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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. 

Nate, Emily and Jensen

Tranquil Ridge Farm
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.

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.


Posted 4/28/2009 8:29pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

.....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!

Posted 4/10/2009 2:46pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

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!!!


Posted 4/9/2009 10:01pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

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

Thanks again

Nate and Emily

Posted 3/8/2009 7:45pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

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.

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