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Posted 6/13/2017 10:39am by Nate Parks.

 

Each morning begins with a cup of coffee and a walk around the field with our new pup Josie. The life and energy felt from the plants growing in those fields from day to day is truly magical. June has to be one of our favorite months on the farm. We are pushing super hard with planting and weeding, and also beginning to have some major harvests come in. 

Almost all of our fields are on soil we have never planted vegetables in before this year. We had them in cover crops last year and are just now learning how this side of the farm will behave with our production system. So far we are thrilled and our soil is thrilled!  
Giving it a year off of production, allowing it to grow legumes like clover and alfalfa and a huge bio-mass producing crop like Sudan grass, then mowing it and plowing it back in to feed the soil, has created an ideal environment to produce our crops in. Another benefit has been the reduction in weed pressure. We do have some broadleaves to contend with but little to no grasses...which have been one of our biggest challenges over the years.

What a gift to have enough land base to rest half our ground each year and to really concentrate on re-building the soil and the environment surrounding it. When we start moving the needle of organic matter upwards instead of the slow steady removal of all that carbon, we can truly find ourselves on a path of sustainability!


We overcame early rains this year with our raised bed system as well as a much better drainage pattern on the west side of the farm. We are now into a pretty dry stretch...that organic matter I just spoke about? Well I can't help but believe all we pumped into the ground last year is now paying us back with moisture holding capacity. We are running water non-stop at this point and would certainly welcome a rain, but are holding our own with the irrigation systems we have in place. 

Spring always has a very tight cash flow, and this year without the farmer's market, that is proving to be more challenging than ever.  75% of our operating budget will be spent by the end of June, then the race is on to replenish and save for another year.  Our wholesale/restaurant sales have been sluggish this spring which makes for the perfect storm of a cash flow crunch for a few weeks! Feels a bit like Murphy's law: now that production looks great, sales and demand are slowing! Ahh...the faith of the farmer that it will all work out! 


Here I am, referencing football as I always do...we are closing out the second quarter, pushing to the July 4th halftime. Once the May/June push is behind us we take on the 3rd quarter in July, and shift to maintenance and harvest mode.

Happy Summer!

Posted 6/9/2017 2:52pm by Nate Parks.

Cilantro is one of those amazing foods that do wonders for your body. Like removing heavy metals!

Some of the most common warning signs that you are struggling with heavy metal toxicity include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Brain Fog
  • Depression, Bi-polar and Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Insomnia

Heavy metals are hiding in lots of things that we may think are completely safe and healthy like some protein powders, seasonings, meats and vaccines! It's important to not only look into the companies and farms that produce your food but also spend time preparing foods that eliminate build-ups to take control of your own health, just incase.

Detox Juice; Large Glass (juicer needed)
1 bunch kale
1 bunch cilantro
1 cucumber
1/2 lemon peeled
1/2 orange peeled
Optional
1 Apple (sweetner)

Posted 6/2/2017 1:35pm by Emily Parks.

This week's recipe and nutritional tips were given to me by my friend Haley who also happens to be a pretty amazing health coach.  Let us know how we can help connect her with you!

KALE
I think everyone knows by now that Kale is a superfood. Loaded with iron, calcium, vitamin K, A and C, boosting the immune system and destroying cancer causing free radicals!
If you've ever heard of Jim Gaffigan- a hilarious clean comedian that mostly jokes about food- you'll know that most people think kale is disgusting but that we act like it's delicious and consume it because we know it's good for us.
Let me help you anti-kale lovers out with some kale-deliciousness so you don't have to fake it ;)

Kale Salad
1 bunch of local Silverthorn Kale chopped
1Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar- I use Braggs
1Tbsp Raw Honey
Mix and massage ingredients into Kale to soften Kale
*Sit aside for a few hours or until desired softness
Add:
Himalayan salt & ground pepper to taste
Other optional add ins;
Cheese/Nutritional Yeast (Vegan Option)
Silverthorn garlic scapes
Chives
Tomato
Silverthorn Cucumber
Lemon or more ACV for extra punch!
Enjoy!

Kale Chips
2 Bunches of Silverthorn Kale
1 Cup of Raw Cashews
2 cloves garlic, more if you want extra garlic flavor or a natural antibiotic
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or until desired flavor)
1 tsp Himalayan or Real Sea Salt
A bit of ground pepper or red pepper if you like it spicy
Optional add ins;
Paprika
Chili powder
1/2 jalapeno pepper (spicy!)
Spirilina (extra green punch- protein source)
1tsp ACV or lemon

Blend in food processor or mixer adding small amounts of water until creamy consistency that will stick on Kale, not run off.

Mix into Kale
Dehydrate on a low temperature to maintain living enzymes until crispy or desired texture.
If I'd totally dry, can be stored on shelf for 1 week or so.
*Can be dried in oven at lowest temperature.

 

Posted 5/18/2017 9:11pm by Nate Parks.

Try This Recipe

The Best Cucumber Salad Recipe Ever (really, that's the title!): This is a crisp substitution to your salad mix and tastes a little like pickles, but it's really good! And who knew cucumbers had so many health benefits: 

  • Keeps you hydrated. ...
  • Fights heat, both inside and out. ...
  • Flushes out toxins. ...
  • Nourishes you with vitamins. ...
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. ...
  • Aids in weight loss. ...
  • Revives the eyes. ...
  • Cuts cancer risk.  ...
  • Keep kidneys in shape.

 

Posted 5/9/2017 4:00pm by Nate Parks.

Why are bitter greens so important to consume?
Besides the hundreds of enzymes that help break down your food and promote healthy digestion- greens contain important antioxidants that keep your immune system and DNA healthy and well!
Benefits include;
Lower risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease
Lower risks of certain types of cancer
Reduced risk of kidney stones and bone loss
Higher scores on cognitive tests
Lower oxidative stress

Remember to buy local greens to receive the full living benefits like those above! Produce that travel long distances have lost many of their living nutritional benefits.

Recipe- as much as your heart desires of;

Silverthorn’s Living Greens
Shredded Carrots- I like to use my food processor for quick shredding- promotes eye health
Sliced avocado- Great source of healthy fat
Sunflower Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds

Wild Berry Vinaigrette
1 Cup mixed berries- I prefer wild blackberries-a great source of antioxidants to fight cancer causing free radicals
3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar- promotes healthy stomach acid
A pinch of Himalayan Salt- for healthy minerals
Raw Honey or Dark Maple Syrup to desired sweetness (optional)

Blend and pour generously onto salad. Enjoy!

Posted 5/9/2017 11:00am by Nate Parks.

Welcome to the 2017 season and to our farm family!  

Farming is in full swing here at Silverthorn Farm and just as we expect every year, Mother Nature has already thrown us a few curve balls.  We think about how we as a farm crew/family handle these situations now as opposed to just 4 or 5 years ago, and we can’t help but be grateful.  Grateful for the experience that a well-seasoned group of dedicated people can bring to the table.

MEET OUR CREW:  As Emily and I approach our 11th year, we can reflect back on the last 10 of this farming adventure (and dream). Heather and Lorene Metzger are beginning their 5th season with us and the two of them run the greenhouse operations as well as lead the packing shed and CSA distribution. Brian Reed and Adrian Cordova, 3 and 4 year veterans, are our field and harvest crew leaders, and workhorses on the farm! If it is planted, weeded or harvested you can bet they have touched it.  We won’t leave out the other 5-6 folks who come in through the season to help us round out our outstanding production crew.

Farming is our life!

You’ll notice us talking about the weather...a lot.

Our work revolves around the weather...a lot.

We eat, sleep and breath weather...a lot.  

This year, the farm will have a bit more land in vegetable production than years before. We have an acre of protected greenhouse crops, including 3,500 tomato plants, 1000 cucumbers, 1200 bell peppers and a greenhouse full of basil, while the outdoor fields will total right at 25 acres, a slight increase from last season.  We were able to direct seed and transplant about 9 acres prior to the downpours of  rain we just received, and much more will be happening as soon as we dry out a bit...if we dry out!

This past Saturday was the first Saturday in 10 years that we weren’t getting up at 4 am to head to a farmer’s market! It feels incredible to have built our CSA and restaurant business to the point where we could walk away from market. Of course, most of our day was spent wondering how market was going! We will very much miss the customer interaction, all our world problem solving conversations with other farmers, and our Feta cheese!

SHOUT OUT TO CSA MEMBERS!

Thanks to all those who have decided to be a part of our farm by joining our CSA membership program. With 317 members strong who span across central Indiana, we couldn’t be more excited for the year!

We have gotten through week one which is always the most stressful as we get back into routines and help all to understand our system and process for ordering and delivery.

Special events!  Look for many opportunities to come join us at the farm this summer as we put together some special events to help continue building community around this little farm. Remember, that Saturdays on the farm are a pretty awesome time to come out, enjoy the farm, and select your veggies in real time as opposed to online and make some memories of a place that you support with your membership! We look forward to seeing you!

Not sure how to eat some of your really good food you get from us?  We're here to help!

Eat your FRESH greens because they are full of raw enzymes that help you break down your food! Enjoy your greens, and your enzymes with this recipe!

Ingredients: Mixed salad greens, Crushed almonds, Feta cheese, Drizzle of lime Dressing: equal parts of non-GMO sesame seed oil & balsamic vinegarDairy Alternative-Cashew Feta (Dressing):1 Cup Cashews1 Lemon Juice1 Clove Garlic Real Sea Salt to tasteBlend and add water to soft crumble consistency

SHOUT OUT TO OUR WHOLESALE BUYERS!

Our wholesale business has taken a bit of a turn in a positive direction as well. Over the winter we established a new business we are calling “Local Link”. Local Link, LLC is a distribution company that we have set up to distribute our products, as well as many other local producer's, into the restaurant and food service industries. We have been lucky  enough to establish some great relationships over the years with both those who buy food and those who produce it.  Now, we are in a position to link the two together in an effort to expand the availability and access of locally produced foods!   The lack of support and distribution of local foods into the local food system has long been a severe problem in our state. We decided that we couldn’t wait any longer for someone else to figure out a solution, so we are trying to...at least part of it anyway! 


Here's our sweet boy Max, who we lost last week after 11 years.  He was a fixture on this farm and loved everyone who came to visit as much as everyone loved him.  We'll miss him and we'll never forget him.  

Here's to eating clean and local this summer!

Posted 1/14/2017 9:41am by Nate & Emily Parks.

We made it! Your Farmers made it!

This week will be the last of our winter deliveries. Not to worry, however! We will resume weekly deliveries the first week of May.

Winter greens and veggies have become a mainstay in recent years. With the added protection of unheated greenhouses and large walk in coolers to store root crops our potential for feeding ourselves through the winter has never been brighter. 

Still, there are barriers and boundaries that must be considered. This year we pushed our greens production to the absolute max, when we are done picking next week there will be next to nothing left in the houses but stems! Remember that these crops are not really growing past the middle of December when our light and sun hours drop below 10 hours a day. What that means is that we are really just harvesting what we grew 2-3 months ago and at some point you have harvested all the crop available. 

Thanks again for a great year of support and great food. We are truly excited for 2017. With renewed focus of only CSA and restaurant delivery, we feel like our direction, our production plans, and our infrastructure are in a really good spot for great success. We will be rolling out a pretty awesome marketing plan for our CSA program beginning in February. A shout out goes to one of our incredible CSA members, Despi Ross, who has really knocked it out of the park for us over the last couple of months putting together a marketing campaign that Emily and I could have never pulled off. We feel poised to take our food and our membership to a new level and really make an impact on the health of our community! 


CSA MEMBERS: 

In the online store this week:

Spinach, Salad Mix, Watermelon Radish, Butternut Squash,                 Carrots, Turnips, Swiss Chard, Kale, Micro Greens, Brussels sprouts

Place your online order here

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Saturday ON-FARM pickup will be our MARKET-STYLE PICKUP in the main greenhouse.  We will not be custom packing orders for this day.  Please bring your bag and select your items just as you would at the farmer's market! Pickup hours are 10am-1pm.  

Relax, & enjoy the rest of your winter!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, Macy, & Cameron

 
Posted 1/2/2017 7:28am by Nate & Emily Parks.

An Evening of Enlightenment
w/ Derek Weaver
Herbs, Nutrition, and Detoxing the Body as well
as all of your Natural Health Questions Answered!


Join us on Sunday, January 8th for an educational experience with Derek Weaver. Derek will be discussing a broad range of topics including digestive health, how to tackle even the most difficult illnesses, and why you need to support local groups like us. Please bring your most challenging natural health questions to ask as Derek can handle it. We are more than excited about this opportunity!


Derek Weaver has 8 years of experience in natural health services. He’s worked with big international companies, rubbed shoulders with CEOs and formulators, privately toured factories and farms, as well as worked one on one with customers in the health food store environment. Most importantly natural healing is Derek’s passion. He isn’t interested in selling you products. He only wants to see you surpass your healing goals.


Sunday January 8th from 4pm - 6pm at Silverthorn Farm in Rossville
*Please be advised that no restroom will be available at the event*                          
It will take place in our main greenhouse/store on the east side of the farm              9870 N 430 W Rossville.



Don’t miss this special FREE event. Space is limited so sign up now.
Go to HealYourDisease.com for more info.


Posted 12/30/2016 11:14am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Taking a look back at 2016:

I can't help but feel incredibly anxious as we approach the last two CSA deliveries in January.  2016 will be etched in my memory as one of the toughest years - mentally, physically and financially - of my farming career. With wild weather, down markets and challenging work force/labor issues, I am truly happy that we have made it through.

Moving forward to 2017:

For 2017, most of you already know that we will not be returning to farmer's markets but instead, focusing on our CSA and restaurant accounts. The main reasons are to free up our weekends for some family time, but most importantly to really dial in our production cut costs as much as possible and try to make a recovery from this past season.

It will be a very tight spring, financially, with the onslaught of expenses right around the corner and cash reserves at an all time low.  The connections we have in the many farming circles around the country show and tell us that 2016 has been a scary year for many farms/farmers across the midwest. We have seen some very prominent farms close their doors this fall/winter.

Perspective is always a good thing. I do think that it serves as a very good reminder of just how easily things can turn in a bad way and how margins on our farm and farms of the like are very slim. So many of us want sustainability in all parts of our life and farm that goes way beyond Organic. All of this hard to explain, justify, and price to the end user who sees organic food on the shelf in Aldi's. 

The reality is that when you choose to support a farm like ours or others in your community, you are doing much more than eating the freshest, most nutritious food you can give your family. You are changing the face of the Earth. With every passing year, we add more riparian areas, build soil, create beneficial insect habitats, educate a new generation of farmers, and influence our communities in what is possible with our food system!

 

 


 

 

CSA MEMBERS: 

In the online store this week:

 

Spinach, Salad Mix, Watermelon Radish, Butternut  Squash,                 Carrots, Rutabaga, Turnips, Swiss Chard, Kale, Collards, Micro Greens

 

Place your online order here

PLEASE NOTE:

  • YAY!  Saturday ON-FARM pickup will be our MARKET-STYLE PICKUP in the main greenhouse.  We will not be custom packing orders for this day.  Please bring your bag and select your items just as you would at the farmer's market!  Pickup hours are 9am-1pm.
  • Wildwood Market, Indy is not an option for pickup this week due to the holidays.  


 

 

Thank you for supporting our small farm! 2017 will be an amazing year we are happy to bring you along for the ride.

We wish you a safe and Happy New Year! 

Nate, Emily, Jensen, Macy, & Cameron

 
Posted 12/17/2016 9:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Sub-zero temperatures and frozen plants, sadly...read on  

Sub-zero temps are making harvest windows very difficult to come by! We will make every effort to get all items harvested for delivery this week but there is a chance that we will not be able to harvest some of the greens if we do not get a thaw in time. Many of our winter houses are unheated and depend on the sun to warm them during daylight hours so that we may harvest. The sun has been very absent in the past week or so. Root and storage crops are safe and sound in our climate controlled cooler/heater. The greens are the "iffy" part this week for harvest...we will see.   

In the online store this week:

Spinach

Salad Mix

Sweet potatoes

Watermelon Radish

Carrots

Rutabaga

Turnips

Leeks

Green leaf head lettuce

Kale

Collards

We will be packing CSA orders as usual this week and will not have the farm store open for "market style pickup" as we had planned...don't worry, we'll do it again!

*Pickup options for On Farm pickup are WEDNESDAY ONLY  this week.  

Place your online order here

When will a heater fail? On the coldest night of the year, of course! Sadly, that is exactly what happened in our seedling house this week. We had many plants overwintering inside for early plant sales as well as all of our early tomatoes that are a complete loss. We had hoped to have microgreens available this week as well...those, frozen as well.  A long overdue alarm system is now being installed to help deal with equipment that will not cooperate with us in the middle of the night! I can't even bear to post any pics! Huge setback and significant financial loss - we'll pick up an move on!

Have a safe and Merry Christmas from our farm family to yours!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, Macy & Cameron

Brian, Heather, Lorene and Adrian

We all thank you for buying local! 

 
 

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  Each morning begins with a cup of coffee and a walk around the field with our new pup Josie. The life and energy felt from the plants growing in those fields from day to day is truly

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Cilantro is one of those amazing foods that do wonders for your body. Like removing heavy metals! Some of the most common warning signs that you are struggling with heavy metal toxicity include: Chro

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