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CSA veggie pickup reminder

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

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