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Posted 6/5/2016 9:35am by Nate & Emily Parks.

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In the Store This Week:
Spinach
Salad mix
Red leaf, romaine, red and green butterhead lettuce
Swiss Chard
Kale
Strawberries
Cucumbers
Mint/Rosemary

And here we come the crops!!
Strawberries really took off last week and probably were at a peak on Friday when our incredible crew of 10 picked 552 quarts! We were able to give everyone two quarts last week and hope to do so again this week; we will see how harvest goes. A much needed rain should help finish sizing them up, and hopefully not sacrifice their incredible flavor we have so enjoyed this spring. It's a catch 22 really; more water equals larger berries but also a bit less flavor as the water can dilute the sugars in the berries. In any case, fresh, local berries are far better than store bought!
We also hope to get some tomatoes out to you guys this week as harvest really begins to kick in on the early heirlooms in the big greenhouse. A few red tomatoes from the old seedling house that were planted in February are beginning to turn. We picked about 6 pints of cherry tomatoes last week as well - a sign of what's to come over the next two weeks! Zucchini outdoors is flowering like crazy and really setting some nice fruit with the above average temperatures we have had the last week or so, I look for them to be available early next week.
Spinach is back and we will harvest as long as the weather will let us. Spinach really likes cooler temperatures but we have been able to keep it really moist and it looks great! Enjoy it for a couple weeks here until the weather really turns to summer!

 

From Emily's Kitchen
It's getting hot outside and nothing sounds better than a homemade sangria!  I found one using strawberries and rosemary and wow, is it GOOD!!
GET THE RECIPE

Need a non alcoholic one for the littles?  TRY THIS ONE...I added mint, put some fun twisty straws in their cups and down it went!
 
 
Eggs are available this week, but they are now coming from Homestead Heritage in Kokomo.
We sold the last of our 175 hens last week and the coop is now empty! 
Brian will be returning soon from his 4 month long trip and will most likely start a new flock here on our farm when he returns...we'll keep you posted. 
 
 
Posted 2/24/2016 2:24pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

How bittersweet it is; our February break from deliveries, newsletters and markets is coming to a close. We will start deliveries again Wednesday, March 2nd.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM  

The months of January and February on the farm are some of the most intense mental days we will have all year. We plan out more that 65 field blocks with 585 beds, 204 varieties and 20 acres, so that we can have a constant supply of fresh food from May through November, with some storage and greenhouse crops on the front and back end of that time frame. The year will again be unpredictable and have some wild ups and downs, but with a solid plan from the beginning of the year through the end, we have a road map to follow to keep us on track. In the midst of the season there is no time to sit down at a computer and try to figure out what to do next!

CROP UPDATE:

Spinach is making a nice comeback and it will be our only fresh green available until probably the first part of April sometime along with some tasty microgreens. The month of March looks to only have a few delivery days with spinach, microgreens, eggs and pork available. We expect the variety to increase as we get closer to May. The greenhouses have all been cleaned out - the soil re-worked and new seeds planted. We seeded last week just ahead of this warm spell to help speed germination at this unpredictable time of year. A lot of seedlings have already been started in the heated greenhouse and we will really begin to fill it up quickly as March moves into April. My goal is always to be ready to go with a nice variety by May 1 which is a challenge and also very exciting to think that month is just weeks away!

OTHER NEWS:

Another project that we took on this winter is a large 20,000 square foot heated greenhouse space! This was brought on by a local nursery closing its doors after 25 years of service in our area, a commitment from Emily's father to see this farm be a staple in our small community of Rossville, and having a permanent position available for one of our most talented employees who graduates Purdue this spring, Micah Koehler-Marsh. It is a big commitment and investment from all involved.  We believe the long term benefits of this extra food production space as well as the opportunity to have a separate retail space and the addition of early season plant sales to cash flow will be well worth the risk. Behind the scenes, we have another fantastic employee (and also a Purdue grad), Hannah Thoman working on our event calender for the year (as well as numerous other things)!  We are excited to have these events planned with our first event on May 1st exclusive only to our CSA members!

