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Posted 9/30/2012 9:57am 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:

The farm is beginning to wind down here in Darlington. It is already a strange feeling to not be planting, tending to and planning more crops here. We are in full transistion mode, moving as much product up to the new farm as possible while keeping things alive here for a few more weeks. A light frost last week did no harm to speak of, but a couple weeks of cool cloudy fall weather has slowed down growth for sure. The Rossville farm is starting to really shape up; both barns have been framed up now and the greenhouse spaces planted to fall winter crops. From cornfield to complex in a matter of months is both fun, and challenging all at the same time. Thankfully we have all of our utilities buried in place and ready for hookup. We will set trusses and put roofs on the barns this Wednesday and Thursday. This is the major point that I wanted to accomplish by fall. Now comes the greenhouse tear down and rebuild that I have been talking about for a while now. Don't know how or when, but we will get them moved this fall!

CSA News:

2013 sign ups are now open!

It is always exciting to end one season and begin another. Honestly, to put this year behind us a begin the 2013 season as Silverthorn Farm is a huge milestone for us and we can't wait to get started!

There are a few small changes for next year we want to go over real quick (all of this information is covered on the website).

The first is the Locavore page. This page will have all products not produced by Silverthorn Farm ie meats, honey or other items we support from other local producers. Your vegetable share will NOT include these items.  If you're wanting to purchase such items, two separate checkouts are required; one for Silverthorn Farm products which will be paid for with your online credit and a seperate checkout for the Locavore page that will need to be paid for via Paypal. This allows us to properly plan our expenses while at the same time giving you access to local meats and other products that we do not produce.

All products produced by Silverthorn Farm including vegetables, eggs and limited meat products are available for purchase with your CSA membership. So no worries on the eggs, we will still have them for you!

The other notable change is discount rates and deadlines. We put these in place to show you the importance of your membership with us and when the most critical times are for your support. Remember that your memberships are what run our farm, and our expenses for next year already begin this fall and early winter. To effectively make plans and purchase inputs for the upcoming season, we need your support. The dates are as follows:

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 9/23/2012 9:37am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE 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                    Parsley
Kale                           Tuscan kale       Red Russian kale  
Red Cabbage              Savoy cabbage     
Eggplant               

Potatoes                    Tomatoes               Swiss Chard                Cubanelle pepper         Bell peppers                Jalapenos                    Hungarian Hot wax pepper       Carmen Italian peppers

Shishito sweet pepper   Zucchini            Okra        Beets

Green Beans         Romano Italian Beans           Delicata squash            Spaghetti squash    Acorn squash        Butternut squash

Buttercup squash


Farm News:

Finally after much thought and contemplation, the new farm has a name!  But why change names? I have always felt like the name of the farm should reflect the land and it's history. We are farmers & stewards of a place created long before we became involved. Emily and I have had an incredible opportunity to take over 120 acres that has been in her family for over 150 years....That is truly amazing to us, to think that 6 generations ago, in 1864 Emily's great, great great grandfather, William Silverthorn moved to Rossville and bought his first of several pieces of land in the area. Over the years he would piece together nearly 900 acres in the community and become well know as a purebred Herford cattle farm. Pretty amazing and inspiring to think of managing that kind of area in the late 1800's.

So with that history in mind we have decided to go with SILVERTHORN FARM, it has lots of great history and meaning for our family, hopefully we can give the name the honor it deserves over the coming years.

Much about us will remain the same at the new farm, but there will also be some exciting additions to our services as well. To begin with we will have a full service farm store open year round for not only the local community but all of our CSA members as well.  We will offer U-pick strawberries in the spring, U-pick beans and tomatoes in the summer and a fall harvest full of pumpkins in the fall. We want to become a destination for not only great food, but education and family experience as well. We are working on creating a place where agriculture thrives just as it once was. We are anxious and excited about the farm "opening" this spring.


CSA News:

The new website is up and running: www.silverthorn-farm.com. When you go to www.tranquilridgefarm.com it will automatically take you to the new site.  Everything will look the same for a now, but we will continue to edit and revampthe site daily. The links above are new to the ordering page, but again if you go to the old site it will take you to the right place.

We should have memberships open for the 2013 season by the end of the week. You will notice some slight differences in the shares this year.

