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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

 

 

 

Posted 10/23/2014 5:08pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

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

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time is now 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!!!..please let everyone Know!!

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

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

Well, it has been another lovely week!! Lots of sunshine with cool fall temperatures{want to know the Main reason we didn't get much rain Wednesday??..Zeno washed up all our bins on Monday so we wouldn't be washing them in the pouring rain!!} Not sure it will work again this coming week..we are supposed to get rain coming in Monday or Tuesday..and be much cooler..in the 50's during the day with low 30's at night.

In the tunnels..Harvested more sweet potatoes in the low tunnel. Peppers and tomatoes are still going pretty strong{may change with the colder temps next week} Greens just keep on a growin'!!

Outdoors..Fall harvest is in full swing. We are starting to harvest lots of fall roots to put into storage for those final CSA pickups in Dec..Remember that day last year when the temperature on Saturday didn't even get above 30 and we had everything on the tables tucked up in blankets?? {right after we had mucho snow??} We are hoping that the weather will continue to be fairly mild until AFTER we are all done..Della and I are just NOT ready!! So far we have kohlrabi, carrots, a few beets, turnips, celeriac, potatoes, onions, and radishes in. Still have many more of all of them to harvest..and haven't even started on rutabaga, parsnips, sunchokes, and sugar beets!!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 17 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 17 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 I think spent the week doing a rain dance..they were not quite as pleased with the weather as we were!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 10 weeks old tomorrow..he has learned how to quack now!!

 Baby chickies will be 33 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  30 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

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

rutabaga

From storage

winter squash

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

 

 

 

Posted 10/17/2014 7:22pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time is now 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!!!..please let everyone Know!!

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

Wanted!! fall leaves!!

What a lovely week it has been!! Plenty of sunshine..comfortable temperatures to work in..just perfect fall weather!! A bit chilly at night early in the week..we were down to 27..but high 30-low 40's now. Our highs have been highs 60's to low 70's..just glorious!! Awesome sunrise Wednesday morning..just enough cloud to make the colors spectacular to the east..then looking west our cottonwoods {which are in full fall color} were picking up the light from the sunrise and were just glowing!! Beautiful!!..what a way to start the day!!

In the tunnels..Started sweet potato harvest..we are about 1/3 of the way and have about 75 lbs of nice lookin' tubers!! We harvested more of a variety of greens today..they are doing SOOOO well and lookin' SOOO happy!!

Outdoors..Harvesting more of our fall season goodies..turnips, winter radish, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, celeriac..and have many more to go!! Still have a bit of winter squash to harvest..they are just not quite ready yet..we covered them this last week and hopefully all this sunshine will finish them up. Also working on potato harvest..so far it is not looking good..spuds are small and way too few so far..hopeful that the last 2 beds will look much better!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 16 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 16 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They still think we should be picking melons at 6:00 every evening!!

Duckies I think spent the week doing a rain dance..they were not quite as pleased with the weather as we were!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 9 weeks old tomorrow..he has learned how to quack now!!

 Baby chickies will be 32 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  29 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 next 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

tomatoes

pepper 

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

onions/scallions

celery

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

celeriac

brussel sprouts

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

From storage

peppers

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

 

 

 

Posted 10/10/2014 6:20pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time will be changing in 1 week. Starting October 18 {that's next week, folks!!} the new time will be 11 am to 2 pm..please let everyone Know!!

 

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

This week's weather started out wonderful!! Abundant sunshine with fall like temps..highs in the 70's..lows right around 40. Then yesterday happened!! Clouds had rolled in on Wednesday afternoon..Thursday started out very dark and cloudy with just a bit of "mist"..one of those "soft" days..then the heavens opened up and dumped!! rained pretty much all afternoon and into the night. It had finally finished by about 5 this morning. Today was very cloudy and cool..but at least it wasn't raining cats and dogs!!

In the tunnels..I think we will be starting sweet potato harvest next week. Started harvesting a few new greens today..they are lookin' yummy!!

