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Friday May 26, 2017

Happy Almost Summer{?} in the Rockies!!!

The eighth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 27th..9:00 am to noon!! 

 The Weather this week was much more May like..a wee bit chilly over the weekend..highs in the 60's..lows in the 30's. The rest of the week has been warming nicely..Today we were almost 80..the low was in the 40's..abundant sunshine all week. We even had a couple of nice little rain showers overnight. Yesterday and today we have seen lots of wind though..hot and dry winds..not great for the little plants we are trying to get out!! Another red flag warning for the Paradox Valley today. Next week looks to be much the same..just a wee bit warmer!

I was able to do a good walk through of the garden this week. Except for the Maple tree in the back and many of the narrow leaf cottonwoods in the river bottom we came through last weeks wet heavy snow with minimal damage!! The roses have pretty much stood back up..they peaked about Wednesday..the wind has made a mess of many of the blooms but where they are a bit more sheltered they are gorgeous!! The iris are beutiful..if you have a chance check out the ones in front of the high tunnel..wow!! The poppys have not been able to stand straight up..they are starting to bloom well..I think there were 6 or 7 blossoms open this morning and more to come..just harder to see because they are not sticking out above the foliage. The rhubarb..well some of the stems straightened back up..many of them just continued to grow but with some fun curves..some of the stems have gotten sunburned..all those big leaves were not above the plant to shade them!! Some of the currant were damaged..a few broken branches, but I don't think it hurt the fruit. The one line apricot I could see last week seems to be gone. Thanks to Zeno, the fruit tree limbs are in good shape, but I am just not seeing a whole lot of green growing fruit..

More fun things I found in my walk abouts this week..The peas are starting to bloom..about 2 weeks until peas!!{lord willin',the crick don't rise,we don't have another hard freeze,snow or hail!!}. The cabbages are starting to head..kohlrabi are about thumb size..carrots and beets are up and doing well..radishes and turnips are not as happy though. All those alliums we planted are looking good!!

Food for thought.. I am going to get on my soapbox and give you a farmers viewpoint on the importance of food..and would like you to share your view point from a consumers point of food{unless of course you are one of our young farmer friends..we would like your input as a young farmer} From where I sit here on the farm, food is one of the four things required to sustain our lives..with out them we will die. {Fresh air, clean water, and shelter would be the other three} Fresh, nutrient dense food is not only a delight and taste treat to eat..but sustains our life.  When I hear someone complaining about how much food costs, I wonder if folks really get just how important food is to our very survival!! Simply put some things we spend money on we Need to survive..if we don't have them we will die!! Other things we want..life might be less convenient or not as fun if we don't have them but we will still be among the living. SOOOO...how much is it worth to you to eat fresh, nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and fit?? Is it worth more to you than your cell phone?? Your television with a gazillion channels??..a brand new car??..another pair of shoes?? Let us hear from you!! 

The scenery in the high tunnel has certainly changed the last couple weeks..spring greens have made way for warm season delights. We harvested the last of the mustards, asian greens and radishes this morning to make room for more peppers, okra, yard long beans, malabar spinach and more!! The tomatoes are just about in need of their trellis..they are growing well and some have started to bloom. Peppers, eggplant and cucumbers are starting to put out new growth, The champions this week though are the favas!! They have grown about two feet since last week!! May wall is now at least 4 feet tall!! If I am over behind it no one can find me!! The little beans are growing bigger..found a couple today that are almost as big as my ring finger!!

Outdoor adventures this week were mostly about getting more beds ready to plant and getting the drip back on..hopefully we will be able to get celery, parsely, broccoli, cauliflower, more alliums, and some random little bits of specialty things in..plus getting more beds prepped to plant and getting the drip tape checked out, repaired or replaced, and tacked down{we were able to get 5 beds all ready for the season this week..hopefully another 5 this week??} 

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan now have 7 new babies!! We went ahead and let the geese set last month. Wednesday morning the first nest hatched out!! 

Intern update..they may be ready to head out here to Colorado in about 2 weeks!! 

