4485 W CR 1000 N Rossville, IN 46065 Google Map 765-230-0735
Banner
banner

Farm News & Blog

Catch the latest news and information from our farm right here.
Posted 7/5/2010 10:16pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
             TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN



FARM NEWS:

It feels a like we have been running a nonstop marathon for the last 10 days, but the farm is looking better because of it. New plantings have been put in, lots of weeds have been pulled, cultivated, tilled, and yes even a weedeater has been used. Onions have all been pulled and garlic is hanging happily in the rafters of the barn for a few more days. We are even starting to see a few eggs from our new laying hens, a sure sign of the bounty to come.
The only issue... not sure what is worse: watching paint dry or tomatoes ripen.  Maybe it is waiting for corn to finish out just a little more until it is exactly where we all love it to be. I have never been known for my patience.  Dad's favorite saying was always "Patience, Parks".  So, another week comes and goes with no tomatoes or corn, possibly by the weekend, pretty soon I suppose I will be wondering what it the world are we going to do with all these tomatoes?
On another subject, we (as in my Dad and I) will be processing another calf this month and should have beef available as soon as Aug. 1st. We will be selling 40lb. boxes of meat, including 22lb of hamburger 10lbs of roast and 8lbs. of steak. The price is $7.00 per pound, or $280 for the box. We will have approxamately 10 boxes available on a first come first serve basis. Send us an email or give us a call to reserve a box or ask any questions you may have.

Veggies:

Kale
Bell Peppers
Hungarian Hot Wax Banana Peppers
Jalepano peppers
Maybe a few Eggplant
New Potatoes
Garlic
Onions
Summer Squash
Fresh Herbs (Basil,Thyme, Sage, Summer Savory, Parsley)
Carrots
Cabbage


CSA NEWS:

Another week with limited selections. I think we will have enough bell peppers for everyone to literally have one. A few jalepenos and hot bananas will be available as well. I really don't think I will find enough tomatoes out there for everyone tomorrow, but if I do you can be sure you will have one. The corn looks like it could be ready by friday at the earliest.  If it is, we will let you know and you can pick it up Friday at the farm or Sat. in Lafayette, if you would like. We will send an email out if this is the case. Green beans are finally forming, possibly have a few next week. This will be the last of the cabbage this week. Try and use it up for us, I would hate to see it go to waste! Thanks to everyone's enthusiastic help the last couple of weeks.  It really has made a difference for us. 
This spring has been especially tough for us, and we really don't know what we would do without the financial and moral support of our CSA customers. So thank you once again for supporting Emily and me and eating what the seasons are giving us. 

Nate, Emily and Jensen 


 
Posted 7/5/2010 10:15pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
             TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN



FARM NEWS:

It feels a like we have been running a nonstop marathon for the last 10 days, but the farm is looking better because of it. New plantings have been put in, lots of weeds have been pulled, cultivated, tilled, and yes even a weedeater has been used. Onions have all been pulled and garlic is hanging happily in the rafters of the barn for a few more days. We are even starting to see a few eggs from our new laying hens, a sure sign of the bounty to come.
The only issue... not sure what is worse: watching paint dry or tomatoes ripen.  Maybe it is waiting for corn to finish out just a little more until it is exactly where we all love it to be. I have never been known for my patience.  Dad's favorite saying was always "Patience, Parks".  So, another week comes and goes with no tomatoes or corn, possibly by the weekend, pretty soon I suppose I will be wondering what it the world are we going to do with all these tomatoes?
On another subject, we (as in my Dad and I) will be processing another calf this month and should have beef available as soon as Aug. 1st. We will be selling 40lb. boxes of meat, including 22lb of hamburger 10lbs of roast and 8lbs. of steak. The price is $7.00 per pound, or $280 for the box. We will have approxamately 10 boxes available on a first come first serve basis. Send us an email or give us a call to reserve a box or ask any questions you may have.

Veggies:

Kale
Bell Peppers
Hungarian Hot Wax Banana Peppers
Jalepano peppers
Maybe a few Eggplant
New Potatoes
Garlic
Onions
Summer Squash
Fresh Herbs (Basil,Thyme, Sage, Summer Savory, Parsley)
Carrots
Cabbage


CSA NEWS:

Another week with limited selections. I think we will have enough bell peppers for everyone to literally have one. A few jalepenos and hot bananas will be available as well. I really don't think I will find enough tomatoes out there for everyone tomorrow, but if I do you can be sure you will have one. The corn looks like it could be ready by friday at the earliest.  If it is, we will let you know and you can pick it up Friday at the farm or Sat. in Lafayette, if you would like. We will send an email out if this is the case. Green beans are finally forming, possibly have a few next week. This will be the last of the cabbage this week. Try and use it up for us, I would hate to see it go to waste! Thanks to everyone's enthusiastic help the last couple of weeks.  It really has made a difference for us. 
This spring has been especially tough for us, and we really don't know what we would do without the financial and moral support of our CSA customers. So thank you once again for supporting Emily and me and eating what the seasons are giving us. 