Outdoors..Starting to harvest a few fall season goodies. This week we harvested the rest of the apples and the quince. Harvested more winter squash and got the squash pile started. Still quite a few squash that just aren't quite ready yet..hopefully they will finish out this next week. Thank you Gail and Dian for helping harvest and haul all that squash!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 15 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 15 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are about the only ones who completely and absolutely enjoyed all the rain yesterday!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 8 weeks old tomorrow..he and his mommy were just playing and enjoying the wet..we were all huddled up in the veggie shed sorting tomatoes and trying to stay warm and dry!!

 Baby chickies will be 31 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  28 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 8 am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper 

herbs

From outdoors

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash..one last little hurrah

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers..last hurrah on them as well

 turnips

winter radishes and daikon

salad greens

fennel

kohlrabi

leeks..the very first few of the fall season

From storage

peppers

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

 

 

 

Posted 10/3/2014 6:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

Note: fall is here and Saturday mornings are getting darker and colder!! Pickup time will be changing in 2 weeks. Starting October 18 the new time will be 11 am to 2 pm..please let everyone Know!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! last week for Ela fruit share!!..Circle A veggie share goes until mid- Dec..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

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

Well, this second week of fall was certainly MUCH different!! The storm started coming in Saturday night..did anyone see the lightening over the plateau around 9 or so?? What a show!! It rained much of the day Sunday..was cloudy and threatening rain a good bit of Monday{then if poured in the evening..Tuesday was sunny in the morning..rainy in the afternoon..Wednesday it mostly rained. Much cooler temps this week..Our high on Sunday was almost 60..almost 50 Monday-Wednesday..and up into the 60's yesterday and today. Our lows were anywhere from 42 down to 30 this morning. Got our first frosts of the season..32 Wednesday night and 30 last night. Looks like we are going to warm up just a bit this next week..highs in the 70's lows in the high 30's. After this last week we are eagerly looking forward to a nice LONG Indian summer!!

In the tunnels..sweet potatoes are "humping"!! {we can pull back the vines and see humps of sweet potatoes pushing up the soil}..all our new babies are very happy..may be able to harvest a few in the next week or two!! 

Outdoors..We chickened out on Monday and started our mad harvest of warm season goodies..green tomatoes and peppers are into storage so we will have them for a couple more weeks. We harvested what is probably the last of the cucs, summer squash, tomatillos, and green beans.{may have a final last hurrah on all the warm season stuff depending on what the weather does} We started harvest the winter squash..made a big pile down at the bottom and covered the rest of it..will be harvesting more and getting in moved up to the CSA are in the next week or so..some beautiful squash!! By Wednesday we were all harvested out and took a rain day..spent the time in the kitchen; preserving the harvest and making all sorts of goodies to eat!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 14 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 14 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are about the only ones who completely and absolutely enjoyed all the rain!!  Kiera's baby..who's name is little squoosh.. will be 7 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks like when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 30 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  27 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 8 am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper 

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash..the last little bit

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers..probably the last

peppers..will have peppers from storage for a couple weeks

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

edamame

leeks..the very first few of the fall season


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 9/26/2014 6:18pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Next week is the last week for the Ela fruit share..Circle A veggie share goes until mid- Dec..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

Well, the first week of fall has been glorious!! Lots of sunshine..highs high 70-mid 80's..Lows in the upper 40's and low 50's. Looks like that could change next week, though..a storm is supposed to come in tomorrow afternoon and give us some moisture..how much depends on just where you happen to be in the valley. It is supposed to rain off and on through Sunday night/Monday..as the storm clears out it looks like we could have some much cooler weather..highs in the 60's lows in low 40's. We could maybe get a touch of frost Monday or Tuesday night..forecast is calling for 38-40..but where we are down along the river..we could be 5-10 degrees cooler.

In the tunnels..all our new babies are very happy!! 

