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Posted 3/11/2012 10:40am 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!!


To pay your balance online:

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

If you haven't signed up for the 2012 season, now is the time! Here is the link to help you get started!

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


Farm/CSA News:

We appreciate everyone who has singed up for the 2012 CSA season! Your CSA membership serves as our operating capital
and is very important during the late winter/early spring months. Please take the opportunity to eat well this year and follow the link above to sign up!

You'll notice some new additions to our meat list this week as we have processed our pigs we have lovingly raised all winter.  I have to admit ,pork has been a staple in our diet all week...breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
The chickens are enjoying their remodeled coop and the green grass that is starting to come up out of the ground.  We are anticipating the first egg to be laid from this newer flock of birds anytime now!
Seeding is in full swing this week as well as transplanting tomato plants into the greenhouse from the germination chamber Nate built in our basment.

We are still actively looking for farm AND market help.  If you're interested or know anyone who might be, please inquire.

Have a great week!
Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 2/26/2012 10:40am 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!!



SIGN UP QUICK AND EASY RIGHT HERE:


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


Pay your balance online:


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




FARM NEWS:


March is just about here and that means the farm is starting to pick up the pace each week from now until the peak in July/August. The first tomato plants will be planted this week, and successive plantings will happen every two weeks until we can plant outdoors. In all this year we will have 4 of our 7 greenhouses loaded with tomatoes. The other three will have early cucumbers, summer squash, and peppers, along with late summer/early fall raspberries. March is really one of the most active months here, all of our seeds have to be ordered, fertilizer needs purchased and spread, potting soil, flats and propane all need brought in. Outdoor plantings will start here shortly with 22,000 onion plants that just arrived....a bit early. In the mean time we should probably try to get a house set on a foundation as well!


Each year we try to add equipment to our farm to help us produce more efficiently. This year we had to address our tractor situation. I am not what you would call a great mechanic, but I get by. Our old tractors really got the best of us last year; between the maintainence bills and fuel consumption they were really putting a strain on us. We updated both of them in November to newer model diesels that should last us a longtime and hopefully bring minimal repairs this year. Last week, a day trip took me up to Wisconsin to pick up a new planter that will plant 80% of our veggie seeds. It's a 
four row planter that mounts behind a tractor. In the past I have always used a walk behind seeder on the entire farm...that is a lot of walking and time. Now we will be able to plant a 4 row bed, with exact spacing in no time. We  are anticipating the beginning of the season!



CSA NEWS:

There are a lot of new meat cuts available this week.  

***This is the last week to sign up and receive the full discount on your share which amounts to an extra $75 worth of product with the full share and $50 with the half share! That's a big savings on some great food. The next deadline is April 1st full shares will receive an extra $40 and half share will receive $25. After April 1 shares will be available without an extra discount. We hope you will all join with us this year for a great season!!


Have a great week,

Nate, Emily & Jensen





Posted 2/19/2012 9:22am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM


LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9 A.M.


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.



SIGN UP QUICK AND EASY RIGHT HERE:


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


FARM NEWS:



Unfortunately this week has mostly been about what we have not accomplished. From reading the past couple of newsletters you should probably know that we have been waiting on frozen ground for the last couple of months so that we could move a house onto our new farm up in Rossville. Last Wednesday morning, we finally got the house across the road and onto our property. But then the frost in the ground gave way and the house sunk into the mud. 


By Thursday the Journal and Courier had caught wind and wanted to interview us.  By Thursday evening WRTV6 and FOX59 news had called. Then it was picked up by the Indy Star and Chicago Tribune by Saturday. This morning, CNN......Seriously? Of course the jist of most all of the stories is just a farmhouse stuck in the mud. 


The true story you ask??

