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Posted 5/3/2015 9:36am by Nate & Emily Parks.

The online store is now open until Tuesday morning at 8:00am for midweek deliveries and Thursday evening at 8:00pm for weekend deliveries.

 

FARM NEWS:
 
Two weeks ahead of typical recommendations for our area, our tomatoes were planted Friday, May 1st! We all seem to fall victim to our devices: phones, Ipads, and computers. My vice this time of year are my weather apps and all the possible trends between each source that I follow.  At the end of it all I roll the dice a bit and go for the early planting. It is not often that we have such a positive 2-4 week outlook for early May. So let's be ready for the early year when it is presented but also be prepared to cover it all up if I am wrong!
 
All of the rest of the summer crops will be going out Monday as much as possible before the rains come...and we hope they do. Why chance it? We are in the business of creating and selling food in an environment which gives us just a precious few weeks of full production through July, August and into September. If we can add a couple of weeks to the front end of that window, it gives us an opportunity to extend the season forward and ensure ourselves against a possible early end to the year... you never know how the fall will play out! Remember the 15" of rain in late August last year?
 

CSA NEWS:

If you had trouble with placing an order last week please try again this week and email us separately to verify that your order was placed and received. There is nothing more frustrating than going to pick up your order and finding it is not there! Let's be proactive and work together to make sure it is a great experience for all of us! If you have doubts about whether your order has been placed correctly please call or email us before Tuesday so we can make sure you are taken care of!

 


 
*Broad Ripple Farmer's Market
What an awesome opening day! Thanks to all who continue to come out and support us and the top market in Indy! We love the frantic pace of an active market! Emily and I didn't even have time to get in each others way:) And it felt great to do a market together again after so many years! We rocked it!
 
*The farm store on the farm is full of all those plants you need to get off to a great start with your garden this year as well as fresh greens and raw milk cheese! You'll also appreciate Emily's beautiful hanging baskets and potted annuals brightening up your home! We are open Monday-Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 10-4pm.
 
 
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Have a great week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


 

 
 
 
Posted 4/26/2015 7:35am by Nate & Emily Parks.

THE ONLINE STORE IS OPEN NOW UNTIL

TUESDAY MORNING 8:00AM

 

FARM NEWS:
The season has arrived... but not without some sleepless nights here lately. As I write this newsletter we are looking at another night down around the freezing mark. We had two frosty mornings this week, but everything came through with only minor leaf burn. The early plantings are always a roll of the dice! So far we have about 6 acres in the ground and growing now. We are actually on schedule and moving through spring pretty well. The rains we have received have not been downpours, only nice soaking rain followed by a lot of wind which gets us back into the field pretty quickly. This week we start setting out the summer crops: tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, cucumbers and more sweet corn. Our first planting of sweet corn made it through last week and is about 6 inches at this point, should be ready by the end of June! We are transplanting all of our sweet corn this year. This is an attempt at perfecting our stand of corn, jumping way ahead of weeds and getting crops to you up to a month ahead of direct seeding!
 
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CSA NEWS:

We are now on schedule for deliveries every week until Thanksgiving! Please take time to read at least the CSA news part of each newsletter EVERY week. Most questions and issues can be taken care of just by reading the first few lines of each newsletter.

Greens will be our mainstay for the next three weeks or so until some of the radish, green onions, leeks, beets and carrots come on. Enjoy the wide range of head lettuce available right now.. they have never been more beautiful. We also have put potatoes back online and available as seed potatoes. These are what we have not planted for our own fields, and are still very edible, we had some for dinner last night. BUT they do have sprouts and they are softer than typical, so be aware! They will come unwashed and sprouted!

We will now have two Saturday options for pick up added, Broad Ripple Farmer's Market and here at the farm. We will no longer be at the Lafayette market so make sure to use one of the mid-week pick up locations. We are also adding another location in Indianapolis of 86th and Meridian for Wednesday pick up (St. Luke's United Methodist Church).

Thanks for remembering to mindful of pickup times and days.  Most of the pickup locations are businesses and we need to remember to respect their time and willingness to let us utilize their space for drop offs.  If the pickup time is from 4:30pm-6:00pm, please don't show up at 3:00 asking for your food.  Depending on how the delivery route is going that day, there's a very good chance it won't be there yet anyway!

Thanks for your help with this.  We appreciate it and so do our good friends hosting delivery sites!
 

