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Posted 8/22/2014 9:14pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


Just a friendly reminder to all that the Lafayette Farmer's market will be on 4TH STREET tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd, due to set up for the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival on 5th St.  All vendors will be in or near the same booth space as usual, just on 4th street instead. 

See you there 7:30-12:30!

Posted 8/17/2014 9:21am by Nate & Emily Parks.

The time has come!  You've heard us mention in past newsletters exciting new changes to our CSA program for the upcoming year(s).  It's almost here and we want your feedback to help make it even better!  We've created a survey for ANYONE and EVERYONE (CSA member or not) to take to help us in some important decision making.  PLEASE take a moment to answer by clicking here...it's only 10 short questions!  

We will be announcing the changes in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!

**Canning tomatoes will continue to be available for a couple of weeks for those who are interested in preserving their own.  Members can order through their online account; non-members via our Locavore page.**  

 CSA 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!

HAPPY ORDERING!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

Posted 8/3/2014 10:39am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

CSA NEWS:

The oats are ready!...a nice surprise for those of you who visited us at the market yesterday.  It was a great harvest this year and we look forward to having this item available well into the winter season. For now it is offered as rolled oats, perfect for oatmeal or granola. We have our mill ordered to turn our beautiful wheat into flour, should be here late this week. We will do some experimenting with oat flour as well. The summer crops continue to flourish and will never be more available than these next few weeks.  Spoil yourself while you have the chance!

We are working on some exciting new changes regarding our CSA model for the upcoming year!  Stay tuned in the weeks to come!!

FARM NEWS:

We have talked about our restaurant sales in past newsletters and how we are transitioning our business more towards CSA and wholesale and away from farmers markets.  We want to express our appreciation to and for our main buyer, Tyler Herald, who is the main chef for Patachou, Inc. He coordinates ordering for the three Napolese restaurants in the Indianapolis area along with overseeing the two Petit Chou's in Broad Ripple and Carmel's Clay Terrace. The commitment he and the company has made to buying local is astounding!

We all want our favorite spots to carry local food options but rarely can we understand what that really means. Usually when a chef needs to restock his coolers, it's a phone call to the local distributor and all the items he is looking for are in his store the next day and look exactly like the items he always orders, no blemish, no size difference, just perfect produce, much like our supermarket produce section. To order the mass amount of your products from local farmers is a whole different ball game! I don't know exactly how many farms Tyler is dealing with every week, but I know it's more than 10-15. Think about that - one phone call and you're restocked, OR 10-15 texts, calls, or email trying to see who has what and when they can get it to what place! It is a huge commitment that they make every single day and it is what is making our farm continue to grow and succeed. We are in several other restaurant locations now and we have mentioned them below. When you're eating and relaxing at any one of these fantastic restaurants, take a minute think about the lengths that these establishments are going to to bring you local food!

In my mind, you can take the easy route and go to the big grocery store chains and buy exactly what you want any time of the year, any day of the week, any time of the day, OR you can go the route of spending a little more time, changing your diet with the seasons and really connecting with your food source. It is happening all around us and we love being a part of it!  Next time you decide to go out for dinner, drive out of your way to any of these places to support not only us, but the many small farms around central Indiana who these places represent. 

Here are a few of the spots that are using our products:

Napolese: Fashion Mall, Keystone at the Crossing, Indianapolis

Napolese: 49th and Pennsylvania, Indianapolis

Napolese: 30 South Meridian, Downtown Indianapolis

Petite Chou: Clay Terrace, Carmel

Petite Chou: Broad Ripple

Cerulean: Delaware St. Downtown Indianapolis

LaScala: Downtown Lafayette

Ezra's Enlightened Cafe: Opening this week in Broad Ripple!

The Local: 146th and Gray Rd. Westfield

Joe's Butcher Shop: Main Street Carmel

Nature's Pharm: State Rd 38, Lafayette

Pizzology: Mass Avenue, downtown Indianapolis

Fermenti Artisian: City Market, downtown Indianapolis

 

CANNING, CANNING, CANNING!