A week ago last Friday we were able to pull the house off of the foundation and get it facing the correct direction. The ground had not frozen yet and the tires began to sink into the ground. Saturday morning we jacked the house back up and put wood under the tires to keep it up out off the ground. We decided to wait until Monday morning when the ground would have a little more frost in it. We began moving with the house mounted on top of the semi truck Monday morning, but soon lost traction on the frozen ground. The rest of the day was spent using a winch on the back of the semi to move it about 150 feet at a time. By the end of the night we had made it a little less than half way. I knew we would not be able to make it the rest of the way with the winch by the time the ground had given way. Monday evening I called Robert Penn a good friend of mine from Camden, which is fairly close to the farm and asked if he could bring his biggest four wheel drive tractor down to help. At this point the house was sitting in the middle of one of three different property owner's fields. We couldn't leave it there. So we hooked up the tractor and watched at the huge 4 wheeler just bounced and spun out...the house did not budge. The farmer whose land we were on went home to bring back his biggest tractor. The tractors were hooked up in front of the house and had a backhoe and small bulldozer on the back pushing. Again everyone was bouncing and spinning out, the house did not budge. After several attemps we started breaking chains, very dangerous. Now it was Tuesday night and rain was coming by Wednesday afternoon. I had a friend here in Crawfordsville who I knew had just got a new very large bulldozer. I called Brad Conner late Tuesday night, he quickly said I will be there in the morning. It was our last hope to move this thing onto our property. He had planned on leaving first thing Wednesday and meet us up there around 9 am. But of course, a flat on the semi that was to bring the dozer up slowed him down. He arrived around 11:30 and hooked up to the house. It was exactly what we needed and the house was rolling accross the field perfectly. We made it to the road, made some adjustments and hooked a tractor in front of him. We crossed the road onto our farm without incident. By this time it is after noon and the ground was really getting soft, we made it about 100 yards and the tires under the house finally sunk through the half frozen ground. Ron Thompson, who we hired to move the house had received a call Wednesday morning on his way out to the farm that his father-in-law had just passed. He would need to be in Virginia for a few days to deal with their loss. Sometime this next week we will resume winching the house the final 300 yards up to the new foundation. We will be able to use plywood under the wheels to help it stay afloat over the wet ground. 


There is the actual story of the drama in Rossville. Honestly, I was hoping to fly under the radar on this whole deal.  I think it is safe to say that did not happen; just the same way that winter did not happen this year. Who would have guessed that we would have three days with frost in the ground, and only about 4 inches deep. The good news is we are not stuck in someone else's field, and the house and everyone involved are safe.


We cannot thank Ron enough as he has had a very tough, emotional week. We all knew it was our only shot and he went as hard as he could to get us where we are. Our thoughts are with him and his family as they deal with the loss of their loved one.


HERE'S TO A BETTER WEEK!


NATE, EMILY AND JENSEN


Posted 2/3/2012 9:35pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY AT 9A.M.

                                             ORDER VEGETABLES HERE

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

ORDER MEAT AND EGGS HERE

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


Before we get started on this extended version of the TRF newsletter, can we just say WOW... what a winter. Seriously, I was hot enough working outside to be down to short sleeves, and it is just the first week of February. Pretty amazing!

Take advantage this week of our kale, there won't  be too many years that you will have the opportunity to eat kale grown outdoors in Indiana the first week of February. Spinach is doing wonderful as well. The leeks are further behind than anticipated, looks like mid to late March before they will be ready. Late March and early April will be when our variety broadens again.  This includes 9 pigs that we have been feeding this winter and the 300 new hens that will begin laying in late March.

CSA NEWS:

This is the critical time to get your CSA share set up and ready to go for the 2012 season. Remember, in order to receive your full discount, you must be paid in full by March 1st.  This means a full share at $525 gives you $600 worth of online credit for vegetables, meat and eggs. A half share at $325 gives you $375 to spend online.

Full payment by April 1st gives you $562.50 and $350 for full and half share respectively. Memberships will be accepted after April 1st but you will not receive any discount over the membership cost.

It might seem difficult to decide on what size share to purchase. Keep in mind that you can purchase any products available online, including vegetables, meat and eggs. We will make available other local items throughout the summer as well.

Sign up here:  http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members


FARM/LIFE NEWS:

We have some exciting news about the future of our farm and have been anticipating sharing it with all of you. We are coming up on the 4th season of the CSA and our 7th season growing food for a living. We have finally moved past the 'can this farm really work', to 'this is the future for our family'. We feel very fortunate to have meet the Moore family and form a great partnership with them here at our current farm. Without the opportunity to lease land and buildings we would not be where we are today. But, with the future in mind of not only Emily and I, but also the family we will leave behind some day, we have always wanted to own a piece of land. With today's land prices going from $7-8,000 per acre, the idea hasn't looked too promising.  After a lot of discussion about not only the possibilities, but also the huge impact of moving from one incredible community into another, we are fortunate to be able to bring life back to a farm owned by Emily's father and located in Clinton County (Emily's stomping grounds). I have lived within 5 miles of our farm for about 36 years now.  Montgomery County has certainly always been home to me.

So the opportunity has come. We are going to be moving the farm to the Rossville location over the next couple of years. The farm is a beautiful 120 acre piece with a small woods on the North boundary, a golf course on the West boundary and the town of Rossville towards the south.  It has been in Emily's family for four generations now. Unfortunately, there are no improvements such as a house, barn, or, well anything else! So we have to start from scratch. Emily and I have built and remodeled several houses together over the years and the one thing we did not want, believe it or not, was a NEW house. We love the character and stories behind old houses. Plus, I would rather be farming, than building a house!

