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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



Posted 10/23/2011 10:20am 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 HERE
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


FARM NEWS:
Saturday morning was the end of most all of the tender crops. A hard frost settled in, a little later in the year than normal. What a great treat it was to have beans, peppers and tomatoes the last couple of weeks in October!
I can't help but feel a little relief as one season ends and another begins. Our work load definitely slows this time of year but does not stop. Our CSA members will still receive their fresh greens with a mid-week delivery and we will still participate in one Saturday market downtown Indianapolis; the Indy Winter Farmer's Market is being held in the City Market this year.

We do have some new arrivals here at the farm. On Monday we brought 9 little piglets home. Jensen helped us name the largest and the smallest of the group. Pork Chop would be the big guy and Pookie is the runt of the group. On Thursday Jensen went with Emily to pick up 300 baby chicks that will eventually give us those beautiful eggs that we all love so much. Everyone has settled in nicely. I had forgotten how much fun baby pigs can be, watching them eat the leftovers from harvest is great.  They devour kale, lettuce and radishes! I think that they may actually like all those veggies more than we do!

CSA NEWS:
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO USE YOUR 2011 CSA CREDITS as they expire on October 31st.  Make sure and fill up on all of this week's offerings. Thanks for a great year and all the support each of you has given us here on the farm.

The 2012 season begins in 2 weeks; the week of November 6th will be the first delivery.  We will continue to promote our CSA program to as many folks as we can in the coming months. We have created brochures that explain our system, farm, and family. Your help is needed to spread the word!  The future of our farm is no doubt going to be supported by our community of CSA members. We will be adding as many new delivery locations as needed to make sure convenience is not a reason behind not joining a CSA. IF you are in a area that is not currently serviced by us, let us know and we will work to find a suitable time and location for delivery.

If you live in the Indianapolis area, the Indy Winter Farmer's Market will serve as the pickup location.  The market is on Saturday mornings from 9-12:30 and will be held indoors at the City Market.  We are currently looking into a pickup location on the north side which will also be on Saturday mornings as well.  We will share the news as soon as we reach a decision.

Thanks again for all your support.

2012 MEMBERSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE HERE
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members
Returning members click the link at the top of the page to renew

Enjoy the next two weeks...we will!
Nate, Emily & Jensen

Posted 10/16/2011 8:29am 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 MEATS HERE
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


FARM NEWS:
Sounds like Wednesday and Thursday mornings are going to be the last days for the peppers and other tender summer crops, due to the weather. We have found a few beans that made it throught the first little frost, but I am sure this week will be the end of them as well. Broccoli, spinach, kale, kohlrabi and other fall brassicas will no doubt become sweeter in the next week.
Only two more weeks in the market season, please be sure to stop by your local market on Saturday mornings and support your local farmers!! Remember rain or shine, cold or hot, the market is always open.

CSA NEWS:
Most of you are closing in on the last of your cash in the online account. This is great!  It seems our system has worked really well for everyone! We are excited to leave another season behind us and looking forward to a great year ahead.
*50% down reserves you another membership for the 2012 season with the remaining balance due on March 1st.*

We have a few tomatoes available for you this week. These are the ones that we pulled off of the last plants and have let ripen off the vine in boxes. They still have a great flavor, although not quite the same as the vine ripened gems of the summer. A few beans have made it through as well, so enjoy the last little bunch of them. Monday or Tuesday would be great days to come out and pick bulk for half price if anyone is interested in canning!  Beyond that, it is quickly becoming salad and greens season.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK
Nate, Emily and Jensen
Posted 10/2/2011 11:47am by Nate & Emily Parks.
TRANQUILRIDGE 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 HERE
http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/383


Farm News:

Mr. Jack Frost decided to come early this fall. It is still a little early to see all of the problems that he may have caused out there, but looks like the beans, tomatoes and eggplant have had a pretty bad night. Thankfully we pulled as many tomatoes as we could find last night before they were hit, so we should have a decent supply for the next couple of weeks. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, some late cabbage and kohlrabi took it all in stride and should have a bit more sweetness in their flavor this week. We will begin to harvest brussel sprouts next week; unfortunately it looks like we will harvest them off of the stalk this year as opposed to the normal whole stalk product we are used to. Spinach will finally be ready next week as well. This will be from our third planting this fall, the first two just would not germinate in the heat, so they were plowed under and reseeded once again. There's a beautiful week ahead of mid to upper 70's during the day and mid 50's at night perfect weather that will hopefully be around for a while. It's funny how this usually happens; one small frost and then perfect growing weather for a few more weeks.

CSA NEWS:
We've had a lot of questions this week about the egg shares, so I would like to explain the situation a little more. We are planning on having eggs available all year. We are also planning on replacing the entire flock over the winter; this means at some point I will not have nearly the supply as normal. I am not making an individual egg share available because I am not prepared to say that we will for sure have them every week at all times. I know the girls have made some of you addicts to their amazing eggs, and we don't want to be without them either. But the economics are saying that we have to replace the girls with some younger more productive dames. Members will always have first priority to them, and if we are short non-members will be the ones to lose out that week.

NEW PICKUP SITES:

There is a possibility we will be adding a pick up site in Monticello and as well as Carmel this winter.  For pick up this winter in Lafayette, we have the option of utilizing the current West Lafayette location at Calvary Baptist Church or a Lafayette location at Great Harvest Bread Co.  Please send us your feedback as we have not yet decided on a location. 
Jerry and Janet Lecy of G.H.B have also just purchased the Great Harvest Bread franchise in Carmel and we are looking to make that the next Indianapolis area drop off site.
Looking for a site near you or to host a site? Let us know we are always looking to expand.

Have a great week
Nate, Emily and Jensen

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