Thank you Vicky for coming out this week to help plant peppers and get the bed ready for the next batch of alliums. I think you must of pulled at least a bazillion weeds!! Also our thanks to our awesome workshare folks who have been going the extra mile to help us out..Evan, Chris, Rhonda, and Tricia!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 8 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, lettuces

The last of the bok choi, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain and radishes

salad greens, celtuce, turnips, beets, little carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

last of the green onion,

rhubarb, fava greens, lovage

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
5/26/2017 7:29 pm

Happy Mom's Day!!!

The sixth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 13th..9:00 am to noon!! 

 The weather this week has been much better..warmer..but not too warm..some light breezes..and some not so light..some clouds..and a bit of nice gentle rain. The weekend was mostly pleasant with some afternoon clouds, a bit of wind, and 2 or 3 drops of rain. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday started out nice and sunny but clouded up early..lots of wind Monday afternoon..nice rain a good bit of Tuesday afternoon and evening..just a smattering of rain and some wind Wednesday. The rest of the week has been great!! More sunshine this next week..maybe a bit of rain and cooler temps along about Thursday. More red flag fire warnings out for tomorrow afternoon..Paradox Valley again and in the North Fork..still seems a bit early to worry about wildfires!!

The season is marching forward!! New things this week..the yellow rose on the driveway is starting to bloom..last week I kinda thought it would be full open just in time for Mothers day..well it is giving us just a tease of things to come!! More iris are opening every day..peonies are starting to bud..and the oriental poppies are just starting to peek up the first few buds.

Rhubarb is going nuts!! Thank you everyone who has shared their recipes and photos!! Lets do rhubarb for another week..maybe some comments on recipes you have tried from other members of the group?? FYI..I have posted a number of recipes on the website.

In the high tunnel..the landscape is rapidly changing!!high tunnel adventures this week were getting cucumbers in and watching the fava wall go up. I think the favas have grown more than a foot..maybe closer to two feet since last week..I can now hide behind it and no one can find me!! Looks like we have another open space for the eggplant..hopefully we can get them in this next week. We got the tomatoes planted in the low tunnel Sunday..thanks Tammy for coming out and helping..and sharing pictures with the group!! What do you think about Tammy's Tremendously Tasty Tomatoes????

I think i can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel!! Unless I have forgotten someone, all the transplants have been started!! We got the melons and winter squash going Tuesday when it was raining. Have one more flat of fall brassicas to prick up and that should be the end of prop house adventures for a while!! NOW, we just have to get everything planted out in the field!!....OOPS, just remembered the fall kohlrabi!!!

Outdoor adventures this week included getting more beds ready to plats..transplanting the first 1,000 alliums{oniony things!!only about 4,000 left to go!!} and getting the drip turned on. The drip has been quite an adventure..so far we have run into one big leak in an area we haven't irrigated for something like 30 years..has a valve and a line going out to it..hasn't been an issue in past years but this year the valve didn't want to close so we had a big problem!! We spent 3 days off and on trying to figure out why we had no pressure!! Got it up and running and ran the high tunnel overnight..well the next morning I couldn't get that valve to turn off..calling it nasty names and slapping it at 6 am did not impress it..it may have even given me the raspberry!! 

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

Well, better news this week..Our interns are still coming..just delayed a few weeks until they can get van fixed..we have another workshare gal..her name is Rhonda and she hails originally from South Dakota..Please help us welcome her!! Zeno and his friend made it in last night for a visit on  their way to New Mexico..having their help today was awesome..made a 12 hour harvest day for Terry and I only about 8 hours..thank you guys!

Please help us thank our work share folks who have been coming out extra to help us out..You are all awesome and greatly appreciated!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 6 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated abter June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 5  at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale,bok choi,  tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain. orach,lettices,

beta greens, celtice,radishes, turnips, the very first little carrots, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, green garlic, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, 

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
5/12/2017 8:42 pm

Happy May!!!

The fifth veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..May 6th..9:00 am to noon!! 

