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Posted 8/4/2013 9:26am 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, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans,bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, tarragon, mint

 

FARM NEWS:

The subject that has consumed our minds this week has been last Sunday's possible drift incident. We feel we owe an explanation to let everyone know about the situation.

The above pictures show the portion of the farm that is in question. The field that they were supposed to be spraying is the field corn to the north of us in the first picture.  That field, across the road, runs parallel with our northern border. We were eating lunch last Sunday afternoon when I heard the plane buzz over top of the house.  I immediately rushed outside to see where they were spraying. The first pass that we saw him make was (from my view) on the south side of the telephone poles which would place him clearly on our side of the road.  He was trying to play on the 20 mph winds on that day, which were coming from the south and west, blowing it towards the intended field to our north. Of course I was not directly under the plane when I saw him drop his load, but I was at a dead sprint towards him to see what was going on.

The state chemist office was called to do an investigation.  They were here on Tuesday morning to take samples, listening to both sides of the story and trying to piece the puzzle together. The first issue is that before spraying, the fertilizer company instructed the pilot not to spray because the conditions were too windy; he did anyway. The second issue for us is that his GPS guided flight records of where he sprayed shows him clearly accross the road on his intended field and not where I feel I saw him spraying over our crops.

What was he spraying? Fungicide called Headline AMP.  Headline by itself is rated for some fruit and vegetable crops in the conventional production field. The AMP part of the concoction makes it rated for field corn only.

So here I sit with a beautiful set of 2500 broccoli plants now forming heads and ready to cut, cabbage, cauliflower, all of our onions, a late planting of sweet corn just now shooting tassles, and a healthy row of young zucchini and I can't harvest any of it. We have spent the last 8 years in this business building our customer base and assuring you the best quality product clean from harmful "cides" and other conventional production methods. I don't know if we were hit or not, perhaps that is the most frustrating part of all.  I will not ever jeopardize the credibility of our farm that we have worked so hard to create, for an incident like this.

Now let's make the situation worse. This is a big hit for us, the crop value is approximately $24,000 no small number on a farm like ours. The state chemist lab is backed up 90+ days. That puts us into November before we know any test results! I have found a lab in Oregon that is trying to have us results back by the end of August; still 3-4 weeks out.  The above mentioned crops will be past ready to harvest by the time we have results; they will have gone to seed and no longer be a marketable product. Really, no matter what, we are losing.  These crops, contaminated or not contaminated, we can't and won't take the chance of harvesting these crops until we know they are healthy and clean for all to eat. The amount of time and energy put into this section of our farm is almost too much to think about.  To see the success of those plants...and our only option is to watch them rot on the stem all because the aircraft company decided they needed to empty out their plane so they could move on to the next big spray.

We have had lots of support and concern from all of you.  We appreciate anything and everything you, as a group of outspoken local food supporters, can do. We have been in contact with the appropriate professionals to help. Our hope is that everyone on both sides will work together in a reasonable way, and the situation will be rectified.

Please know that this is the only section of our farm that is in question.  The rest of our property is completely south of this location and free from any issues. We will always be transparent and upfront with any issue that may arise, which is why we hope you choose to buy your food from us.  We will keep you updated on any progress with this situation.

Have a great week,
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/29/2013 12:26pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


 Yesterday afternoon in the 20+ mile per hour wind we had a crop duster who appeared to fly directly over and spray onto our fields. The affected area is significant and you can imagine our disbeleif and anger at this point. I have pulled tissue samples from all plants that I beleive to be in the affected area. We cannot with good conscious harvest, eat or market any of these products until I have further information on possible damage. Products that are immediately affected are cabbage and onions. What is included in this area are 2500 broccoli plants, 1500 cabbage, 1500 cauliflower, 3000 lbs of onions, 800 Zuchinni plants, 5-600 dozen sweet corn and possibly our late bean planting!

Like I said this is significant not only for food ready to be harvested now but also for crops to come on over the next few weeks and months, not to mention setting back soil and organic certification by three years. My absolute hope is that no damage or contamination has occured but until we are absolutely certain I will not sell any product out of the area. We will keep all customers informed of this situation.

