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Posted 3/29/2015 4:55pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: first veggie pickup of the 2015 season is next Saturday April 4th 9:00am to noon!!!

Spring weather has been very nice most of the time. I did get my nice gentle rain a little over a week ago..so it was pretty much all day and a good bit of the night, but at least this time it was NOT 2 feet of snow!! Had another little rain with cold winds last Wednesday..our high that day was barely above 40..our low that night was 18. The  rest of the time our highs have been mostly in the high 60-low 70 with nighttime temps mostly in the low 30-40 degree range. Very mild so far this spring!!

Outdoors things are happening!! Not too much planting yet but we finally were able to get the area for the peas tilled..still have some tweaking to do..have a few places that are VERY compacted that we will need to broad fork enough for water and roots to penetrate. It is not as bad as I figured it would be..phew!! Trellises are being worked on right now so hopefully we can start getting some pea planting done tomorrow!! Our new rhubarbs are looking great..they look so much smaller than the older plants but are rooting nicely before they start putting out a lot leaves. The apricots were blooming nicely when we had that cold night last week..some of the blossoms are definitely toast..all brown and ugly..many of the others are looking ok so maybe? this year we will have Apricots?  A few of the plums were blooming as well..mostly the wild plum and whatever that other variety is we planted some years ago{Della just told me what it was AGAIN and it is gone already!!} The bulk of our plums{the ones that have been here since before we came} are budding and showing color but seem ok so far. The apples and quince have buds that are swelling rapidly. The lilac may have gotten hit again..it has buds that have been swelling rapidly..the past few years they get to this point..get frozen..and a couple weeks later the buds start falling off. Della and I will be watching it 'cause we have really missed the lilac blooming!! Garlic is looking great..growing nicely. Our Thanks to Laura for coming out with her tiller and to our Jeff and Randy for getting our trellises back together!!

 

Prop house is starting to fill back up again. Got all the tunnel tomatoes pricked up and some of the strange little herbie things. {2 seed flats turned into something like 10 trays of plants!!} Peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuces are not quite ready..celeriac is taking its sweet time germinating..it can take 3 weeks or more to come up. started more herbs..basil, marjoram, summer savory, and balmy tea herbs..most of them are already up. Which is a good thing because I have something like 10 more seed flats to get onto the heat mat this week!! Did a major kickout in the honey house..all of our alliums and early kohlrabi are now on the hardening off bench enjoying the great out of doors!! Going to have to kick somebody else out this coming week..need to make space for some of the herbs and greens in the prophouse!!

In the high tunnel I got another succession of salad greens, beta greens, arugula, and radishes in..they are already coming up!! Have about 6 more trays of greens and lettuces to fit in..it's going to be close, but I think I can get them all squeezed in the remaining space!! Then we can start on filling in some of the space outdoors!!

 Everything is growing well..one week out from our first harvest I have a better idea of what we will have..at this point..mustards and asian greens, salad greens, chives and oregano..definitely..kale, swiss chard..some but they don't grow quite as rapidly as the mustards and asian green....radishes..looks like we will have a few d'avignon{fench breakfast}... turnips..maybe..they are about the size of the end of my pinkie today..but the are in that rapid growth time..I may go ahead and do a few for turnip greens just to thin them a wee tad...lettuces maybe the second week of pickup they are looking good but still small...beets ..will be thinning them to go with the beta greens in about 2 weeks..carrots..growing well but the ones in the high tunnel won't be ready yet..do have a fall planting outdoors that we will be harvesting instead. Also from outdoors we will have overwintered leeks and onions to add to the mix..we MIGHT also have some rhubarb..it's growing well but might not be quite big enough yet.

 We are 1 week out from our first veggie pickup of the season.

{April 4th!! first Saturday in April!!}.

Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are a little over halfway to our goal this last week of March. 

  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...

Coral is now laying..even moved her nest out of the walkway..Pumpkin is hilarious..and spoiled rotten..he loves to carry on conversations with just about anyone..so long as they are of the female persuasion!! We got the rest of the geese moved up to the space in front of the house..partially because we are getting into planting mode and partially because Della and Mom want to have a couple set again this year and can keep an eye on them better. Most of them seem to be laying in their nests in the big greenhouse{their nighttime quarters to keep them safe from predators}.

