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Posted 5/17/2010 9:19pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

              TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                 LOCAL FOODS, NATURALLY GROWN


Farm News: May is here, markets have started, CSA deliveries officially begin this week, and planting season is in full swing. This is the time of year we wait for all winter and then feel like maybe our heads will explode when it finally comes. Farming the smaller acreage that we do with the wide variety of product that we offer, means a new planting of something every week.  Miss a couple of days, and your entire plan can get thrown out the window. Well...that is kind of the way it feels today! With a little over 3/4 of an inch of rain on top of already soaked ground, it is safe to say that this week's plan for planting beans, carrots, lettuce, corn, beets, fingerling potatoes, peppers, eggplant, fennel, burdock, parsnips, rutabagas, celery, artichokes, just to name a few is probably not going to happen! 
    The good news is what is in the ground already is doing great! Strawberries are really coming on strong and everyone will get a taste in this week's CSA selection. Our greens couldn't be happier, and broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and cabbage will be ready soon. Our first planting of 700lbs of potatoes have finally come through the soil and are looking great. Thankfully we already have two plantings of carrots, beets and corn that are doing well also. And the way it looks right now this just might be the best batch of weeds that we have ever grown....

Veggies this week:
Mixed lettuce
Kale
Spinach
Radishes
Turnips
Joi Choi (asian Green)
Strawberries
Fresh Oregano


Chicken:
We will be processing a few birds this Thursday and should have them available for market on Saturday. The bulk of the birds will be processed next Thursday in time for your first chicken shares on June 1st. We are still in very short supply of eggs, but have located another 100 Laying hens that will begin to lay eggs by late June, this will give us about 225 layers and help us to keep up with demand this summer. If you don't have an egg share with us, please be patient, for we will have some for you to purchase soon.

CSA News:
Deliveries to Wabash Campus and West Lafayette Farmer's market begin Tuesday evening at Wabash from 4-6pm and Wednesday evening at West Lafayette from 3-6:30. Let us know if you will not be able to make it.
Hope to see you there.
Nate, Emily and Jensen









Posted 5/4/2010 10:31pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

                 TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                   Local Foods, Naturally Grown


CSA News:

This week marks the begining of our CSA program. We met our goal this year for membership growth from 28 last year to 61 this year...pretty amazing when you think about it. Our first pick up this year is here at the farm this coming Sunday May 9th. We decided to start the the year off here at the farm so you would get a chance to be better connected with us, you food, and your farm. Pick up is from from 2-6pm you are welcome to walk the gardens and check out the greenhouses while you are here. We will give a little tour at 3 and 5 just incase you want to ask some questions and learn a little bit more about what we do.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM:
Mapquest has our address and location correct if you want an easy map. If you are coming form Crawfordsville, take State Rd. 32 east out of town go over I74 to the second road on your left (625 east) turn left to the second drive on the right. From Layayette take 231 south to Crawfordsville, take I74 east towards Indianapolis and get off on the first exit you come to (exit 39) this will be state Rd. 32 turn left(east) to your second road on the left (625 east ) then we are the second drive on the right. 
A note about our driveway... we are off the road a half mile, so the drive is pretty long. Along the lane there are 3 stone pull offs in case you happen to meet someone coming or going. 

GOODIES THIS WEEK:
The start of the season always brings us the greens we have been missing all winter:
SPINACH
LETTUCE MIX 
KALE
Also the Radishes are ready for you spice up the salad or just make a nice sandwich?? 

Also this week we will be getting Asparagus from our good friend and excellent organic farmer Kevin Cooley of Cooley Family Farm. Asparagus takes a few years to establish and we have not been here quite long enough to have our own yet. So enjoy the treat....Grilled with some sea salt would be best!

Egg subscriptions also start Sunday, Chicken shares begin June 1st.

FARM NEWS:
Generally things are going pretty well this spring. We are ahead of schedule on most of our early plantings, and 2300 Tomato plants were set yesterday...about one to two weeks ahead of normal (fingers crossed). Strawberries won't be ready this week but I think the following week we will begin harvesting. Our first chicks are already out on pasture and the second batch just arrived last week. Seven very entertaining pigs call this place home now as well. Have you ever seen what happens to a pig pen when we get 2 inches of rain in three days?? West Lafayette market begins tomorrow, we will be there but only with tomato and herb plants, we are saving the bulk of the harvest for saturday market and sunday CSA shares.