 


 

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If you haven't renewed your membership now is the time! Hurry, with only 75 memberships left for the 2016 season, you might lose your chance!  Have questions? Contact us or visit our FAQ page for more details.

Posted 11/29/2015 10:24am by Nate Parks.

What's Happening on the Farm  

The holiday season is officially upon us. With nearly 40 people at our Thanksgiving feast this past Thursday it is easy to see that we are blessed with a huge family, all of who are still determined to spend time with each other several times throughout the year. Credit our grandparents for making this a priority that we all continue in their honor.  It also means it was the first time since the first weekend in May that we did not harvest, wash, pack and deliver food on a Friday and Saturday morning! The main season is a long never-ending haul, and the finish line always feels like a breath of fresh air!  

Here is the exciting part!!  This week we are back at it with loads of fresh greens, hearty storage crops and of course those candy carrots that you just can't stop eating! 25 items are still listed in our CSA store this week - and it's the last week of November! We have been working over the years to build our winter supply of local food to this point. Now the challenge seems to be keeping people engaged and informed that indeed we do still have a supply of food available. Around our table, the meals have certainly changed to a lot of salads, soups, sauteed greens and all those savory tomato dishes from the frozen and canned goods of the summer. 

Certainly, the pace has slowed a bit on the vegetable production side here, and now the race is on to make sure all the animals are in a nice comfortable place for the cold that is certain to come our way. The hens are in their winter quarters now, and this week we move the pigs from the main barn out to a hoop structure we are building on the edge of the woods. Why move them from the barn to the woods? We will be moving my Dad's herd of 5 Red Poll cows, who are due in March to calve (have their babies), to our farm and taking over the management on a daily basis.  We are so excited to be able to continue to build this herd that my grandpa began 70 years ago well into the future! It is a big step for my Dad to let the cows go from his daily routine. Imagine having these animals in your life on a daily basis for more than 60 years! I am excited to have Dad and my older brother Mickey continue with selection and breeding of the animals as we go forward in building the herd back up to 20-30 cows! I am lucky to have these two be a part of this farm in any way.  Their combined years of experience with livestock is approaching 100 years, and they will bring solid knowledge and experience that cannot be learned from any text.   

The vision Emily and I have had for this farm over the past ten years is now really coming together. We see the beauty of what will continue to be Silverthorn Farm in the coming years and it is exciting!  


 

Items in the store this week include:

Salad Mix, Spinach, Head lettuce, Kale, Chard, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Super sweet carrots, Cabbage, Turnips

2016 CSA members please login here to place your order.

Non-renewed 2015 members, please login here to place your order.   

 

From Emily's Kitchen

Greens, greens, greens....that's what's for my breakfast - in the form of a smoothie! I try to mix up the greens every time I make one and so I'm not getting an overload of one vegetable.  There are so many smoothie recipes out there to choose from and a lot of the time I just use whatever I have in my fridge or freezer! Here's a link to some that I've tried in the past - I sub plain yogurt or raw milk instead of using almond or coconut milk like some of these recipes call for.  Smoothies are such an easy way to get your daily dose of greens! Kids too!  


 

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Posted 11/1/2015 8:52am by Nate Parks.
WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM?


And the mild fall rolls on! Each week that we continue to harvest outdoors gives us one more week of harvest in the greenhouses this coming winter. Right now the greenhouses are full, healthy and basically ready for harvest. Each day brings about 10.5 hours of sunlight now, and when we drop below 10 hours, the plant growth slows to a halt until early February. The plan for the indoor crops is to grow as much weight and mass as possible as these crops will hold their quality through much of the winter weather.  This gives us a lots of fresh greens to add to our supply of root crops in storage!  Root crops in healthy supply for this winter include potatoes, beets, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, fennel and onions. These crops should be available deep into spring. Sweet potatoes are not holding up well at all, but should be available through the first of the year.  It looks like we will be able to continue harvest and deliveries through at least the week of January 16th at this point which means only a small void in regrowth before mid-February.