We keep talking about it, don't we - only because we have a large amount of tomatoes available for purchase at the farm RIGHT NOW!  You may also purchase at the markets or online, so don't forget to check out our Locavore page ANYONE can purchase from the Locavore page - CSA member or not.  Raw milk cheeses, raw honey and eggs are also available as well! Remember, these items may only be purchased via PayPal or cash/charge at our farm store (CSA credits may not be used, but items can be included in your vegetable order for the week after making a separate purchase).

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 7/27/2014 11:07am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

CSA NEWS:

Here come the tomatoes!! Heirlooms, red slicers, Romas, yellows, canners and cherries!! The harvest has been massive and the next 5-6 weeks will be the biggest selection and availability of these precious summer gems. Canning boxes of tomatoes are now available so get them now before it is to late in the season. These tomatoes will have blemishes and some split tops and will vary in size and variety. They are available for only $1.00 a pound in 25lb boxes. How nice will it be to eat a jar of your own canned tomatoes in the middle of winter!?

The first of only a few weeks of sweet corn has started.  This variety is a great bi-color corn that melts in your mouth! Colored bells, the favorite Carmen sweet Italian pepper, and melons are all coming on fast over the next week or two and should be available soon!

The wheat has been harvested; about 1000lbs worth. Here we are, making sure everything with the combine is good to go.  We will be cleaning it this week, and we are trying to come up with a good mill to make flour...our first attempt is exciting! The oats were still a bit green last week, so we will try to harvest this Thursday and see where we are.

 

 

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

If you're running low on CSA credits, click here to add money to your online account. 

 

FARM NEWS:

Wow! It's halftime already! 13 weeks in and 13 to go for the main farmer's market season. The crew has been working overtime to the max trying to just keep up with harvest it seems. 14 and 16 hour harvest days have been the norm the last couple of weeks and I think we are all feeling it! This has to be our biggest couple of weeks of tomato harvest, with nearly 2000lbs harvested on Friday...yes that is a ton of tomatoes!  Canning season is here and we have lots of #2's available for those wanting to put away this winter.  Don't worry if you're not a current CSA member; anyone is welcome to order them!  Just send us an email and let us know what you are looking for and when you would like to pick them up, either here at the farm or at the weekend markets in Lafayette or Broad Ripple. 

Yea!  We got an inch of rain last night which really felt good and helps those fall plantings of beets, carrots, and recently planted broccoli and cauliflower transplants.  And should we mention these cool temperatures? Record lows coming this week! Mid 70's for the end of July, simply amazing! Certainly slows some crops down in maturity, but I will take it and maybe get caught up on some weeding this week! We have a round of head lettuce getting ready to come on for the first of August. In Indiana, that usually is not a very good idea to try. Over the last several years I feel like we have seen such crazy weather patterns that I generally ignore old school wisdom and just keep planting. Often it works out and for sure it fails with some things, but the rewards of having a crop when no one else does feels great and certainly helps in this line of work. I would love to say there is a good source out there for weather prediction, but I think we all know that is not the case. One of the benefits of being small like we are is the ability to take those chances. It really is an insurance policy for us. We always have a new crop coming on so when the inevitable loss of a specific crop happens we will have a new one coming soon behind it.

This is the month to visit your local Farmers Markets here in Indiana.  The summer crops are in full swing and your dinner table will never be more bountiful with local food than right now. Go out and LIVE, EAT and BE LOCAL! Your tummies and local economy will thank you!

Can't get to the market?  Our quaint little store here at the farm is loaded with veggies too!  And don't forget to check out our Locavore page ANYONE can purchase from the Locavore page - CSA member or not.  Meadow Valley Farm's raw milk cheese is available with several different flavors to choose from.  We are lucky enough to have access this fantastic, clean, unpasteurized product and are glad to be able to share it with you!  Raw honey and eggs are also available as well! Remember, these items may only be purchased via PayPal or cash/charge at our farm store (CSA credits may not be used, but items can be included in your vegetable order for the week after making a separate purchase).

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 7/20/2014 10:10am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

CSA NEWS:

There was some confusion this week on both our part and some members with the tomatoes. They will always be packed in separate bags from your regular vegetable order. The veggies get packed and put into a walk in cooler as soon as possible during harvest day. When tomatoes are subjected to temperatures under 50 degrees they loose flavor, nutrition, taste, and texture...all around not a good thing. We also don't want them to be smashed with other items.

