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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

 

 
 
 
Posted 10/19/2014 10:30am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

FARM NEWS:

Jack Frost came by last night to say hello - just a light one but sealed the fate of our peppers and eggplant....honestly, they needed that! And so begins the awesome late fall/early winter garden. The unexpected bounty and flavor of this time of year and beyond is so much fun. Yes, we can still grow a lot of food here in Indiana even after the weather outside gets a bit frightful! The fact is that kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, turnips and all the other fall brassicas begin to sweeten as they drop their starches and replace them with sugars to help protect them from the cold night time temperatures. So if you have been turned off by or not happy with the flavors of all these wonderful greens of the season, try them again now. It truly is a different tasting crop this time of year!

And so also begins the stock piling of firewood for the winter! Yes I know, it should have been done months ago. Well it didn't happen, so now we get after it for a few weeks and hope to be ahead of the game by December! There is something somehow peaceful, and satisfying about cleaning up fallen trees and crowded fence rows this time of year. It certainly brings our energy use and consumption to the forefront of our minds.

The greenhouses are full and growing well; the storage crops of potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes seem to be holding up nicely, the hardy outdoor crops are holding up well and should have several weeks left in them, cover crops and new pasture seeding has been done and is coming up and growing nicely. Aahhh...a deep breath and a huge sigh of another marathon season is just about one for the record books! Certainly, we have a lot to get accomplished this winter but I think we will enjoy little break for a while!

CSA WINTER DELIVERIES:

**This is the last week for deliveries to the Lafayette Farmer's Market as it will be ending after this Saturday morning, the 26th. Broad Ripple market will continue to be open until November 22. Next week there will only be one delivery day option for most of our service area, 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!

 


 

We are happy to have excited you about joining our farm family!  Click here to receive more information about our membership program.  We make it easy for you to eat clean, local food with our easy online ordering and bi-weekly deliveries!

Sign up any day, any time, any place!  No signup deadlines or cut offs.  We welcome everyone, anytime of the year!
 
 

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

Have a great day!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 10/12/2014 10:28am by Nate & Emily Parks.

WHAT A NIGHT!


Great weather, incredible food and a farm full of Locavores!  After all was said and done, we ended up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 people being fed here last night which surpassed our goal and humbled us with the outpouring of support!

A huge thank you to Lali Hess and her crew from the Juniper Spoon who worked hard all week to bring us a great meal! She pulled it off with style, class, and taste....we loved it Lali!!

We could have never pulled this event off without the support of Jodee Ellett, Franny Einterz and the Purdue Extension Local Foods program.  It is so exciting to have a group of people within the Purdue extension truly wanting and working to help promote and support small sustainable farms like ours!  We are already talking about hosting this type of event again! 

Lastly, thanks to all of you who were here in person! This farm and the event are all a direct result of you, our customers and supporters! Your food dollars have built this place! The construction of our farm over the last few years, and the transformation it will undergo for decades to come are an absolute example of you voting with your food dollars!

**If anyone has any pictures to share, we would love to see them!  Tag us on Facebook or email!**

 

 These are a few pictures from the tour around the farm.  Nate talking about what he does best...grow food!

The Parks' boys (Jensen and cousin Kade, on the left) hard at work getting ready for the dinner and tour.

 


 

 We are happy to have excited you about joining our farm family!  Click here to receive more information about our membership program.  We make it easy for you to eat clean, local food with our easy online ordering and bi-weekly deliveries!

Sign up any day, any time, any place!  No signup deadlines or cut offs.  We welcome everyone, anytime of the year!
 
 

 CSA Members: *The online store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid-week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.*
Don't forget to check out the Locavore page for local cheese and honey!

**Starting in November, with the exception of the Broad Ripple farmer's market (which runs through November 22nd), we will be decreasing to only midweek harvest/delivery each week** Please keep this in mind! 

Thanks again for everything last night! We appreciate you!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 10/5/2014 10:03am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

FARM & CSA NEWS:

With the end of the season drawing closer each week, the barns and walk-in coolers are really starting to fill with storage crops. The greenhouses are now all full with winter greens, and most of the fields have now been put to rest for the season. Our jobs and lives will begin to be a little less chaotic over the coming weeks...a well deserved break we look forward to every year.

Thank you so much to all that purchased tickets to our first Farm To Fork dinner here at the farm on October 11th! We are always humbled by the support of our farm family!  Ticket sales exceeded our goal.  Lali has created a delicious menu.  We will be sure to share pictures from the event so all of you who can't make it can see what you missed!


 

 
Sign up any day, any time, any place!  No signup deadlines or cut offs.  We welcome everyone, anytime of the year!
 