Thanks for your understanding of the situation

Nate

Posted 7/28/2013 10:03am 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, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes,Heirloom Tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, rosemary, tarragon, mint

 

Farm News:

Did anyone else watch the NBC Nightly News the other night in regards to food-born illnesses?  Their report of 70% of America's food boing imported was astonishing!  And the fact that only 2% of that 70% is inspected before we buy it is even more astonishing!  Who's to say or know if that green pepper you just bought is really an Organic one. Please, please think of that the next time you pick a fruit or vegetable off the shelf at the grocery store.  Where was is grown, when was it picked, and how many hands have actually touched it before you did.  I bet more than one!  Now is the time to change your habits and start shopping local!

And speaking of local, we've had quite a bit of traffic through our farm store and a lot of great feedback about it.  Thanks so much to all who are supporting it!

The perfect summer weather continues. We could certainly use a little rain but otherwise 60 at night and 80 during the day couldn't be better!

As we have grown the farm over the past few years, it has been necessary to purchase, upgrade and create equipment and systems to help us manage this amout of land and vegetable production. We have been able to slowly put some key pieces of equipment together to make things work a little smoother. The problem is that the machinery is usually purchased old and used, and then we stress it and push it to the limit. It seems like by August each year we start to see the effects of that stress. This year has been especially brutal on our tired equipment. In the past two weeks we have, lost the transmission in Nate's truck, snapped the main driveline on our tiller, blown a motor on our recently purchased lawn mower, shredded a wheel bearing on the Allis G tractor, blew out a head gasket on Emily's truck, one more bush hog with a broken part (now 4 broken on the farm!) and countless other small injuries to both people and equipment.  Enter the farm at your own risk!

This time of year, time is precious as we spend some time nearly everyday harvesting something. When we have a spare moment we need tools and equipment to be ready to go. Now the challenge is to get things fixed, picked and planted all in the same small time slot. We have one more large round of fall plantings to get done in the next week, so getting things to limp through one more week is going to be critical. I can only imagine how the grass will grow without it's weekly trim this week! Needs and wants are many and sometimes it is hard to determine which problem needs solved first. In the end it really is amazing that we have made it through this halfway mark in one piece and have crops fairly well on their way. The weeds in the past two weeks have been nothing short of amazing; perfectly clean fields grow into disasters seemingly overnight.

CSA & LOCAVORE NEWS:

Those of you who ordered for Saturday delivery this past week were shorted squash and zucchini. Believe it or not these are two of my most difficult crops. The pest pressure in the summer is so high that keeping them alive to even the first fruit is nearly immpossible. For Saturday, we had orders for 16 zucchini. Out of 800 plants that were put in we couldn't manage to find that! The second planting of yellow squash never even yielded one fruit before giving in to pest pressure. Conventionally, of course, there are a lot of options for these issues; organically, we still have a way to go to find some good options. The good thing about cucumber and squash plants being attacked is that for the moment it is keeping them off of our melons! In two weeks and we might have a few ready. So for now zucchini is off the order list until I have more confidence in these next  two plantings. Yellow squash is done for the year as we are out of seed.

You'll notice honey, cheese, and maple syrup available again this week on the Locavore page.  We've had a great interest in these products and will continue to have them available to you!

Have a great week,
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/21/2013 12:27pm 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, beets, summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, rosemary, tarragon, mint

 

 

Farm News:

 

Our farm store is getting more and more traffic every day and we appreciate all the buisiness. Look for the stock and selection to continue to build over the coming weeks as more summer products become available.                            Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm!  Beware if you Google the address, it will take you to the wrong place...we are working on that!  The farm is located directly East of Angel Hill Golf Course on the North side of Rossville. 

Sweet corn and tomatoes.... Finally summer is here and tastes so good!  We have four plantings with 2-3 varieties in each planting, which should give us corn for the next 8-10 weeks. We are grilling some for lunch and really cannot wait!  If you remember, last year we didn't have any for us or for sale so a nice looking corn season is a great change from last year's misery.

After a huge harvest day on Friday, I had to hope that we had just completed the hottest week of the year. It certainly brought back memories of a year ago just trying to keep plants alive and people hydrated.

Finally the tomatoes are turning in full force and we should finally have a decent quantity not only for CSA but for sale as well.  We have a lot of heirlooms coming including Jensen's top picks of Azoychka and Black Krim. And yes, having your 3 1/2 year old request a tomato by the name of Azoychka for lunch is probably one of  a vegetable farmer's proudest moments!