 

From Emily's Kitchen
 

Lettuce wraps are my favorite thing to eat lately - now one might say it's because I'm 39 weeks pregnant and hungry...well maybe!  But if that weren't the case, I'd still like them!  The crunchy leaves of the romaine and iceberg are perfect to wrap chicken or tuna salad in.  I experiment a lot with my chicken salad by using plain yogurt instead of mayo (unless I make the mayo myself), grapes or chopped apples, chopped pecans, a splash of lemon juice, hard boiled eggs, onions, celery, oh and dill - lots of dill.  Did anyone else get dry their dill this summer?  I always do so I have plenty to get me through the winter!  Mix and match with any of these ingredients until the taste is right for you!

And who tried the rutabaga fries with the chipotle dipping sauce from last week?  Or the spinach pesto? 
It's 10:00am...I might be hungry for dinner already!

 


 

CSA MEMBERS

We are now accepting new members!  You can start ordering fresh vegetables as soon as you SIGN UP!

Existing members can renew your memberships by clicking here - it's that easy!  Remember, if you have an existing balance, it will transfer to our new model.  After signup, these balance transfers will be done manually and we will contact you via email. 

PIGS!  Many of you are wondering, "where is the pork?"  It's coming, we promise.  We haven't gotten the meat back from This Old Farm yet and just had our walk-in freezer installed this past Friday.  We are scheduled to pick it up sometime this week which will give us ample time to inventory and have on the order page for next week!

** Renewed members for 2016: please use the 2016 CSA member store to place your order - there will not be any prices attached to the items. You will login and choose the 2015-2016 CSA member store.   You may place your order here. **

** Non-renewed 2015 (and previous) members: If you haven't renewed your membership to 2016, please continue to use the old store with pricing attached. You will login an choose the 2015 CSA member store.   You may place your order here. **

Are questions regarding the new system still looming?
Contact us or visit our FAQ page for more details.

PLEASE NOTE:
CSA memberships purchased in the fall of 2013 are expiring or have expired due to the 24 mo rule attached to the old system.  Please check your old membership as your funds will be "donated" to the farm and will no longer be able to be used for ordering. 

 

 

 

Posted 10/11/2015 10:23am by Nate Parks.

What's Happening on the Farm

It is harvest season all across the Midwest and scenes like the one below can be seen all across the countryside. But what is different about this empty corn field? It is the end of one era and the beginning of another! The Meador family has been farming the land that we call Silverthorn Farm for more than three decades and this was the last season that they will be on our land. It is a bitter sweet moment for they have spent much time, effort and care in farming this land. Now it is our turn and I can hardly contain my excitement for the possibilities this will bring to us in the future. We will be growing mostly soil building cover crops over the coming years and establishing perennial forest crops, permanent pastures, water retention ponds, and swails where needed. When completed, our hope is for a farm full of life, diversity and resilience in an ever changing climate! What an opportunity that we are truly blessed to have in front of us.


 

CSA members

Place your weekly order here!

As you login (and you must login first), you will notice TWO different online storefronts - one with prices on the vegetables and one without prices.  If you have signed up for the 2016 season, please make sure you choose the 2015-2016 store (without pricing on the items) and select a pickup location.  This was one of the glitches we encountered last week.  If you're unsure if your order is correct, please check with us.  If you are still using your current membership, please choose the 2015 store (with prices attached) and choose a pickup location. 

 

EGGS:  The hens are in their molting phase which means a significant decrease in production.  There's not a thing we can do about this but to take eggs off the ordering page for the next two weeks. 