~The vegetable shares will still be $525.00 and $325.00 for the year with a minimum of $250.00 deposit due at sign-up.

~The difference this year is that if you want to order products not produced by us, specifically meat, honey and other products to come you will need to purchase "Locavore credits". These will be available all year in $100 increments which you will be able to pay for by Paypal or check, just as you would when purchasing the vegetable shares.  Why the change? The vast majority of you are using our system well and just adding some meat to compliment our vegetable shares.  After all, we are a vegetable farm selling vegetable shares. We know from past years the percentage of money overall that we should hold back in order to purchase those extra items for you. this year we have had some problems with people ordering no vegetables all year and then purchasing meat at the end of the season just to use up their money. There is no rule against this of course, but the strain it puts on our farm is unreasonable. With the Locavore share, we will know exactly how much is intended to spend on meats and other products and can plan and purchase accordingly. Our intent is to make as many local products available to you as possible as we love to support other farms like us who are doing great work.

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy




Posted 9/16/2012 10:49am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro
Kale                           Tuscan kale       Red Russian kale  
Red Cabbage              Savoy cabbage       Onions
Eggplant                    Kohlrabi       

Potatoes                    Tomatoes               Swiss Chard                Cubanelle pepper         Bell peppers                Jalapenos                    Hungarian Hot wax pepper       Carmen Italian peppers

Shishito sweet pepper   Zucchini            Okra        Beets

Green Beans         Roma Beans            Delicata squash            Spaghetti squash    Acorn squash        Butternut squash

Buttercup squash


Farm News:

This time of year brings some relief to us.  As the season starts to wind down, so can we...but only a little this winter especially with the farm move.  No rest for the weary!  We have to be thinking ahead to next season which is why 12,000 strawberry plants have been planted on the Rossville farm this past week.  That's a step up from the 3000 plants we had this season. 

We are harvesting all of our winter squash this week, digging the rest of the potatoes, continuing plantings of greens, and the list goes on.  Nate has no trouble staying incredibly busy!


CSA News:

Don't forget about the pastured, organically fed turkeys we have to offer from our farmer friend Gary Cox.  They will be available and delivered fresh just in time for Thanksgiving.  If interested, a $25 deposit is required.  Please let us know. 

You might have noticed a link within the CSA store tab titled "additional CSA credits".  This link has been added to make it easy for you to add money to your account for the remainder of the season.  We are offering credits in $25 increments and you will be able to "checkout" just as you do when you place your vegetable order for the week.  Payment options are Paypal or check. 

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes this past week since Macy has been born.  She's amazing and we are all doing very well!



Posted 9/2/2012 10:12am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale                           Basil                     Parsley
Red Cabbage              Savoy cabbage       Cilantro
Bulb onions                Eggplant                        

Potatoes                    Tomatoes               Swiss Chard                Cubanelle pepper         Bell peppers                Jalapenos                    Hungarian Hot wax pepper       Carmen Italian peppers

Shishito sweet pepper   Zucchini            Okra        Beets

Arugula                       Mixed Spicy Greens  Romaine head lettuce

Green Beans         Delicata squash            Spaghetti squash

Salad Turnips


Farm News:

Nice, easy, long rains are really helping refresh the land. It's nice to see all the green again, fall will be here soon enough; I'm trying to soak up all the "green" I can while we have it.

I remember planting our winter squash and pumpkins up on the Rossville farm this spring and hoping that I wasn't too late in getting them in. Well here we are the first week of September and the Spaghetti and Delicata squash are ready to go. Most of the pumpkins are just about finished up as well. Butternut, Buttercup, Acorn squash and pie pumkins are all coming on over the next couple of weeks; it will be a beautiful harvest! Why? Most plants have what we call a maturity date; that is how many days from the time the seed emerges to the time the fruit is ready for harvest. While each seed comes with a general maturity date on the package, mother nature really determines how fast they reach their end. Growing degree days have gone throught the roof this year as well as lots of sunshine for photosynthesis thus early fruit set and early maturity. The unknowns of seasons and weather is why I generally take chances and risks on early and late plantings.....you just never know what will happen next!