 
*Broad Ripple Farmer's Market opens this coming weekend, May 2nd! Emily and I will both be there to start the season off! We are excited to once again be able to do market together, it has been 4-5 years since that has happened....I am sure she will go along with MY way of setting up our booth and not HER way! We shall see!
 
*The farm store on the farm will be opening this Saturday, May 2nd from 10am - 4pm.   In addition to vegetables, we will have plants and flowers for sale!   Lindsey will be here on Saturday to help you in any way she can! 
 
 
 
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


 

 
 
 
Posted 4/12/2015 12:00pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

THE ONLINE STORE IS OPEN NOW UNTIL

TUESDAY MORNING 8:00AM

Picture: Lettuce heads on the sides with tomatoes in the middle of each bed.

 

Farm news:

There's been a lot of progress both inside and out in the last two weeks around here! We have had some rain, but no severe weather or torrential rains as so many in our surrounding areas have had. Our first plantings outside have poked through the ground, and transplanting has been going well with another large round to go in this week - everything is growing well! The greenhouse continues to bulge with loads of food and plants. We received our fertilizers over the past week, including over 10 tons of minerals and micro-nutrients to help remineralize and heal our soil along with 20 tons of composted poultry manure for long season support of our plant's needs. We really are pushing hard this year to try and heal our soil - soil tests show deficiencies across the board in nutrition. The huge investments we are making now will help to get us the get soil back to a sustainable level of nutrient density for the long haul!

Yes, you see PIGS!

Jensen and I went north to Rochester on Friday morning to pick up 12 more piglets. They are right at home with the other three that we have had for a month and a half. Everyone is in a training pen right now and will be for 3-4 more days. We train them to respect an electric fence, so that we may move them literally anywhere on the farm or woods with only  a strand of wire. Once they have touched the wire one time they are pretty well trained to not go near it again, and it becomes a psychological barrier more than a physical barrier. Remember, pigs are incredibly intelligent and learn their bounderies quickly which make raising them on a diverse farm like ours so much fun and so easy! We have been playing with them all weekend and the kids love them.  We are able to use them in so many ways throughout the season and truly produce a superior pork product! Can anyone say BACON?!

CSA NEWS:

The salad mix, beautiful buttercrunch heads, cilantro, spinach and romaine are perfect right now. Buttercrunch is one of my absolute favorite varieties to grow and eat. But is has a very short harvest and growing window...right now is perfect! It looks like we will have  root crops along with all the other spring greens mid-May...not too much longer!

Please be very mindful of pickup times and days.  Most of the pickup locations are businesses and we need to remember to respect their time and willingness to let us utilize their space for drop offs.  If the pickup time is from 4:30pm-6:00pm, please don't show up at 3:00 asking for your food.  Depending on how the delivery route is going that day, there's a very good chance it won't be there yet anyway!
Thanks for your help with this.  We appreciate it and so do our good friends hosting delivery sites!
 

 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


 

 
 
 
Posted 3/29/2015 8:44am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

First fruit set of the year!
 
 
After a couple of sleepless nights this past weekend I think we can rest easy for at least a week or so. Friday night/Saturday morning dipped down to 15 degrees and with the first tomatoes blooming, A 150' long greenhouse full of seedlings, head lettuce 3/4 size and green onions out in the field...the sigh of relief both this morning and Saturday morning may have been heard across the state! With my "expert" study of the ever changing weather reports for the next two weeks, it does look like we are turning the corner for more moderate weather.  I'm sure everyone is excited about that!
 
The seedling house is absolutely maxed out right now, normal for this time of year. Generally we would have at least a start at seeding and planting outdoors by April 1st. We will be pushing it to get into the field this week, hoping for a solid 4-5 days of non-stop transplanting.  It is time to get after it!
I have been telling Micah and Heather that I will get some space opened up for them on the seedling benches for 3 weeks now! With about 1000 flats seeded and somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 seeds planted I think it is time for me to come through with that promise!
 
We are anticipating opening our retail farm store here at the farm for plant sales the first week of May.  We will have annual flowers, hanging baskets, and of course, what we do best - vegetable plants!
 
CSA NEWS:
This will be the last of the potatoes to go out until we begin the harvest of new potatoes in July. You may have noticed a softer potato and some sprouts beginning to pop up on the potatoes last delivery. We will be cutting the rest for seed and planting in the next couple of weeks. Our spinach is absolutely loving this weather and exploding inside the unheated greenhouses! This is the season for spinach, great for salads and sandwiches of course but try this little side dish that has become one of our favorites with the dense, large leaf spinach of early spring.
 