New little chickies are almost 4 weeks old now{this coming Wednesday}..They did eat a lot of grasshoppers in the high tunnel..not all but certainly reduced the population. They got too big for their little brooder pen in the house and are now out in the pen under the apricot tree..and loving the extra space!! Yesterday they discovered the "jungle gym"..the trunk of the apricot tree was just made for little chickies to run and fly up and down!! AND wednesday Mom and Della have a date to go get little duckies to raise..they want a couple more of the khaki cambells..preferably one of them male and they keep talking about a couple of runner ducks.

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 April..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!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 3/17/2015 5:45pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy almost spring!!

All that snow we got is pretty much gone now..it melted off very fast!! Now we are just waiting for the soil to dry out a bit before we start getting ready to plant outdoors!! Temperatures have been very mild..mostly high 60-low 70..except for the last 3 days when it was about 80. after about 4 very cold nights after it cleared from the snow storms {12 degrees} the lows have been about mid 30- low 40...not freezing at all. Looks like we might get some more moisture y the end of the week..do I dare ask for my nice gentle overnight rain, again?? but not until we can get the area for the peas tilled!!

Our outdoor adventures are just getting started!! Now that all that snow has melted off we are able to get out in the fields again and do a bit here and there. This week we were able to start getting the area for the alliums ready for all those little plants we have over in the honey house..they are almost ready to brave the great out of doors!! We tried to start getting the area for the peas tilled{its down in that section where we had to move everything}on Sunday but it is still just too wet..We did get a good start on getting the trellises back up..we are hoping that by the end of the weekend we can get it done..today is St. Patty's day..that magical day right close to the spring equinox when we have always planted our peas. All that snow slowed us down so peas will be going in just a bit late. We got the first 3rd of the rhubarb split and moved yesterday...after splitting the crowns and transplanting them it takes about 3 years for them to be back into production so we divided the patch into 3rds so we will have some rhubarb every year. Other fun things happening..well the apricots are blooming, dutch iris and crocus are blooming..a bazillion daffodils are barely making buds. And the geese are building nests and laying eggs in all sorts of unhandy spots!! Our thanks to our Jeff, Randy, and Rylan for coming out to help with the trellis..and thanks to our young farmer friends Laura, Mindy, and Alyssa for coming out to learn about rhubarb!! 

Did a major kickout in the prop house this last week. It looks a little empty right now..not to worry..I have peppers, eggplant, tomats, celery, and a tray of strange little herbie things to get pricked up..not to mention the broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, cucs fro the high tunnel, more peppers and eggplant for outdoors, and something else that gets started this week. It won't take it long to fill back up again!! The honey house is just about overflowing now..almost time to kick some of my babies out to harden off before they get transplanted into the field!!

After this week there will be very little room left to plant anything in the high tunnel until we start harvesting..have more lettuces and a few more greens to transplant..another seeding of beta greens, salad greens, and radishes..then we will just be weeding, watering, and watching everything grow for a couple weeks..then we will be harvesting as well!! Everything is growing well..it is hard to tell yet just what will be ready to harvest in 3 weeks..at this point..mustards and asian greens, chives and oregano..definitely..kale, swiss chard, beta greens, salad greens, radishes and turnips.. probably..lettuces maybe..beets and carrots..not likely.But..like Colorado weather this could change drastically in the next 3 weeks!!

 We are about 3 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season. {April 4th!!

first Saturday in April!!}. Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are halfway to our goal this third week of March. 