CSA News:   

You guessed it!  Sweet corn is in this week!  There will be two options when purchasing: by the piece, if you only want a few, or by the dozen. We want you all to have a chance to buy some even if it is only an ear or two. I did find a very few ears with a worm in the tip, which is definitely unusual this time of year. I will do my best to remove those ears from your selection but we don't always see them all, cut the end off and still enjoy. Unfortunately, the only organic control is to walk the entire field and inject each silk of each ear with oil and BT an organic worm pesticide. This would make the corn incredibly expensive with that amout of labor. Most of the corn looks great and free of any visitors, but be aware you may find one!

The Locavore page is open this week with honey, maple syrup and raw milk cheeses. These items are available to purchase by anyone on the Locavore page or in the farm store. Payment is due via PayPal only when ordered online or cash at our farm store. These goods come from some of our favorite producers and are products that we use daily. Let us know what other items we can source for you!

We have a neighbor raising shrimp in salt water pools!  We are excited that we may be able to make it available to you. Here are the details: the shrimp are raised without growth hormones or additives during the growing process, but they are fed a soy-based, conventially produced grain.  At 18-20 ct per pound, they are a nice size and $15.00 a pound is the retail price....Opinions??  We would love your feedback!

Tomatoes are coming on as stated before, mostly red beefsteak varieties but the heirlooms are beginning as well. We will probably be able to split the selection by next week into Heirloom mix or Red Beefsteak. The size is starting out small as of right now, but the middle picking of tomatoes looks really nice and should be on over the next couple of weeks. Generally, three beefsteaks to the pound is what the quantities will be in your order.

Also, check out the newest potato we have available-MAJ, the purple potato!  (This is just one of the 19 varieties we planted, remember!) It's purple flesh and smooth texture make it a great addition to your main meal.

Enjoy the cooldown this week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/14/2013 11:17am 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, green onions, Romaine head lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, parsley, new potatoes, green beans, pickling cucumbers

 

Farm News:

Our farm store is open!  Come check out all the extras we have in the store such as raw milk cheese, pure maple syrup and honey!  All Indiana produced and local!  Skip those chain stores with 2 week old product and let us be your grocery store!

We are now on the edge of summer abundance. Tomatoes are stubbornly coming on, sweet corn has set its kernels and is now just finishing out, peppers are sizing up, and finally, we have broccoli that just may make a crop by the end of next week!

Usually, we would be into a full harvest in the high tunnels with tomatoes out our ears by now. But the early problems with flooded greenhouses and damp planting conditions are apparent. The plants are definitely behind where they should be, and the fruit size is smaller than anticipated. The outside tomato crop looks as good as it ever has. With 3,000 plants outside, that is a good thing.  25 of our 29 tomato varieties are heirlooms, this means a little slower growing and generally less total fruit volume, I think all tomato lovers can agree it is worth the wait!

Over the last couple of years, our sweet corn has been a low priority for us. It takes a lot of space and produces very little income compared to all other crops on our farm. We are now blessed with extra room and a pretty nice looking crop. We have four plantings spaced about 10-14 days apart which should give us a good 8-10 week harvest window of corn. The first planting looks the worst, and each subsequent planting looks just a bit better! It looks like next week sometime we will be harvesting our first ears and can't wait!


CSA News:   

Tomatoes were the mystery item this past week. I am not quite confident enough to put them on as an item yet this week, but surely by next week they will be good to go for the rest of the year.

The farm store is now open, which gives yet another place to come and put together an order if you forgot to online. The store is open 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday.  Come in anytime and pick out your veggies and we will deduct it from your balance. We are only 15 minutes east of Lafayette, so this could be a great option for some of you!  We will have product available all week long, but the best and freshest selection can be found late afternoon on Tuesday/Friday  or Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/10/2013 10:17pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


We are happy to annouce the opening of our farm store! 

We opened the store today and were excited to see traffic trickle up the lane.   Not only are we offering our vegetables for sale, but we also have other locally produced items such as honey, maple syrup, and raw milk cheese.  Eventually, we will have meat products available as well. 

Our store hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

We accept cash or check as form of payment.




Posted 7/7/2013 10:52am 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, green onions, Romaine head lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, parsley, new potatoes, green beans, Pickling cucumbers

 

 

Farm News:

Headed to the grocery store this week instead of your local farmers market?  Think about this as you're browsing the produce section:
 only 8% of total sales actually go to the farmer.  That sure is disturbing!  A farmer profits $.08 for a zucchini?  $.24/pound for green beans?  $.32 for a bunch of beets?  
We'll see you at the market this week, right?!
  