If you are not able to make it Sunday, you will still have your total units available and your shares will begin at your shceduled pick up the following week Tues. the 18th at Wabash, or Wednesday the 19th in West Lafayette.

Have a great week and hope to see you this weekend.

Nate, Emily and Jensen

www.tranquilridgefarm.com

Posted 5/4/2010 10:28pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

                 TRANQUIL RIDGE FARM
                   Local Foods, Naturally Grown


CSA News:

This week marks the begining of our CSA program. We met our goal this year for membership growth from 28 last year to 61 this year...pretty amazing when you think about it. Our first pick up this year is here at the farm this coming Sunday May 9th. We decided to start the the year off here at the farm so you would get a chance to be better connected with us, your food, and the farm it comes from. Pick-up is from 2-6pm. We welcome you to walk the gardens and check out the greenhouses while you are here.  We will give little tours at 3 and 5 just in case you want to ask some questions and learn a little bit more about what we do.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM:
Mapquest has our address and location correct if you want an easy map.
If you are coming fromm Crawfordsville, take State Rd. 32 East out of town, go over I-74 to the second road on your left (625 East) and you'll turn left. Our lane is the second drive on the right. From Lafayette, take 231 South to Crawfordsville, take I-74 East towards Indianapolis and get off on the first exit you come to (exit 39) this will be State Rd. 32 turn left(east) to your second road on the left (625 east).  Our lans is the second drive on the right. 
A note about our driveway... we are off the road a half mile, so the lane is pretty long.  Along the lane there are 3 stone pull offs in case you happen to meet someone coming or going. 

GOODIES THIS WEEK:
The start of the season always brings us the greens we have been missing all winter:
SPINACH
LETTUCE MIX 
KALE
Also the radishes are ready for you spice up the salad or just make a nice sandwich! 

This week we will be getting asparagus from our good friend and excellent organic farmer, Kevin Cooley of Cooley Family Farm. Asparagus takes a few years to establish and we have not been here quite long enough to have our own yet.  Enjoy the treat....grilled with some olive oil, garlic and sea salt is the way we like it!

Egg subscriptions also start Sunday.
Chicken shares begin June 1st.

FARM NEWS:
Generally, things are going pretty well this spring. We are ahead of schedule on most of our early plantings, and 2300 tomato plants were set yesterday...about one to two weeks ahead of normal (fingers crossed). Strawberries won't be ready this week, but I think the following week we will begin harvesting. Our first chicks are already out on pasture and the second batch just arrived last week. Seven very entertaining pigs call this place home now as well. Have you ever seen what happens to a pig pen when we get 2 inches of rain in three days??
West Lafayette market begins tomorrow.  We will be there, but only with tomato and herb plants. We are saving the bulk of the harvest for saturday market and sunday CSA shares.

If you are not able to make it Sunday, you will still have your total units available and your shares will begin at your scheduled pick up the following week Tuesday, the 18th at Wabash College, or Wednesday, the 19th in West Lafayette.

Have a great week and hope to see you this weekend.

Nate, Emily and Jensen

www.tranquilridgefarm.com

Posted 3/18/2010 8:25pm by Nate & Emily Parks.
   It's hard to believe that April is just a few short weeks away. Sunday, April 18th will be the last day for sign-up, and all payments for the 2010 season will be due.
     We are off to a good start but still only about halfway to our goal for this season's membership.  Thanks to all who have already signed up.  Your membership helps us so much with planning and seed purchases.  The greenhouse is full of life with the help of the warm sun we've been getting.  The cole crops, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower,cabbage, carrots and onions will soon be planted in the field!
  