  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...well, Della seems to think that Pumpkins mate IS Coral..her feet, bill and around her eyelids were a slightly different color from all the other geese when she hatched..but as she aged the color on her feet and bill changed..but Della says her eyelids are still more of a coral color. Regardless, both are happy as clams!! Miss Piggy{who turned out to be a male} has a new mate..last spring Babble was his mate but we definitely lost her..I think Kermit would be a good name..Della is not too sure about that!! Some of the other geese are mating up as well..I can't tell who is who most of the time..a grey goose looks pretty much like a grey gander to me..most of the time Della know who all her babies are!! About 5 of them are starting to make nests and lay eggs..in all sorts of unhandy spots..the front porch, the path out to the prop house, the doorway into the duck shed!! Little duckies are all doing fine..some of them are starting to lay..maybe more than we think..they probably have a nest out in the garden somewhere where we haven't found it yet!! The chicken are laying well now..we are getting anywhere from 12-18 eggs a day now.                  AND..Mom and Della have 12 new babies..this year they have a list of the birds and the breeds they want..new babies are almost 2 weeks old..growing like weeds..{but not anywhere near as fast as geese!!}Yesterday was their first high tunnel adventure..we have a new hatching of little tiny grasshoppers we are hoping they will help eradicate..Mom says they didn't find too many grasshoppers but had a ball chasing down ants and pill bugs!!

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 March..every Saturday 9:00 am to noon. If the weather is lousy we will work in the tunnels..if it continues like it has we will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Please let me know when you will be out!! These will be the only Saturday work days of the season. Can't come on Saturday, but have other days that work better for you?? We are very flexible, just call or shoot us an e-mail to set up an alternative time!

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 3/2/2015 4:23pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Winter at last!!

Well, my request for a nice gentle overnight rain resulted in a good 2 feet of snow overnight. We can't really complain..we needed the moisture..but we would have been happier if it had been spread out a bit back there in January!! It has been mostly cloudy all this last week with a few brief rays of sunshine..about an inch of additional snow Wednesday night and again on Saturday..some overnight rain last night. Temperatures haven't been too bad considering the lack of sunshine..up around 40 during the day and 20-30 at night. I think we reached almost 50 today. About 1/2 the snow has melted off already. We are looking forward to the sun maybe coming back by Wednesday. Overnight lows are supposed to be close to zero for a couple days after this storm clears, though.

Much of the early part of the week was spent moving snow around..needed to make paths for us humans as well as all our little birdie friends!! We got so much all at once that even the geese were getting stuck if they got off the path!! {the geese think it is great fun to "bathe" in the snow and make goose angels..that lasted until they got stuck in the snow!! Della was out rescuing them and getting them over to the low tunnel until we could get more spaces cleared for them to play} Our heartfelt thanks to our Jeff, Russel, and Chris for coming out and shoveling a ton of snow on Monday and Tuesday!! 

Except for shoveling snow our outdoor adventures have been put on hold. Been looking at the calendar and it is March already..we change to daylight savings time next weekend..the spring equinox is right around the corner and we have about 15 days for the snow to melt and the soil to dry just a bit so we can plant peas and favas out doors!! Not many signs of spring this week..Thursday morning during our brief bit of sun I was sitting out in front of the pot shed watching a pair of red wing blackbirds..the little boy was calling and strutting his stuff..the little girl was sitting there telling him all this snow was HIS fault!! AND Pumpkin {one of the geese} has a new girl friend!! he lost his mate last fall and is SO proud of himself!!

Things in the prop house are growing well..I am slowly starting to kick out the next succession of greens and some of the lettuces to the high tunnel..we started another succession of greens and lettuces, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant for the high tunnel. Artichokes, parsely, celery and some of the herbs are just about ready to prick up. This week we need to get the honey house set up so we can move all the alliums, greens, kohlrabi, and any other cool season stuff after it warms back up just a bit. 

The high tunnel is rapidly filling up..beets, turnips, and favas are starting to come up..carrots are always a bit slow. Transplanted the swiss chard, the first tray of lettuces, and more greens and seeded salad greens and radishes. We will be transplanting more greens and letttuces this week. Not sure anything grew much this week..everything is looking good but looking forward to some sunshine towards the end of the week!!

 We are about 5 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season. {first Saturday in April!!}. Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are not quite halfway to our goal this first week of March. THANK YOU to those of you who have been kind to your farmers and already signed up. Sorry to say but our veggies don't just happen..it takes about 10 weeks for those first spring greens and cool season roots to grow big enough to harvest.It helps so much with starting our successions of greens to know a head of time just how many folks we need to grow for.