I was driving around the farm one day and happened to see this old house, apparently vacant and in the middle of an adjacent corn field. I was curious enough to check it out real quick. It was perfect for what we wanted: exactly a mile east of where we planned to build, no power lines in the way, and Emily's relatives owning the land in between the house and our farm. We found the owners, pitched them a plan, and decided to have the house MOVED to our new site. When we found this deal it finally made the budget and the time frame we had available work. With only a few short cold months, I have been able to do most of the work during this winter. So what I have I been doing this last month and a half?  We have dug the foundation, poured the concrete, and jacked the house up off the existing foundation and onto its dolly.  The only problem we have run into is that somehow in the middle of January and February we can't seem to get the ground to freeze!! Although it looks like we are going to give it a shot this next week if it stays dry.

Once the house is in place, we will take a summer break from the project for the most part but will update you along the way.


Let's talk about good and bad to this new adventure.

The Bad. We are leaving what we call home and starting all over from scratch...again from the house to barns to well, everything.

The Good.  Our deliveries and markets will not change or be affected. We get to create an amazing example of sustainable agriculture and all its amazing benefits on a 120 acre piece of land. The exciting journey that we will be on through the next 5 years is going to be amazing.

Thanks for all your support,

Nate, Emily & Jensen





Posted 12/18/2011 8:36am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL 9 AM TUESDAY

ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

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

ORDER MEAT & EGGS HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


Farm News:

There's not much going on around here at the farm these days!  Wednesday is the last delivery for a few weeks as we take a mid-winter break. There will not be a delivery to the Indianapolis area this week. 

We are settling in for a great holiday season, and we hope all of you have a safe and happy one as well!

Happy Holidays

Nate, Emily & Jensen

Posted 12/11/2011 9:40am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

 

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS...NATURALLY GROWN


Store is open until Tuesday 9am

Order vegetables here:

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

Order meat & eggs here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


FARM/CSA NEWS:

Brrr it's cold out there!  Thank goodness the market is an indoor one! With the holidays approaching, we only have 2 more weeks of deliveries in the month of December, this week and next.  We're planning on taking most if not all of the month of January off, but might sneak in a week of delivery, so keep your eyes open for a newsletter from us during that month. 

January is a busy month for us.  We start ordering our seeds for the year We get ready to fire up the heated greenhouses and start planting seeds!  CSA memberships will continue to be open and ready to use immediately after signing up.

For those of you who love your eggs, you'll notice the price increase this week.  As you know, we are relying on This Old Farm for our egg supply this winter until our new birds have matured enough to start laying in the spring.  Pastured, organic eggs are all that is available this week due to a dramatic decrease in their egg production.  It turns out that our birds aren't the only ones that get finicky about laying when it gets cold! 

Pay attention to the balance on your account as some of you are approaching zero dollars already!  The system will not let your balance drop into the negative, so your order will not be able to be placed until your next payment has been recieved. 


Enjoy the week,

Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 12/4/2011 9:46am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL 9 AM TUESDAY

ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

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

ORDER MEAT & EGGS HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


FARM NEWS:

Today, we go cut our Christmas tree!  We're hoping the weather cooperates!  With Christmas only 3 weeks away it might seem crazy to some that we have so much produce available.  We have some pretty amazing heads of lettuce ready this week. Along with our favorite buttercrunch, we have two new additions that I am sure you will love just as much. One is a green romaine-bibb type similar to buttercrunch but has a look more like romaine. The other is called Rouge D'Hiver.  As you may imagine, it is a variety from France, a place that has been gardening through the winter for centuries. The salads are second to none this time of year for sure, but the cauliflower and broccoli are the bonus crops that continue to surprise me; still outdoors with no protection and pumping out loads of new growth each week. Enjoy them while we can, they will surely be done soon.

Don't forget to sign up for your 2012 CSA membership, and start taking advantage of all the winter greens right now. You can sign up quick and easy right here.

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


Have a great week

Nate, Emily and Jensen

Posted 11/27/2011 9:09am 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 EGGS AND MEAT HERE

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383

 

Yes, the weather is changing. We have been fortunate this fall to still be harvesting crops outdoors this late into the year without protection. With several nights forcasted to be below freezing, cauliflower and broccoli have a tough week ahead. Enjoy them this week as much as possible. Our spinach and lettuce are doing amazing inside the protection of the high tunnels. New products this week are the stir-fry pack, which includes 3 different types of choi's. Pak choi, Mei Quing choi, and Komatsuna. Together they make a mean stir fry, just add carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and some of that left over turkey and you have a great meal.


