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Posted 1/27/2013 9:47am by Nate & Emily Parks.



Hi all!  February 1st brings the deadline of receiving the 10% credit for signing up early.  This means an extra $53 or $33 for a full or half share respectively.  That's a lot of good food gone to waste!  It's as easy as clicking this link:                                 http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

Our farm depends on you!  The winter months are always a critical time for member signups as we are purchasing our seeds, soil amendments, etc.  The next deadline of March 1st will be a credit of 5%.  Signups after March 1st will not receive any extra credits. 

The last two weeks have been spent finishing up the greenhouses and the main barn, which is where the washroom and packing room will be.  The farm store will be located in the main barn as well.  We have already seeded some tomatoes and peppers which put us right on track to have some ripe and ready to eat by mid-June!  Three of our four 150ft greenhouses have plastic.  The weather conditions haven't been perfect enough to pull plastic on that last one.  The wind has been our enemy!  The ground under plastic is still too wet to work which means nothing can be planted yet.  While we strive to have product available all year round, at this point it looks like April is a more realistic time frame to resume deliveries.  The farm move is putting a glich in our normal routine!

Speaking of the farm move (and I know we have mentioned this before), we are really at an all out sprint to get it moved.  March 1st has always been our goal, however, I think it might be pushed out a few weeks. 

I have to take a second to brag on Nate (he would never brag on himself!), who works harder than anyone I know, by far.  He is a man who is honest and determined.  He is a man who doesn't take a day off; rain, snow, bitter cold, scorching heat.  He is a man with such a passion for farming, who enjoys being able to grow good, clean, healthy food for YOU!   We appreciate you Nate!

Check out the latest picture, taken from the rooftop of the house!

Enjoy the warm temps coming our way this week,

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy



Posted 12/16/2012 8:05am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Silverthorn Farm

Local Foods....Naturally Grown

CSA Store open until Tuesday at 9am

Order vegetables here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


 Veggies this week:

Kale      Tuscan kale     Swiss Chard      Kohlrabi     Brussels Sprouts 
                              Lettuce mix       Napa Cabbage       


Farm/CSA News:

Greetings!  As mentioned before, this will be the last week of deliveries until the month of February.  We are excited to have some time off for the holidays and to fully dedicate ourselves to the work at the new farm. 

We will be back in February to share news and pictures!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy

Posted 12/9/2012 8:56am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

Silverthorn Farm

Local Foods....Naturally Grown

CSA Store open until Tuesday at 9am

Order vegetables here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


 

Veggies this week:

Kale                     Tuscan kale                       Swiss Chard           Butternut squash  Kohlrabi                Brussels Sprouts 
            Lettuce mix             Napa Cabbage      Arugula/Spicy Greens mix  


Farm/CSA News:

With Christmas quickly approaching, we are delivering this week and the week of the 16th.  After that, we will be taking a break for the holidays that will extend through the month of January.  

There isn't much to report on the progress of the Rossville farm.  We're chugging along, still shooting for our goal of moving March 1st.  If you see us, don't remind us that it is only 3 months away!

Have a fantastic week,

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy

  

   



Posted 12/2/2012 7:50am by Nate & Emily Parks.

         SILVERTHORN FARM 

               LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM



ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


It's been a busy week around the farm here in Crawfordsville.  It sure does look different from the road as the greenhouses have been taken down and are making their way to  Rossville piece by piece.  We are looking forward to another week of mild weather!


It's hard to believe December 1 has come and gone!  Many thanks to all who have signed up for the 2013 season! For those who haven't, there's still time to receive bonuses. The next deadline is February 1. Members who sign up and pay will receive the 10% bonus. This is intended to be both an incentive and reward.  Now is the time to sign yourself up!!

Here's a link to help you get started:

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

Enjoy your week!

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy 



Posted 11/25/2012 7:47am by Nate & Emily Parks.

         SILVERTHORN FARM
               LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM

ORDER VEGGIES HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


The brisk mornings and short days are definite reminders of the season. We have been lucky enough this fall to still be harvesting outdoors, but that will probably not last for much longer.

I am finally going to dedicate my time only to greenhouse destruction and rebuilding for the next two weeks. The house and barns have had so many projects that needed to be taken advantage of in fair weather; now the greenhouses are on the "has to happen now" list. With the weather quickly changing we have to be able to protect our young crops and get new ones growing. Can you believe that we start seeding onions and tomatoes in only 5 weeks from now!

The new farm is coming along, not as fast as I would like but it is getting there. Panic mode seems to be just around the corner as the spring season approaches and the house is still not on the "has to be done" list yet. We did get it painted last week during that nice stretch of weather, that was definitely an accomplishment we were glad to get through before spring. I hope to move the rest of our tools and equipment after the greenhouses are down here which is another big step in the right direction.

There are just SIX DAYS left to get our largest discount of the season!  All shares paid by December 1st receive a 15% credit. This is intended to be both an incentive and reward.