  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!!}

Workdays for February and March..every Saturday 9:00 am to noon. If the weather is lousy we will work in the tunnels..if it continues like it has we will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Please let me know when you will be out!! These will be the only Sunday work days of the season. Can't come on Sunday, but have other days that work better for you?? We are very flexible, just call or shoot us an e-mail to set up an alternative time!

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 2/19/2015 3:19pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Winter??

Note:correction on workdays..Every SATURDAY instead of Sunday 9:00-noon!! 

well, we are still saying "what winter". Much of last week I was running around outdoors in shorts and t-shirt..we had a day or two that our highs got up into the 70's..nights didn't get below about 30. I'm ok with the shorts and t-shirt thing while working in the high tunnel in early Febuary, but it is a bit disconcerting for outdoors!! Our little bit of a storm on Sunday and Monday gave us about 10 whole drops of rain and much cooler temps..I think our high was about 45..our lows were down into the low 20's. The last couple of days have been warm and sunny in the 60's but the nights have still been low 20's. Looks like that could change over the weekend. Winter storm watch out Friday night and Saturday for up around Crested Butte..above 8,000 ft. Forecast looks like we might get a good storm in "our mountains"{San Juans} by Sunday. I'm not going to hold my breath though..this is only Thursday..it is Colorado..and the weather will probably change by the weekend!! I did put in my request for that nice gentle overnight rain once a week for the rest of the season..not holding my breath on that one either!!

Putting the last touches on the garden plan..still have a couple of things to squeeze in...haven't even started planting and I am already out of room. Still have a couple more seed orders to put in..I think I am about done and someone brings me another catalog with cool stuff that I would like to try!! Some of the new things we have found so far are some new greens, 4 new winter squash, a couple of tomatoes, and a couple more purple peppers. The greens; 3 kales..2 crinkly red ones and a frilly mix with white and purple stems and viens{I think it is one that Alex had found late last year}..also a leaf broccoli, a Portuguese kale, and one called Amira which I have had before when I was in Texas.{hoping it will be a nice one that will do well in the summer}. 

Pruning is coming along..we had a pruning part Saturday..Our thanks to our farmer friends who came to help us out..George, Alyssia, and their friend from Blue Grama Farm and  Laura from High Desert Seed and Farm{not sure that name is final, yet}. It was another of those bright shiny days with abundant sunshine and good company!! More signs of spring..the maples are in full bloom..the willows are just about ready to leaf..a few more bulbs are poking up...all the birds..our flocks as well as the wild ones think it's spring!!

Things in the prop house are growing well..kicked the first succession of greens out to the tunnel to make room for the next batch. Have another batch of lettuces ready to prick up..celery and artichokes are up and happy..and started the early cabbage and kohlrabi{I said broccoli last time but meant kohlrabi!!}

The high tunnel is rapidly filling up..seeded beets, carrots, salad turnips, beta greens and favas this last week. Transplanted kales, mustards, orach, mibuna, mizuna, bok choi, red rain, leaf broccoli and more. Next week will be chard{it just wasn't quite big enough to transplant} and the first lettuces.

 We are about 6 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season. {first Saturday in April!!}. Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are not quite halfway to our goal this second week of February.THANK YOU to those of you who have been kind to your farmers and already signed up. Sorry to say but our veggies don't just happen..it takes about 10 weeks for those first spring greens and cool season roots to grow big enough to harvest.It helps so much with starting our successions of greens to know a head of time just how many folks we need to grow for.

  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!!}

Workdays for February and March..every Saturday 9:00 am to noon. If the weather is lousy we will work in the tunnels..if it continues like it has we will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Please let me know when you will be out!! These will be the only Sunday work days of the season. Can't come on Sunday, but have other days that work better for you?? We are very flexible, just call or shoot us an e-mail to set up an alternative time!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 2/6/2015 5:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Winter??