Nate's wilted spinach
1/2 pound of spinach (or more!)
grassfed butter (or healthy oil of your choice)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
crushed almonds or walnuts
Feta cheese crumbles
S&P to taste
 
The trick to cooked spinach is DON'T KILL THE SPINACH on the skillet! We always get the garlic, onions, and nuts going first. Once they are just about right toss in the spinach and turn off the heat. Keep tossing the spinach until the texture has softened just slightly. This should be the last dish you cook right before you eat. Set it on the plate, top with feta and enjoy!
 
 

Don't miss out on the chance to get some great food!  If you haven't joined our farm family, here is a chance!  Clicking this link will help you be on your way to eating clean and healthy!

 


*The following information is a repeat from our last newsletter, but does contain some pertinent information*

The April delivery schedule is as follows:

~April 1/2

~April 15/16

~April 29/30

You'll notice we are delivering twice weekly (Wednesdays & Thursdays) instead of once. Some of the delivery days have changed for some of existing delivery sites (see below for changes).

The store is open now and will be kept open until Tuesday morning at 8am. Remember to login to the system first using your email address and the password you created and then place your order!  The most important part of your order is the email confirmation you will receive immediately following the placement of your order!

If you do not receive this conformation email then we do not have your order!

This is the non-human part of our system that is out of our control, we cannot see an order until you receive conformation, and we want you to get your greens!  Click here to place your order. 

 

Here are the details about pickup locations (old and new) and the change in days for some of those locations (We are still working on and looking for additional drop off locations in and around Indianapolis specifically the north and west ends of town):

WEDNESDAYS

  • On Farm
  • The Orchard subdivision (West Lafayette)
  • Knop Family Dentistry (Kossuth Street, Lafayette)
  • Faith Church (East Lafayette) NEW
  • Wabash College Chapel (Crawfordsville)
  • Joe's Butcher Shop (Carmel)
  • Good Earth Natural Food Co. (Broad Ripple)
THURSDAYS
  • Hadley Moors subdivision (West Lafayette)
  • Bernadette's Barber shop (Downtown Lafayette) NEW
  • Nature's Pharm (38 and 52 Lafayette) NEW
  • Bodyworks Studio (Logansport) NEW
  • Dental Care, LLC (Kokomo)
SATURDAYS (starting May 2nd)
  • Broad Ripple farmers market (Broad Ripple High school)
  • On Farm

 


Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


 

 
 
 
Posted 3/8/2015 9:54pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Let's start with a little bit of news from around the farm! 

Please make sure to look at the information below regarding new pickup locations, ordering, and products that will be coming available. 

The last 6 to 8 weeks of sub-zero weather has really wreaked havoc; not only with crops growing in the unheated houses, but also put us behind in transplanting by at least 4 weeks. When we transplant lettuces and greens into the unheated houses we look for a window of 20 degrees or better at night for 3-4 nights in a row to get the young seedlings adjusted to their new, less-than-ideal home. This week will be the first opportunity to set those transplants out that we've had in the past two months!

The heated seedling house has been fired up since January 1, and the wood consumption has been relentless. In the picture above, the row of wood you see is about 16' long and 6' high. It was only lasting us about a day and a half when the nights were below say 10 degrees and the days were cloudy. This week with the temperatures moderating somewhat, that same row of wood will last three days or more!

The seedling house is beginning to get packed with flats now and will remain that way until June. Micah and Heather have seeded well over 600 flats to date, which means they have literally touched more than 150,000 seeds by hand as they place them individually into the cells of each flat. We thought maybe we would purchase a vacuum seeder to help with the job this year...sorry girls, maybe next season! Most of our early tomatoes that will go into the heated houses have been grafted.  Some were planted last week and more will be planted in another house this week. The wood burner has barely kept up with the one seedling house so we have had to delay the planting of the second heated house until now when the weather moderates.

The other exciting additions this winter have been the baby animals! Jensen has really taken to not only the new baby chicks but our new piglets as well - they all have names and are eager to play when they're visited! We are so excited to have pigs back on the farm after not having any for three years. This means bacon by July! So far we have located only three of the type and condition we are looking for. Our plan is to raise 15 pigs total in the spring and 25 in the fall. These will only be available through the CSA or for purchase at the farm store.