CARMEL DELIVERIES WILL START THIS WEEK AT THE GREAT HARVEST BREAD LOCATION IN CARMEL. THE STORE IS LOCATED AT: 12505 Old Meridian St. Suite 100, Carmel.

PICK UP TIME IS FROM 8 A.M. TO NOON ON SATURDAYS INSIDE THE STORE.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK

NATE, EMILY AND JENSEN

Posted 11/20/2011 9:35am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9AM

ORDER VEGGIES HERE:

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

DON'T FORGET YOUR EGGS! ORDER HERE:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


We have added two new delivery locations to bring our food closer to you this winter and beyond. Beginning this week, Lafayette area members will have the option of a new West Lafayette location or the existing Great Harvest Bread Co location.  If you choose, we will deliver your csa orders to West Lafayette at the home of Suzanne Bangert. She lives east of Purdue just off of St. Rd. 26 in the Orchard subdivision. Full directions are available when you choose your pickup location. Also, starting the week of November 27th, deliveries at the Great Harvest Bread location in Carmel will start. Our friends Jerry and Janet Lecy are excited to offer their space to us, and look forward to meeting all our loyal customers in the Indy area. Pick up will be on Saturday mornings from 8am.- noon; the first pickup will be on December 3rd. 


Don't forget! When you sign up for our CSA program, your money is available to you right away and can be spent throughout the year. Your share will not expire until October 31, 2012!

There has been some confusion about a winter share and a summer share. We are not seperating the two. Instead, we offer an all year share option that begins first of November. All you have to do to activate your membership is put down your 50% deposit and start ordering veggies, it's really that easy. Your remaining balance will be due on March 1st, 2012.  The winter deliveries are a great way to get some beautiful fresh local greens to fight through those winter blues.


**WE WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE INDY WINTER FARMER'S MARKET ON THE 26TH.  THERE WILL NOT BE ANY DELVIERIES TO THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA ON THE 26TH.  DELVIERIES WILL RESUME IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA ON DECEMBER 3RD**

Have a great holiday and many blessings to all of you,

Nate, Emily & Jensen

Posted 11/6/2011 10:28am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM

LOCAL FOODS.... NATURALLY GROWN


CSA STORE IS OPEN UNTIL TUESDAY 9AM

Order veggies here

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

Order meat and eggs here

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


Farm News:

After a long 28 week season, last week off was just what we needed to regroup, catch up and get ready for the season ahead. It feels great to still have 16 vegetable options to choose from in November! From the delicious fall greens of kale, chard and spinach to the unsurpassed flavor of fall grown candy carrots, there is sure to be something for everyone. The exciting part is that there is more to come, our pak chois are looking and tasting great; we had a stir-fry with them this week. One of our greenhouses is stocked full of head lettuce that will be ready in several weeks. The beets are coming along nicely and should be available next week. We are finally making our brussel sprouts available. They had a rough year and really are not much to look at, but taste great and are small enough to not have to split them before cooking. Broccoli is holding on nicely outdoors and our huge planting of cauliflower just might make it here in the next couple of weeks, fingers crossed! Some really nice heads of mini cabbage are looking quite tasty as well, they just need a little more time. The difference in growth this time of year is that of a snail compared to a rabbit in the summer. Our daylight hours are down in that 10 hour range which really slows plant growth, but the temperature has been quite mild, so crops are holding well...just not growing as rapidly as some impatient farmers would like them to!


CSA NEWS:

One of the ways that we can judge how our business model and farm in general are doing is by membership renewal and new member sign-ups throughout the winter. This fall membership season has been the most encouraging that we have had yet. Already 1/3 of our total membership from 2011 has signed up for the 2012 season, with several new folks jumping in right away as well. Generally, we have not reached these goals until sometime in late January to early Feburary. A huge thank you for your support is due!

How is your egg supply? That has been the question of the year. It seems the answer has been the same...not good.  We have decided to work with This Old Farm to help supply winter eggs while our 300 new baby chicks are getting themselves ready for spring. You can expect these eggs to closely resemble ours with the same feeds and the same pasture raised birds. Consequently, we will have stewing hens available as whole, frozen birds as soon as next week. The meat will be great for soups and broth, because of their rich flavor. Eggs can be added to your order under the Tranquil Ridge Meat & Eggs storefront.

Ordering our products? If you have signed up and made your down payment for your 2012 share your account has been credited to match your payment. If you have not signed up for next season yet, you can still purchase our products at the Indy winter market on Saturday mornings.

***If you are a new member, you will need to create a password to use your account do that here:

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

Sign up for your 2012 membership here:

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


Have a Great week

Nate, Emily & Jensen



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