 

CSA News:

We have been having some problems with split tomatoes in share bags. This is a problem I am aware of and trying diligently to eliminate. We went from 2500lbs of prime tomatoes a week to searching for 200 lbs last week. The main problem is drought folllowed by excess moisture. There are literally thousands of pounds of tomatoes on the ground that have split open. When we do finally get some fruit that look nice often by the time they make it to the barn they are split as well. We sort again and then pack the best we have for you, still there are problems with splits. Rest assured the fruit is well worth eating, it just won't store and keep as well as the earlier fruit of the season. We will keep sorting and putting our best product in the share for you. In the meantime please be patient and understanding of this record breaking crazy year that we are having.

Several newsletters ago we mentioned we have available fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Our good friend and neighbor, Gary Cox, is raising 30 birds to be ready when the time comes around.  There is a $25 deposit to hold the turkey and it is  first come, first serve.  This deposit will have to be paid by check or cash and cannot come out of your CSA account.  The birds will be sold fresh for $6.00/pound.  Thanksgiving is really just around the corner!  Please let us know if you are interested.

**Emily is feeling and looking great, Jensen is excited and Daddy is anxious as usual.  Keep in mind that a little one should be coming our way within this next week and we will do our best to make harvest and deliveries without skipping a beat. Mommy and baby will be our top priority and we may have to make some last minute changes in getting you your goodies, so stay tuned to any emails from us and give us nothing but happy thoughts over the coming days.  We are very excited!**

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily and Jensen

Posted 8/26/2012 9:45am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale                           Basil                     Parsley
Red Cabbage              Savoy cabbage       Cilantro
Bulb onions                Eggplant                        

Potatoes                    Tomatoes               Swiss Chard                Cubanelle pepper         Bell peppers                Jalapenos                    Hungarian Hot wax pepper       Carmen Italian peppers

Shishito sweet pepper   Zucchini            Okra        Beets

Arugula                       Mixed Spicy Greens  Romaine head lettuce


Farm News:

The greens are coming back and the tomatoes are going away... The rains over the last couple of weeks really helped everything on the farm, except tomatoes. 6 inches of rain in 10 days after a long drought means exploding fruit. Overall it feels great to have at least a little moisture back in the ground.

We have 12,000 strawberry plugs coming this next week, so preparations at the new Rossville farm are under way for these plants. It is a huge increase in production over the last couple of years. The opportunity for U-pick, On-Farm sales, CSA and market demand have driven this decision.

Speaking of the Rossville farm, it looks like someone decided to try out a new peice of equipment up there right now. The amount of underground infrastructure needed for the house, barns, greenhouses and fields is like a maze of tunnels criss-crossing the barnlot and yard. The good thing is that after this week most all of the underground work will be complete and we will be able to hook right up to the utilities when needed. This saves lots of headaches and time compared to digging in the cold, wet months ahead. Greenhouses will begin to come down this next week, about half are now empty here for the season and ready for their new home in Rossville with lots of yummy winter greens to come.  As Emily mentioned in last week's newsletter, we cut nearly 8,000 board feet of poplar, and I just can't hardly wait to see it up on the new buildings!!

CSA News:

You'll notice some additions to the meat selections this week.  We will add more as they become available.  We have 11 deliveries left this season, make sure and check your balances and plan accordingly. This is the time of year when our CSA may be a bit of a challenge for some. Some of you are running low on available credit; some of you have most of your credit left. The challenge for both is to budget and plan out the remainder of the season. We want you to be able to utilize your share and hope you find value in our system. Sign ups will begin for next season in September.

With a new and permanent location coming to us next season we have been really thinking of a new name. Tranquil Ridge fits this landscape well, but is a stretch for the nearly level ground of Rossville.  We are going to be in a geographic transition as well as a farm name transition.  Look for a new name coming soon...

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily and Jensen

Posted 8/12/2012 9:06am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale                            Basil                     Parsley
Red Cabbage              Savoy cabbage       Tendersweet cabbage
Bulb onions                 Fresh Garlic            Eggplant                        

Potatoes                     Cherry Tomatoes    Tomatoes                      Swiss Chard                Cubanelle pepper    Bell peppers                Jalapenos                    Hungarian Hot wax pepper

Shishito sweet pepper   Cucumbers            Okra

Arugula


Farm News:

I never knew I could enjoy mud so much as I did on Friday while harvesting! Getting a little over 3 inches of rain this past week has really made everything feel better. Sure it's a little late on some things but to be able to walk without crunching has been a delight. I spent most of the day harvesting barefoot and loved it!