CSA NEWS:

The sub-zero temps have had us all down I am sure! It has put us in a position to play catch up from basically losing the last four weeks and cram it into this one week that lies ahead of us! I will say that I am ready and excited to get going on the 2015 season! I feel like we have really nailed down our business model, planning, labor and family needs....so now I am just ready to go! And I am sure you all are ready for us to get going too!  It's time for some fresh greens!  Please understand and give us this week to get all those lettuce heads, kale, chard, tomatoes, and spinach in the ground.  In return, we will begin deliveries next week WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 and THURSDAY MARCH 19.

The selection will be very limited to spinach, microgreens, oats, popcorn and some potatoes. We will continue to deliver every other week until May 1st and then begin the weekly delivery schedule through Thanksgiving. The new chicks are growing well and should begin to lay by the end of May.  Sadly, we are eggless until then.

If you haven't joined our farm family, here is a chance to do so!  Clicking this link will help you be on your way to eating clean and healthy!

 


***Here is the March and April delivery schedule***

*PLEASE TAKE NOTE*

~March 18/19

~April 1/2

~April 15/16

~April 29/30

You'll notice we are delivering twice weekly (Wednesdays & Thursdays) instead of once. Some of the delivery days have changed for some of existing delivery sites (see below for changes).

The store is open now and will be kept open until Tuesday March 17th at 8am so that those of you who are new to our system have time to see how things work. Remember to login to the system first using your email address and the password you created and then place your order!  The most important part of your order is the email confirmation you will receive immediately following the placement of your order!

If you do not receive this conformation email then we do not have your order!

This is the non-human part of our system that is out of our control, we cannot see an order until you receive conformation, and we want you to get your greens!  Click here to place your order. 

 

Here are the details about pickup locations (old and new) and the change in days for some of those locations (We are still working on and looking for additional drop off locations in and around Indianapolis specifically the north and west ends of town):

WEDNESDAYS

  • On Farm
  • The Orchard subdivision (West Lafayette)
  • Knop Family Dentistry (Kossuth Street, Lafayette)
  • Faith Church (East Lafayette) NEW
  • Wabash College Chapel (Crawfordsville)
  • Joe's Butcher Shop (Carmel)
  • Good Earth Natural Food Co. (Broad Ripple)
THURSDAYS
  • Hadley Moors subdivision (West Lafayette)
  • Bernadette's Barber shop (Downtown Lafayette) NEW
  • Nature's Pharm (38 and 52 Lafayette) NEW
  • Bodyworks Studio (Logansport) NEW
  • Dental Care, LLC (Kokomo)
SATURDAYS (starting in May)
  • Broad Ripple farmers market (Broad Ripple High school)
  • On Farm

 


 

As stated above, we are opening the online store now for deliveries NEXT WEEK (March 18/19).  We are doing this due to several changes and additions in delivery locations and new members who are not familiar with our system. 

If you have any trouble accessing your account or placing your order, we are here to help!  Just ask!

Here's to spring!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


 

 
 
 
Posted 1/26/2015 6:54am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Last week, President Obama delivered the State Of The Union address to his people.  Now it's our turn!  We present to you Silverthorn Farm's

"State of the Farm address"!

 

Reflection and Direction

2015 is upon us! The past several weeks have been spent in the office - planning and budgeting - an intense time of year and certainly not my favorite time of year as I'd rather be digging in the dirt! As the new year of 2015 has arrived and the season and year of 2014 has passed we thought it would be appropriate to share some insight into where we are as a farm and where we are going. 

2014 was year number 8 for us in this wonderful world of producing food and had some pretty incredible milestones and accomplishments for us and the farm. Our CSA grew nearly 70%, total sales were up 54%, and our products were featured in more than 15 different restaurants throughout the year. The year was challenging of course just as any year in farming or life will be. I still can't believe we had 15" of rain in 6 weeks!...in August! Thanks for all who supported us.  We had an amazing year. 

 

Why is it important to sign up now for a summer CSA?

It's the time of year when we start laying the foundation for the amazing harvest yet to come.  Even though 2014 was amazing, there are still a lot of financial challenges we face.  Which is why we need you to support us today! 