Here's a link to help you get started:

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

Thanks to all for your continued support!

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy


Posted 11/18/2012 8:18am by Nate & Emily Parks.

                 SILVERTHORN FARM
               LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN


Although we mentioned it in last weeks newsletter, we will NOT be delivering this week. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  Delveries will resume on Wednesday, November 28th.  

 

There are just TWELVE DAYS left to get our largest discount of the season!  All shares paid by December 1st receive a 15% credit. This is intended to be both an incentive and reward.

Here's a link to help you get started:

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

Thanks to all for your continued support!

Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Emily, Nate, Jensen & Macy


Posted 11/10/2012 9:20pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
SILVERTHORN FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables

 


MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER!

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please realize we did not get your order. 


VEGGIES THIS WEEK

Kale                       Red Russian kale                   Tomatoes               Swiss Chard           Butternut squash                  Kohlrabi                  carrots                  Brussels Sprouts                   Rutabaga

Lettuce mix          Broccoli


Farm/CSA News: 

Deliveries for the 2013 season begin this week! If you have already signed up for next year your account has been credited and you are ready to order. Remember, with our CSA you can order as soon as you sign up & payment has been received.  Deliveries this winter are on Wednesday evenings for all sites, except for the week of Thanksgiving. We will be delivering on Tuesday the 20th instead of Wednesday the 21st.****

There are just a few weeks left to get our largest discount of the season.  All shares paid by December 1st receive a 15% credit. This is intended to be both an incentive and reward.  Here's a link to help you get started:

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

As mentioned on the website and in previous newsletters, the 2013 CSA share is intended to be used for all things produced by Silverthorn Farm. We are primarily a vegetable farm but do raise eggs and pork. Other local products such as meats, honey, cheese and mushrooms will be available to purchase a la carte' through the Locavore page. All of these products can only be purchased via Paypal at the time of ordering.

TURKEYS

On the Locavore page this week you will find Gary and Vicki Cox's pastured turkeys. They will be delivered this Wednesday and are frozen. Gary has lowered the price to $4.50 lb. with most turkeys weighing in around 21 lbs.  Take this opportunity to try a pastured turkey if you haven't before. All you need is one trip inside a conventional confined turkey barn to understand how inhumane it is. It's refreshing to see Gary moving birds around to fresh pasture every couple of days, feeding them 100% organic grains, and processing them locally. There is no doubt this is a great way to support a needed change in today's agriculture. The turkeys on the Locavore page can be ordered by anyone with a Paypal account.  Deliveries are available to Lafayette, West Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Carmel and of course, farm pick up at the Crawfordsville farm.

Order your Turkey here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/locavore-products


Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy



 







             

Posted 10/20/2012 10:39am by Nate & Emily Parks.
SILVERTHORN FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-meats


MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER!

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please realize we did not get your order. 


VEGGIES THIS WEEK
Sage, Oregano, Rosemary and Parsley
Kale                       Red Russian kale       Potatoes             Tomatoes               Swiss Chard             Acorn squash            Butternut squash    Buttercup squash     Celery                        Brussels Sprouts  

Head Lettuce               Lettuce mix    


Farm/CSA News:  

Greens are going to be plentiful this winter.  They are coming up so nicely and are waiting for cover from the greenhouses.  How lucky we all are to be able to eat well and local this winter too!

Speaking of greenhouses, we will begin taking them down within the next two weeks.  We welcome any extra help if any of you are willing! 

Remember*****October 27th marks the last day of Lafayette market deliveries.  October 31st will be the last day of West Lafayette, Wabash, Carmel, On Farm, & This Old Farm Meats & Processing deliveries. 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy





             

Posted 10/14/2012 9:02am by Nate & Emily Parks.

SILVERTHORN FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-meats


MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER!

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please realize we did not get your order. 


VEGGIES THIS WEEK
Sage, Oregano, Rosemary and Parsley
Kale                            Carrots                  Red Russian kale    Potatoes                      Tomatoes              Swiss Chard            Beet                            Acorn squash         Butternut squash  Buttercup squash         Celery                    Brussell Sprouts  

Head Lettuce               Lettuce mix                  


Farm News:

Farm clean up has begun here at the Crawfordsville farm. Tomato stakes have been pulled and plastic gets removed this week. We still have a couple of guys helping through the end of October here so it is full steam ahead to get completely cleaned up and ready to go by the end of the month. The barns at the Rossville farm are being built and should be ready to be locked up within a couple of weeks as well. This means that the "farm" with all the tools, equipment and general stuff, can be moved very shortly. Then it will just be on to the house renovation and moving the personal things later. Progress...finally!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching!  Don't forget about the pastured, organically fed turkeys we have to offer from our farmer friend Gary Cox.  The birds weigh and average of 21 pounds and will be sold for $4.50/pound.  The turkeys have been processed early due to their quick weight gain therefore they are frozen.  If interested, a $25 deposit is required.  Please let us know. 