 
 

 CSA Members: *The online store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid-week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.*
Don't forget to check out the Locavore page for local cheese and honey!

**Starting in November, with the exception of the Broad Ripple farmer's market (which runs through November 22nd), we will be decreasing to only midweek harvest/delivery each week** Please plan accordingly. 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 
 
 
Posted 9/21/2014 9:50am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Plates are limited and are filling up very quickly!
What a great way to spend an October evening.
 
 
 
 
 
To know where your food comes from is so satisfying; to eat your food in the place where it was produced...even better. Ticket are only $40.00 per person! A great bargain for the experience that will come with your 100% locally grown, family-style dinner.  A farm tour/walk with ramblings from Nate will begin around 4:30pm with dinner starting at 6:00pm.  Your food will be created by Lali Hess of The Juniper Spoon.
 
 

 
 

 

FARM NEWS:

The roller coaster of weather, emotion, and crops continues! I am not one to give in or accept defeat easily....But the white flag has had to come out on a few of our staple crops for the year. Both the quality and the quantity of summer squash, cucumbers, Italian and colored bell peppers, and eggplants have all fallen way below our standards. The squash and cukes are done for the season, we will see if the peppers and eggplant pull out of their funk, but with another monster rain of 2 1/4" last night the chances are pretty good that they will be done as well. This will be our last week of tomatoes as we clear out the last greenhouse so that it may be planted to winter greens later this week.

We finally had the opportunity to dig only a few potatoes by Thursday night last week.  It was still too wet but we were able to get enough dug for the next week or two of sales. Sweet potatoes will be a main target this week as we try to keep the size small enough to manage, always a challenge with these guys. The harvest of sweet potatoes is truly impressive with at least 5000lbs coming in for storage this winter! Same goes with our potatoes and winter squash; at least 6-7000 lbs of of both crops! When we combine the storage of these crops with our oats, kale, spinach, lettuce mix, arugula, leeks, cabbages, carrots and some beets... Our winter supply looks pretty tasty!!

This is the time of year when we really begin our countdown to freedom! It has been 20 weeks in a row of up at 3:30 am on Saturday mornings! Lafayette Farmer's market has 5 weeks left and Broad Ripple 8 more weeks. We will not be vending at the Indy Winter market in downtown Indianapolis this year, so the excitement of one harvest and one delivery day a week is palpable!

CSA members - please remember to place your order for weekend deliveries!  It helps us out tremendously when we know exact quantities to take for sale at market.  Thank you!

The online store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for midweek deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries.  And don't forget to check out what's available on the Locavore page!

Have a fantastic week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy
 

 
 
 
Posted 9/7/2014 10:46am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 
CSA memberships in full swing! Our website is ready for sign ups, new and old!  Deadlines have been eliminated!  Sign up any day, any week, any time!
Remember, if you are an existing member and your balance is getting low, we will not be utilizing our old way of purchasing additional CSA credits.  You will now be signing up for a "new" membership and will have the option of choosing your share size!  The option to have fresh, Organically grown, local food continues!!
 
Check out this great way to earn some extra online funds. Existing members receive $20 online credit for referring new members!  Wow! What a deal!!
 
The online store is now open until Tuesday at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries.
 
 
FARM NEWS:

Its hard to believe that my first sentence is about the same as last week!! Another 1 1/2" of rain on Friday night/Saturday morning! This will probably be the last week of summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant and some of the peppers. Harvest on Friday was picking 7 or 8 fruit to find on good one! Same story: looks great, grab a hold and get a hand full of mush. Most of the fruit that we have had has been way less than what we would call a good quality product.

I am more than anxious for the change in season along with the change in product! Within the next couple of weeks we will bring in our fall crops such as beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, brussels sprouts, turnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, all the rest of our potatoes (as soon as it dries out enough to dig them!), popcorn, dry beans and all of those delicious fall greens!

It is also the time of year to clear out greenhouses and prepare for the winter crops to go in; another job that is bitter sweet.  I hate to see the tomatoes that have been growing in there since March go... but love the feeling of a cleaned out freshly planted house full of winter goodies! We will be concentrating on spinach, lettuce, arugula, carrots, leeks and just a small amount of other hardy crops like, pak choi, salad turnips, radishes and kohlrabi. When we add these fresh items with our storage crops of sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage and beans I think you will agree that local eating is going to be tasty this winter! 