We are consciously trying to soak in the weather this summer.  The conditions have been more than ideal; not only for growing, but working as well.
The summer crops are ready this week.  Our green beans are beautiful, squash is prolific, tomatoes are turning, and finally we are starting to dig new potatoes.
Potatoes are top on my list of favorite vegetables. This year, I feel anxious and excited for the harvest. Last year we never really had a harvest.  If you remember, we didn't even harvest as many potatoes as we planted.  This year I went a little crazy with 19 varieties, and wow! do they look great. 

Our farm store isn't open quite yet, but we are looking for a gently used, glass front refrigerator for use in the farm store.  If you know of one, please let us know.  Feeling generous and want to donate one?  Even better!
 
CSA News:   
The potatoes you will receive this week are Red Gold, a cross between Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac. These new potatoes are meant to be on the smaller side and that's just what makes them so good!
Don't know what to do with Kohlrabi?  Slice them up and make fries out of them! Check out this awesome recipe Emily made last week:

  • 2 pounds of kohlrabi, skinned and cut into matchsticks no larger than a finger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons brown rice flour or white flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Warm the oven 425 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Mix together the flour, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Toss together the lemon juice, soy sauce, and olive in a large bowl and add the kohlrabi.
  4. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the kohlrabi and mix until everything is all well coated.
  5. Spread the kohlrabi over the baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes, turning half way through, or until the fries are golden and slightly crispy.
  6. Serve warm and with your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 6/30/2013 4:24pm 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, green onions, Romaine and Butterhead lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, parsley, and the return of the MYSTERY ITEM!

Veggies coming in the next few weeks:

  cucumbers, head lettuce, tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, shell and snap peas, and more fresh cut herbs.


Can you find the vegetable farm in this picture?


Farm News:

Wow!  July 4th already?

Most of my early life was influenced by athletics, coaches and teamwork. It may seem to be a strange comparison, but I see our season and work on the farm as a game of sorts. This helps me break things down into quarters, halftime and the homestretch.

July 4th just happens to be our half-time, 4 months in and 4 months to go, of the main growing season. With main season crops established and growing well, harvest beginning to intensify, and planning for fall crops happening, there is no doubt we need to check the game plan, take a breath and get fired up for the second half!  As we look back at the first quarter of March and April it is hard to beleive that we were able to overcome those early challenges of weather and moving to where we are now.  Although most of our early crops are still behind by about 3 weeks the main plantings and beyond are probably in the best shape they have ever been.

As you all know, a good gameplan can make all the difference in any game we play...including life. But without the teamwork and dedication of good people, a gameplan is just a piece of paper. I have to brag on a few people who have made this season a reality! Tylor Trout has come on board as a full time employee for us. With a background in everything from baling hay to pounding nails he has really made a huge difference in our productivity. You can usually find him on a tractor or machine of some sort; tilling, transplating, cultivating or fixing, and then cultivating again after he checks the birds and grabs the eggs.  Micah Kohler-Marsh has planted nearly every seed in the greenhouse this year, along with transplanting, pruning, trellising, picking and weeding. She is very protective of her plants in the greenhouse! Rena Gascho has come on board as Micah's partner in crime seeding, weeding, planting, trellising, picking and vending for us at the Carmel market. These three have made this season what it is for us and I couldn't be happier. We have been able to bring in TJ, Heather, Sarah, & Tamara on harvest and weeding days to really help catch us up as well.  If you know or see any of these guys around the farm or elsewhere give them a big pat on the back and a thank you!

Now let's get ready for a long second half.

CSA News:

The Mystery Item makes its return this week. For those of you unfamiliar with the mystery item-we use this for crops that are coming on but not quite in full production yet. Not all orders will receive the same product, but the value will be equal for each order. I won't tell you what the item is but if you read our newsletters, I think you can probably figure it out!

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 6/23/2013 10:18am 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, green onions, Romaine and Butterhead lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi and parsley

Veggies coming in the next few weeks:

  cucumbers, head lettuce, tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, shell and snap Peas, and more fresh cut herbs.