Through all the trials of the year a lot of really great things are happening for us as a farm and a family!

Our CSA is larger and stronger than ever before.

The Rossville project is really coming along well, both the house and the farm itself.

Our summer crops of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are growing like gangbusters.

Winter squash, beets, carrots and fall brassicas are thriving on the Rossville farm.

Emily is doing great and Jensen will soon be a big brother.

Our minds and bodies are still mostly intact!

What could be better?!

We have been telling ourselves all year if we survive this year we can weather about any storm that comes our way. We are over the halfway mark of the season and able to see that dim light at the end of the tunnel. The excitement of the move is really beginning to build now and is what drives us forward. Hope you are all with us for the ride over the next couple of years!!


CSA News:

All balances have been updated.  If you're wondering about your available balance, click on the CSA Memberships tab and select "Your Membership Status" and you will receive an email with your remaining balance for the season. 

Some of you have low balances. If you would like to add money to your account, feel free to do so; you can use Paypal or write a check.  **Please keep in mind that that the season will end on October 31st.  Any remaining money that is left on your account will be forfieted.**

Have a great week,

Nate, Emily and Jensen


 

 

Posted 8/5/2012 7:11am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale                            Basil, Parsley
Kohlrabi                      Red Cabbage         Savoy cabbage   Tendersweet cabbage
Bulb onions                 Fresh Garlic            Eggplant                        

Potatoes                     Cherry Tomatoes       

Tomatoes                      Swiss Chard        Cubanelle pepper

Bell peppers                Jalapenos             Hungarian Hot wax pepper

Shishito sweet pepper   Cucumbers          Okra


Farm News:

We begged for it, we got it!!  Our rain gauge was laid over flat, but it still had 3/4inch in it, and it's still raining.  We also didn't expect to wake up this morning to our chicken coop in the side of the barn.  Yes, IN the side of the barn!  The wind picked it up and moved about 100 feet.  Our poor, wet birds don't know what happened!  But they seem to be ok and do love that the electric fence is broken and they are roaming everywhere already this morning! 

CSA News:

Last week we added a wholesale order page to the website.  CSA members please do not use this page to order as it is designed for large wholesale/restaurant orders only, not individual orders.  I realize it can be confusing when ordering.  I consider myself a web novice and will figure out how to make that page available to restaurants only.  Thanks for your patience on that!

Please excuse the fact that I am a little behind on my bookwork and CSA balances haven't been updated for the last three weeks for those of you who "shop" at the markets.  I will be working on that is week. 

Emily is feeling fine with less than 6 weeks to go until the baby will be here!  We are getting very excited! Jensen assures us all the time it's a girl and her name will be "Sally Sally Sally", but we'll just have to wait and see!! 

Thank God for standing water!

Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 7/22/2012 9:40am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale                            Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Dill
Kohlrabi                      Sweet Corn         Cabbage (mini head)

Red Cabbage               Savoy cabbage   Tendersweet cabbage
Bulb onions                 Fresh Garlic        Eggplant                        

Potatoes                     Cherry Tomatoes        
Yellow squash             Zephyr Squash     Tomatoes

Kohlrabi                      Swiss Chard         Zucchini   

Bell peppers                Jalapenos            Hungarian Hot wax pepper

Shishito sweet pepper       

             
Farm News:

We smelled and felt the storm that passed through last Thursday but unfortunately it split right around us about 1/4 mile each way.  All we could do was stare at the sky in disbelief. 

Luckily, the Rossville farm got about and inch and a half!  Remember all of our winter squash is planted there and looking great.  Fall broccoli will be transplanted there this week and Nate seeded an acre's worth of carrots, beets and such.  As you've heard us mention before, the irrigation up there is unbelieveable!  The transition is happening already; greenhouses will start to be disassembled and moved in the next 2 months. 


CSA News:

Some of you are getting low on your available balance.  If you think you might run out of credit before October 31st, you may add money to your account.  Let us know and we'll be happy to help you out with it. 

The sweet corn was good while it lasted.  I think last week was the one and only week we will have it this whole year due to lack of moisture.  We should have gotten 300dz ears out of just this planting, but were only able to pick 60dz.  It doesn't look like the later plantings of corn are going to make it. 