We missed some items this week on our part as well. Make sure and let us know as soon as you see missed or mistaken items in your order. We are setting up as many safeguards as possible to ensure all orders are packed and delivered as accurate as possible. But we do make mistakes and will credit your account accordingly. Thanks for patience with us as we work to make this style of CSA ordering work as smoothly as possible. Packing 100-150 different orders for different locations is certainly a huge challenge, but one that we believe in and are working to make it as flawless as possible.

For those who received their product in produce boxes last week, please remember to bring them back to your delivery location.  We re-use these boxes from week to week.  Also make sure to bring your own bags to pickup for item transfer.  Please and thank you!

Thanks for all the egg cartons!  Keep them coming!

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

If you're running low on CSA credits, click here to add money to your online account. 

 

FARM NEWS:

These past two weeks have been both exciting and exhausting! Each week has shattered sales records for us. When combining CSA, wholesale and markets the amount of food we are harvesting, washing, packing and selling is truly amazing! To see our trucks and trailers roll out of here stacked and packed Beverly Hillbillies style is a sight to be seen! With all these successes and blessings that we have this year, there comes the challenge of managing the business and personal side of this food production machine.

The labor force we have this year is absolutely the best we have ever had. With 5 people here every day and 10 here two days a week plus me and Emily,  the amount of people touching food and working our farm is fun to watch. The challenge is...how can we afford this many people? And how can we do this without this many people?  We are looking at everything we do to make sure we will be able to run this farm for the long haul. 

This week looks like the week we will be harvesting our oats and wheat! The crop looks great can't wait to get it in and see what quantities we have. It will still be a week or more away from being available, as we will begin the cleaning and milling process. But stay tuned as fresh rolled oats and fresh ground flour make their way onto our sales list!

Check out our Locavore page ANYONE can purchase from the Locavore page - CSA member or not.  Meadow Valley Farm's raw milk cheese is back with several different flavors to choose from.  We are lucky enough to have access this fantastic, clean, unpasteurized product and are glad to be able to share it with you!  Raw honey and eggs are also available as well! Remember, these items may only be purchased via PayPal or cash/charge at our farm store (CSA credits may not be used, but items can be included in your vegetable order for the week after making a separate purchase).

Come to the farm to get your fresh veggies for the week!  ALSO***SALE ON ALL FLOWERS!*** Need to re-fresh some of your pots and containers?  We have just what you need!  ALL 4in POTS ARE 75% OFF!!  (farm sales only)

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 7/13/2014 11:07am by Nate & Emily Parks.

**Check out our Locavore page this week!  Meadow Valley Farm's raw milk cheese is back with several different flavors to choose from.  We are lucky enough to have access this fantastic, clean, unpasteurized product and are glad to be able to share it with you!  Raw honey is also available as well!** Remember, these items may only be purchased via PayPal or cash/charge at our farm store (CSA credits may not be used, but items can be included in your vegetable order for the week after making a separate purchase).
 
Calling all egg cartons!! We are in need of egg cartons for re-use!  You may drop them off at the markets or leave them at your pickup site and we will gather them the following week! Please and thank you!

 

 

CSA NEWS:

As we get into the main season here on the farm, orders are getting larger, vegetables are getting larger, and so must our containers to pack into. We will be experimenting with different methods of packing over the coming weeks so that we can find the most efficient and most practical delivery container. Please be prepared to bring bags with you to pick up to unload boxes of veggies and take home with you. Also take a moment to break down the boxes and leave in a nice stack at your pick up site. We are also considering canvas bags for each member (two per member) so that we can always have one on hand for the following week's order. The challenge with that idea is keeping up with 200+ bags and orders and making the packing of the produce go as smoothly as possible. As you may imagine, packing that many different orders can be a real challenge, so finding a packaging system that works well for the farm and the consumer is critical to efficiency.

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

 

FARM NEWS:

We are enjoying seeing new faces (and old!) come to the farm to shop the farm store.  It's an awesome feeling to be able to grow clean food for those who want it most. Now that we are in the middle of the growing season, we have a lot to choose from, so please come check it out if you haven't already!