Some exciting news for the CSA shares....
1.  We've decided that it makes more sense for your units to rollover from week to week.  This means you can use half one week, double the next, or skip a week if you are gone.  We think this will be the best way for you to receive the most value for your investment in us.  This will also relieve some of the pressure early on in the season for us when there may not be as much product available.
2.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 9th, for this will be the first pickup for shares of 2010.  As most of you know, the first delivery is actually a pickup here at the farm. We will not be delivering any shares this first week to Lafayette or Crawfordsville.  You will have to come and see us to get it.  Try not to think of this as an inconvenience, but as a chance to really see where your food comes from.Pickup time will be from 2-6 Sunday afternoon. Bring the whole family and check out all the goodies we have growing for you this year.

One last note...we will be at the Montgomery County Garden Show, held at the fairgrounds, next weekend on Friday night and Saturday talking about our farm and CSA. Make sure to stop, say hi and check out all of the great products our county has to offer.

Thanks and have a great Spring season
Nate, Emily and Jensen

Posted 1/8/2010 11:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.
Happy new year!!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  This one was extra special for us. It really has been amazing to share our holidays with Jensen.  He is doing great; growing and changing every day and already 3 months old! 
   
It us hard to believe that we will be starting up the greenhouse in just four weeks.  Looking outside on days like today, summer seems a long way off, but it will certainly be here soon.  We are working hard on our planting schedule. 
    
We are excited for this coming season, where all of our energy can be placed on our crops. The house is almost complete, with just the outside to finish.  Some of our buildings are getting rearranged to make our work a little smoother.  We will be expanding our operation a little more this year by leasing another 15 acre parcel on the farm, which now puts us around 26 acres of land to work with. This will allow more room for healthy rotations of cover crops and fallow ground for the future.
    
Thanks to all who have rejoined our CSA program for this year.  We are already off to a great start with membership signups.  Our CSA program is perhaps our most exciting oppurtunity for growth. Last year was the first year, and we feel like we learned a lot from that experience, which is why we decided finally to have a call-out meeting.  The membership program will have some changes for this coming year; same concept, but with a new approach. 
We are going to give you a choice on what is in your share for the week.  At the pick up location we will set up similar to our market booth, with each item having a value of either 1/2 unit or 1 full unit. Full share members will have 9 units per week to spend and half share members will have 5. 

This new process should help us and you in a few ways.  We don't have to decide exactly what each one of you would like to eat each week, nor spend a large amout of time and labor packaging the veggies. This means if you want to can green beens or tomatoes one week then you can load up on green beens or tomatoes and nothing else. You can chose to spread it out any way you like. Each week we will have a given selection to chose from, and a suggestion as to how you might like to use them.  We are excited about this new process and welcome your feedback. 
     
We are pleased to annouce that we will host an informal meeting to discuss our program and answer any questions you may have. Membership options for this coming season are set up online, if you would like to pay with credit card.We will sign you up manually at the meeting if you prefer payment by check.We have reserved the Classroom in the basement of the Crawfordsville Public Lirary for Jan. 23 at 1:00 p.m.We look forward to seeing you all there and hope that you will pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested. 

Thanks
Nate, Emily and Jensen

Tranquil Ridge Farm
www.tranquilridgefarm.com
   
 
Posted 7/13/2009 12:35pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

We are happy to announce that we're going to be attending the West Lafayette farmers market on Wednesday afternoons at Cumberland Park from 3-6:30.  For the time being, we will no longer be vending at the Purdue market on Thursday afternoons. 

Another round of heavy rain and wind hit the farm on Saturday afternoon!  3 inches of rain fell in about two hours!  Much to our dismay, the sweet corn was blown over by the brunt of the storm.  Hopefully it will revive itself and be ready for harvest in about 2 more weeks.  Our 250 tomato plants partially damaged by the collapse of our 100ft greenhouse in the last storm are still alive and producing!  We are thankful for that.  Everything else is in full swing! 

We do have chickens available for sale at both markets or for pickup at the farm.  They are available frozen in whole, whole pre-cut, boneless skinless breasts, thighs, drumsticks, wings, backs/necks, gizzards, hearts, and livers.
Pricing is as follows (per pound):

Whole:                                  $3.75
Whole pre-cut:                        $4.00
Boneless, skinless breasts:        $8.25
Thighs:                                 $5.25
Drumsticks:                           $5.25
Wings:                                  $3.75
Backs/Necks:                         $2.00
Gizzards:                               $2.00
Hearts:                                 $2.00
Livers:                                  $2.00

Thanks for all the support.
Have a great week!
Nate and Emily

Posted 6/21/2009 2:05pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


Wow,
That's about all we could say when we got home from market saturday afternoon. We knew the storm was pretty bad friday night, but never thought is was this intense, we made through all the spring storms with no issues. Friday night we lost completely the 20'x100' greenhouse and the 28'x 50'  has been badly damaged.