**If you ordered multiple eggs last week and only received one or none, your account has been credited. **  

 

As our new season and "system" for 2016 is up and running, we think most of the glitches have been addressed...thanks to some fabulous CSA members and our web hosts. Our new membership program has brought out much emotion from both members and fellow farmers. Our new system will be a perfect match for those who eat vegetables as a regular part of their diet and cook often. Our new model will not work well for those who occasionally like to add some local products or a favorite seasonal item to their diet. Our CSA continues to be a free choice model, in order for us to manage a free choice system such as this we must have consistency in orders. With our 2015 (and prior) model there was no incentive to order regularly and utilize your credit on our available product other than the 24 month expiration date. This resulted in a weekly order sheet that could be as low as 30% of total members up to a high of maybe 75% on any given week. This created a nightmare for planning crops and the waste stream flowing in our fields became too high to be reasonable. The new system puts more responsibility on our members to really reap the benefits of the membership.

Here's where the commitment lies for you and us:  We commit to growing you as much food as we can within each season and you commit to a monthly payment that we need financially as a farm to do so. The connection is now the support of the whole farm system and not the individual price of an onion or a bunch of kale. You are now in the same position as your farmer and his staff are. Here is the food we have produced this week, now just get what you need and feed yourself and your family.

Issues: The issue of children being "free" is that some with no children feel they will be subsidizing families. We have listened, hear you and understand that a 50 year old couple with no children at home eat less food than a family of four with two teenagers at home! Contact us directly about this while we will consider accommodations for these situations with our existing members.

2015 Members with balances: There was some mass confusion last week in regards some of the language used in our newsletter.  If you have an existing balance, your membership will NOT expire at the end of the year.  We will of course honor our 24 month commitment stated at the beginning of the 2015 season.  As we move forward with our business model, we want to strongly encourage you to use up your funds so we all can move on with the new system.

 

From Emily's Kitchen

The broccoli is beautiful this time around and it sure does make an awfully good cold broccoli salad.  It's one of our favorites and super easy to make (I like super easy, if you haven't guessed!) It calls for mayo as part of the dressing - remember, you can make your own OR substitute plain yogurt.  Get the recipe!

Freezing broccoli for the winter?  Yes, please!  Again, super easy and a great addition to your plate in February!

Check it out here!   


 

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Posted 9/27/2015 9:01am by Nate Parks.

What's Happening on the Farm  

October arrives this week and the 7 month grind begins to slow as we head into fall. We still have about 5 acres of field crops that we are actively harvesting and maintaining for the next few weeks. A far cry from the 25 acres of actively managed, planted, weeded, and harvested land during the summer. The rest of the fields have been "put to rest" for the winter months. Our last plantings of the year consist of a diverse concoction of winter rye, tillage radish, hairy vetch, red and white clover, oats, and rye grass. This planting has more benefits to our land than any other of the year! Building organic matter, containing erosion from winter rains, fixing nitrogen, mining minerals from deep within the subsoil and creates an ideal environment for all of our little soil life to survive and thrive through the winter. Cover crops, as they are known, are planted anywhere and anytime that we have bare soil. This time of year we are planting winter hardy varieties that will survive the winter and take off with a vengeance in the early spring. Cover cropping has really gained attention and traction over the past few years.  While the benefits of this practice are just beginning to be known, there is little doubt in the spring when we go into these fields that the soil is much different than that of the field where we were not able to get cover crops in soon enough before the weather turns to cold for significant growth.

With time to breathe from the field work we turn our attention to infrastructure improvement and cutting the massive pile of firewood logs we have accumulated this summer. We had to purchase a 53' semi trailer with a reefer unit this fall for all of the storage crops coming in. We will be taking off the running gear and placing the trailer behind our packing shed for a much improved storage facility. New fencing in the woods for our latest set of piglets is next on the list, the protection along with the forage available to them throughout our woodland will be a great asset as we go into winter.