CSA NEWS:

I know we keep talking about the transition we would like to make into a farm that relies solely on our CSA and wholesale accounts and to leave the markets (the decision is consuming our life!). This past weekend was another prime example of why it is so hard to count on a market to sustain our farm. Friday was as miserable of a day that we have had this year with a lot of heat, humidity, mosquitos and a massive amount of time to find the fruits that were not rotten. After a 16 hour day and paying 10 employees, we are spent. But it is back up at 3:15 on Saturday morning and off to market we go. Then comes the cloudy misty rain and there we sit with all that product ready to go, but the day turns into a slow market with half the sales as normal and all that extra time effort and money from the days before are lost. This is not sustainable for our farm or any other business! Our time is better spent being better farmers, tending our farm and growing food for those of you committed to buying from us. There is no doubt that the market helped launch our business and we could not have met many of you without it, but we have to look ahead to the future of our farm and the future of a more sustainable food system. With more time to concentrate on our farm we can add all those products that our membership is asking for. This is our goal - to be a full diet farm! Which means vegetables, seasonal fruit, meats, grains, beans and eggs. If we can't grow our membership numbers maybe the thing to do is to grow the food dollars you can spend with us! We have a great opportunity to supply lots of families with their food and that is where we want to concentrate!

There will always be new farms and farmers coming into agriculture and the markets are a great way for them to test their skills as growers and marketers. But maybe for us it is time to move on...scary for sure, but we believe the time has come.

EGGS:  It's that time of year again when those happy little hens aren't so happy!  The laying has slowed down considerably over the last two weeks.  So much so that we might have a hard time filling multiple orders.  If you do order more than one dozen, there's a chance you will only receive one in your order.  If this is the case, your account will be credited.  Thanks for understanding; it happens every year!

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY to sweet, sweet Macy !

 

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy
 

 
 
 
Posted 8/31/2014 11:27am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA NEWS:
 
Thanks for all of the encouragement in regards to the transition of our CSA program.  We've received a lot of great feedback and kinds words from many of you.  The website is ready for sign ups, new and old!  Deadlines have been eliminated!  Sign up any day, any week, any time!
If you are an existing member and your balance is getting low, we will not be utilizing our old way of purchasing additional CSA credits.  You will now be signing up for a "new" membership and will have the option of choosing your share size! 
Remember, our family farm still thrives on winter income from CSA shares to keep the place running!  Equipment maintenance, seed costs, and labor are just a few of the costs incurred during those cold winter months!
 
The online store is now open until Tuesday at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries.
 
 
FARM NEWS:
What should be a welcome August rain of a little more than an inch again last night, is instead insult to injury! This past Friday's harvest really showed us the damage from the massive rains of last week and all of August, really. We've gone over 11" for this month! We have certainly dealt with too much rain in the spring time, but in mid-August? This is a whole new challenge that we are trying to work through. The field tomatoes, including Roma, cherry, red and heirloom tomatoes are completely finished. To give you an idea of the problem, with the cherry tomatoes we have been typically picking 250lbs twice a week... On Friday we struggled to find 18lbs! Same thing happened with the colored peppers; there will be ripe fruit on the plant, you'll go to grab it and it will be mush! The excess rain was absorbed by these ripening fruits and they tried to continue growing, but instead the skins cracked and tops blew out of the fruit which makes for quite a miserable day ie picking one good fruit and having to compost three. The other situation we are dealing with is plants that are suffocating in the completely saturated soil. Brussels sprouts, summer squashes, cabbages and some newly planted beets are all in this section of the farm that just won't drain. We have had water standing in some of these fields for two weeks now and the plants are flat out suffocating! Not an issue that I am used to dealing with. On the upside, all of our potatoes are ready to dig and you will start to see all of those different varieties show up on the website soon....just as soon as we can get into the field to dig them!
 
We certainly have plenty of product available and we should all be able to eat well this fall and early winter with our fresh greens and storage crops of winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. I am still hopeful that we will salvage our dry bean crop that continues to be hammered with way to much moisture as they try to dry down. The greenhouses will continue to supply us with enough tomatoes for our CSA members and wholesale accounts through September, the challenge will be to decide when to clean them out and get our winter crops established!
 
Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy
 

 
 
 
Posted 8/24/2014 10:41am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Online store is open until Tuesday at 9am for midweek deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries! Click here to place your order!

 Please remember to leave your produce boxes at your pickup site once you've transferred your items.  Thanks to everyone who is helping with this!

Farm News:

Let's start with the challenges of the weather last week and then get into the exciting new changes for our membership program.