What winter..that has been our question this week!! It sure seems like about April out in the garden. Even days that the sun didn't really make an apperance it was fairly warm..high 40-low 50ish. The last couple of days we have had abudant sunshine with temps up into the 60's with lows just barely freezing..about 30. January snow pack in the southern mountains is about 62% of normal. In their newsletter UVWUA says the Ridgway reservoir is something like 90% of capacity..not sure what that means for water come summer, though. Looks like we might get a bit of a storm early next week. In the meantime; even though we know it's only the first week of February; even though we know we need the moisture, and we have a good many friends who are lamenting the lack of snow for all those winter activities..Della, Mom, and I are going to continue to enjoy the mild springlike weather for as long as it lasts!!

Garden planning is coming right along. The guys will be out tomorrow to finish covering the rest of  the leach field..had a bit of rain last week and somehow we didn't think we wanted a backhoe planted in the field!! So the garden is going to look a bit different in places..we are moving a couple of trellises{we had to take them down to give the backhoe room}..we've wanted to move some of them and this seems like a good time. The yarrow patch is moving..it is time to thin it out some and I would like to make a new beneficial spot farther north. We are going to move some of the rhubarb..the maple tree has grown huge and is creating too much shade in a couple of beds..the rhubarb seems to be enjoying having a bit more shade during the summer so we are moving the most westerly portion of it up more into the shade so we can use the sunny spot for plants that like more heat. 

We decided to go ahead and take advantage of the weather the last few weeks. We have been pruning trees and shrubs like mad. Usually we wait until the snow melts back under the trees, around March or so, but this year..well there hasn't been much snow!! As we are out pruning we have been seeing signs of spring..the buds on the maple are swelling rapidly, some of the willows are starting to glow, we see a lot of perennial plants starting to wake up..columbine, celandine, iris..both bearded and spuria, salad burnet, mullien, a few bulbs ae starting to poke up, the rhubarb has little red noses peeking out, AND the garlic is starting to sprout up. We even saw a woodpecker last week!! It is scary warm for this time of year..things are waking up a good month ahead of schedule..we are hoping that nothing wakes up too much..just in case we do actually get some winter weather!!

Things in the prop house are growing happily..should have chard, kale, mustards, and all sorts of asian greens ready for transplanting into the high tunnel next week..!! This week I pricked up lettuces and started another succession of greens and lettuces for the high tunnel, some fun little herbie things, celery, and artichokes and will be starting early cabbages and broccoli next week. Soon there will be no room!!

 

We are about 8 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season. {first Saturday in April!!}. Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are not quite halfway to our goal this first week of February.THANK YOU to those of you who have been kind to your farmers and already signed up. Sorry to say but our veggies don't just happen..it takes about 10 weeks for those first spring greens and cool season roots to grow big enough to harvest.It helps so much with starting our successions of greens to know a head of time just how many folks we need to grow for.

  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!!}

Workdays for February and March..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. If the weather is lousy we will work in the tunnels..if it continues like it has we will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Please let me know when you will be out!! These will be the only Sunday work days of the season. Can't come on Sunday, but have other days that work better for you?? We are very flexible, just call or shoot us an e-mail to set up an alternative time!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 12/4/2014 4:25pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall?/winter?!!

NOTE: Last CSA veggie pickup of the 2014 season is December 13!!!

Note:  It is now December and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! More fall leaves!!

Our Thanksgiving feast was amazing..way too much food!! Much of it from here on the farm. It was nice to sit down, relax, and catch up with what the family is doing..I can't believe that our great nieces and nephews are getting SO old!! If we could just package all their energy!!         Setting up the veggie pickup Saturday morning was hard..we were all still so full!! The weather over the weekend was amazing..Sunny, warm..almost like spring{especially Saturday with the warm gusty wind!!} It has been scary warm and dry for this time of year..we are not totally complaining..it has been nice for harvesting the rest of our fall goodies..not to mention having nice weather for veggie pickup on Saturdays!!

 In the tunnels..greens in the high tunnel are just about all harvested..this may be the last week for greens..we'll have a better idea of whats left when we harvest tomorrow.

 

Outdoors..Got the last of the parsnips harvested and more leaves on the garlic patch.

I spent a good bit of time this week adding up numbers of just what we harvested this season, getting the signup for 2015 set up, and working on a 2014 end of season survey. My goal was to get those all done before I started looking at the new seed catalogs. I made it through most of it, but could't resist!!