Nate, Emily and Jensen 


 
Posted 6/28/2010 9:12pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
             TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
               LOCAL  FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN



FARM NEWS:

A dry week ahead?? What?!
Thankfully we got quite a bit of planting done Sunday morning just before the 1/2 inch of rain that fell early this morning. Many more succession plantings in the field will happen this week as well as beginning to fill the greenhouse again with fall cole crops. Hopefully we will find some actual crops growing under the beautiful canopy of weeds.
We have had a few issues with crops not handling the spring weather very well.  Oions and garlic have had to be pulled almost a month ahead of schedule, green beans froze early in the spring, drowned on the second planting, and now the third planting is finally flowering. Cucumbers, zucchini and melons all fell victim to cucumber beetles early. The third try for them looks like it might work as well, although it will probably be late August before we have them available. On the other hand, sweet corn should be ready late next week, three weeks ahead of last year. Tomatoes are just about to explode, should have a few late next week as well. Peppers and eggplant are looking good also now that the weeds have been put to rest by Mike and Sally Harmon, two very hard working CSA members. A big thanks should also go out to Tim, Misty and Ashton for discovering potato plants under a forest of broadleaf weeds and crabgrass and helping haul in a few hundred bulbs of garlic.
It is always nice to get another view of what is happening here at the farm. A spring like this can really have you frustrated.  But all of that seems to disappear when 8 year old boy (Ashton) comes out on a ninety degree day and decides this is the coolest place ever and he thinks maybe he wants to be a farmer when gets older...mostly because of how much fun it is. It is true you know, I get to spend my days playing in dirt, driving tractors, and eating food that we pull from the ground. Sure it's hot, wet, dirty and definetely hard work, but what a great view I have from my office window.

VEGGIES:

ONIONS
GARLIC
NEW POTATOES
CARROTS
SAVOY CABBAGE
RED CABBAGE
MINI HEAD CABBAGE
BROCCOLI
BASIL
SUMMER SQUASH
KALE




CSA NEWS:

One more week of kale and cabbage. Hang tight for just a couple more weeks and we will have more of a selection for you once again. Lettuce is gone this week, probably for about 5-6 weeks depending on the weather. Sweet corn, Tomatoes, Peppers and egg plant should come in the next two weeks. A little summer squash and new potatoes will be available this week, but not in large quantities. Thanks for your patience and support.

Nate, Emily and Jensen



Posted 6/25/2010 12:23pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Happy Friday to everyone!
Our second batch of chickens have been processed, are being picked up as I type, and are ready to eat...FRESH.  You're welcome to come out to the farm today to pick yours up OR we will be at Lafayette Farmer's Market tomorrow from 7:30-12:30.
Boneless breasts, thighs, drumsticks, wings, whole roasters, and whole, pre-cuts are available.
Have a great weekend!

Posted 6/21/2010 10:34pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
            TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
              LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN

FARM NEWS:
Three weeks now of constant rain...even as I write, I hear 60mph wind, and who knows how much rain is  hammering down on us!?  After last spring, we can't help but close our eyes and cross our fingers that the greenhouses and tomatoes are still standing. Unfortunately, that seems to be what we've been doing every week this year.
 
On an organic farm, weeds are just part of the deal, but right now we are entering crisis mode. When weeds are small, eradication is fairly quick and easy. Now they are getting established, especially grasses,that makes for a very difficult situation. The other problem is that when you can actually get in to hoe or cultivate, a rain comes right afterwards and gives them the oppurtunity to re-root themselves. So, the task at hand now is to try and hand weed and enourmous amout of area in as short of period of time as possible. So if you love the sun, heat, mud, bugs and veggies, stop out and give us a hand, we would love to have you!
 
We are processing the next batch of chicken this Thursday.  We will have fresh, unfrozen chicken available this weekend. Let us know if you need to stock up. The last set of chicken was gone in about two weeks, so stop by early at market on Saturday. We have added another 165 laying hens to our flock who should be producing eggs by mid to late July. If you are always just a little too late at the market to get your fresh eggs, talk to us about buying an egg share. We can set the share up for the remainder of the season.  You just pay one time in advance and receive your eggs every week no matter what time you arrive at market. Winter egg share options will be available soon as well.

