Stormy Week!

 Brassicas doing their thing in the prop house

Brassicas doing their thing in the prop house

Wiiiiiind. It's cold and howling outside. Maybe it's blowing out the unsettled weather that has been testing us the last few days? We have had sunshine, wind, hail, snow, gentle overnight rain, cold temps, lightning, thunder, fog, you name it. Colorado Spring, thanks for keeping us on our toes, per usual! 

The brassicas are happy and protected from this weather in the prop house... little do they know they'll be moving outside soon! 

The cover crop is loving this weather! The field was in need of some moisture and thankfully it came in the form of rain on Wednesday evening. Is there anything more soothing than the sound of a gentle rain falling in the middle of the night? I think we received over 1/2 inch of moisture that night and woke up to low foggy clouds and a muddy world on Thursday. Rain delay! We spent the morning drinking too much coffee, checking the weather every 30 minutes, making a planting schedule for the next couple weeks and waiting for the rain to let up. It was too wet to do anything in the field so Mike and Sadie (our rockstar employee!) finished building H-Braces and we are now ready for t-posts and then we can start stretching fence. This fence feels like the Never Ending Project. I spent the afternoon bending pipe and assembling hoops for the second moveable tunnel.

 Mike and I watching it hail earlier in the week. 

Mike and I watching it hail earlier in the week. 

Sadie and I weeded the fava beans, peas and garlic on Monday. The weeds were getting a little crazy and it felt wonderful to knock them back and give the plants room to grow without competition. We'll see how quickly the weeds come back... I love these hardy crops, mostly because they handle our Spring weather and cause little worry even with the temps dropping into the low 20s.

 Fava Beans! 

Fava Beans! 

CSA Members! We created a facebook group this week, Mountain Roots Produce CSA, that we would love you all to join and participate in. This is a private group, so only CSA Members and the farmers will see the content posted. We're creating this space for our CSA Community to share recipe ideas, ask questions, talk about food preservation techniques, etc. Check this week's email for a link to join the Mountain Roots Produce CSA facebook group! 

Telluride CSA Shares are still available, join todayYou can read all about the Summer CSA and Fall CSA details and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are seeding and planting for a diverse and bountiful harvest and would love to have you join us and become a part of our CSA Community! 

 Onion starts are ready to move outside... 

Onion starts are ready to move outside... 

The  high tunnel is looking good and about to transform! This weather gave us a chance to catch up on the weeds and set up the pea trellis. We mowed and incorporated the cover crop beds to prepare for transplanting the first tomatoes later this week. And the onion starts are ready for their move outside, we plan to dig them up on Wednesday and they'll be transplanted in the field shortly thereafter.  Excitement is building! 

 The high tunnel freshly weeded and two beds of cover cropped turned in preparation for tomatoes! 

The high tunnel freshly weeded and two beds of cover cropped turned in preparation for tomatoes! 

I hope you're all cozy inside enjoying this day! Have a great week