The fund raising rush is now on, to resign existing and encourage new members to sign up now while the farm needs it most.  We invite you to introduce your friends & family, neighbors, and co-workers to our farm and all of the benefits that come along with your CSA membership - existing members will receive $20 online credit for each new member you refer! Click here to get started!

We hope you enjoyed last season and are looking forward to all the new opportunities for great food this year! Thanks in advance for being part of our farm family!

How our farm works: aka "the nitty-gritty".

Financing operating and equipment capital continues to be a huge challenge for us. Without your support, we don't buy the first seed and can't hire the first person to begin work on the farm. Because we changed our sign-up rules this past fall we have certainly seen the anticipated slow down in the re-signing up process because of balances that will now carry over.  The challenge with this type of farm and one of the reasons a CSA can be so important is because of the huge imbalance between cost of production and actual cash flow from sales. To put it into perspective, we are operating 2015 with a budget of $180,000. From this point now until the main selling season begins in May we will use more than $85,000 of that budget just to get started: the seeds, soil, plants, labor, irrigation, fuel and amendments! It's a big number and one that always has us biting our nails until May arrives. When you support the farm early on (right now!), you are truly engaging in the ebb and flow of the season and absolutely make an impact on the sustainability of what we do.

We want to talk freely about where we believe the farm is headed from this point on.  As we have been talking about for some time, our focus and goal is to be completely supported by our CSA memberships and the unwavering support of our restaurant accounts. This will continue to be our focus moving forward.

 

Here are some more details about what we have planned for 2015!

Last year we stopped vending at the Carmel farmers market, and this year we have decided not to vend at the Lafayette market. We will continue in the Broad Ripple market for at least one more year before weaning ourselves completely off the farmers market scene. Why drop the markets? You've heard this song and dance from us before, but here is why: A big part of our problem this past year was labor, up 132% over 2013. A large chunk of our labor goes into planting, caring for, harvesting, packing, delivering, marketing, and selling our product at markets. With our CSA and restaurant accounts we have been able to streamline all aspects of production, marketing and delivery to where we are able to operate at a level of efficiency that allows us to be profitable. We are excited for the challenge ahead and excited for the future of what our farm will become.

We have set some lofty goals for 2015! You told us through our survey last season that you wanted more fruit and you wanted more meat. This year we will have more of both as we begin our goal of becoming a full diet farm - fruits, veggies, & protein.  We are in the process of fencing 20 acres of new pasture to graze beef, pigs and poultry. Hopefully sooner than later, cows will be calling our pastures home! We are very excited to bring animals back to our farm.

We are also planning a large perennial planting this year with fruit trees, bushes, brambles and nut trees. All these will take 2-4 years to come to maturity but the seeds will be planted so to speak. We have started trialing micro greens this last couple of weeks and are excited to add them to the line up this spring!  There will also be more experimentation with grains and beans this year...after the disastrous harvest, or should I say lack of harvest, I will figure out these dry beans! Vegetable production will be scaled down to 15 acres this year while our total acreage that we are managing will grow to 69 of the 120 total acres on the farm, closer to our goal of managing the entire property! Look for an opportunity to help us offset the establishment cost of this project - Coming Soon!

 

Here are the details about pickup locations and when deliveries will resume:

We are opening a few more delivery sites this year and changing some delivery days.  We are still working on and looking for additional drop off locations in and around Indianapolis specifically the north and west ends of town.

WEDNESDAYS

  • On Farm
  • The Orchard subdivision ( West Lafayette)
  • Knop Family Dentistry (Kossuth Street, Lafayette)
  • Faith Church (East Lafayette) NEW
  • Wabash College Chapel (Crawfordsville)
  • Joe's Butcher Shop (Carmel)
  • Good Earth Natural Food Co. (Broad Ripple)
  • Dental Care, LLC (Kokomo)
THURSDAYS
  • Hadley Moors subdivision (West Lafayette)
  • Bernadette's Barber shop (Downtown Lafayette) NEW
  • Nature's Pharm (38 and 52 Lafayette) NEW
  • On Farm
SATURDAYS
  • Broad Ripple farmers market (Broad Ripple High school)
  • On Farm

We expect we might deliver a handful of times from now until March but by mid-March we should start hitting our stride. The days being longer really makes a difference in the greenhouses. Remember, 4 of the 5 are unheated houses basically protecting crops from damaging winds, rains and ice but still freezing at night.  Look for spinach, microgreens, kohlrabi, turnips and radishes. potatoes, butternut squash, and some oats that we have left in storage.  There will be shortage in eggs as we have sold our old hens and have replenished the flock with "baby chicks" (as Macy would say!) who won't be laying until late-May/early-June.

