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Wednesday October 4, 2017

Happy Fall!!

The veggie pickup time will be changing October 21..new pickup time will be 11 am to 2 pm

We have 8 more weeks of CSA pickup for the 2017 season..last pickup will be November 25th

Note..payment due

Lots has happened here on the farm since I last gave you an update..rain, sunshine, weeds, harvests, fall frosts..but so far no snow!! August we saw more rain, abundant sunshine, 70 and 80 degree daytime temps, mostly 50 degree nighttime temps with 4 or 5 nights dropping into the high 40's. September was pretty mellow..more sunshine than rain..but still had a bit of rain here and there..a couple of pretty spectacular lightning and thunderstorms..did have our first fall frost late in the month..down to 27. This first week of October started out cold..it was 38 when we started about 7 am..was still 38 at noon..more evening thunder showers and another frost..again down to 27..but the last two days have been sunny and downright warm.

Food for thought.. Question of the week..what are you doing with lots of celery..

Tunnel adventures during August and most of September have mostly been all about harvesting!! peppers, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, and lots of cucumbers! Early in September we got all those baby greens transplanted..was hard to find enough space for them all!!

So much has been happening outdoors the last couple months it is hard to know where to begin!! Weeding and trellising adventures rapidly went to harvesting adventures..like overnight!! All of a sudden we were right in the middle of peak season..and harvesting everything!! especially cucumbers..our peak week number on them was 150 lbs. Tomatoes came in second with 147 lbs.. Some surprises..celery went from a struggling 6 inches in June and July to over 3 foot tall 3 to 4 lb of plant after we harvest and trim it all up for the CSA!! Beets have been ecstatic after we got them all weeded back in June..it's been really hard to find many of them that are smaller than a tennis ball. Melons have been pouting since those cooler nighttime temps back in August..lots of really pretty melons out there..they are just taking their own time to ripen..we've been harvesting 20-25 usable melons since about mid-September..looks like we may have more this week..we are already up to 25 and it is only Wednesday!! We did a couple of seed crops this year..fava beans, radishes and the shallot we found and loved last year..we've gotten them harvested..now just need to finish cleaning them!! The last couple weeks we have been harvesting winter squash and tomatoes for storage..the squash we will be starting to put into pickup around halloween..the tomats..depending on how fast they ripen we will have some for the next few weeks. 

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.   

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,peppers tomatoes and a few cucumbers, beans. eggplant and okra

From the great out of doors

tomatoes, last of the outdoor peppers and eggplant, broccoli, carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, onions, celery, celeriac, 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 fall!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
10/4/2017 2:17 pm

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