If my numbers are correct, we harvested over 12,000 pounds of produce this year!! Full shares received about 600 pounds over our 37 week season.   Our top producers that over and above what we expected were tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and basil. Tomatoes and basil were late starting to come on but made up for it!! We harvested over 1600 pounds of tomatoes and 85 pounds of basil. Sweet potatoes in the low tunnel were very happy with a harvest of about 250 pounds. Onions,eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans, and rhubarb produced a bit less than we anticipated. We had crops failures with potatoes, okra, and ginger..we were able to harvest a very tiny bit of these crops but not much. Much of the fruit from the farm was unavailable this season due to frosts in the early spring..the exceptions were currants, yellow delicious and winesap apples, and blackberries. Most everything else had average yields. A few surprises when I added up the numbers..had the best fennel we have ever had{thank you Zino for your magic!!}..even after 2 of our varieties of cucumbers failed to produce we still were able to harvest 800 pounds, pretty amazing since I had cut back on the number of plants I started. Melons did pretty well considering that our early ones were late in ripening and our late ones didn't get a change to before it got too cool for them{think my favorite!!} Blackberries did amazing things!! They had gotten pretty badly frozen back early in the spring so we didn't think they were going to produce this year..we pruned them way back to let them work on canes for next season..they decided to bear fruit anyway!! Yeild on the Chinese cabbage was very happy..more intern magic?? {thanks Alex!!}..we have harvested almost 300 pounds from our fall planting in the high tunnel!! I will have the whole list of everything we harvested this season at veggie pickup if anyone would like to look at it..just let me know. 

 

 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some

 

What is available for the CSA?

Fall harvest is just about done and the CSA is coming to an end for the season..What do we have in abundance? well..Kohlrabi, rutabaga, winter radish, carrots, sweet potatoes, horseradish and chinese cabbage..what are we getting short on?..beets, turnip, celeriac. Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every week!!

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

endive

escarole

chinese cabbage..lots of chinese cabbage!!

 

From outdoors

parsnips

From storage

winter squash and sweet potatoes

carrots

rutabaga

winter radish

kohlrabi

beets..running short

turnips..running short

celeriac..running short

horseradish

onions

leeks

garlic


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 11/21/2014 5:26pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Thankgiving!!

NOTE: Last CSA veggie pickup of the 2014 season is December 13!!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! More fall leaves!!

The week started out cloudy, cold, and a bit damp..had a nice gentle rain shower early. Saturday was not too bad..a bit chilly and cloudy..we got about an inch of snow Saturday night..Sunday was cloudy then cleared off for the night..Monday was cold but sunny..our low was 7 degrees..we barely made it to almost 40 for the high. Tuesday and Wednesday gradually warmed with more sunshine..lows in the upper teens..highs 45-50. Thursday was cloudy and a bit nippy..but today we were up into the mid 50's with more than abundant sunshine!! Tomorrow looks like we may have more sunshine early with some clouds rolling in later in the day. Considering what the weather was like on the front range, we have been downright balmy!! They got a lot more snow and sub-zero temperatures!!

In the tunnels..greens in the high tunnel took a hit Sunday night..even though we had tucked them up a bit more, they did not like 7 degrees. Hardest hit were the Kale and the Mibuna..bok choi and yakina savoy had quite a bit of damage..the mustards and the chinese cabbage came through with very little damage. Soooo..greens are a bit short this week. How many greens we have for the last 3 weeks of the season will depend on what the weather decides to do. If we have warmer temps and lots of sunshine some of them will grow out of the freeze damage.

 

Outdoors..The colder temps put a bit of a damper on the rest of the fall harvest, but we did get about half of the carrots and all of the sugar beets and mangals in.

Garlic is in!!! Just need a few more leaves to finish mulching them for the winter. Our thanks to Sally, Russel, and Keven for hanging with us Wednesday to get the job done..what a relief not to have to worry about it anymore!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 21 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 21 weeks old today and tomorrow. Moved them over to new pasture in the brossica {think broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, and cabbage} patch yesterday. Sad news..another night of predators..lost another goose for a total of 5..Our injured goose{Gooseberry} is doing well..we have been doing hydro-therapy and massage on his injured leg. He has been staying in Della's greenhouse and is getting bored not to mention totally spoiled!! The other geese were picking on Pumpkin again Wednesday so Della stuck him in with Gooseberry for company..they have both been enjoying themselves!!