We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us, but we all share the same belief.  Becoming a CSA member is more than buying food.  It is supporting local, sustainable food production and family farms.  Thanks for your support!

Nate & Emily

 
 
 
Posted 12/14/2014 10:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.


Last delivery of the year! Growth as slowed to a halt in the midst of the winter solstice. This will be the last of the greens for at least a month or more. Please remember to return all produce boxes to your delivery sites if you happen to have taken them home. We are also in need of egg cartons! We will gladly reuse yours!

We are all excited here at the farm for the holidays this year! The natural slow down in vegetable growth is a welcome break for the humans as well!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.... See you in 2015 for another exciting year with your Silverthorn Farm family!

 


 

AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY:

  • We will NOT be delivering  the weeks of December 22nd & 29th (Christmas/New Years). We will evaluate the situation again over the holidays in December to decide on delivery options for January/February. These are typically months that we take off from regular deliveries, but if conditions are good and crops are available we will make sure to get them into your hands!
  • Our farm store at the farm is closed and will NOT be open to the public during the winter months.  Members will be able to pick up orders in the store as usual on Wednesdays. 

 

CSA Members: The online store is now open and will be until TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM

 

Not a member, but interested in what our farm has to offer?  

Click here to receive more information and be on your way to eating clean and local!

Are you a returning member who needs to add to your balance?  Click here!

 

Here's to some time off! Merry Christmas to you!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 12/7/2014 10:05am by Nate & Emily Parks.

These mild temps have been great; perfect for conserving our wood use as well as cutting and cleaning up fence rows and downed trees within our woodland areas. We are rapidly approaching the winter solstice, where our light levels are the lowest they will be all year. This has a much greater effect on plant growth than temperature. Patience in a virtue here, this is the reason we hold off on deliveries through the end of December beginning of January. There is just not enough growth happening to justify the harvest. Even now we have been watching our spinach hang out and grow centimeters a week, it seems. We will have one more harvest of spinach next week before we lay ourselves and our plants off for a few weeks during the holidays.

Can you believe we will be starting our first tomato seedlings this week! With a goal of having them in the ground by February 1st, now is the time to begin the season of 2015! Crazy, but true! 

The Acres U.S.A. conference we attended the past few days was as inspiring and exciting as we had hoped for! The grass roots efforts of farmers all across our nation and the world to produce and provide high quality nutrient dense food is booming and the future is brighter than ever! With every passing season, more people are on the lands working with the biology of our planet and understanding the complexities of mother nature. It is more obvious now than ever that if we want to truly produce our food in sustainable healthy way that we must work with Mother Nature and not against her!

We also had a great meeting with EcoCert our local Organic certifiying agency. They helped calm some of our fears and concerns with certification. For years we have fought with the decision: to certify or not to certify.  Emily and I are ready for this next step in the progression of our farm!


 

AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY:

  • Through the winter months, there will only be one delivery day option for all of our service area. Wednesdays will continue to be delivery day and will be this way until next spring.
  • Remember, you may order right on through the winter months, and we hope you do so! Changing your diet with the seasons can really do wonders for your health, spirit and farm that you support!
  • We will NOT be delivering  the weeks of December 22nd & 29th (Christmas/New Years). We will evaluate the situation again over the holidays in December to decide on delivery options for January/February. These are typically months that we take off from regular deliveries, but if conditions are good and crops are available we will make sure to get them into your hands!
  • Our farm store at the farm is closed and will NOT be open to the public during the winter months.  Members will be able to pick up orders in the store as usual on Wednesdays. 

 CSA Members: The online store is now open and will be until TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM

 

Not a member, but interested in what our farm has to offer?  

Click here to receive more information and be on your way to eating clean and local!

Are you a returning member who needs to add to your balance?  Click here!

 

Now, off to cut our Christmas tree!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 11/30/2014 10:30am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 Don't deny that you're missing the freshness of the farmer's markets already! Have no fear, we can put some fresh food on your table, and we would love to have you as a part of our farm family! 

Click here to receive more information and be on your way to eating clean, fresh, and local!

Are you a returning member who needs to add to your balance?  Click here!