CSA News: 

Two weeks of deliveries remain to the Lafayette market, and three for the Wednesday delivery sites. The new season officially begins for us on Wednesday, November 14th and deliveries will resume on that day.  We will be taking the week of Nov. 4th off. We are looking forward to having you all back with us for another great year!

2013 sign ups are now open!  Click the link below to help you get started:

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


Paid in full by December 1st is 15% extra

Paid in full by February 1st is 10% extra

Paid in full by March 1st is 5% extra

Sign ups will be allowed but no discount given after March 1st.

Once again this year you can activate your membership with a $250 deposit, but remember the deadlines above must be made to receive the full discount. We prefer you pay with a check and mail it to us directly, but Paypal is also available.  Paypal slaps a 3% user fee on us, which we unfortunately have to pass on to you. This fee was pretty large for us last year, so instead of raising the price across the board for everyone we are just adding it to the Paypal process. Remember the old system of writing checks? They still work and cost no extra to either one of us to use!

Our mailing address is still the same for now.

Silverthorn Farm                                                                         658 N 625 E                                                                  Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy




Posted 10/7/2012 10:13am by Nate & Emily Parks.

SILVERTHORN FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-fresh-vegetables


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/tranquil-ridge-farm-meats


MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER!

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please realize we did not get your order. 


VEGGIES THIS WEEK
Sage, Oregano, Rosemary and Parsley
Kale                            Carrots                  Red Russian kale  
Eggplant                     Potatoes                 Tomatoes                   Swiss Chard                Hot peppers            Bell peppers                       Carmen peppers          Okra                       Beet                          Green Beans         Romano Italian Beans     Delicata squash            Spaghetti squash       Acorn squash           Butternut squash  Buttercup squash       Celery                     Brussell Sprouts       


Farm News:

Was that me begging for rain a few months ago?? After Friday's harvest there is a possibility that I may be part duck! Looks like the frost is coming early this year, with 32 degrees recorded here both yesterday and this morning it is safe to say that some of our favorite summer crops are slipping away. We did a major harvest of all of the beans, peppers, eggplant and tomatillos before the cold and should have a good supply again this week. Tomatoes are still protected under the cover of the greenhouses and will continue until we get around to removing them. Finally, the greens are back and looking great, with the exception of spinach. After our fourth planting this fall we finally have germination. We will be lucky to get a cutting by the end of the month, but should be in great shape for November/December.

On a side note the farm at Rossville is really taking shape. Most of you know my history as a builder before turning Organic farmer. When it was time to set trusses this past Wednesday on our two barns I really did not think anything of it. Wow, I apparently haven't used those muscles in several years, I am still trying to walk straight again.  Mornings are a little stiff for this 36 yrs old!  The result of the days work looks great and we should have the sides and roofs on this week. Somehow with all the madness of the season we are actually in pretty good shape on the construction projects. Our main goal was to have everything up out of the ground and ready for interior finishing by November, all that is left are the greenhouses and painting the exterior of the house. Still lots to do for sure, but we are getting close; a move in date by March 1st still seems possible.....we will see.


CSA News: 

**ATTENTION CARMEL CSA MEMBERS*** Carmel market has ended now so deliveries will be changed to Wednesday afternoonS at the Carmel Great Harvest Bread Location from 4-6pm. Janet and Jerry Lecy are good friends of ours and again are helping us out with a place to deliver our vegetables. They close at 6pm so make sure to be there before the doors are locked.

Throughout this crazy year we have been able to pull out a little bit of each type of vegetable that we grow. Size and quantity haven't always been what we hoped for but we had product to offer at least. We finally have a total failure, and it happens to be one of our favorites: sweet potatoes! We plant a lot of sweet potatoes, 2500 plants to be exact. This should give us some around 4-5000 lbs on an average year (whatever that means) This year we planted the 2500 slips just to see them burn up in the sun two weeks later.  We quickly ordered another 2500 to replant and crossed our fingers. After digging this past week we came up with FOUR five gallon buckets of something similar to a sweet potato. Maybe a few baking size but mostly bare roots with no potatoes as we pulled them up. A frustrating reminder of the drought we endured this summer.

Remember, 2013 sign ups are now open!

Paid in full by December 1st is 15% extra

Paid in full by February 1st is 10% extra

Paid in full by March 1st is 5% extra

Sign ups will be allowed but no discount given after March 1st.

Once again this year you can activate your membership with a $250 deposit, but remember the deadlines above must be made to receive the full discount. We prefer you pay with a check and mail it to us directly, but Paypal is also available.  Paypal slaps a 3% user fee on us, which we unfortunately have to pass on to you. This fee was pretty large for us last year, so instead of raising the price across the board for everyone we are just adding it to the Paypal process. Remember the old system of writing checks? They still work and cost no extra to either one of us to use!

Our mailing address is still the same for now.

Silverthorn Farm                                                                         658 N 625 E                                                                  Crawfordsville, IN 47933


Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy




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