The 5"+ of rain we had on Thursday night and Friday morning certainly wreaked havoc on crops, farmers and our house. We will be out of salad mix, basil, cilantro and some of the head lettuces at least for the early part of the week but I'm hopeful most will recover by week's end. The long term effects are what I am really concerned about. Our dry beans are ready to harvest but all that water just keeps getting absorbed back into the bean and they won't dry down. This means the pods are beginning to mold, fall over and beans spill out! We can hope for hot dry weather and a window to get in and harvest as soon as we can. Tomatoes, peppers, and melons may be a real problem this week too. Taking in all that water on already sized up and ripened fruit means exploding tops and cracked fruit. Otherwise I think we will come out of the once grim situation pretty well over the next couple of weeks. The basement of our house however is a disaster that we will finally be able to deal with this afternoon. Lots of carpet and furniture to get out of there!

CSA NEWS:

Last week we asked you to take a moment and complete a survey for us. 200 of you did just that and we so appreciate the feedback as we try to improve what we do with our membership program.  A lot of positive feedback across the board and no doubt some suggestions for improvement. Here are some quick results from the survey:

  • 48% of you like Wednesday for pick up with Tuesday and Friday coming in second and third.
  • Most of you are happy with the 4-6pm time slot, but it looks like extending that time to 7pm would really help a lot of you.
  • 82% of you are happy with our pricing, 16% somewhat happy and 1.5% unhappy.
  • If we decide to leave the farmer's markets, 75% of you are ok with it, 18% undecided and 7% would not be happy.
  • 86% are satisfied with our current model, 10% undecided and 4% not satisfied.
  • 91% are satisfied with our quality, 7% undecided, and 2% unhappy

It seems that additional pick up locations are needed:  Downtown Lafayette, South Lafayette, East Lafayette and maybe a re-thinking on West Lafayette locations. In the Indy area both east and west of Carmel, North and or South of Broad Ripple village and maybe a Downtown location. Adding a Monticello pick up spot makes sense as well.

What new product do you want? Did we really need to ask? Fruit, Fruit and more Fruit! We know, and we want it to! But the reality is in both cost and time. A lot of upfront cost to establish plantings and lots of time to wait for them to bear fruit. We are talking tens of thousands of dollars to establish enough fruit to supply our 200+ families with fruit.  Then several years for those trees and plants to establish.  We will get there, right after the cash flow gets there!

Everyone is pretty well split on the deadlines for using up CSA money...and we are about to fix that!  Read on!

So how do we improve our system?

To start with: For existing members effective immediately your current online funds will be available to you for a full 24 months from the date you signed up...whether that was November, March, July, or any other month.  For new members: signups will be open by the end of this week. You will also have 24 months from date of sign up to use your funds. We figure if you don't use it in 24 months you are probably not going to use it!

This is definitely a scary change for us, but one that we know most of you want and hopefully in the end you will be able to buy more of your family's food from us year round! No need to wait until you are at a zero balance, you can continually add to your online account by "signing up" again.  We will now have four levels of membership available all year,sign up anytime. Your funds are available for 24 months from the date you sign up.

Check out the levels...and try not to laugh too hard at our witty names!

  • The "Starter" $200.... entry level with no additional bonus funds given
  • The "Supporter" $400 = $420 of online funds available
  • The "Gotta Have It" $600  =  $660 of online funds available
  • The "Can't Live Without It" $800 = $920 of online funds available
The more you spend, the more you get!

Remember that you will have at least 24 months to use your funds and we intend to deliver at least 40 weeks out of the year! No more pressure to use up all your funds by the end of October... Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will never be better! But it is still up to you to budget yourself and make sure that you use the online funds that you have paid for!

We know we have you all intrigued...so keep reading!

Pick up days and times will continue to be a work in progress as we transition into primarily a CSA and specialty wholesale farm, so please be patient with us! We have worked hard to raise our plants and animals in a sustainable way, now it is time to focus on the sustainability of our family. We want to do this work for the long haul, which means changing the dynamic of how we sell and market our products so that there is at least a little bit of time for those beautiful little things we call our children!

We are working on the quality of our products at all times. Most of the issues have revolved around tomatoes. It has been and ongoing challenge to pick the perfect tomato and then get it delivered to you in perfect condition. Packaging is helping but we still have a ways to go. It all adds to the expense of our bottom line and we will continue to keep it as reasonably priced as possible, but more packaging means more cost to the delivered product.

Pick up Locations!!  Help us out guys, you are in the neighborhoods where we deliver, if you know of locations that can house lots of boxes for a few hours and be open to our concept help us get our food closer to you!

Referals!!

There is no doubt our members are our best promoters! Make sure that you have your friends or family members tell us that you sent them our way (there's a place to mention that during signup), and we will add $20 of online funds to your account for every new member you send our way! That could be a lot of extra food for some of you!

Please bear with us as this transition is a work in progress.  Our signups will officially be open mid week. 

We appreciate you!

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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