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Friday July 14, 2017

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

Happy Summer!!!

The 14th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 8th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

So, has it been hot enough for everybody this week? All of here certainly think so!! Mom is even starting to complain about the heat!! It has been hot and dry again..a few random clouds showing up late in the evening, but otherwise extremely sunny. It missed a really good chance to rain here on the farm Sunday afternoon..I think we may have gotten a sum total of about 50 drops!! But it did rain somewhere..we could smell it..!! We have been looking fondly back to that heavy wet snow we got after Mother's day and thinking about how cool the temperature was..that was also the last really measurable precipitation we have had in about 6 weeks. We are getting so dry..I have my order in for my nice gentle overnight rain..at this point I will probably be happy with any rain..anytime!! The forecast looks a bit more promising for a bit of moisture this next week..there are many afternoons with a 20% chance of showers..and 3 days that are showing 40-50% chance. note..we don't get real excited until the forecast gets up to 50% before the monsoon kicks in well. 

Food for thought.. the question for the week is..so what are you doing with your kohlrabi??

The landscape in the high tunnel changed drastically this week. The blue mustard and weeds over on the north side of the tunnel got chopped down and fed to the geese. The fava wall has come down..it made lots of wonderful mulch for the kale and chard. The tomatoes are going Wow..look at all this space we have!! It is a good thing we dropped the trellis for the beans last week..they are already about 1/2 way up it. The tomato wall are growing well..some are about 1/2 way up and a couple are reaching about 3/4 of the way up. We started trellising the cucumbers. AND we harvested the last of the beets and carrots this morning.

Our thanks to Marian for coming out and helping with chopping down the Mustard wall!!

Outdoor adventures this week mostly involved water and weeds!! We've been watering something almost everyday because of the heat..and pulling lots of weeds. Weeds, weeds, and more weeds!!! and the water is making even more sprout up..but it's starting to look more like a garden and less like a weed patch..I know we planted veggie in there some place!! The beans are up in what was formerly Dee's pea patch..it is now Cassidy's bean patch. Most of what we seeded a couple weeks ago is up and doing well..the fennel is now up..the parsnips are the only holdout now..they just are not wanting to germinate..could be the heat..could be they don't think they are getting enough water..could be my seed was not good..or they could just be taking their sweet time..sometimes it takes them a few weeks to get the memo to sprout. 

Our thanks to Vicki for coming out and helping chop down the fava wall and pulling a few gazillion weeds

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 6 or7 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of playing king of the mountain on the huge pile of prickly lettuce we pulled for them!! FYI Terry and Rylan's babies are goslings..

Intern update..Sad news..Tom and Darian are leaving Wednesday for the front range..They were offered jobs in their field of work. Please help us thank them for two weeks of awesome weed pulling and great energy. We wish them well and look forward to their visits here to the best side of the mountains!!

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 starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, a few more cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi, portuguese kale, collards, cabbage, last of the garlic scapes

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
7/7/2017 10:04 pm

Happy Summer!!!

The 13th veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..July 1st..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

The weather this week has been hot and dry...we have averaged a high of about 95 degrees all week..thank fully the lows have been in the 50's..a nice break from the heat. Abundant sunshine all week..the occasional stray happy little cloud a couple of times but no rain. Some nice breezes off and on with some harder gusts but mostly pretty calm. We are so looking forward to our "monsoon" season!! It would be nice to have some moisture and a bit cooler temps!! I think the last time we got any great amount of moisture was that wet, heavy snow we had just after Mother's Day!! I have my yearly request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..preferably starting about 3 pm Saturday afternoon and ending Sunday morning..we'll see how that turns out. This next week looks like we will still have the heat, but there is a slight chance of thunderstorms a couple of days.

Food for thought.. Well, we will try the soapbox thing again in a couple weeks..I know many of you have a lot of opinions on food issues..we have talked about them!! I would just like to reach a wider audience. Anyway for now we want to know what you are doing with your fava beans?? Thanks Tori and Melissa for posting what you did with your favas last week..Melissa's picture was beautiful and looked very tasty!!

In the high tunnel this week we picked just about the last of the favas, dropped the trellis for the beans, and picked the first 3 pounds of cucumbers!! 

Outdoor adventures this week..We are just almost done with planting frenzy!!!!!! We worked hard getting the last few beds ready to plant..and got a good bit of them planted to melons and winter squash. Also planted another succession of bush beans in the former pea patch..the beans in this round should be colorful..light yellow, green, and a pink bean that we got from Laura over at High Desert Seed..should be interesting!!Just have 2 more flats of melons, 1/2 a flat of italian parsley, a few spots for beneficial habitat, and a bit more fennel left to go!! Please help us thank all our awesome work share folks Evan, Rhonda, Chris, Rae, Kim, Cassidy, Megan, Brenda Joyce, and Tricia for getting us through the last couple months!!

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 5 or 6 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of playing king of the mountain on the huge pile of prickly lettuce we pulled for them!!

Intern update..We now have interns!! woo hoo!!! They arrived Tuesday afternoon and were up and busy pulling weeds at 6 am on Wednesday!! Please help us welcome Tom and Darian to Montrose..Please also helo us thank them for the awesome job they have done the last 3 days getting beds ready and planting the winter squash and melon patch!!

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 13 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

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 starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, last of the fava beans, the first few cucumbers,herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, kohlrabi,portuguese kale, salad greens,cabbage, garlic scapes and a lot of lasts that just are not liking the heat..peas, head lettuce. endive, celtice..note: even though I tasted just about all the lettuce and celtice there may be some that are a bit bitter from the heat.

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 summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
6/30/2017 9:19 pm