses featuring Happy Hogs pork, drink pairings from Big B's Hard Cider served with seasonal produce from Valley Food Producer Partners. This is a Benefit for Valley Food Partnership..Tickets are $65 and are available at The Bistro or at the Valley Food Partnership{970-249-0705} and I have a few as well and can get more if needed!! Please come, enjoy, and help support all the wonderful programs Valley Food Partnership is involved in!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 30 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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 in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

 new little chickies  are just about 5 weeks old..They have been coming out on the lawn in the chicken tractor and having a ball!! Have at least one little rooster..he's been trying to talk back to Cocky..it is not going well yet..he needs a LOT more practice!!

Old little chickies are almost 15 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!! They have not really appreciated the rain..Saturday they gave up seeing the sun, holed up in their little house and took a nap!!

New duckies are 11 weeks old now..They have been loving all the rain..Wednesday they were racing up and down the driveway, splashing from puddle to puddle.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 4 weeks old. They are already more than half the size of the adults..

We also have guinea keets..forgot about them last week!! They are now 4 weeks old. Della has a broody hen who is raising them..she may even let them come out of their house tomorrow.

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 June..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon.  Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Sunday? 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: these will be the last Sunday workdays until late fall..Your farmers need a day off!!

NOTE: chickens are starting to lay more again..we are getting an abundance..also have goose and duck eggs..and goose eggs for setting..call 249-9725 to get some!!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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 {LOTS of chard!!}, kale, portuguese kale..and a couple of new kales we are trialing..please let us know what you think!!

Beta greens

carrots..

beets..

fava beans

Herbs..

From outdoors

garlic scapes..{LOTS of scapes!!}..flower heads off our main hardneck garlics

kohlrabi..first of the season!!

head lettuces..a bit bigger than last week..please share!!

bok choi..

Rhubarb ..last of the rhubarb until next spring

herbs.. dill, sage, lemon balm, oregano

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 5/29/2015 8:00pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!

Note: ninth veggie pickup of the 2015 season is tomorrow morning!!! May 30th 9:00am to noon!!!

Another note: If you have not made a payment since April..now is the time!!

The weather for Saturday pickup was awesome..nice and sunny!! A little shower in the evening. The rain for Sunday held off until afternoon then the heavens opened up and poured off and on through Monday evening. The rest of the week wasn't too bad..sunny mornings with afternoon and evening thunder showers..is our "monsoon" season way early this year or what?? Did have a bit of hail Wednesday afternoon..hail is when farmers hearts stop and we see thousands of little lives pass before our eyes!! only had about 3 minutes of pea sized hail..Della and I were holding our breath and thinking good thoughts for the lettuces and other little plants..both those that we had just planted and those that will be ready for harvest next week. A few holes in a few of the broader leaves, but we were lucky..very little damage even in the lettuces that we plan on harvesting next week!! The forecast for the coming week looks dry and warm..we may even reach 80 degrees!!

Outdoors..Got more stuff planted and more beds ready to plant. Planted a few more lettuces{found another tray hiding out..kinda thought there should be more but figured my math was just off!!} and most of the celery and a few more onions. Seeded a little patch of parsnips..new variety we are trialing{will be seeding our main crop soon}, bulb fennel and since I had just enough space left in the bed one variety of carrots..the one that is supposed to be purple all the way through. So I have a whole bed left for the rest of the carrots..2 varieties of our little sweet ones, a round one, and a mixture of orange, yellow, white, and purple ones.

Note; we need your help!!!..workday Sunday, May 31..we are starting in the high tunnel at 6 am and shifting to outdoors as it heats up..we will be out there until noon..so please come join us!!! If you can't make it Sunday we also need help Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..anytime between 6 am and noonish!!

Roses are still looking spectacular!! The hail and rain knocked a few petals off but more buds have opened since. Sooo..this may be the last Saturday to stop and smell the roses on your way to pick up your veggies!! Enjoy!!

The prop house is emptying out fast!! We were able to move a bunch more stuff out to the hardening off bench so they will be ready to plant in the next couple weeks. Spent a bit of time this morning with the basil..we pinch the tops back so they will branch out and get bushy..heaven..just needed a tomato or two to go with it!! Bonus..the CSA will get fresh basil in their herb share tomorrow!

In the tunnels..harvested the last of the chinese cabbage, lettuces, and a nice chunk of turnips to make way for warm season delights!! Got most of the sweet peppers in..have one more chunk of turnips for next week so I can finish filling that space. Sunday we will be planting hot peppers and getting beds ready..we are starting at 6 so we can get done in there before it gets too hot!! {then we will head on outdoors for more planting adventures!!} Monday I got the last tie up on the favas..some are getting taller than I am..we will have favas soon..found a few pods that were a bit bigger than my finger..not filled out yet but coming soon!! 

Thank you Gail for coming out to help with the peppers..instead of Patrick's perfect purple pepper we have Gail's gatherers gold!! It is a golden yellow frying pepper

Fun happening coming up in June..Farm to Fork Affair..6:00pm, Saturday June 13 at the Bistro 228 Main Street. Nick will be doing 3 courses featuring Happy Hogs pork, drink pairings from Big B's Hard Cider served with seasonal produce from Valley Food Producer Partners. This is a Benefit for Valley Food Partnership..Tickets are $65 and are available at The Bistro or at the Valley Food Partnership{970-249-0705} and I have a few as well and can get more if needed!! Please come, enjoy, and help support all the wonderful programs Valley Food Partnership is involved in!!

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We have 30 members at this point. We will still be signing folks up until we are full!!

  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 in both Telluride and Crested Butte/Gunnison are looking for more folks for their pickup groups..let me know if you would like to connect with them.

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!!}

Updates on our little birdie friends...

Have new little chickies that just hatched Saturday and Sunday..so they are just about 3 weeks old..Mom has them all named..I just call them the motley crue. They are really getting motley..they are entering that awkward teenage phase!!

Old little chickies are almost 13 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They look like little ladies..so pretty!!

New duckies are 9 weeks old now..We keep looking for at least one of them with a curl on his tail..that's one of the ways to tell the girls from the boys..at least in the duck world.

Little Miss did it!! Now have 7 or 8 little goslings that are 2 weeks old. They are getting bigger already..don't fit through the mesh on the fence..or at least they have not gone adventuring this week

We also have 12 guinea keets..forgot about them last week!! They are now 2 weeks old. Della has a broody hen who is raising them..she may even let them come out of their house tomorrow.

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 May..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon.  Please let me know when you will be out!!  Can't come on Sunday? 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..also have goose and duck eggs..and goose eggs for setting..call 249-9725 to get some!!

 

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.

This usually my best guess on Thursday evening..it can change as we get to harvesting.

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..  mustards,  bok choi,  endive, escarole, lots more chard and kale,  chinese cabbage, portuguese kale, gailon, texel greens, broccoli greens

Salad greens..no salad this week..oldest planting is gettin bitter and the new one just came up!!

beta greens

head lettuces

salad turnips..next week will be the last for a while

carrots..

beets..also the first few..again please share!!

Herbs..oregano, from the prophouse..basil, marjoram, and summer savory

From outdoors

green garlic

green onions

Rhubarb

herbs..angelica, dill, sage

 

 

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!!

Looking forward to seeing you all again!!

All of us at Circle A Garden