The weather this past  week has been all over the map!! Starting with Thursday night..freezing temps..22 Thursday and nighttime temps were below freezing until Sunday..high 20 to low 30. daytime temps were chilly to say the least..Friday we may have gotten up to almost 45 by late morning when the sun was shining..as soon as we finished harvesting in the high tunnel it clouded over, cooled off, and a light freezing breeze came up just in time to be playing in the cold water while we were getting veggies ready for Saturday. Saturday morning we woke up to about 2 inches of snow..that was ok when we learned that Ouray got almost 8 inches!! Was coolish most of Saturday..it did warm up enough to melt off all the snow. Sunday was a wee bit warmer as well as a wee bit sunnier. Monday was a tad warmer with off and on sun..mostly clear by afternoon. Tuesday started out early{like 5:30 am} nice and clear..it got over that notion by about 9 am. Was cloudy, but warm most of the day..we even had a couple of nice little showers in the afternoon and evening. Wednesday and today have been sunny and warm..And it looks like we will be in the 80's tomorrow!!

Happy springtime in the Rockies!! Another week to remind us just how changeable our weather can be this time of year!!  Have some good news and some bad news after out figid Thursday night. Bad news..well, the nanking cherries may be toast..over half of the little cherries they had set are now brown and falling off..a few of the currants are the same..pear has lost some fruit but is too soon to really tell..not sure on the plums..or the apples..some of the apples have bloomed out but some are not there yet. Good news, well, all those cabbages and kohlrabi we set out last week came through with  flying colors, peas and favas are looking great, rhubarb is doing great..another iris is just about ready to bloom..and the birds are happily singing today!!

Rhubarb is going nuts!! This week can we everyone share their favorite things to do with Rhubarb with the face book group????NOTE: we would like to get some chatter going with the face book group sooooo what did you do with your rhubarb last week?? Mom made a rhubarb upside down cake..yum!!

More empty spaces in the high tunnel..I think after tomorrow we will have room for the cucumbers that are crying for more space. This week we got tomatoes in the high tunnel planted..now if they just had a ripe tomato or two!! Oh, and the fava wall is starting to go up..got the first tie on them. And we got the first half of the sweet potatoes planted in the low tunnel..just waiting for our purple sweet potato slips to get here to finish that task!! Yesterday we made more room in all the greenhouses...now that it is warmer again we pretty much emptied out the honey house..but already filled it with the celeriac and outdoor tomatoes. And once again I magically turned one seedling flat into about 10 trays of transplants..peppers and eggplant this time. I also started outdoor cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatillos. Unless I am forgetting something I think all I have left to start is fall kohlrabi, winter squash, and melons. NOW we just have to get everything planted out in the fields!!

Lots more outdoor adventures this week..in addition to doing some walk throughs to see how everybody fared with cold, we got a few more garden beds prepped and planted out porugues kale and collards as well as seeding beds of carrots, radishes, turnips. daokon, and beets.

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

Well, a bit more bad news this week..Our interns who were going to be arriving next week are not going to make it!! They ran into car troubles and had to turn around. SOOO..We are in desperate need of some helping hands here during planting frenzy..we need about 3 more workshare folks, a couple more interns, volunteers..

AND we are asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the feilds about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 0 weeks out from that first veggie pickup!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Please go to www.circleagarden.com

FUN event happening here at the farm in June..We are hosting another soil talk with Dr Ron Godin, our go to guy for many, many years on soil and soil fertility here on the farm. It will be Monday June 8 at 10:30 am. Ron will talk about what makes soil soil, soil composition, nutrients, soil critters and more. Please come join us in learning more about this all important foundation to our many wonderful plants!! Bring lots of questions!! We will have a potluck lunch after Ron's talk and a tour of the farm.This talk is open to all folks interested in learning more about soil. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks will be here.

What is available for the CSA this week?

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale,bok choi, yakina savoy, tokyo bekana, mustards, endive, escarole, red rain. orach, fava greens

salad greens, arugula,  radishes, turnips, beets, and herbs 

From the great out of doors

green onion, leeks, green garlic, rhubarb, horseradish, lovage, angelica

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather as much as we are!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
5/4/2017 8:54 pm