VEGGIES OF THE WEEK:
HEAD LETTUCE
BROCCOLI
MINI CABBAGE
SAVOY CABBAGE
TENDERSWEET CABBAGE
A FEW SUMMER SQUASH
RED CANDY ONIONS
WHITE CANDY ONIONS
FRESHLY DUG GARLIC (MUSIC, NEW YORK WHITE AND CHESNIK RED)
CARROTS
KALE
KOHLRABI
FRESH BASIL
EMILY'S SUNFLOWER BOUQUET'S



CSA NEWS:
Fresh garlic is coming your way this week!  Don't feel like you need to stock up just yet, let us cure and store it for you. The freshly dug bulbs will be best stored at room temperature in a dark dry place in your house until you are ready to use it. We will be hanging and curing it for the next few weeks so that you can enjoy it the rest of the year. Also, we have a few onions we are harvesting this week. These two varieties are having some disease issues with all of the rain and are being harvested early and smaller than normal. We dug some new potatoes over the weekend.  They are close to being ready, but still need a few more weeks to be worth the effort of digging. We tasted the first few cherry tomatoes this week! Oh yes, just a few cherries off of 250 cherry tomato plants. Within a couple of weeks we should have plenty for all to try.

**If you have a chicken share with us and would like to try it fresh send us an email, you can pick it up at the farm Friday evening or at the downtown market in Lafayette on Saturday morning.
 

Anyone have any extra time?  We could really use your help over the next couple of weeks trying to get weeds under control. It is muddy, hot and difficult work, but also very rewarding to turn around and look at the row of veggies that you just saved!

Have a great week
Nate, Emily and Jensen
Posted 6/14/2010 8:59pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
             TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
               LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN

FARM NEWS:
Rain, wind, and maybe a little more rain. What else could be on our minds this last week  You will remember the big sigh of relief last week when all the transplanting had slowed down. Now, our weeding, seeding and harvesting progress has hit a wall. But what exactly does that mean? Today it means frustration and anxiety, in August and September it means a big void in the products that we have available. Some crops like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant only get planted once in the spring. Many others will be planted four, five or even six times in some cases.  Right now, we are ready for the third and fourth plantings of most crops, but we are looking at 5-7 days before we can reasonably expect to get back in the field...that is if the forcast works out exactly as we would like.  August and September are traditionally our biggest months for sales revenue here on the farm.  Think of the Indy 500 when it rains for two weeks straight, no practices, barely get the cars qualified and then on the last half of the race a total wash out.
At least we are a small vegetable farm without a few million wrapped up in a race team!  Life goes on and we roll with the punches, but keep it in your mind around the first week of August when suddenly there are no carrots, and no corn til next week??


VEGGIES OF THE WEEK:

CARROTS
LETTUCE  MIX
BEETS
BROCCOLI
KOHLRABI
CABBAGE
SHELL PEAS
SNAP PEAS
KALE
COLLARDS


CSA NEWS:
Baby carrots will be the new kid on the block this week and hopefully a few more snap peas for everyone. We are in the last couple of weeks of spring greens before the summer squash, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes kick in. Thanks for all the help in making the pick-ups go smoothly. We are enjoying the new setup this year and hope that you are as well. Have a great week and we will see you soon.

Nate, Emily and Jensen
Posted 6/7/2010 11:04pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
                TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                          LOCAL FOODS...NATURALLY GROWN

FARM NEWS:
You know, those long road trips... the last hour or two on the way home. It's late, you're tired and you think there is no way you can make it home. But then you see your driveway just ahead, you perk up take a big breath and you know you are just minutes away from your nice, comfy pillow. That is where we are right now, the greenhouse is pretty much empty, most all of the fields are planted, and just a few more days and we are in harvest and maintenance mode. A huge relief to have so many plants set in the ground, by hand.I am not sure of the total number of plants that we have set this year.. but it is safe to say 8000-10,000.  All winter we contemplated buying a transplanter that mounts on the back of our tractor, to make setting plants more automated.  I waited long enough to make a decision that it was already time to plant again, and looks like we made it one more season with out it....maybe next year. A couple more acres of sweet corn, pumpkins, gourds, popcorn and Indian corn, and some peanuts, of all things, and we will be done with the main plantings. Thankfully, everything that is left to be planted gets done with the help of our trusty, rusty, tractor. Now, we can try to catch up to those lovely weeds that always seem to get ahead of us. All in all, the last 10 days have been very productive thanks to a lot of help from Bob, Justin, Ponch, Leandra, Lisa and, of course, Jensen. 