Look for the debut of our new CSA model by the end of the week!  Existing members will be the first to find out all of the details.  We are making changes within the website as we speak so bear with us if you're trying to find out any information as it's under construction for the next few days.  Thanks to those of you who have helped us with this transition behind the scenes.  

 

CSA members Place your weekly order here!  

New this week:

Salad mix is back!

Spinach

Beautiful heads of Red and Green butterhead lettuce

Broccoli raab

Green beans - if there ever was a time for canning these, it's now!  Contact us to place a bulk order for canning

Again, thanks for all of your patience as we set up the new system! Look for an email this week outlining the exact details of the changes!  

 

From Emily's Kitchen

Too bad we didn't grow any dry beans this summer, but you can always pick up some cannellini beans at the health food store for this recipe!  I eliminate the anchovies because, well, I just don't think I like anchovies!  Here's broccoli rabe's debut! Get the recipe.

Get your canners out one last time before the summer ends and can some green beans!  You'll be thrilled to be eating them in February!    


 

 

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Posted 8/30/2015 7:39am by Nate Parks.

What's Happening on the Farm?

After 6 weeks of incredible harvest, we are finally hitting a wall this week. One of the great challenges of this endeavor is not only producing the first fruits of the year but to consistently produce those fruits week in and week out. Considering the early weather problems, I feel pretty good about the year. We are entering in a two week lull of the last of what is left of the summer crops and the beginning of the fall greens and root crops. Timing is everything from here on out; as daylight decreases, so does plant growth. What took 45 days in mid-summer will now take at least 60. The last of the field crops will be seeded this week and next before we begin clearing our the greenhouses and seeding them for December harvests.  

There will be a three week slow down from us until we hit our stride again late September/early October, when broccoli, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, Napa and green cabbage, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, rutabaga, spinach and all of those tender fall lettuces come on strong!   


 

Beware - this is long, but includes some very valuable thoughts and information! Please take time to read!

We have appreciated the dialogues we have had during this past week regarding the content of last week's newsletter.  It helps to hear your thoughts and opinions.  Here's the breakdown:

~One common theme is that 90% of you love our current system of ordering what you want when you want it each week. We agree! That part of our system is here to stay as we have no intention of changing it. Our problem has come this year with trying to make the entry into our system more affordable for those wanting to try it out.  In doing so we have dropped our overall average share price significantly! This has resulted in a real hike in the actual cost to us per member, from the labor and management side of our model.

~Here's what we have to do: We must design our membership options around the concept so that it makes sense from a labor/cost standpoint.  With five years of our CSA program under our belt we feel good about how to handle the crops and plan for this type of membership.

~Challenges: The biggest challenge of our current model is not the crops and how much of each to grow (we have five years of records showing us what percentage of each item most of you order). The challenge is the added cost of managing, packing, and tracking 320 people each with different orders, balances and delivery locations. Packing a traditional CSA box is very simple to structure in the packing shed - each box is identical.  With our system, first, each location must be broken down into the total quantity of each of the 40 different items into correct counts. Second, each order is read, packed, checked and set aside until that total delivery location is completed. Third, we double check that all items are packed, boxes labeled correctly and move on to another delivery location and repeat. This is a much different process than assembly line packing of 300 identical boxes. This IS the model we believe in for the future of our CSA model. We also believe that at the moment 300-350 members is our capacity as far as how many of these custom orders we can manage correctly in any given week.

~Here's the dilemma:  If we want to continue with this system we MUST make sure that it is priced appropriately so it is sustainable for us as a farm for the long haul. I have said this before and I will say it again; our farm is what we plan to do for another 20 years and hope to pass it down to another generation someday so that they can continue this mission.  We must these make critical decisions along the way so that we can stay viable, sustainable, and profitable.  

~Here's what we're thinking: The idea of making our shares affordable is something we like.  A system of 12 monthly installments automatically deducted from the member's account or a member could choose to purchase the share in whole for a 10% discount.  We will go back to offering two share sizes: one for two adult household members and one for single adult households. Many of our members travel for work or vacation and we want to accommodate those types of situations.   