Outdoors..Not quite as many melons this week..Tomatoes have finally decided to kick in..all our fall goodies are just around the corner!! celeriac, leeks, rutabaga, parsnips. sunchokes, winter swash, sweet potatoes and much, much more!! Thank you Lashonda, Keona, Luke, Terry, and Billie for coming out to help this week!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 13 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 13 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are still waiting for it to rain again!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 6 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks like when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 29 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  26 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! 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

cucumbers

tomatoes

pepper and eggplant

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

edamame

and more herbs


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 9/19/2014 5:54pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Swiss Gourmet apples are not ready to pick this week so we have peaches and plums..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

What a great week of sunshine to usher in the fall this weekend!! Abundant sunshine all week..a bit chilly early..we were down to 40..a bit better this morning at 48 degrees. With all this sunshine our highs have been low to mid 80's most of the week. And the forecast looks like the first week of fall will be almost as nice..maybe a bit of rain but not any great amount.

In the tunnels..all our new babies are very happy and growing like weeds..they are almost 3 times bigger than they were when we planted them!! Tomatoes in the low tunnel are pretty much finished..sweet potatoes are starting to get bigger roots.

Outdoors..Melons have finally gotten the message that it is time!! So far we have harvested 169 melons and still have this evening to go before CSA pickup tomorrow!! FYI Della has some recipes for jam and wine..I also added some more melon recipes to the website!!         Tomatoes are still waiting..maybe they will get the message this next week.                              In addition to harvesting pretty close to 1000 lbs of goodies{that includes melons!!} we have done some weeding, picked apples, cleaned the chicken house, and built a compost pile. AND enjoyed the sunshine!! Thanks Sally for coming out to give us a hand!!

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 12 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 12 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..They are all enjoying any damaged melons that get thrown over the fence to them.

Duckies are still waiting for it to rain again!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 5 weeks old tomorrow..has been slowly growing feathers..looks likw when he's done he is going to be a pretty brown.

 Baby chickies will be 28 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  25 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! 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

cucumbers

tomatoes..fewer this week

pepper and eggplant

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

radishes

salad greens

fennel

and more herbs


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 9/11/2014 7:11pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Pears and peaches this week..please don't forget to mark your name off!!

What a week..Sunshine continued until Sunday afternoon..then the wind started blowing..the clouds rolled in..and it rained a good bit of Monday and Tuesday!! Mostly nice gentle rain, but there were a few times that it just came down in buckets..really big buckets!! The storm was pretty much done by Wednesday morning..had lots of sun yesterday and today to dry things out a bit. Highs in the high 70's-low 80's..lows high 40's-low 50's. AND it looks like it may be sunny and warm much of this coming week..maybe a bit of rain late in the week.

In the tunnels..the rain Monday and Tuesday made planting  our babies an easy decision. Got the majority of them planted..a few that need another week of growing befoer we can get them in the ground. We now have something like 500 new plants..chinese cabbage, bok choi, yakina savoy, swiss chard, mustards, mizuna, mibuna, and more. They all look really small compared to the cucumbers, tomatoes,peppers and other warm season goodies in the beds around them. They are looking good and will be much bigger soon. 

Outdoors..Melons are reluctantly starting to ripen..harvest a couple more each day{have to harvest them every evening so the skunks and other wild critters don't smell them and decide it't time for a little snack!!}. Outdoor tomatoes are slowly getting into the swing of things..like the melons they just are not ripening very fast..lots of beautiful green tomatoes!! I think the clouds and rain slowed them all down AGAIN!! 

 Fun Happening!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner..was awesome last night!! Thank goodness the rain was over..Thank you Kat, Stan, Tamara, Heidi, and everyone else who worked so hard to pull it together!! Thank you all so much for using and supporting LOCAL foods!!

Another fun happening coming up Sunday!!