 

 

Farm News:

This past week marked the summer solstice which means a lot of sunshine and photosynthesis. You can almost see the plants grow as you're passing through on your way to eliminate more weeds, who also enjoy all the sunshine! What great weather! I was just telling the crew, Friday after harvest, that getting water out to the fields was going to be critical this week. Then we got 7/10ths of rain Friday evening! I could get used to this.

Our beans and peas are blooming at nearly the same time this year. Peas will fill out this week and we may have a few for the coming weekend. I would say that beans will be close behind them, although the first planting doesn't look great. I have to admit that I was able to indulge in my first couple of tomato loaded sandwiches this week! They are coming on, slower than I would like of course, but they'll be ready very soon!

Every year I get so eager to dig or pick on a crop too soon, and every year Emily stands beside me reminding me to be patient, leave it alone, and let it grow a little bigger.  Last night we were able to spoil some good friends with the first new potaoes that I had to have. I check them nearly daily and wait with great anticipation for the 19 different varieties buried beneath our soil. The particular variety I'm speaking of is Red Gold, a perfect mix of Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac. They are 60-70% ready to dig. New potatoes are a hard call; they are much smaller than your typical potato that we may dig so yield and income suffers, but the reward in taste and texture as you know is one of summer's great delights. A few more weeks and you will have the chance to dig in for yourself.

The pictures above illustrate a few moments in the life of the Parks family. The barn lot view from the roof of the house is always a great picture.  The kids love to walk the fields with us in the evening; we take that time to unwind.  Rows and rows of zucchini and summer squash are ready to harvest and eat, and tomatoes we mentioned above are starting to turn pink!   Tis' the season!

CSA News:

Kohlrabi, beets, squash and some herbs are available to you this week.  All make a nice treat to add to your bountiful salads this spring.

Broad Ripple farmer's market is now a new pick up site for Saturday mornings. Emily will be taking care of the Lafayette Market, Nate at Broad Ripple and Rena will be at Carmel for us. We'll rotate every once in a while so we can have a chance to see everyone!  Remember, if you forget to place your order for the week, you can always come to one of the markets and we will add your order manually. Summertime is busy for all of us I know, but if you get a chance, travel to some of the great markets in your area. 

 

 

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 6/16/2013 9:19am 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: strawberries,  lettuce mix, baby swiss chard, baby kale, French Breakfast radish, arugula, spicy greens mix, green onions, salad turnips.

Veggies coming in the next few weeks:

zucchini, cucumbers, head lettuce, kohlrabi, fennel, beets and fresh cut herbs.




Farm News:

Slowly but surely we are getting the store front on the farm closer to completion. The farm sign has been put up and most of the interior has been finished inside the store. We have had lots of interest and excitement for the opening of our farm store, which we are grateful for.

The chaos of a late spring and a move to a new location has us scrambling around on most everything! I feel like we are in pretty good shape right now as far as succession plantings and at least managing our weed pressure. We have had lots of extra hands around the farm this year and it is really beginning to make a difference. Mixed emotions come alive when Emily and I look out at 7 or 8 people in the fields weeding, picking, hoeing or planting. Why? It is a huge investment of labor. One that we know will pay off in the long haul but still difficult to pay for in a late year with limited early product and sales.

Strawberries have come to an end for the most part. Thankfully we had enough berries for CSA orders and a little to sell each week. But the reality is that we had less than 25% of what the crop should have yielded. This means that we almost broke even on a $5,000 investment from last fall. We will leave them in the ground for another year and hope for a better establishment this winter, along with better management on our part.

We have been lucky to start our farmer's market career at the Lafayette Farmer's Market. I don't think we really knew how true that was until we started going to other markets hoping they would equal or surpass Lafayette. This past weekend after a few years of anticipation, we were accepted into the Broadripple Farmer's Market. I left that market Saturday afternoon tired of course, but excited for the potential. It is so fun to be in a place like Lafayette where people love what you do and want your product. Broadripple was the same feeling, we were blown out of product by 10:30!

Thanks to all our customers, CSA members, and market patrons! You make this work so rewarding.


CSA News:

Summer squash and cucumbers are about to explode! I am not confident that they will be ready for Tuesday but by weeks end we should be loaded. Kohlrabi and beets are not far behind and peas are finally blooming as well. Green beans look like a few more weeks yet! But we did eat a couple cherry tomatoes this week, and I have seen my first tomato turning...it's blushing red and I can't wait. Our early potatoes are between marble and ping pong ball size so it won't be long for those either!

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

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