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Posted 4/22/2012 9:33am 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, the deadline is APRIL 30TH.

Here is the link to help you get started:

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

 

 

FARM NEWS:  

We enjoyed our first market of the season yesterday in Lafayette.  It was a mini market for Earth Day; everyone could take advantage of our greens and pastured pork!  The first days of the actual market season start May 5th in Lafayette and June 2nd in Carmel.  We are looking for a second person to help out with the Carmel Farmers Market on Saturday mornings this summer.  If anyone is interested, please let us know!

As mentioned above, we will keep our CSA memberships open for one more week until April 30th.  We have had several more members trickle in this past week and we appreciate each and every one of you! 

Grilling season is upon us!  The pork we have in our freezer is amazing; we encourage you to take advantage!  I made biscuits and gravy this morning with the salt, pepper & sage breakfast sausage.  Wouldn't you know I  had some hungry boys peeking over my shoulder in excitement!  It didn't take long for tummies to get full!


Enjoy the week ahead!

Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 4/15/2012 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!!


To pay your balance online:

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

If you haven't signed up for the 2012 season, the deadline is APRIL 30TH.

Here is the link to help you get started:

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


Farm/CSA News:

The week I have been worried about for the last month is now behind us. We had two mornings dropping to 27 degrees and one light frost the morning after that. Even our cold hardy crops had a rough time with widespread damage throughout. From peas to beets and radishes, everything seems to have been set back a little bit. But, with a few nice days and a perfect rain after our last freeze we can finally make an assessment of the fragile strawberries. I have been concerned all spring about how fast they have been coming on; frost and freeze are not friends of berries! Thankfully I would say we only have around 10-15% loss of total yield so far. Depending on this upcoming week of weather, we may be picking the first couple of berries. We will keep you posted.

I told Emily yesterday (under my breath) that we were actually in a good place and ready for a week of rain. With all of our outdoor seeding caught up, potatoes planted and transplants on schedule I feel pretty good about were we are.  A month ago I felt like we would be behind again all spring. The weather has definitely cooperated for planting, but now the rain is needed badly!

NEW PRODUCT ADDED:

We are excited to be able to offer you local honey on the website now. We have been looking for bee hives for the last couple of years and have finally found a perfect option for us. We need several hives a year for proper pollination; with no experience with bees I have always been hesitant to just put out several hives and figure it out. We have found Bee Friendly Beekeeping, a great company out of Lebanon who is working with small farms like us to supply hives throughout the season and manage them for us. We love and use honey in everything at our house and are excited to be able to give you a source of clean, local honey. It is packaged in one pound bottles and available on the vegetable page. We should have this item available for the rest of the season!


If you feel like you are spending your credit faster than you thought, there is always the option to add money to your account  if you wish to do so.  Keep in mind your 15% or 10% discount/bonus (if you received one by paying early) will apply to the extra amount paid.

Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily & Jensen

Posted 4/8/2012 4:44pm 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:

Happy Easter!! Hope you all are having a great day with family, as we have. This week was another great week of progress and everything has made it through the frost without any problems. Of course, all of our fragile plants are covered and we are bracing for several cold mornings this week. The berries are holding up well, and there is a chance we will be picking some by late next week.
Each year I try to plant enough potatoes to last us well into the winter. The last two years we have had enough supply for CSA members through October, but no extra for sale. We doubled our planting again for this year, which means we just planted 2000 pounds.  Potatoes usually yield 10bs for each pound of seed planted. Yes, that means we are expecting 20,000 lbs this year. Time will tell, and hopefully we will come up with a potato digger by the season's end.

You will notice some additions in the pickup locations the FIRST week of May.  Calvary Baptist Church will be our drop off site for West Lafayette; Lafayette Farmer's Market will be our pickup location for Lafayette; Great Harvest Bread CARMEL will stay the same through May 12th, then pickup location will change to the Carmel Farmer's Market thereafter.

Update on Rossville house/move:

The house is set and ready to remodel; the yard is even seeded at this point. We have been working ground up there this week as most of the land will be planted to clover and pasture mix. We will be planting about 5 acres of winter squash there as well. The renovations on the house will be slow for most of the summer. We will have subcontractors taking care of the well, septic and electric installation over the next few weeks. It is pretty exciting to see that old house in its brand new location!

Have a great week!
Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 4/1/2012 9:16am 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:

I love this time of year.  Everything is green, fields have been plowed and tilled, plantings are up and out of the ground, and no weeds...yet!  The strawberry plants are loaded with blooms, about a month ahead of normal!  Potatoes will be planted early this week and of course, more seeding in the greenhouse. 


This week we have available lettuce mix, radishes, leeks and asparagus!  The asparagus comes from the garden of a friend of ours who lives in the Darlington area, Gary Cox.  The patch is over 20 years old and has always been well maintained on an organic level.  The asparagus will be limited to one order per member. 


Have a great week!
Emily, Nate & Jensen

Posted 3/25/2012 9:10am by Nate & Emily Parks.

TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
LOCAL FOODS... NATURALLY GROWN

 CSA STORE IS CLOSED THIS WEEK

 


To pay your balance online:

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



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

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


Farm News:

To put it lightly, this spring is both wonderful and troubling at the same time. How so? The warm weather feels great, and it has allowed us to plant a lot more crops outdoors than we normally would. Remember, the last frost date is typically May 15th...another 7 weeks away. The scary part about planting outdoors right now is the unknown, what might mother nature have in store for us in April? So planting a little bit of all of our early crops and taking a calculated risk to have some early product is the name of the game right now.


Our strawberries are nearly in full bloom right now, which means the possibility of strawberries in April! Usually blooms will initiate in the last week of April with berries ready to pick the first couple of weeks of May. So what is the problem? Frost and/or freeze can wreck a crop and I'm not positive we are out of the woods yet!


Keep your eyes on the 10 day forecast and your fingers crossed because the upside of the mild temps could be lots of summer crops coming in a month ahead, but the down side could mean we start all over again. That's the risk we take and CSA members take with us!


CSA NEWS:

There will not be any deliveries this week. The kale has finally gone to seed after a full year of harvest. The heat inside the greenhouses has proven to be too much for the spinach, and the quality has dropped to the point of time to plow it under. 


The good news is next week we will have fresh salad mix, radishes, leeks, and a very special treat of asparagus!


Please make sure all of your balances are paid in full this week. We still have several of you out there with your deposit paid but a balance remaining. This is also the last week to sign up and receive a discount on your share. After April 1st there is no additional discount given.


Have a great week!
Nate, Emily & Jensen

Posted 3/18/2012 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!!


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:

Perfect timing for the rainfall we had overnight.  We've been ambitious this week; planting everything we can, indoors and out!  23,000 seeds planted carefully into their flats...and that was just yesterday...more to plant today.  Luckily for us, Jensen keeps busy getting wet and dirty in a big bucket of water.  He even planted some of the kale seeds yesterday; he'll tell you all about it if you ask him!

Look for more items to become available in April.  Lettuce mix, radishes, leeks will be ready within the next few weeks.  Again this week, you will notice new additions to our available meat.  All the pork available was raised by us.  The animals were pastured and fed organic grains.  


Time is quickly passing with only two more weeks to get your discount on CSA memberships!  Remember, signups after April 1st, will not receive a discount.   The link above will take you directly to the signup page.


Enjoy the weather again this week!

Emily & Nate 




 





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





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