Savor the San Juans..local food, local chefs, local homes.                                                       Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership invite you to savor the flavor of the Western slope during this 2nd annual home and chef showcase. From the historic old school lodge to a rugged yurt, tour your way through 7 one of a kind properties whose luxurious kitchens will host area chefs. These culinary masters will be preparing delectable tastes from the bounty of local farms.                                                                                   Tour from 11am-3pm Sunday September 14                                                                         Toast the tour from 1pm-4pm at Turn of the Century Saloon..featuring local wine, beer, cider and desserts.                                                                                                                      For more information and tickets visit  www.valleyfoodpartnership.org

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 11 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 11 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese and the baby geese are now together again out in the far pasture..The wind blew the fence down Sunday and Gonzo led them all astray again!! So Della just opened the gate and let them all get reaquainted before they found Alex's radishes again!! After 1/2 hour or so of stand off and establishing a new pecking order they seem to all be getting along and enjoying the new space.

Duckies had a blast playing in the rain..I think they were a bit disappointed Wednesday when the sun came back!!  Kiera's baby..whose name is little squoosh.. will be 4 weeks old tomorrow..getting bigger by the minute..and is enjoying his bath very much.

 Baby chickies will be 27 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  24 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! 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

cucumbers

tomatoes..fewer this week

pepper and eggplant

pickling melon

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

salad greens

fennel

and more herbs


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 9/5/2014 6:23pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Fall!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Pears were not quite ready to pick last week so we have pears, apples, and peaches this week!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Happy mostly sunshiny weather this week!! Lots of sunshine except for yesterday..Toasty warm days and cooler nights. Highs in the 80's..lows high 40-low 50's. {we were down to 46 the other morning!! Looks like we have some more rain coming our way early next week with cooler temps. Average first fall frost for Montrose County is about the 15th..here on the farm we have gotten that first frost as early as Sept 3 or as late as mid October. We will be checking the weather more closely again..will need to do a last frantic harvest of any warm season goodies that are ready just before we think it is going to frost. Some years it looks like it might frost..then doesn't get as cold as we think..other years it gets MUCH colder than we anticipate!! Each season is a bit different.

In the tunnels..Well all those red tomats are slowing down a bit so not quite so many this week. Heirlooms and fun tomats in the high tunnel are starting to ripen a bit more rapidly. We are starting to get beds ready for all those fall greens we started last month. We will be taking out the okra and malabar spinach..they are pretty much done for the season..their space will be filled in with chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, chines cabbage, salad greens. and more!!

Outdoors..well we have harvested almost 600 lbs. of awesome goodness this week. And the melons still haven't really kicked in..lots of beautiful melons out there in the patch..Starting to get a few more outdoor tomats..again lots of beautiful green ones..sunchokes are starting to bloom..I think they will be awesome in a couple more days..dry beans are starting to fill up their pods..fall roots are growing nicely..in the winter squash patch the sugar pumpkins are just starting to turn..have a mystery squash..we haven't figured out just what it is yet but it keeps getting bigger!!

 Fun Happening!!...revised date!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner September 10  6-9 pm

Ouray Chamber Resort Association Fundraiser at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine                   1223 County Road 14 Ouray  Tickets are $75/person all inclusive RSVP 970-325-4746           This will be a lovely outdoor Farm to Table dinner with awesome views using locally grown and produced foods and spirits.                                                                                         Kat..one of your fellow CSA members and chef is creating a menu using local in season produce from local producers including Circle A Garden.                                                    The menu is spectacular..5 courses starting with seasonal vegetable tarts, locally milled breads, herb butters and dips, fruity beverages. Next comes tomato and peach gazpacho with cantaloupe and pink peppercorn pop. next course is corn and shaved squash salad with herbs, goat feta, morel salt, and tomato millefeulle. Then there is coffee crusted pork with peach relish, herb roasted and stuffed chicken, carrot pancakes with salted yogurt, chard tomatillo salsa verde, tomato and peach salsa, roasted farmer's veggie quinoa, braised farm greens. Then if you still have any room there isa selection of cakes and tarts, seasonal frozen treats, s'mores at the campfire.

Another fun happening coming up!!