~One last change that we really want:  We set our share price according to what we need to earn per share for the year.  How about eliminating prices and available credit?!   SAY WHAT?!  Yes, that is what we're brainstorming.  There is no need for credits or cost per unit of vegetable! Prices and available credit will go away - how will you order,  you ask? We want you to order whatever you need for the week without concern of using up your available credit.  We want to get back to the notion that you reap the benefits of the farm you are supporting. Let's be rid of that price tag on each item every week, we never have liked that.  We would much prefer a price tag of the total share cost divided into 300 members. Then each of the 40 weeks or so that we have vegetables and eggs available you just order however much you need to feed your family for that week!

(Side note: How we integrate meats is still a work in progress - we have very accurate cost and demand for our vegetables and eggs, the meats will more that likely be an add on with monthly deliveries of some sort.)

After several years of trial and error, we truly feel this might be the way to make this work, a community coming together to support the cost of a farm and this type of agriculture.  The community truly sharing the weekly reward and the risk of that comes with it.

Keep your thoughts coming, even though we haven't had a chance to respond to all of you, w have read and appreciate all your input. Let's continue to make Silverthorn Farm better for all of us every year!

AT THIS TIME WE WILL BE DISABLING NEW MEMBERSHIPS.  EXISTING MEMBERS MAY ADD CREDIT AS USUAL AS WE CONTINUE TO BRAINSTORM AND MAKE THE CHANGE TO THE NEW SYSTEM.

Posted 8/9/2015 9:26am by Nate Parks.

 

What's Happening on the Farm?

One of my favorite and most challenging crops to grow are tomatoes. Our wholesale accounts have taken such large quantities over the last month - a great thing for us!  Filling those orders in June is such a challenge; searching every plant over and over to find enough fruits to fill the orders. Our field tomatoes start coming on slowly through July and by this time in August the amount of fruit on the vines is incredible! To give you an idea of just how much, we harvested 2,000 pounds on Friday! An awesome haul and an awesome job to try and move all that product as soon as we can. More than half of that amount were already spoken for and the market was able to take care of a large portion of the rest of them. It's hard to believe that here in about three weeks or so we will probably be back to searching for enough fruit to make up orders again! The ebb and flow of the season always keeps you on your toes!  

NOW is the time to can, freeze, or juice tomatoes for your winter treats! At $1.25/lb for Romas and $1.50/lb for medium red tomatoes (all sold in ten pound boxes), this is the time to really save some money and stock your pantry with some great food! If you are NOT a CSA member but would like to order tomatoes in quantity, click here!


CSA MEMBERS Click here to place your weekly order with Silverthorn Farm.

If you need to add more money to your account, here's a quick link to help you get started.  Remember, we give you $$ FREE money $$ for spending more of yours! AND you still have 24 months to use it!   

From Emily's Kitchen

In being obsessed with a certain food website, I find that most of my posts are from this same one!  I can't apologize for this because ALL of the recipes are SO good!  Today's recipe includes cherry tomatoes, basil, and eggs.  It's super easy and makes for some "light eating", plus who can deny how good our cherry tomatoes are?!  Especially those sweet, little, yellow Sun Golds! Get the recipe!  


 

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Posted 7/12/2015 9:30am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Farm News:

Take time this week to go for a drive. Find any road that leads you away from urban area.  Drive slow and observe your surroundings - rural Indiana is in a world of hurt! I am not not just talking about my farm, not just vegetables, this is wide spread  damage that will have a far reaching impact through our communities and into our food system. I think it is important for all of us to do this.  Go out and see what is happening in the countryside; it won't take long for you to understand the severity of the last 4 weeks of non-stop rains.