Duckies.. They are enjoying wandering the garden..a little less frenzied..they have scouted out their favorite spots now and make the rounds each day. Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 14 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 37 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  34 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every week!!

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

endive

escarole

chinese cabbage..lots of chinese cabbage!!

salad greens

 

From outdoors

carrots

parsnips

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

rutabaga

winter radish

beets

turnips

cabbage..last of the season

celeriac

horseradish

onions

apples

quince

leeks

garlic


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 11/13/2014 6:07pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday...time change for workday..looks to be cold so we are going to do it from 11 am to 2pm..projects..possibly planting garlic or harvesting more carrots, parsnip and sunchokes..or if it is too cold working on pulling out tomato and pepper plants out of the high tunnel..                                                        If we are unable to plant garlic Sunday any and all help will be greatly appreciated Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday..please let me know what day{s} you can come out!!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Well, I think our lovely fall weather decided to go south with the birds..lots of geese, sandhill cranes and other birds have been going over this week..so fun to watch..especially the sandhills!! Wasn't too bad early in the week..Sunday and Monday{Alex and Zeno's last days here} were a bit cooler, but nice and sunny. Tuesday was even cooler, but still some sunshine. Wednesday was pretty much cloudy with a random little skiff of snow here and there..not anything significant..just enough to make us really miss the last few weeks. Today was cloudy and cold..I think our high was maybe 35..brrrrr!!! And the forcast for the next couple of days doesn't look much better..cold, cloudy, and our first touch of winter weather..may even get some snow. Della and I are definitely NOT looking forward to that!! Not only are we in intern withdrawal{Zeno.s jokes and conversations with Alex about growing food are very much missed!!}we are already missing the sun and warm temperatures of the last few weeks!!

In the tunnels..greens in the high tunnel are also missing the sun..today we added another layer of frost blanket to keep the rest of our babies warm!! Between the cooler temperatures and to shorter days they are starting to grow much more slowly

 

Outdoors..Fall harvest continues. This week we harvested the last of the brussel sprouts. We also harvest the last of the kohlrabi, leeks, and beets for storage. Also harvested a few more sugar beets, mangals, and parsnips.  We are getting close..just have a few turnips, carrots, sunchokes, and parsnips to go!!

Garlic planting continues..finished up the bed we started last week and maybe about 1/2 of the next bed...Thank you Terry for your help on Sunday workday!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 20 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 20 weeks old today and tomorrow. Moved them over to new pasture in the brossica {think broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, and cabbage} patch yesterday. Sad news..some critter got into the flock and we lost four geese last night..and one injured. The rest are VERY nervous and unhappy..they are back over in the other patch for the night..may just move them over to the brassicas during the day

Duckies.. They are enjoying wandering the garden..a little less frenzied..they have scouted out their favorite spots now and make the rounds each day. Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 13 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 36 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  33 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every week!!

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

 

From outdoors

beets

carrots

celery{last week for celery}

 turnips

kohlrabi

brussel sprouts{last week}

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

rutabaga

winter radish

cabbage

celeriac

horseradish

onions

apples

garlic


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 11/6/2014 6:04pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday 9:am-noon..time to plant garlic..it is supposed to be a gloriously sunny day and we sure could use your help!!..please let me know if you can make it!!

Note:  It is now November and need last payment from a few of you!! Thanks!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Yet another lovely week of fall weather..Our storm seemed to have gotten lost somehwere along the way..a couple of more cloudy days early in the week with a slight bit of rain..a bit chilly in the mornings but warming up nicely. Highs in the 50 to high 60's..lows 22 to 28.

Sad news..this was our interns last week of farm adventures. Alex is leaving Sunday to go back to Portland{see Alex I got it right and didn't say Seattle this time!!}. Zeno is leaving Monday on his way back to Rhode Island for the holidays. Please help us thank them for the awesome job they did growing your food!!