Savor the San Juans..local food, local chefs, local homes.                                                       Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership invite you to savor the flavor of the Western slope during this 2nd annual home and chef showcase. From the historic old school lodge to a rugged yurt, tour your way through 7 one of a kind properties whose luxurious kitchens will host area chefs. These culinary masters will be preparing delectable tastes from the bounty of local farms.                                                                                   Tour from 11am-3pm Sunday September 14                                                                         Toast the tour from 1pm-4pm at Turn of the Century Saloon..featuring local wine, beer, cider and desserts.                                                                                                                      For more information and tickets visit  www.valleyfoodpartnership.org

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 10 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 10 weeks old today and tomorrow. The big geese have been enjoying their new pasture..the little geese have been so good hanging out on the lawn untill yesterday..Gonzo led them astray..down to Alex's planting of french breakfast radishes..where they nibbles. Alex is NOT happy with them!!!

Duckies did not enjoy the weather quite as much this week..they would like it to rain all day every day!!  Kiera's baby will be 3 weeks old tomorrow..braved his first bath today.

 Baby chickies will be 26 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  23 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 7am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! 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

cucumbers

tomatoes..lots!!

pepper and eggplant

pickling melon

malabar spinach..last week

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

salad greens

and more herbs


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 8/28/2014 4:52pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Monsoon!!

**Ela Fruit Share..yum!! Please check your name on the list as you pick up your fruit share!! If someone else is picking up for you please make sure they know to pick up your fruit!!

Happy rain?? Well it has been raining off and on most of the week..it rained on Saturday..some more on Sunday..a bit more on Monday..and even more on Tuesday..Tuesday night it poured and continued Wednesday morning. We were all primed for sunshine today..the newspaper, the computer and the radio all said we would have abundant sunshine..well, it was started raining again about 6:30 this morning and drizzled off and on until almost 11..the sun is shining brightly right now, but I see more clouds all around the horizon!! Maybe tomorrow we will have sunshine??

In the tunnels..Yes, tis tomato season!! The tomatoes in the low tunnels went even more nuts this week..mostly red tomats...salsa,soup,salad..basically anything with tomatoes anyone?? 

Outdoors..Well, we have harvested over 500 lbs of awesome goodness so far this week..and still have harvest tomorrow to go!! Much is tomats from the low tunnel {almost 200 lbs!!}. AND the melons still are not ripening ..they are waiting for a couple of nice warm SUNNY days!! The rain has made harvesting a bit of a challenge..lots of mud to muck through..lots of waiting for things to dry out{berries, beans, and basil don't do well if harvested wet!!}..  Thanks Joyce for coming out to help.

 Fun Happening!!...revised date!!

Summer Plenty Farm to Table Dinner September 10  6-9 pm

Ouray Chamber Resort Association Fundraiser at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine                   1223 County Road 14 Ouray  Tickets are $75/person all inclusive RSVP 970-325-4746           This will be a lovely outdoor Farm to Table dinner with awesome views using locally grown and produced foods and spirits.                                                                                         Kat..one of your fellow CSA members and chef is creating a menu using local in season produce from local producers including Circle A Garden. 

Updates on our little birdie friends..Coral's babies were 9 weeks old on Monday. Mom's babies..are almost 9 weeks old today and tomorrow. It is amazing how fast they have grown..it is getting difficult to tell them apart from the older geese..until they try to honk. We moved the big geese from the front yard into nes pasture yesterday..they seem to be enjoying it.

Duckies are about the only ones who have truly enjoyed the weather this week..they think it's great!! Kiera's baby will be 2 weeks old tomorrow..growing like a weed, but still cute

 Baby chickies will be 25 weeks old on Monday.. The new babies will be about  22 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 we can set up time for you to get your work commitment in during the week..Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work best for us..anytime from 6am to noon. We will have Sunday workdays again in the fall after the frost.

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. Except for melons peak season is here!! LOTS of warm season goodies this week..especially tomatoes and cucumbers!! 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

cucumbers

tomatoes..lots!!

okra..just a tad

pepper and eggplant

pickling melon

malabar spinach

herbs

From outdoors

garlic

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

beets

carrots

summer squash

basil

onions/scallions

celery

cucumbers

eggplant

peppers

artichokes

green beans

salad turnips

salad greens

and more herbs


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