Speaking of the middle of the season, the bounty of the farm really taking off.  Do I dare say the first frost date is only about 90-100 days away?! One of the downfalls with vegetable production and marketing fresh product is an expiration date of only days on product. This is not only after we have picked the product but as it is growing as well. Fruit is in prime condition for only short period of times on most items. This generally leads to excess product at the end of the day. We are lucky to have some organizations at our markets who take left over product to various shelters, etc. to be distributed to those in need.

We feel like we want more of a connection and more of a specific impact with our extra food. There are many people and organizations who need fresh food no doubt. Here is our challenge: after a 16  hour day of harvest on Fridays and then waking up at 3:30 am on Saturday mornings running markets all day and generally getting back to the farm between 2-3pm, we are spent. But this is also the time when we unload all of the various vehicles and trailers from markets and start piling up product for the compost pile. So if you or someone you know are a part of an organization dedicated to getting this product into the hands of those in need and can meet us here at the farm on Saturday afternoon, please get in touch with us. The excess is part of the reality here and I think it always will be, but we want to form a relationship that will really make an impact with all of this extra food.  You may be thinking, "why not deliver the produce to said organizations?"  There is no doubt that there are many places we could deliver this product, but please try to understand the massive amount of work and time involved with picking, packing, delivering and organizing two markets, 200 + members and 10-12 wholesale deliveries all in a 24 hour period. We just can't add more to that! Come to the farm and help us help others!

Sounds like we're in for a cool down this week!  Enjoy!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 7/6/2014 9:19am by Nate & Emily Parks.

We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! Now it's time to  get back to work!

CSA NEWS:

The abundance is upon us! With 37 different items to chose from this week, we know there will be some great meals prepared in homes around central Indiana. Peppers and eggplant are exploding outside, and the cherry tomatoes will be here soon. Green beans are on and just in time comes the new potatoes to throw in with them! What about those purple carrots? Yep they are here too, and we can't wait to hear from all of you the meals you come up with this week.  I know our grill has been working overtime with veggies galore...and we love it. Cucumbers will be back soon, our constant battle with the cucumber beetle is in full swing...they may like them more than we do. We are planting our fourth set of cucumbers scattered around the farm trying to confuse or dodge these guys at least for a little bit. Usually we can get one or two harvests from a plant before is succumbs to the virus carried by the striped cucumber beetle; the same goes for summer squash.

Many of you ordered the infamous "Mystery Item" last week!  It was green beans for those of you wondering.  We introduce the mystery item several times throughout the year when we don't have enough of a specific item to make available in the store.  It adds a little fun to your online shopping and will be back in a few weeks!

CSA store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

Remember!!!  Please make sure you receive a confirmation email after you place your order.  If you don't receive an email, we did not get your order.

FARM NEWS:

We have had nearly 18 days with no planting and little cultivation, the threat of more rains early this week seems to extend that delay for us again. Of course I will no doubt push those limits and get out there and do something this week anyway! Last week the potatoes HAD to have another hilling/cultivation. The problem is that the whole middle of the field is soaking wet; so much so that to get from one side to the other I had to engage a differential lock on the rear wheels of the tractor and lift the hilling cultivator up out of the ground to get across the middle 50-75 yards of the field. The ends look great with waist high potatoes and the middle of the field is nearly a total loss. The same goes for planting another set of sweet corn and green beans.  To avoid a huge gap once they come on, I plant every ten days. To get that done last week it was the same deal; plant the ends of the field and lift up the planter, lock in the differential, and full throttle to get through the middle of the field! That is what I would call pushing the envelope, we do it for consistency in product availability and cash flow. We are looking at right around 90 days left of frost free growing, so this is the week to get all those fall crops of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and the last of the sweet corn  in.  How the season will end is anybody's guess so there is always a bit of guesswork and experimentation that goes into these fall plantings.

If you've driven in the country recently, you've seen the golden fields of wheat across our countryside over the past couple of weeks. Our spring wheat and oats are within a few weeks of harvest! I know we can't wait for those fresh rolled oats again, and the addition of our own hard red wheat ground to flour has the bread maker (Emily) in our kitchen very excited!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/29/2014 8:43am by Nate & Emily Parks.