It's the same story on our potatoes.  We had such high hopes for a crop that started out so amazing, but again due to lack of moisture and no way to get water to the back field (I sound like a broken record, I know), the plants just could produce.  To give an example, one 300ft row of Yukon Gold potatoes should yield at least twelve 5 gallon buckets....we harvested ONE 5 gallon bucket in one row...ONE. 

It's bad out there, but we are scrambling to salvage what is left and try our hardest to continue to produce good, clean, healthy food for each and every one of you. 

We truly appreciate all the support each one of you have given us this year. 

Have a fantastic week,

Emily, Nate, & Jensen

Posted 7/15/2012 8:43am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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
Kale (green leaf & Tuscan)            Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Dill
Kohlrabi                      Sweet Corn         Cabbage (mini head)

Red Cabbage                Savoy cabbage   Tendersweet cabbage
Sweet bulb onions        Fresh Garlic        Green Onions
Beets                          New Potatoes      Cherry Tomatoes        
Yellow squash             Zephyr Squash     Tomatoes

Kohlrabi                      Swiss Chard         Zucchini           

             
Farm News:

You see it on the news, read it in the papers, see it in your lawns and hear it from us each week....oh yes, the drought we are experiencing is critical - to minds, bodies, plants and animals. To recover from the deficit we are in it would take nearly 9 inches of rain over the next couple of weeks. That is not going to happen! We are trying hard to focus on a strong fall and winter growing season to help somewhat bail us out of the summer season we are experiencing. It seems fruitless most days to be hopeful and to continue pushing through this situation. The reality is that this is our life, our income, our passion and our future. It is equally as hard to continue as it is to give in. The one thing that is for certain is that mother nature will always offer you something different to deal with. With a frost date rapidly approaching (approx. 80 days) the race and challenge is on to salvage all we can from the year.

We opened up several new fields in Rossville this week. All remaining crops this year will be planted up there...so much for our short drive to work. With ample water and better soil, it is time to make the transition. It is really beginning to feel like home up there, the future is exciting. I think the promise of a future there is what continues to drive us this year.

CSA News:

Sweet corn is available this week! I am only making a half dozen available to each customer. Don't expect large beautiful ears with kernels filled to the tip of each ear. This corn has not seen significant rain since late May, and endured 100+ degree heat during critical pollination time. We were able to get some water on it at a couple critical times. The reality is, irrigating several acres of sweet corn in a year like this is really not a very fruitful practice. If you had plenty of water and equpment, like some farms do, then it works. But for us the large amount of other crops starving for water have taken precidence.

Please enjoy it this week and hope for the best the rest of the season.

Thanks again for all your support this year!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & baby #2 in early September!

Posted 7/8/2012 9:15am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 AM


ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/384


ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE:
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


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

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VEGGIES THIS WEEK
Sage, Oregano, Rosemary
Kale                           Zucchini              Basil, Cilantro, Parsley
Kohlrabi                      Pickling Cucumbers                                  Cabbage (mini head)

Red Cabbage                Savoy cabbage   Tendersweet cabbage
Sweet bulb onions        Fresh Garlic        Green Onions
Beets                          New Potatoes      Cherry Tomatoes        
Yellow squash             Zephyr Squash     Tomatoes

             
Farm News:

I realize that our newsletters always start with weather related comments, but that is our life around here.  How could we not comment about the weather this past week, right?  It was by far the worst week we've had in the seven years we've been farming as far as heat and exhaustion go.  Our crew worked so hard and without complaint. We're all glad for 85 degree forcast this week and crossing our fingers for the small chance of rain this afternoon.

Our house in Rossville is coming along slowly but surely.  Our goal is to have all the outside work done before the cold weather approaches (IF we ever get any cold weather!). Nate spends every extra minute he has working there.  The winter squash that was planted there several weeks ago looks fantastic!  September will be here before we know it an we'll be harvesting all of it.


CSA News:

On another note, we urge those of you who are not reading these weekly newsletters to read them!  They serve as our only communication between each other and the context has some important information most of the time ie last week's delivery changes. 
Tomatoes are here!  100 pounds were picked on Friday and we're expecting to hopefully triple that this week.  We will be digging several different varieties of potatoes in the weeks to come.  Head lettuce is not available this week due to the heat, but will only be absent for 2 more weeks or so. 

Have a great week!

Emily, Nate & Jensen

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