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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!

 

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 and local!

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


 

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

 

 
 
 
Posted 11/9/2014 10:18am by Nate & Emily Parks.


CSA...What does it mean?   Why is it important?    How do we, as a farm and community, fit into that description?

These are all great questions, and ones that we deal with on a daily basis.          

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. I think that as many farms as there are across our country running a CSA program, you will have as many different definitions on what it means to them. If we aim to change our food system, rural landscape and the food security for our generation and generations to come, it has to start with us - which is the consumer and a farm, collectively.

When we enter into a relationship of support, then the farm is freed from the constraints of finding capital to fund production and the roller coaster ride of selling our goods in unpredictable markets. Instead we can now focus on what you ask us to produce for you. In a survey we sent out a few months ago, we asked what else can we grow for you? You spoke loud and clear, "please grow us fruit and please bring back the pastured meat options". When we are able to be this connected with our members and have a flexible system such as ours we can say OK. We have the unique opportunity and land base to add these items into our production system and help round out our member's diet with more food items.

When you buy a membership from us you are not just buying a box of vegetables or eggs for a few weeks throughout the season. You are buying trees, building soil, planting blueberry bushes and brambles, re-establishing pastures, managing woodlots, and changing an entire ecosystem on this piece of earth! Guys, that is a big deal! Change like this will take generations to recover our land and our food system, but we have the power as a community to come together and create a future of food prosperity, animal welfare and a thriving agricultural community!

Does it all happen over night? No, absolutely not! The fruit and nut trees and bushes we will plant next spring will be 3-5 years out to production. The cows we buy now will be 24 months before meats are available. We are in this for the long haul and we have to believe you are as well! This is why we give you the choice each week to order what you want from our website, and why we give you 24 months to use your online credit! To purchase online credit for the short term gain of a box of vegetables is not what our program is about, and we know you agree!

The years ahead will see a continued change in food available from our farm. You as a community are supporting and building that diversity. Thank you for the support and thank you for caring. Does CSA really describe what we are doing here? I am not so sure it does. Is there a name or a label that does explain our mission? I would love to hear your thoughts as we try to get our message out to those who may be unfamiliar with us.

We have excited you, haven't we?  Check out all the awesome stuff we are doing here on our farm to be able to bring clean, local food to you by joining our farm family!


 WINTER DELIVERIES (yes, we still deliver during the winter!!!):

  • November 22nd marks the last day of market in Broad Ripple.
  • 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.* 

 

Enjoy your week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 11/2/2014 11:57am by Nate & Emily Parks.


FARM NEWS:

COLD?  For sure, but the beauty of the season is something I look forward to each fall! There is something so great about having a steaming cup of coffee while walking through frost covered fields to take note of how plants are reacting and what products will be available this week!

Brussels sprouts are one that are now on that list. I have been waiting for them to size up and finish out, they are now out of time. I am sure we will continue to see minimal growth for a few more weeks, but I am doubtful that it will make a noticeable difference. The best time for them to be eaten is after a good frost/freeze which definitely has been the case after the last couple of nights! These sprouts are small and not "grocery store" perfect, but I guarantee the flavor is worth any visual imperfection there might be!

Chili season is in full swing! Have you tried black bean and Butternut squash chili yet? What about Rutabaga fries or potato & leek soup? We are aware that lots of these root crops may be a bit difficult to know what to do with them.  We are here to help!  We want you to enjoy to prepare and eat the food you are consuming each week so we will be working hard to bring you some new recipes and maybe a friendly recipe submission competition?  Who's in?

 


 

WINTER DELIVERIES (please take note!):

  • Broad Ripple market and deliveries there will continue to be open until November 22.
  • 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 are working on another delivery location in the Lafayette area! 

Stay tuned!*

  • We will have product and delivery available through the end of the year with the exception of the 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!

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

 


 

Markets might be coming to an end, but we aren't!  We have plenty of great food to feed you and your family all winter long!  How can you take advantage of this offer?! Intrigued?  Excited?  We are too! Find out more! 

We make it easy for you to eat clean, local, food with our easy online ordering and bi-weekly deliveries! Join our farm family!  Sign up any day, any time, any place!  No signup deadlines or cut offs.  We welcome anyone and everyone...anytime of the year! 

Check it out! www.silverthorn-farm.com


Thanks so much for your support!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 10/26/2014 9:46am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Markets might be coming to an end, but we aren't!  We have plenty of great food to feed you and your family all winter long!  How can you take advantage of this offer?! Intrigued?  Excited?  We are too! Find out more! 

We make it easy for you to eat clean, local, food with our easy online ordering and bi-weekly deliveries! Join our farm family!  Sign up any day, any time, any place!  No signup deadlines or cut offs.  We welcome anyone and everyone...anytime of the year! 

Check it out! www.silverthorn-farm.com


 

 

What's this about earning a FREE MEMBERSHIP??  That's right, earn $20 online credit for each new member referred!  It's that easy!  Referrals can pay for a membership in a jiffy!  Who wouldn't want FREE food?!

 


 

FARM NEWS:

One of our last major projects out in the fields is to get our garlic planted this fall for next summer's harvest. We have not had this available for two years now! between complications with moving and weather, it is a task that has not been completed in the last few years. We have a lot of great seed garlic broken down into cloves and should finally be able to work up some beds tomorrow and get the job done! We also popped our first bowl of this year's popcorn last night - the corn has to dry down to 11-14% moisture before it's ready to pop. Now that it is ready we will be working and bringing in that harvest as well!

Have you tried the green Butterhead lettuce yet? This is the week to do so if you haven't; they are so beautiful and taste incredible and will probably not hold on much longer. I planted them in the high tunnels instead of outdoors because it was too wet to get into the fields. The results are heads coming on a bit sooner than planned, but they are flawless and so tender that it is hard to wash them without damage! Get them this week so we can replant this bed to some more spinach for our February salads!

CSA WINTER DELIVERIES (please take note!):
  • Broad Ripple market and deliveries there will continue to be open until November 22.
  • Starting this week there will only be one delivery day option for most of our service area. Wednesdays will continue to be delivery day and will continue to 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 are working on another delivery location in the Lafayette area! 

Stay tuned!*

  • We will have product and delivery available through the end of the year with the exception of the 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!

We are not vending at the Indy Winter Farmer's market this year, only CSA and restaurant deliveries for us!


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

LAFAYETTE AREA CSA MEMBERS: there is not a weekend delivery option.  You must place your order before Tuesday morning at 9am if you wish to receive anything this week. 

ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 

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