VEGGIES OF THE WEEK:

LETTUCE MIX
KALE
BROCCOLI
CAULIFLOWER
MINI-CABBAGE
BEETS
CILANTRO
LAST BUNCH OF GARLIC SCAPES
POSSIBLY SNAP PEAS AND SHELL PEAS
STRAWBERRIES ARE ALL BUT DONE
COLLARD GREENS


CSA NEWS:
We know life gets busy and picking up veggies on Tuesday or Wednesday evening may not be at the top of your list for the summer. But please understand that for us it is and that means no matter what, rain or shine, we are planting, harvesting, cleaning, packing, and delivering vegetables specifically for you. When you don't come to pick those products up, we waste time, energy and quality food. If you know that you will not make it to your pick up ahead of time, and let us know by Monday evening, and we can move your pick up day to Saturday morning at the Lafayette Farmer's Market. Otherwise, just let us know you will not be able to make it via email ( tranquilridgefarms@yahoo.com ) and we will gladly roll your units over to the following week and no product will have to go to waste. If it is the day of market or pick up an you realize there is no way you can make it, just send us an email to let us know. Thank goodness for the technology of those Iphones!  Thanks for your attention to this, we really appreciate all of your support. 

Thanks
Nate, Emily and Jensen
 


Posted 5/31/2010 9:42pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
              TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
            
LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN

FARM NEWS: Finally, we had a great week of dry weather. We feel much better about our plantings now, for most of our plots have been planted or are ready for succession plantings. The last big project is 6 acres of pumpkins that will go in by the first of next week. It is amazing what a week of sunshine will do to heat-loving summer crops. You can almost taste the tomatoes already! We had a great start with the strawberry season but it seems they are winding down just as quickly as they came on. Hopefully 2 more weeks. We are planning to at least double our strawberry patch for next year.... mostly because picking them is so much fun!!
The first group of chickens were processed last Thursday at This Old Farm Meats and Processing in Colfax.  We are really happy with the job they did for us, and happy that the drive is only fifteen minutes to Colfax instead of 2 1/2 hours  to Arthur Illinois!

VEGGIES OF THE WEEK: 
STRAWBERRIES
FRESH CUT LETTUCE
BROCCOLI
KOHLRABI
FRESH CILANTRO
GARLIC SCAPES
SALAD TURNIPS
PAK CHOI
KALE
FRESH OREGANO


CSA NEWS:
New items this week will be broccoli, cilantro, and garlic scapes.  Scapes are the seed stalk that hardneck garlic shoots up just before they start to concentrate on creating those incredible bulbs we all love so much. Use them with anything you want to season with that yummy garlic flavor. Try sauteeing them with kale, Pak Choi, any other veggies and a little olive oil, place on a bed of your favorite pasta, add a little Feta cheese and you have a quick delicious dinner.

**Chicken Shares begin this week. The variety pack will start with boneless skinless breast.**

Nate, Emily & Jensen

  



Posted 5/24/2010 10:02pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
         TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
          LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN


FARM NEWS:
Finally, a dry warm week.  We are about two weeks behind on quite a few plantings. By the end of the week we hope to catch up a little bit. Plants that are in the ground are doing well and no doubt will appreciate this week of warm weather, with the exception of our early melon plantings. Those of you who were at the farm tour a few weeks ago will recall the 3000 plants that needed to be planted. We got the job done and now there is nothing left. What happened?? Those darn cucumber beetles...they love our melons as much as we do.  There are times like these that being dedicated to organic practices becomes difficult. We don't have a lot of great options for control of these guys. Conventional producers have pretty involved chemical solutions on weekly or bi-weekly schedules. We don't want those products in our food, and I am sure you don't either. So, we plant again and hope to sneak some plants through.


VEGGIES:
Lettuce Mix
Buttercrunch Head Lettuce
Kale
Radishes
Strawberries
Joi Choi (Bok Choi)
Spinach
Fresh Oregano
Green Garlic ( Use like you would with green onions)
Kohlrabi


CSA NEWS:
The first week of deliveries went well overall. There's just a few things to address. When you are putting your share together it is important to tally your units as you shop. We may not always be able to help everyone through. Make sure to talk with Emily or me before you leave so that we can track your units used for the week.  We appreciate your patience. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see us do differently.

Nate, Emily, & Jensen



Posted 5/18/2010 1:04pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Hi everybody!
To clarify...today's pickup at Wabash Campus is located in the parking lot behind the chapel on campus from 4-6pm. 

If you're scheduled to pick up a the farm, your veggies are on the counter in the barn (along with a list of units...if we're not there to help). 

Sorry for the confusion!!!
See you in a few hours.

Delivery Day on 10/25/2017March 6th, 2017

We deliver to the following areas on Wednesdays: Kokomo, Lafayette/West Lafayette Logansport On Farm - Rossville

Delivery Day on 10/18/2017March 6th, 2017

We deliver to the following areas on Wednesdays: Kokomo, Lafayette/West Lafayette Logansport On Farm - Rossville

Winter delivery season has come to a closeJanuary 14th, 2017

We made it! Your Farmers made it! This week will be the last of our winter deliveries. Not to worry, however! We will resume weekly deliveries the first week of May. Winter greens and veggies have

Happening on the Farm