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Friday May 19, 2017

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

Happy Earthday!!!

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

Well, can you believe another month has gone by..wow..wasn't it the first of April just a couple of days ago?? Once the weekend was over the weather this week has pretty much been icky..cloudy, windy, a bit of rain or snow off and on{not a whole lot of precipitation},and brief fleeting bits of sunshine here and there. Much cooler temps..highs ranging from high 40's to about 70..lows high 20's to about mid 30's. Saturday may or may not be a sunny or dry pickup day. Next week just in time for May day it looks like we will have more sunshine and warmer temps!!

Happy springtime in the Rockies!! This week has reminded us that our springs are very changeable!! Even though it was pretty cloudy most of the week and the higher elevations got some precipitation, here at the farm we got very little..we need one of those nice gentle overnight rains about now!! I see little baby nanking cherries, even smaller currants, still can't really tell on the apricots, the chokecherries are blooming,and looks like the quince is about ready to bloom. The first few early bearded iris are starting to bloom. 

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?? Me I made a rhubarb crisp!!

The high tunnel is starting to get a few empty spaces now..which is good..I have warm season plants just about ready to plant!! This week we were going to get the tomatoes planted out, but chickened out when we looked at the weather!! Instead we got the last few holes for the tomats dug and did some more much needed weeding!! hopefully we will be able to get the tomatoes all in as well as the sweet potato slips that were sitting in the main box this morning!! Also got some quality pricking up done..turned less than three seed flats into something like 25!! Still have one left out of this batch to do before the next batch is ready. This morning we gave everyone another shot of fertilizer and a bit of love..well all except that flat of tomatoes I managed to drop!! It got a LOT of love..I think they will be all right in a day or so..for some reason plants just don't appreciate getting dropped on their heads!!

Not many outdoor adventures this week..did go out and spend some time just looking at everything..peas and favas are all up and growing..garlic is looking good, cabbages and kohlrabi are doing well..and all those trees and shrubs we pruned early on..well they are leafing out and looking so happy with their spring haircuts!!

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.   

I am in search of interns, a couple more work share folks, and volunteers for the coming season..if you know anyone who might be interested please have them call me{970-249-9725..ask for Betsy}

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

beta greens, arugula,  radishes, turnips, 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
4/27/2017 7:31 pm