In the tunnels..Sweet potato harvest is finished..Thank you Patrick for coming out Sunday and chopping up all those vines!! We ended up with about 250 lbs of yummy sweet potatoes!! Greens in the high tunnel continue to grow and grow and grow!!

Outdoors..Fall harvest continues. We have had a busy week getting more stuff in out of the fields and into storage..more carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, rutabaga, sunchokes, celeriac, Hamburg parsley, horseradish and more. Still have more turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots, leeks, sugar beets, mangels, sunchokes,kohlrabi, and more to go!! Even though this was a very bad year for the potatoes we have been harvesting some record amounts of some of the other fall roots and tubers!!

We also started planting garlic this week..Thank you Tiffany for all your help Tuesday!! 3/4 of a bed down..3 to go!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 19 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 19 weeks old today and tomorrow. Della and Alex have started the fence around the fall roots so we can let them into the garden to graze and forage{and fertilize!!} anything that will be left the next few weeks.

Duckies We have started letting the duckies out into the garden during the day this week. They are SOOO excited!! I think they spend the first hour or two running full tilt{hard to do when your legs are only 3 inches long!!}around the garden trying to decide where to start first..grasshoppers in the turnips? worms where ever we are digging? frozen tomatoes on the trellis? decisions, decisions!! Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 12 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 35 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  32 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every week!!

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

 

From outdoors

cabbage

beets

carrots

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

onions

apples

garlic


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

Posted 10/30/2014 6:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

NOTE: workday on Sunday 9:am-noon..please let me know if you can make it!!

Note: if you haven't made a payment recently..it's time!!

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Another lovely week of fall weather here on the farm. Rain did not develop..{totally broke our hearts..not!!}..a bit cooler of a morning, though..we got down to 25 Monday and Tuesday nights. Daytime temps warmed up nicely..50's early on..today was 70. Supposed to be nice 1 or  2 more days..then another storm is supposed to blow in.. looks like Sunday and Monday will be miserable!!

In the tunnels..Sweet potato harvest continues..I think we are up to about 150 lbs and still more to go. We harvested the last of the tomatoes and peppers this morning. Greens are just booming..looks like we may have a couple of napa cabbages this week.

Outdoors..Fall harvest is in full swing. This week we harvested radishes, turnips, beets, celeriac, and kohlrabi for storage. We also harvested the first of the sunchokes, rutabaga, and parsnips for the CSA this week. Our fall roots are amazing this year..they had a good 4-6 weeks of warm weather and extra growing time after our first fall frost that they haven't had in recent years. 

THANK YOU Joyce and Scott for joining us on our first fall Sunday workday!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 18 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 18 weeks old today and tomorrow. Della and Alex have started the fence around the fall roots so we can let them into the garden to graze and forage{and fertilize!!} anything that will be left the next few weeks.

Duckies We have started letting the duckies out into the garden during the day this week. They are SOOO excited!! I think they spend the first hour or two running full tilt{hard to do when your legs are only 3 inches long!!}around the garden trying to decide where to start first..grasshoppers in the turnips? worms where ever we are digging? frozen tomatoes on the trellis? decisions, decisions!! Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 11 weeks old tomorrow..he and Kiera are sleeping down in the duck house with the rest of the ducks now.

 Baby chickies will be 34 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  31 weeks old on Tuesday. I think most of them are laying now..and the eggs are getting bigger.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days Starting this weekend ..October 26..we will start doing some Sunday workdays..9 am to noon..Workdays during the week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We still have a few shares available..

Exciting news!!! Colorado will have a labeling GMO initiative on the ballot in November..Proposition 105..PLEASE learn more about why labeling foods containing GMO's is so important..help get the word out..and PLEASE vote!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. Much of our warm season goodness is done for the season..you will be seeing lots of different cool season roots, shoots and tubers in the coming weeks!! Not sure what to do with your bounty?? Our website has a recipe section that I add to just about every week!!

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel

Swiss chard

Kale

gailon

bok choi

mustard

yakina savoy

vivid choi

chinese cabbage

salad greens

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks

sunchokes

parsnips

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash or sweet potatoes..will mostly alternate each week

tomatoes

apples

garlic


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden