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Posted 11/3/2013 10:41am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

This week marks the start of our 2014 CSA program!  Please take note of the changes in delivery locations below.

Sign up now for our CSA program!  2014 season starts the week of November 3rd!  All you need to do is click here to get started: 

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

 

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include: spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tuscan kale, red russian kale, potatoes, parsley, cilantro, sweet potatoes, delicata squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, savoy cabbage, Diakon radish, turnips, rutabega, onions, popcorn


Farm/CSA News:

It's finally here; the beginningof 2014 CSA season! PLEASE TAKE NOTE, for there will be a few minor changes to our delivery locations and packaging system starting this week. 

First, we are so excited to announce our newest delivery site, Good Earth Natural Food Company, in Broad Ripple!  The delivery sites and days are as follows:

Good Earth Natural Food Company - Wednesday

Joe's Butcher Shop - Wednesday

Broad Ripple Farmers Market - Saturday

Indy Winter Farmers Market - Saturday

Dental Care, LLC - Wednesday

Wabash College - Wednesday

Knop Family Dentistry - Wednesday

Orchard Subdivision - Wednesday

On Farm - Wednesday

~Indy Winter Farmers Market begins next Saturday, November 9th.         ~Broad Ripple Farmers Market ends on November 23rd. 

Now, for our change in packaging:

We will be delivering shares to your designated location in collapsible cardboard produce boxes with your order form stapled to the box.  You will bring your own bags to remove your items from your box.  The boxes will stay at each delivery site.  You will be responsible for removing your order form from your box, collapsing the box and returning it to the host site manager and/or a designated area within your delivery site.

We are very excited to make this change to our packaging system and think it will better restore the integrity of our product during transport. 

Please be aware: since the 2013 season overlaps the 2014 season by two weeks this year due to a late start in the spring, 2013 members will have this week (wk of November 3rd), and next week (week of November 10th) left to use your online credits.  Any money left on your account after that date will be forfeited. 

Haven't ordered your Thanksgiving turkey yet?  One of these pastured, Organically fed, heritage breed turkeys can be yours delivered FRESH the day before Thanksgiving! They were excited to see me as I approached the pasture, so I snapped a few pictures! You can order on our Locavore page for a deposit of $25 and balance due at time of delivery.  


Eggs: We are not able to fulfill egg orders this week due to a continued decrease in production.  We are looking into purchasing a new flock of pullets that will increase our supply.  Until then, we may have to limit egg orders.  We will keep you posted!


Thanks to everyone for making this year a fantastic one; and here's to many more!  Happy ordering!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

 

Posted 10/27/2013 9:42am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 


Sign up now for our CSA program!  2014 season starts the week of November 3rd!  All you need to do is click here to get started: 

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types


Our friends at Knop Family Dentistry, located at 709 S 18th Street in Lafayette are so kind to offer their office as a delivery site on Wednesday afternoons.  Get your teeth cleaned while you're there!

We are still looking for more delivery sites in the Indianapolis area.  If you are interested in hosting one or know of someone who is, please let us know!  A half share, worth $325, is offered to anyone who hosts a site. We are excited to be able to bring our food to those who love to eat clean!

 

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include: spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tuscan kale, potatoes, diakon radish, parsley, cilantro, sweet potatoes, delicata squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, savoy cabbage, onions, popcorn


Farm News:

The big chill of last week has certainly changed the look of things out in the fields. We had three nights under 30 degrees this past week! Certainly all summer crops are done. The fall brassicas have made it through alive, but are at a complete standstill as far as any growth is concerned. Our broccoli looks great but needs some time before we are able to pick it again. My fingers are crossed for the massive amout of cauliflower we have planted with marble sized heads. I am sure we will not get a full harvest from them, but hopefully we have enough time to get a taste! Probably the most disappointing crop would be brussels sprouts. We have around 1000 plants out there just starting to form sprouts on the stalk. Brussels will survive well into the harsh cold weather of December and possibly January, but growth will be little to none...so we wait, nothing better than fresh sprouts in the fall; we may look forward to it as much as we look forward to that first tomato in June.

Last weekend our outdoor wood boiler, which heats the entire farm, including greenhouses, shop and house, caught fire outside of the firebox and is a complete loss. I guess that's why we have insurance! Thankfully, a new unit is on its way by November 10th and the tender crops in the greenhouses have made it through the weather of last week unscathed. With no heat the greenhouses can still give 5-8 degrees of protection from the outside air with only the raidiant heat within the soil and structure. The next two weeks look like the weather is moderating a bit so the greenhouses should survive. We've been a little chilly, but have been able to warm the house with two Edenpure electric heaters that have been able to keep the house above 60 at night.

There are several turkeys left for reservation!  Please reserve yours now for $25!  You can do this by visiting our Locavore page. Turkeys will be delivered FRESH the day before Thanksgiving.


CSA NEWS:

Three deliveries left for the 2013 season! You will see a noticeably smaller selection this week on the order page. I am letting some of the outdoor crops recover and hopefully be ready for those last two weeks of deliveries. The broccoli heads were very small this past week, as you may have noticed. We cut them way too early to satisfy orders and now need to wait a week for the plants to recover and hope to harvest some bigger heads before the end of the season.  We have loads of potatoes and sweet potatoes available, so feel free to order as much as you may need for the winter months. Keeping them in a cool, dark place will allow for a couple months storage; 45-50 degrees is ideal and pitch black darkness.

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  ***Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  As in years past, any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014***  We are entering into the last couple weeks of October which means 4 more weeks of deliveries for the 2013 season. 

EXISTING MEMBERS:  Since we have extended the 2013 season into the first 2 weeks of November, it obviously overlaps the 2014 season.  If you have exhausted your 2013 balance as of November 1st, this is when 2014 season will start for you. 

NEW MEMBERS:  2014 season starts on November 1st.  Your first actual delivery will be the week of November 3rd.  If you happen to be at the Broadripple Farmers market on Saturday the 2nd, you are more than welcome to shop our booth using your CSA credits.  

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 10/6/2013 9:25am by Nate & Emily Parks.


2014 CSA SIGNUPS NOW OPEN!

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:   spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, jalapenos, eggplant, parsley, mint, tarragon, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, whole grain rolled oats, & pinto beans


Please join us for our open house this Saturday, October 12th! It will be an evening of food, fellowship, and relaxation!  Come as early as 4pm and stay until we kick you out!

 2014 CSA SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN!!!  All you need to do is click here to get started: http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

Farm News:

In true 'Nate and Emily fashion', we have some really exciting news to share with you. We will be adding a new member to our crew here at Silverthorn Farm; someone who may be very familiar to many of our Lafayette customers. Ginny Markle of Markle Farm and Greenhouse will be joining us full-time in January 2014!

Ginny has been running her farm and vending at the Lafayette/West Lafayette farmer's markets for the past 20 years. Prior to that, she spent several years traveling through Vermont on small farms and orchards. I remember very well the first time Emily and I first came to the Lafayette market. Seeing Ginny's booth was both intimidating and inspiring, her product always beautiful and the bounty of her stand overwhelming. We have been lucky enough to forge a great friendship over the years, and now a partnership for the benefit of both of us. Ginny loves the greenhouses, and is masterful with them. For me to be able to hand over the greenhouse production to her skilled hands will solve lots of shortcomings for us. The seedling house needs to be productive year round; a job that can get lost in the midst of a busy summer season. This will also give us the opportunity to have more vegetable, perennial, annual and herb plants available not only here at the farm, but at markets as well.  We are thrilled for the opportunity to not only work with, but learn from Ginny!

The farm is nearly ready for our open house. There are no doubt many things to do this week, but really we are just happy to have you all out and enjoy the company without the rush of a market or delivery schedule to deal with. Remember NOT to use GPS to find us; use our directions on the website or the map on our flyer! You will end up in the wrong place with GPS....I promise!

CSA News:

Greens have recovered enough to pick again. Why the break? For greens like spinach it's literally like mowing a yard with your fingers. Each leaf is picked individually around the outside of the plant leaving the inner leaves to grow for the next harvest. When we pick too soon or the plants are too small, the amount of area needed to yield the same quantity as a fully matured planting can be double. Now that we are back on schedule the voids in supply will hopefully be avoided.

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  ***Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  As in years past, any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014***  We are entering into the month of October which means 5 more weeks of deliveries for the 2013 season.  We will be taking some time off in November and will keep you informed when deliveries resume.

EGGS!! Some of you may have noticed our egg supply is really falling short right now. The hens have slowed down in their production and our flock has decreased dramatically over the last month due to predators, unfortunately. Realize that if you order multiple dozens of eggs we may have to short you to a single dozen so that everyone can get at least one dozen.  We are looking into raising more birds to help with supply and demand. Thanks for understanding!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 9/29/2013 10:01am by Nate & Emily Parks.


2014 CSA SIGNUPS NOW OPEN!

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:   swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, salad turnips, eggplant, parsley, basil, mint, tarragon, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, whole grain rolled oats, & pinto beans

 


We are excited to show you all around the farm here in two weeks and hope you can all attend our fall open house on Saturday, the 12th of October! It will be an evening of fun, food, & fellowship!  Come as early as 4pm and stay until we kick you out!

 2014 CSA SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN!!!  All you need to do is click here to get started: http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

We are excited to announce our newest delivery location in Kokomo!  Drs. Bennett and Jones of Dental Care, LLC, 1521 Rockford Ct, in Kokomo have kindly opened the doors of their business for you to pick up your CSA share.  Deliveries will begin at this location at the start of the 2014 season. More details to follow.

 

Farm News:

Is there anything better than the crisp mornings of fall followed by warm sunny afternoons? What a perfect year this has been.

We have started the fourth quarter of our season.  People, plants, equipment, and the land are all beaten, battered and just plain ol' wiped out. It seems like I have been telling the crew "just a couple more weeks" for a month now. The last major project is getting all of the sweet potatoes and regular potatoes out of the ground and into storage. We had hoped to come up with a chain digger for our potatoes this year...especially since we planted 3 acres worth. The stars didn't align correctly this year and so we are back to using a plow and sifting by hand to find all those little treasures waiting under the soil. This past Friday we dug 25 of the 90 remaining rows of spuds and brought in somewhere in the neighborhood of 4000 lbs. bucket by bucket. Do the math and you can see we have a pretty impressive harvest to come in yet. I have always been frustrated that I am always sold out of potatoes by the end of October... I think it's safe to say that frustration will be relieved this year!

Thanksgiving turkeys now available for reservation!

Our farmer friend, Gary Cox, is once again raising turkeys!  There are only 20 available pasture- raised, organically fed, heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving. We are taking reservations along with a $25.00 deposit through the Locavore page. The birds will be available fresh this year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The goal weight is between 15-20 lbs. The price will be $4.00 per pound. Balance will be due at time of delivery.  Reserve yours while they last!

CSA News:

No lettuce or spinach this week!

Well here is a gap in production that I missed. We have been doing great with salad production this season, not missing a week in months. I have finally hit a wall in production; the changing of the season also changes growth patterns and I should have doubled the size of these last few plantings. The result is harvesting the greens too much and not enough recovery time before the next harvest date. So here's to a week of no salads! This short term void in lettuce and spinach should yield us a long term supply later in the year. I am hopeful that a full week of recovery will bring things back in line and harvest should be back to normal by the end of the week into next.

 This short term loss for a long term fix makes it hard for me to take these items off of the order list; especially since greens are staples of fall. The greenhouses are full and growing well with lots of salad greens, and I am confident in the late fall and winter products coming on!

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  ***Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  As in years past, any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014***  We are entering into the month of October which means 6 more weeks of deliveries for the 2013 season.  We will be taking some time off in November and will keep you informed when deliveries resume.

EGGS!! Some of you may have noticed our egg supply is really falling short right now. The hens have slowed down in their production and our flock has decreased dramatically over the last month due to predators, unfortunately. Realize that if you order multiple dozens of eggs we may have to short you to a single dozen so that everyone can get at least one dozen.  We are looking into raising more birds to help with supply and demand. Thanks for understanding!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 9/22/2013 9:25am by Nate & Emily Parks.


2014 CSA SIGNUPS NOW OPEN!

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos, salad turnips, eggplant, parsley, basil, mint, tarragon, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, & butternut squash


Farm News:

As we drive from the farm to markets it is easy to see that the fall harvest season has begun. Combines with semi trucks and trailers all around our country roads are bringing in the bounty of corn and beans. Here at our farm we have had the combine out as well! Sure, it is a late 1940's era pull-behind combine, but a combine none the less. I remember well the conversations Emily and I had when we began this farm years ago thinking, 'wouldn't it be great to produce all the food we would need for the entire year; buying nothing from outside sources'. While we are not there yet, each year we get a bit closer. The old pull behind combine is another piece of this puzzle.  Tyler and I were out in the field setting resetting and adjusting the old girl all the way through our oats, barley and pinto beans. I have to say for a 60+ year old machine it did a pretty nice job. It took two of us, but we had a blast running the machine.

This morning Emily made our first batch of rolled oats for breakfast. What a difference! This isn't your throw in the microwave, run of the mill oatmeal. Slow cooked on a stovetop and topped with some maple syrup and blueberries. Hearty and nutty, you will love it! The pinto beans made it into our first batch of chili Friday evening. Maybe its because we grew them ourselves so the connection is greater, but no matter what, these crops are just like fresh veggies; a wholesome treat that tastes like nothing we have ever bought at a store. We still need to clean the barley this week and then it's onto shelling the popcorn in a few more weeks!

Our fall crops are feeling much better after last weeks rain, and finally carrots that were planted 4 weeks ago have decided to pop through the ground.

FALL OPEN HOUSE!! OCTOBER 12th 4pm-'til we make you leave!

We are looking forward to showing you all around the farm. I have wanted to do it all year and finally I think we can settle down and enjoy and evening of relaxing and mingling with all of you. We will have a big pot of pinto beans cooking over the fire and a few other treats from some of our great restaurant customers as well. It's all about good food, fall decorations and campfires! Jensen and I love a fire on a crisp October evening.  It's just about as good as it gets. Tell your friends, bring the whole family, your camping chairs and any farm fresh or local products that you might want to share and enjoy.

Thanksgiving turkeys now available for reservation!

Our farmer friend, Gary Cox, is once again raising turkeys!  There are only 20 available pasture- raised, organically fed, heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving. We are taking reservations along with a $25.00 deposit through the Locavore page. The birds will be available fresh this year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The goal weight is between 15-20 lbs. The price will be $4.00 per pound. Balance will be due at time of delivery.  Reserve yours while they last!

CSA NEWS:

The green beans and red tomatoes are essentially done for the time being. However the pinto beans and rolled oats are ready. The  heirloom tomatoes are still producing some reasonable fruits, mostly the striped german and green zebra types. Cherry tomatoes seem to be holding up as well. The broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower will be coming on in a few more weeks. The changing of the seasons really changes the growth rates of all crops. Less daylight and cool nights make for great tasting fall brassicas but also makes for longer maturity days. It is a fairly rapid change from explosive summer growth.  

2014 CSA SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN!!!  All you need to do is click here to get started: http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

We really need more delivery sites in the Lafayette, Kokomo, and Indianapolis areas if you have a home, business that would be interested in being a host site we would love to hear from you.

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  As in years past, any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014. 

EGGS!! Some of you may have noticed our egg supply is really falling short right now. The girls are slowing down after the heat and the long summer that they have had and our flock has decreased dramatically over the last month due to predators. Realize that if you order multiple dozens of eggs we may have to short you to a single dozen so that everyone can get at least one dozen.  We are looking into raising more birds to help with supply and demand.

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 9/15/2013 8:22am by Nate & Emily Parks.


CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos, salad turnips, eggplant, parsley, basil, mint, tarragon, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, & butternut squash


Farm News:

Wow, what a relief an inch of rain and 70 degrees make! The end of summer finally feels like it has come. It is so interesting to me to watch what sells during the seasons; not only through CSA orders, but farmer's market customers as well. Summer crop demand has certainly slowed over the past few weeks but this weekend with the cool temps settling in, it seems that everyone is now ready for the fall greens, squash and yes, even pumpkins. Every Saturday after markets, Emily and I will talk about the week, in terms of what is selling, what is not. What do we need more of? And what opportunities for new products are out there? We have the unique postition of directly interacting with all of our customers on a weekly basis and can react fairly quickly to changing habits or market demands. Although it is still one of the hardest things to predict what people want on any given week, it is also a ton of fun when you get it right.

The greenhouses are officially cleaned out, re-composted and planted to winter crops of spinach, lettuce, arugula and carrots. We are limiting the crops somewhat this year to what we know grows very well and what we think we can market successfully. One of the most exciting things for this winter's production is that we can actually focus on it exclusively. The past few years have seen so many other things going on that we have not been as attentive as we should have been. This year we are able to really be involved with the greenhouse production and see exactly what the potential may be.

Farm open house and fall festival OCTOBER 12th from 4pm until dark !!

We are happy to invite all of you to the farm for a look around, get some fall decorations and stock up on winter storage crops of potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins. We will have ample supplies of beautiful Jack-0-lantern and pie pumkins for you to chose from. We will make sure the campfire is burning, apple cider is hot and the hay wagons are ready for a ride around the farm. Check out the store the greenhouses  while you're here to see exactly where your food is produced. We hope to see you all out on that Saturday evening!  The more the merrier!

Thanksgiving turkeys now available for reservation!

Our farmer friend, Gary Cox, is once again raising turkeys!  There are only 20 available pasture- raised, organically fed, heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving. We are taking reservations along with a $25.00 deposit through the Locavore page. The birds will be available fresh this year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The goal weight is between 15-20 lbs. The price will be $4.00 per pound. Balance will be due at time of delivery.  Reserve yours while they last!

CSA NEWS:

Tomatoes and peppers are coming to an end; the size, quality and quantity of both are declining rapidly. Enjoy as much of both as you can while they last! The fall greens are looking great, and the broccoli and cabbage will be coming on in a few weeks as well!  I was able to replace a tomato with spinach on my sandwich today when we got home from market. After a little to no supply this spring I am happy to say the fall crop looks great!

We will open signups for the 2014 CSA season next weekend!  I just told Emily that I can't believe it is almost time for another season to begin. Already it's year number 5 for our farm CSA program, and I am excited for where it will take us. We are actively searching for delivery locations throughout Indianapolis, Lafayette, Kokomo and surrounding areas. If you or a business you may know would be interested in participating as a drop off location we would like to speak with you asap.

We will be at the Carmel market for 2 more weeks, Lafayette for 6 weeks, and Broad Ripple for 9 more weeks. The downtown Indy Winter Farmer's market begins November 9th and we will be there until Christmas before taking the month on January off. Winter delivery locations will take effect as markets begin to close for the season, we will keep you informed.

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  Any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014. 

EGGS!! Some of you may have noticed our egg supply is really falling short right now. The girls are slowing down after the heat and the long summer that they have had. Realize that if you order multiple dozens of eggs we may have to short you to a single dozen so that everyone can get at least one dozen.

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 9/8/2013 9:39am by Nate & Emily Parks.


CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos, salad, eggplant, parsley, basil, sweet potatoes, paghetti squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, & butternut squash


Farm News:

We are working on week number 4 with little to no rain. Now I remember the reality of farming at the mercy of mother nature! Most of our summer crops are definitely slowing down and on their way out for the year. The pestilance is definitely at a season high with squash bugs, flea beetles and cabbage worms all doing their best to get their fill before the season's end.

Because of Labor Day, last week was a short week but we still managed to bring in all the winter squash and started to make a dent in harvesting our massive pumpkin crop. The pie pumpkins are absolutely prolific and the size of the Jack-o-lanterns may be the largest we have ever had. We have to get them out of the field and into the shade and to protect them not only from bugs but this intense fall sunshine as well. We are starting to harvest the sweet potatoes, which look pretty good overall with the exception of dark spots on the skin of the potatoes. This is a disease carried in by the slips (plant starts) in the spring, has no effect on flavor, but does effect the look and storage of the potato. I am sorting diligently to find the potatoes not affected so they will keep a bit longer this fall. It's a frustrating problem for such a beautiful crop of sweets! We are also trying to clear the fields of the massive amount of potatoes (remember the 29 varities we planted?!) We are working on finding an actual potato digger as opposed to the plow we have on the Allis G to dig them up. The plow generally works well, but with the lack of rain, the ground is hard as bricks and getting the plow to get under the potatoes has proven to be a real challenge...I hate to think how many potatoes we are missing out there right now.

In the midst of the fall harvest we are in, there is also the job of fall, winter and early spring plantings that we are working on. All the greenhouses have to be cleared out this week, compost spread, beds made and seeds planted! Tomorrow, we will finish up transplanting the new strawberry plants we got last week. And 2014 CSA shares are being evaluated, put together, and about ready to open up for next season!

The changes in season are always present on our small farm. Workloads change, but never seem to go away. It is hard to beleive that one year ago tomorrow little Macy came into our lives at the farm in Darlington, and the farm here in Rossville was still only a dream and a hope that we could get it done in time for the 2013 season. With the unbelieveable amount of change that has happened over the past year, it is hard to guess what we will be talking about this time next year. Maybe Emily's house will get finished this winter? Maybe the buildings and greenhouses will get those final touches needed to actually finish them up? We might even have fencing, waterlines and gravel finished by then! Hard to say, but no doubt it will be an eventful year with plenty of small farm drama.

CSA NEWS:

Looking back through the season I was able to find about 60-65 different product options that we have had available throughout the season! Some short lived, and others, like lettuce mix, virtually available all year. I hope you have enjoyed the diversity and appreciated the exceptional year we have had...I know we have. We are making preparations for the 2014 season with high hopes, expectations and confidence. The shares will be the same as 2013 with a few minor tweaks. The Locavore items and availability is one that we are trying to figure out the best way to utilize all the great products we have, and the most efficient way to make them available to you.  Anyone can order products off the Locavore Page,  you don't have to be a CSA member. 

We will be at the Carmel market for 3 more weeks, Lafayette 7 weeks, and Broad Ripple for 10 more weeks. The downtown Indy Winter Farmer's market begins November 9th and we will be there until Christmas before taking the month on January off. Winter delivery locations will take effect as markets begin to close for the season, we will keep you informed.

PLEASE check your balances! As mentioned in previous newsletters, some of you are low and some of you are high.  Remember, the 2013 season ends the week of November 10th (we extended it two weeks this year due to the late spring start).  Any credit left on your account will be forfeited and will NOT carry over into 2014. 

EGGS!! Some of you may have noticed our egg supply is really falling short right now. The girls are slowing down after the heat and the long summer that they have had. Realize that if you order multiple dozens of eggs we may have to short you to a single dozen so that everyone can get at least one dozen.

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 8/25/2013 10:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.


CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, eggplant, parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, mint


Farm News:

Every year at the end of August, the town of Rossville holds their Summer's End Festival to celebrate the end of summer.  We sat outside on blankets in our front yard last night to watch one of the best firework shows we've seen in a long time.  It was a great way to end another crazy week.  It's hard to believe how quickly the last few months have gone by.

I have to say how grateful we are to live here on our farm in Rossville and be able to raise our kids here.  Knowing that we are teaching them how to live naturally and the value of hard work is priceless to me. 

I had someone ask me the other day what it meant to "harvest".  I almost couldn't believe my ears!  Picking, collecting, gathering crops; yes that's what we do on a regular basis around here. Again, it made me realize the astonishing number of people who grab a tomato or boxed lettuce off the shelf at a grocery store and don't think twice about where it came from and don't wash it before it's eaten.  It's sad for me to walk through a grocery store and see carts full of boxed, processed foods.  They were never taught or shown local foods.  They never had a garden in their own back yard.  They aren't teaching their kids about it.  We are so passionate about what we do and I know it shows through our hard work and perseverance!

We say it all the time...thanks for supporting us!


CSA News:

11 more weeks of deliveries!  You might remember we have extended our normal "season" two weeks into November due to our late start in the spring. Mark your calanders: the last delivery will be the week of November 10th.  As that date approaches, we will be reminding you again as location times and delivery days may vary for some of you due to farmer's markets ending etc. 

Please check your balances!  If you are running low and would like to purchase additional credits to get you through to the end of the year, you may do so by clicking the "additional CSA credits" link located under CSA store tab.

You will notice onions are available for purchase online this week.  They were grown by Ruben and Becky Brubaker (the same farmer friends who supply us with the maple syrup we love so much). They have an extraordinary yield this year, so we will be making those available to you since ours cannot be sold due to the contamination.  The onions are sweet, candy onions.

Stay cool this week!

Emily, Nate, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 8/18/2013 10:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra,                   green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos,   salad cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, onions, eggplant,                                     parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary

 

FARM NEWS:

Remember the four quarters of a season I talked about earlier this year? Here we are in the last few weeks of the third quarter, doing our best to keep up with the madness of the season. The amount of product we have been bringing in the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of amazing. This, truly, is the season of weather and crops that we always  hope for. We have been harvesting every day but Wednesday and Sunday to try to keep ahead of things!  The coming weeks are last few chances we have to get our fall and winter crops established outside.  We will spend today finalizing our winter planting schedule and ordering seeds this evening. The greenhouses, which are currently full of tomatoes, will soon be replaced with loads of spinach, lettuce and other tasty greens for the winter months.

The harvest is bountiful, but the farm looks as bad as it will all year! Some crops have expired, either by maturity or by pestilance. And then, of course, there are the weeds that seem to be everywhere. We will be clearing out lots of crops over the few weeks and putting the soil to rest for the winter with soil building cover crops.

We had some sweet potatoes with dinner last night.  I dug a few to check out the size.  They were delicious! Sweet potatoes, along with winter squash and all the rest of the potatoes will be coming in (remember I planted 19 varieties!). The sqaush are all looking good today, but might not tomorrow. The squash bugs are our biggest enemy and are really hitting them hard. They seem to be our biggest challenge in Organic agriculture. I am starting to think that we should plant as early as possible to try and beat the ususal, late August flush of infestation. Picking winter squash in August doesn't sound like fun, but it is definitely better that not picking them at all! We planted a couple thousand pumpkins this year as well. Jensen and I even found some orange pie pumpkins this morning as we were walking the fields. I got several "Holy moly Daddy, look at that one!", which is always a good sign for what is to come later.

CSA NEWS:

This will be the last week we will have sweet corn available. Our fourth and last planting was the one that was contaminated which means we will not be able to harvest any from that crop.  Eggplant is new to the store this week.  Roasted or used in eggplant parmesan are great ways to prepare it!

Check out our Locavore page for extras to supplement your vegetables!  These extras have been a real hit!  We are happy to have the ability to offer them to you.

Remember to check your online balances!  If your balance is low and you want to add more to get you through the rest of the season, you can always add money to your account.  Let us know how much you want to add and we will credit the appropriate amount after payment is received.

Have a great week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 


 

Posted 8/11/2013 10:38am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes,               green beans, sweet bell peppers, carmen Italian sweet peppers, jalapenos,   salad cucumbers, okra, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, onions,                                       parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary

 

FARM NEWS:

Late Thursday evening we received our test results from Oregon on our plant tissue samples. The results? Good news: our broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and onions came back clean with no trace of contamination. Bad news, the late planting of sweet corn and zucchini came back positive with Pyraclostrobin and a trace of Metaconazole contamination.

Let's start with the obvious positive in this situation. The onions, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are clean. These are crops that we have spent a lot of time and energy on. I was sick to think they could be a total loss.

Crop dusting is becoming more and more common in our world. While I understand to a small degree the need for this process, there has to be guidelines, respect and caution used when using these products. What happened to us and our farm was definitely not uncommon.  It happens more than we know-I just happened to witness it! The entire situation happened in less than 30 seconds; I knew that I saw the pilot fly over my land and spray using the wind to blow it onto the target field to our north. If we were not home or did not step outside at the correct time...then what? No harm, no foul is what they count on. How many home gardens and other sensitive plots accross the country are affected daily that no one sees? To me this is reckless! We have a right to produce clean unadulterated food.

The response I get from people in question is what is most disturbing. Our views on this topic are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  "Just sell it as a conventional product", is the suggestion I get.                                                                                     Here are the problems with that notion: First, the product that was sprayed is rated "ONLY" for field corn production. That means at some point it was deemed not safe for human consumtion. No matter if I am Organic or conventional, it is illegal to sell this product now! Second, I have spent 8 years creating a farm, building trust, learning a system, and dedicating our lives to Organic agriculture. To think that I should just forget who we are and what we stand for is ridiculous. We work way too hard for some random act of vandilism like this to be accepted.

I am not a big government, big regulation kind of guy.  These companies must have standards and regulations; spraying in 20 mph winds has to stop! I'm speaking for all: our land, our families, and our food deserve more respect!

CSA NEWS:

This is the year that farmers like me hope for. Mid-80's during the day, 60's at night, about an inch of rain a week...even in August! Crops look great, lots of variety with a great mix of summertime goodness and cool season greens are still available to us.

Because we lost the late planting of sweet corn to the contamination, we have 3 more weeks to enjoy the existing plantings. My sweet corn and tomato diet will soon come to an end! Tomatoes are just beginning to hit their peak, canning tomatoes are now available to you in bulk. 'Tis the season!

Also available on the Locavore page this week is whole organically fed and raised chicken. Our good friend and great farmer, Gary Cox, just had some birds processed last week and they are now ready for delivery. There are small, medium, and large sizes available with weights of 2-3lb, 3-4lb, and 4-5lb respectively. We have only a limited quantity right now, but more coming in late fall.

There are several new flavors of raw milk cheese available!  We have added Gouda and Havarti in addition to cheddar, colby, monteray jack, baby Swiss, and pepperjack.

Enjoy the week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 


 

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