We realize that sometimes our newsletters may be redundant, but most of the time information included in them is very important. Please take a few minutes to read them.  If you have deleted the newsletters, you can access them via the RSS feed at the bottom of the main page of our website: http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/
CSA NEWS:

One of the great benefits of our CSA model for some of you is the opportunity to shop the market and let us add your order manually to your account. We know it's easy and convenient to shop a market and we are glad to make that option available, but we have to reinforce the reasons why it is important to place your order during the week and then add to it when you pick up your order if necessary.                                                                                                                    ~We have been talking a lot about our priorities as a farm and where we are headed in the future. What this means is that our CSA orders come first, our restaurant and wholesale orders are second, and the markets are the very last line to get product. Often this means that not all product available online will be at markets in quantity. We are to the point where we HAVE to know that all of our crops are sold when we are harvesting. Having the CSA orders in place helps us to know what we need to fill our customers requests.                                                                           ~While we are certainly taking product to and selling extra items at markets, our concentration is to move our business model away from the markets. The drop in attendance, increase in buying/selling at market from non-farmer vendors, and in some cases overload of product/produce vendors available at market is driving these decisions.  So PLEASE take the time to place your order.  It's very simple!  Login first, select your items and pick up location, and then you may add any extra product need if you are coming to see us at market.  This will help make both of our experiences better in the long run. 

 

CSA store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

Remember!!!  Please make sure you receive a confirmation email after you place your order.  If you don't receive an email, we did not get your order.

FARM NEWS:

The effects of double the average rainfall in June are starting to show their ugly heads. We have so many crops that are doing well on one end of a row and completely gone or severely stunted on the other. Too much rain and standing water suffocates plants and reduces yield, in some cases to a point of total loss.  Another consequence is early blight in field tomatoes! It is already creeping up the plants, at this point we will be hoping for a 3-4 week harvest window before the blight completely wipes them out. We have had about three seasons in a row of relatively minimal disease issues outside, but excess moisture for such an extended period is really taking it's toll. These are the years that we are so thankful for our high tunnels, where tomatoes are protected from the weather conditions outdoors. We produce these guys in the soil just like outdoors, but train them much more aggressively and are able to regulate their moisture conditions. Water is always given to them  via a drip tape laid on the ground next to their roots, the leaves are never wet! 

I was finally able to get back in the field on Wednesday after the soil had dried just enough to get some much needed cultivation done. All was going well until a loud boom and steam rolled up behind my shoulders! The fan that cools the motor on our Allis Chalmers G cultivating tractor decided to break apart and fly through the radiator! Scary, dangerous and incredibly disappointing. I had been waiting all week to get in a clean up the fields were weeds are germinating daily. In this type of work, the windows of opportunity are extremely small, and when problems like this happen there is no doubt that crops will be lost and yield will suffer, labor will increase because of hand weeding and of course the equipment cost will rise. Always a new challenge around the corner, maybe that is why I love this game of farming so much!

Enjoy your holiday weekend coming up.  We will be vending at the Lafayette and Broad Ripple Farmer's markets on Saturday, July 5th!  Come see us!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/22/2014 10:14am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 
 
CSA store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

Remember!!!  Please make sure you receive a confirmation email after you place your order.  If you don't receive an email, we did not get your order.


FARM & CSA NEWS:

The challenges of the season continue. 3.25 inches of rain on Thursday afternoon made Friday one of the most difficult harvest days we have had is a couple of years. Not only could you not walk through the fields without carrying 20 extra pound of mud on your bare feet (our shoes were off immediately), but the amount of damaged lettuce and strawberries was pretty massive. When the rain comes that hard and that fast the problems are many. Heavy rain bruises tender lettuce leaves and destroys strawberries, while standing water carries all the small pieces of dirt, grass and any other floating debris right into and around lettuce mixes. The packing shed was no less than a nightmare trying to clean all of those little pieces out of our mixed greens!

