Farm News & Blog
.....until the first day of the Lafayette Market. Fresh lettuce and spinach will be the main crop this weekend, along with tomato, herb, cucumber and squash plants. Of course, the incredible, edible egg will accompany the veggies too!
We are still working hard on recruitment for the CSA, which is off to a great start. Only three weeks until the first delivery. The first batch of chickens will be processed the week of May 10th. Reserve yours now while they are still available.
In other news.....after almost a decade of dragging our feet, Emily and I are expecting a little boy this fall, sometime around Oct. 3rd. Em and the little man are both doing great.
Thanks for all the support in advance this year.
See you at the market!
Hope you all have had a chance to check out our CSA membership that we are offering this year. We are so thankful to have had such a great response so far. We are excited that there are so many people that share the same ideas about sustainable agriculture as we do!
The greenhouses are getting fuller by the day. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and strawberry plants are thriving. It looks like the rain will let up soon. We will be able to transplant broccoli and cabbage into the field. Nate has been working non-stop preparing the ground for plantings. He likes "playing" on the tractor!
Last, but not least, we are happy to announce the newest arrival to the farm this week. His name is Percy. Yes, you guessed it...a cat to catch those darn mice that seem to precisely pick out and eat newly planted seeds right out of the flats!
Won't be long before we're seeing green!!!
We now have google checkout available for csa membership as well as a much more interactive ordering process. If you have already signed up and sent in your subscription form go ahead and go through the process online and check the payment box as pay by check. Also you will notice something else that I have changed, the first share will begin on May 27th instead of the 6th. The price of shares has been adjusted accordingly, and if you are already paid in full we will send the difference back to you immediately.
A few reasons for the later start date, I feel like we need those extra couple of weeks to try to fill the subscriptions. Our goal is 50 members, right now it looks like we are halfway. Also the rain has really slowed us down in the fields, and I would rather make sure your baskets are full right from the start. There has also been alot of request for visits to the farm, we do welcome you to come out and see what we are up to. Things are crazy at the new farm right now, which means that we are there working most daylight hours, just give Nate a call if you want to stop by (765)230-0735 leave me a message if I don't answer and I will get back with you as soon as I can.
I hope these changes make sense to all of you, I really think it will be the best way to start out on the right track, Don't forget to spread the word. I have said in the previous mailings that we are first come first serve on memberships, I will leave the signup tool online as long as shares are still available up until May 20th which is the absolute latest deadline
Nate and Emily
At last! Planting season has officially begun here at Tranquil Ridge Farm. We've been working hard in the greenhouses this weekend planting seeds and trying not to get blown away by all this crazy wind! So far, we have planted onions, leeks, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and spinach. Thankfully, the greenhouses are staying nice and warm with the help of the sun! Lettuce and spinach will be available by the 3rd week of April.
100 baby chicks have arrived on the farm this week. These girls will be laying fools by August! Next week, we will be expecting the first batch of broilers of the year and will be ready for eating by May 1st. So get your orders in, they will go fast!
We do have eggs available now and also some smaller whole chickens available for purchase at $3.50/dz and $3.50/lb respectively.
Spring doesn't come fast enough this time of year! We are all anxiously awaiting some warmer tempuratures. Even the hens want some fresh grass and bugs to forage! They spend most of the cold days laying their eggs....of which we have plenty to sell.
The house is coming along well. Plastic will be up on the greenhouses this week and planting in the greenhouses will begin the first week of March! Look for spinach an salad greens in late April!
Thanks for checking out our site! We are in the process of setting the website up, and are excited about this new outlet for us.
We hope to hear from you soon.