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Sunday September 3, 2017

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

The 18th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..August 5th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Happy,happy, happy rain!! Most of the week was nicely sunny early in the day with some happy little showers in the afternoon and evening to help cool things down. Well, all except for yesterday when our afternoon thunder shower happened at 9 am!!..made picking basil problematic!! our highs have been in the mid 80's to low 90's..our lows have been low to mid 50..all in all a pleasant week weather wise!!! And it looks like we may have more of the same next week as well!!

Food for thought.. Question of the week..what are you doing with cucumbers???

Tunnel adventures are more and more about harvesting veggies!! Did do a bit more tomato trellising..will have a bit more until all the tomats reach the top of the trellis..just a few more slower growing plants to go!! We picked about 20 lbs of tomats this week..about 6 times as many as last week..and many more getting ready to ripen!! Cucumbers are just about at peak..picked over 60 lbs this week{there will be more from outdoors soon}

Did more weeding{seems never ending!!}, more tomato trellising, more garlic harvesting{just have elephant garlic left}, planted the first seeds for fall roots and harvested lots of goodies for tomorrow. Some of you will be glad to know that we harvested the last of the kohlrabi this morning..I think we are going to plant turnips in their place!!We harvested quite a bit of broccoli this morning..it is quite happy this year..nice 1-2 lb heads..so far no over achievers. also harvested the first few artichokes and the first 4 heads of cauliflower ..it is also looking quite happy. Once again the harvest winners this week are kohlrabi, cabbage, and cucumbers from the high tunnel!!

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's babies are looking more like adults now..still sound like babies, though.

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} Monday 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!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

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, cucumbers,herbs,eggplant,a very few peppers and tomatoes

From the great out of doors

 herbs, last of the kohlrabi, the first of the cauliflower, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, a bit of summer squash, beets, basil, parsely

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 the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
8/4/2017 8:14 pm

Happy Summer monsoon!!!

The 17th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 29th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Well, I think monsoon is here!! We have had several nice little rain showers...as well as a couple of gully washers the last two weeks. This week we started out on Friday night with a nice overnight shower..Saturday was cloudy most of the day with a few sprinkles here and there..Sunday and Monday were sunny with a few happy clouds rolling in everywhere except where the sun was..Tuesday and Wednesday we had off and on rain with periods of sunshine..Thursday was mostly sunny..today started out cloudy with a few sprinkles then lots of sunshine until late this afternoon..right now we have a nice gentle rain going on. The temperatures have ranged high 80's to low 90's with abundant humidity..once again those of us born and bred in Colorado are feeling rather sticky..everyone from those moister areas are loving it.

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..What is it worth to you to feed your family fresh, local, nutrient dense food? I think I will briefly get on my soapbox again and give you a farmers point of view. Humans need 4 things to survive..clean air to breath, clean water to drink, nutritious food to eat, and a bit of shelter from the storm. Without food to eat it takes us about 3 weeks to starve to death..we need food to eat each and everyday to live..most of us here in the USA are used to 3 squares per day. We need food in order to stay alive and yet one of the most common complaints I here is "oh, food costs so much". So if food is something you need to stay alive and healthy..what is it worth..more than your cell phone?..brand name clothing?..brand new car?..weekend away from home?..new sports equipment?..gym membership?..

If you haven't peeked in the tunnels lately, you will be astonished at the difference in the landscape just in the last month!! They look so much different with all their warm season goodies than they did earlier in the season with all the green leafies and spring roots. Earlier on I could look down from the top of the tunnels and see just about everything except for the tomatoes hiding behind the favas..now I have trouble seeing anything behind the tomatoes and beans...and everybody is having touble finding me when I am behind the tomats as well!! This week we picked the first few hot peppers..a goodly amount of eggplant, lots of cucumbers, and about 3 pounds of tomatoes.

Well outdoor adventures involved a bit less water, still lots of weeds{but they are getting smaller!!}, and harvesting garlic. We are harvesting more basil and parsley each week now..as well as the first of the summer squash, the first outdoor cucumber{only one so far!!},and the first broccoli. The winners of the harvest this week..well, kohlrabi, cabbage and cucumbers from the tunnel. Veggies to look forward to soon..artichokes..they are starting to bud, green beans..the first variety has buds, and something else that I checked out earlier in the week and can't remember now!!

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's babies are looking more like adults now..still sound like babies, though.

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} Monday 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!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

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!!

We are still a bit low on goodies from the garden..things are growing well and many are just almost ready for harvest..please bear with us a couple more weeks..we promise we will have something other than kohlrabi!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers,herbs,eggplant,a very few peppers and tomatoes

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, a bit of summer squash, basil, parsely

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 the rain!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
7/28/2017 8:11 pm

Happy Summer!!!

The 15th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 15th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

It has been a much cooler week than the last few. Highs have been upper 80's to low 90's..so much better than those almost 100 degree days!! Lows have been mid to high 50's..still almost warm enough for the okra. We've had varying amounts of clouds rolling in almost every afternoon..and sometimes in the mornings to help cover the intensiveness of the sun. A few days we have had lots of thunder and lightning..but no rain..And a few times we have had lots of thunder and lightning an a bit of rain. I don't think we have gotten more than maybe 1/4 inch all together here on the farm..but, hey, we are happy for even that little bit. And even happier for the cloud cover and a bit of humidity..{ok so a few times those of us who were born and raised in Colorado were complaining that it seemed just a bit sticky} Next week it looks like the temps are still going to be a bit lower, but the chance of rain is lower as well. We are all still doing our rain dance, hoping that we will get at least one nice gentle overnight rain.

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..so how much income do you think farmers should be making?? 

The plants in the tunnels just keep on a growin'..eggplant is about 18 inches tall..we harvested the first casper yesterday and it looks like there will be many more next week. Some of the peppers are almost waist high and just loaded..those are mostly hots..the sweets are not quite as tall but are blooming up a storm and some have little tiny fruit. The tomatoes in the high tunnel..well many of them are already a good 3/4 of the way up their trellis and are just loaded with tomats..we picked the first 5 black cherry this morning..they were delicious and even better..they have LOTS of friends!! The early riser italian bean is almost to the top of the trellis and has buds already. The chard and the kale really appreciated their side dressing of fertilizer, mulch from the favas..not to mention the cooler temps and humidity!! The cucumbers are getting ready to boom..the vines are loaded with fruit and blossoms. It was a bit scary picking greens right next to them this morning..I was half afraid they were going to grow right over the top of me!! Just planted a few herbs and the malabar spinach this week..they are looking happy. I went into the low tunnel yesterday to check if any of the tomats were ripening..well, just found lots of green ones and 31 tomato hornworms..I thought maybe we weren't going to have any this year..they just seem to be late!!

Once again outdoor adventures involved water and weeds!! We may be starting to catch up on the weeds!! All the plants benefited from the lower temps and the extra moisture in the air..they all{including the weeds unfortunately!!} just spread out their leaves and said a huge thank you!! Harvested a few firsts this week..a bit of basil, a bit of parsely..the first garlic..not to mention the first of the beets and carrots from the great outdoors. The winners of the harvesting this morning were kohlrabi and cabbage..we have LOTS of them!!

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's babies are now about 7 or 8 weeks old..they are starting to look like the adults.

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} Monday 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!!

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

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!!

We are still a bit low on goodies from the garden..things are growing well and many are just almost ready for harvest..please bear with us a couple more weeks..we promise we will have something other than kohlrabi!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, garlic

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 finding cool spaces during this heat!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
7/14/2017 7:23 pm