What does it mean for us and our supply of food for you?  Right now if you go to order your food for the week you will find 40 options from which to choose, the bounty certainly seems great from a distance. But from my end, the loss in production and increase in labor is dramatic and really is the difference from profitability and trying to hang on another year.  I think the only total loss this year will probably be the cantaloupes and watermelon.  Other items like sweet corn, green beans and now carrots will be in short to no supply for the year. These fields have been saturated for so long they have lost the ability to "breathe" and absorb the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. 

The reality is that we have about three weeks left until our last fall root crops can be planted - August 10th to be exact. We will be doing all that is possible to pull out a fall harvest to salvage some of this wild season. So the lesson of the year for all of our supporters is eat as much locally and seasonally as you can right now! Don't wait anticipating the next crop or that the bounty will explode, eat what we have now and support as many local farms as you can. This is the third year out of the last four of wild weather, struggling crops and limited profits. Keeping farms in business is priority one for our local food system to survive and thrive, and this year will no doubt be a test of that!

CSA Member News:

The online store is open and will close Tuesday at 8:00am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 8:00pm for weekend deliveries. Click here to place your order!

New in the store this week:

Sweet bulb onions

sweet corn - limited quantities

Butterhead lettuce

New potatoes

Ancho poblano peppers

 

***Please remember to return your produce boxes. They should stay at your delivery location after pickup for us to reuse from week to week. We will also reuse your egg cartons as well.

When ordering, remember you MUST receive an email confirmation in order to ensure we received your order. If you don't see one in your inbox your order did not go through. Feel free to email us to double check if you are unsure.

Green curly kale is back! After the first few months of delivering, you might remember the kale we had to offer was a flat leaved green kale. We had more than a few comments on it and members wondering where that curly kale was! It's back on the ordering page now. Bursting with vitamins K, A, and C it's ready to be prepared in your kitchen!

Coming in the next few weeks is a new look to our newsletters! Stay tuned!

Nate, Emily & kids

 
Posted 6/28/2015 8:16am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA Member News

The online store is open and will close Tuesday at 8:00am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 8:00pm for weekend deliveries. Click here to place your order!

New in the store this week:

Tomatoes

Jalapeño peppers

Hot banana peppers

Shishito peppers

Red and Savoy cabbage 

Cucumbers

EGGS

The mystery item remains!

 

Farm News:

I have tried to keep a real positive tone for our newsletters this year - maybe to keep myself in check! The reality of this  season is getting pretty nerve racking. We brought in 4 extra people last week, and will do the same this week trying to keep ahead of weeds and searching for windows of opportunity to get our fall crops, and summer greens plantings in the ground. With 12 of us running around we can definitely make some real progress. The challenge now is when do you commit people and assets to saving crops and when do you stop the hemorrhaging and till a crop under? The problems are not just weed pressure - we are actually in ok shape there with only a few crops that need tilled under and started again.  It's the endless and excessive rains that are stunting, killing, and bringing in so much disease pressure. These are the areas where we have to make difficult decisions, the last planting of cantaloupes for example were set about two weeks ago right before this weather set in. The plants are yellow, stunted and under weed,disease and pest pressure. That planting is our last chance really to get late melons out; replanting now risks frost before they are ready, saving them means more than likely low yield and poor quality. This example is repeated across the farm on several different crops and really poses the biggest management challenge for me personally.  Thankfully, it's still relatively early and I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet!

CSA News:

Tomatoes are ready and we are packaging them a bit differently this year. You will notice a count with each type and a typical size range. This is going to make packing much easier for us and hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect when you receive your order.

Eggs are finally available this week as well! ***Please limit yourself to one dozen per order for the next couple weeks as they begin to lay more each week.

Head lettuces were shredded this past week by either heavy rain or some minor hail. It may be a couple weeks before the next plantings recover and they become available again. Arugula is about the same, but lettuce mix will continue for the time being.  We will probably have a void in the mix here in a few weeks because of all of the missed plantings in the last couple weeks.

 

Thanks for your continued support!

Nate, Emily & kids

 

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