The larger house was full of tomatoes and peppers that should be ready within the next week or two. The smaller house was just replanted last week, so not much produce damage there.  I think the tomatoes will make it for a while outside, but the close spacing of the greenhouse will not be ideal for the element outdoors.

Outdoors we had lots of wind damaged plants, time will tell how well things recover. Broccoli, sweet corn and head lettuce seem to be the worst off, we had 500' of pole bean trellising wiped out, but salvageable I beleive.

It's amazing, just when you think youv'e got things under control Mother nature reminds you who's in charge. The upside is no one was around the farm to be injured and all things are replaceable. Still hard to see all that hard work, time, energy and money gone in less than 5 minutes.
Posted 6/14/2009 8:49pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

We may have been a little busy the last month or so, hence the absence of our updates!  There is little chance to rest this time of year! 

Reinforcements are coming this Tuesday...our friend from Honduras will be here to help us around the farm and to finish remodeling the house. 

Farmers market is thriving!  We appreciate and love to see customers return week after week, which makes all the hard work worthwhile.  Sharing recipes is one of Emily's favorite things, and Nate loves to "talk vegetables"!

Expect to see a variety of veggies this week at the market: summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, kale, lettuce mix, swiss chard, collards, peas, fresh herbs, and possibly beans.  There are only a few cut-up whole and whole chickens available this week.  The next group of chickens are due to be processed around the first of July.  We'll have breasts, thighs, and legs available at that time. 

Thanks again for all your support!

 

Posted 5/11/2009 9:30pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that this will be the last week for CSA sign up for 2009.  First delivery is set for Wed May 20.  Location for Wabash pickup TBA.  Time will be 4-8pm.  Pickup will also be available at the farm from 5-8 on Wednesdays. 

For Lafayette CSA members, the first three pickups will be on Saturday May 16, 23, and 30th from 7:30-12.    Pickups after those dates will be at the Purdue market, located at 403 Wood Street, starting on June 4 from 3-6:30pm. 

Please verify pickup locations by logging into your account on our website: www.tranquilridgefarm.com.  If you haven't set up an online account, please do so now in order for us to know what location we need to deliver your basket. 

Now for the good stuff....the first basket will have fresh spinach, lettuce greens, and possibly radishes and kohlrabi.  For those of you who have chicken and/or egg shares, those will be delivered as well. 

We have chickens available for purchase if anyone is interested.  If you didn't purchase a chicken or egg share, you can still place on order by emailing us the Monday prior to your pickup day.  Pricing is as follows: 

Whole Roasters                         $3.75/lb

Whole Roasters (pre-cut)            $4.00/lb

Boneless Skinless Breasts          $7.25/lb 

Thighs                                      $3.75/lb

Drumsticks                               $3.75/lb

 Wings                                       $3.75/lb

 Livers                                        $2.00/lb

 Hearts                                      $2.00/lb

 Backs and Necks                       $2.00/lb

 Gizzards                                   $2.00/lb

 

Have a great week!

Nate and Emily

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/4/2009 8:34pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Aren't you curious to know what's in store for this week at the farm?  Lots of things are happening around the place!  Strawberries, dill, cilantro parsley, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli are being transplanted outside in the field. 

Chickens are being processed this Thursday.  They will be ready for sale fresh on Friday and frozen at the Lafayette Farmer's Market beginning this Saturday. 

Whole, frozen birds will be $3.50/lb. 

Pre-cut whole frozen birds are $3.75/lb

Drumsticks, thighs, wings and boneless, skinless breasts will also be available.  Pricing to follow.

In addition to chicken, we will have available fresh salad greens, spinach, tomato and herb plants, and fresh eggs at the market this Saturday.  Thanks for everyone's support at the farmer's market this past weekend.  It was a big success!  We are so excited to be able to be a part of it.

 

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