 



One of our many reasons for eliminating the October 31st. deadline was to get more of our fresh food onto your Thanksgiving & Christmas tables! You all answered the call and really stocked up last week, and we love it! We are now are slowing way down on what is available. The next two weeks should give our indoor crops some time to regrow and germinate some of the new plantings we have made. Right now, the fresh salad mix, red leaf head lettuce, pak choi and the amazing candy carrots are doing and tasting terrific! Check them out along with our hearty root crops for your dinners this week!

When Emily and I first started our adventure in small scale agriculture 8 years ago, one of the first really inspirational events we attended was the Acres USA conference, hosted by the city of  St. Louis, at that time. For whatever reason we haven't made it back in the last several years, but this weekend we are!  We are traveling to Columbus, Ohio and are excited to be able to hear from some of the leaders in our industry such as Dr. Mercola, Joel Salatin, Mark Shepard, Don Huber, Neal Kinsey, Greg Zimmer and many more.  We will be able to listen and explore some of the cutting edge work these folks are doing! The focus looks to be really centered on soil health, animal health and of course the nutrition of our food products! We can't wait for an enlightening mini vacation....even if Emily's left foot is in a boot!  Oh yes, an incident on Thanksgiving took her stumbling down some stairs. She is doing much better and actually staying off of it - feeling a little refreshed! Thankfully it was a severe sprain and not broken - no one has time for that!

 

Winter Deliveries!

  • Through the winter months, there will only be one delivery day option for all of our service area. Wednesdays will continue to be delivery day and will be this way until next spring.
  • Remember, you may order right on through the winter months, and we hope you do so! Changing your diet with the seasons can really do wonders for your health, spirit and farm that you support!
  • We will NOT be delivering  the weeks of December 22nd & 29th (Christmas/New Years). We will evaluate the situation again over the holidays in December to decide on delivery options for January/February. These are typically months that we take off from regular deliveries, but if conditions are good and crops are available we will make sure to get them into your hands!
  • Our farm store at the farm is now closed and will NOT be open to the public during the winter months.  Members will be able to pick up orders in the store as usual on Wednesdays. 

 CSA Members: The online store is now open and will be until TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM


 

Get outside today to enjoy the warm temps!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 11/16/2014 9:24am by Nate & Emily Parks.


Wow! It is hard to believe that we are at the end of our 30 week main season! Next week will be our first week off from harvest and deliveries in the last 6+ months! It certainly feels like we are ready for a break. It is easy to see why most CSA farms do an 18-20 week season; I can't help but be envious at times!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!  What are you making?

Mashed potatoes? try the large Red Pontiac variety - Emily found a great recipe on Epicurious using plain yogurt, green onions and curry powder!  Or mix the Carola, Red Gold and Maj purple potatoes for the perfect roasted treat. Mashed turnips are a great addition to mashed potatoes also!

Brussels Sprouts are going to be picked from the stalk for you this week, still small but at least they will be sold by the pound to help planning for your recipes! We love ours simply roasted with garlic, onion, some walnuts or almonds, and of course some homemade grass-fed butter!

Don't forget the sweet potatoes, white or orange!

Salads may not be eaten by all but you can bet that our greens are looking great right now! Try the farmer's choice salad mix for a combination of all things green and tasty mixed together!  Cold kale salads give a pretty look to your Thanksgiving table - this recipe is great too!

 

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Winter Deliveries!

  • November 22nd, which is THIS SATURDAY marks the last day of market in Broad Ripple. Stock up now for Thanksgiving as we will NOT be delivering mid week next week. 
  • There is now only one delivery day option for most of our service area. Wednesdays will continue to be delivery day and will be this way until next spring.
  • Remember, you may order right on through the winter months, and we hope you do so! Changing your diet with the seasons can really do wonders for your health, spirit and farm that you support!
  • We will NOT be delivering week of November 24th (Thanksgiving) and the weeks of December 22nd & 29th (Christmas/New Years). We will evaluate the situation again over the holidays in December to decide on delivery options for January/February. These are typically months that we take off from regular deliveries, but if conditions are good and crops are available we will make sure to get them into your hands!
  • Our farm store at the farm is now closed and will NOT be open to the public during the winter months.  Members will be able to pick up orders in the store as usual on Wednesdays. 

 

 CSA Members: *The online store is now open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid-week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.* 

 

Stay warm this week. Sounds like we have snow in our forecast!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 

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

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