The flip side is that we have a nice build up of moisture, and crops that are coming on and trying to grow are using it as fast as they can. Within the next few days to a week we will add broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, hot peppers, eggplant, sweet bell peppers, new potatoes, beets and carrots to our list of available items.  This is the time of year that we look forward to; the bounty is really overwhelming!

This past week was also the time of year when the cabbage worm, cucumber beetles and potato beetles really started to gain traction and increase populations to destructive levels. So what do we as organic farmers do to combat this problem? First, we always scout and pay attention to populations, small amounts of pests are not usually detrimental, it is when populations explode that we take action. There are three main organic pest control products that we use. Dipel (BT), a naturally occurring bacteria that helps control caterpillars, Pyganic, an extract from the crysanthemum plant which helps control a pretty wide range of pests from caterpillars to some beetles, and finally Entrust (spinosad) which controls the Colorado potato beetle and to some degree flee beetles. These products are all tools for Organic agriculture that help us to get our products to a harvestable state. They are not like the conventional sprays that are total wipe out and control of pest and all other populations. Generally they can help reduce the populations and get a crop through to a harvest. Then there are pests like the cucumber beetle which have now more or less wiped out an entire greenhouse full of cucumbers right at the time when they are getting to peak in production. The controls we have available will not eliminate the problems and so we plant cucumbers every 10 days or so in order to have a new crop coming all the time and hope to have it ready in between generations of pests. So if you see or hear that we have been spraying something in our fields, know that is a plant or naturally occurring product aimed at limiting the damage from pests.  We also fertilize our plants through what is called foliar feeding where we spray a mix of liquid, kelp, seaweed, compost tea and liquid humate throughout the season.

We have really put ourselves out there this year, with lots of production, employees, and marketing. So far this year sales have been very slow and barely enough to keep things running. The faith we keep is that all of the products we have out in the field growing and ready to produce will pay off by season's end. It is truly one of the most difficult tasks on the farm to predict, plan and assume what your markets will demand. When those sales are different than expected or mother nature slows down, eliminates, or changes your plans things can get very difficult. I am always thankful for our CSA customers, dedicated restaurant sales, and my wife more than anything to help pull through these tough times when you begin to question everything you have put into motion for the season. Of course, it is early in the season with nearly four months of frost free growing remaining and we really do have some of the best looking crops in recent memory out in the fields. Part of our job is to make sure we market ourselves as efficiently as we produce our crops.  There is not much room for error on a farm with as tight of margins as ours. The further into this season we get the more Emily and I are concentrating on growing our CSA base and building our wholesale restaurant, & small store accounts. The markets demand a lot of extra labor and a lot of family time lost... The massive swings in sales from week to week are so difficult to manage, often times reaching 50% up and down from week to week! When cash flow depends heavily on those sales you can see why we are looking towards other avenues to move our goods.

Whether you support us through our CSA program, farmer's markets, our farm store, or in the restaurants and stores who carry our product, THANK YOU and believe me each item purchased helps us to continue this journey we call farming!

Now let's eat some good food!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/15/2014 9:19am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 
Let us grow your food!
 

CSA store is open until Tuesday morning at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

Remember!!!  Please make sure you receive a confirmation email after you place your order.  If you don't receive an email, we did not get your order.


FARM & CSA NEWS:

Visit us at the farmer's markets!  We have so much beautiful product on display every Saturday morning at the Lafayette & Broad Ripple farmer's markets.  Can't ever seem to make it there? Consider joining our CSA program where you can order ahead online and have it delivered!  Great concept for your busy life AND you get to enjoy some delicious, local, organically grown food without ever having to visit a grocery store!  You can also shop our farm store located on our farm every day of the week!  Need directions?  Click here!

We often enjoy a "Ranger ride" with the kids several evenings a week just to wind down and check on all the crops.  Wow!  There's a lot out there.  The potatoes are looking great, but we did find some potato beetles in their nymph stage which need to be dealt with ASAP.  Our fields of wheat and oats are so beautiful, our plantings of sweet corn are growing as well as our field of dry beans!

Again, we talk about strawberries! We love em'; when conditions are right there is nothing better than picking, eating and selling them. The rains this past week wiped out well over 3-400 quarts of berries. If you received berries from us and found a little brown spot or a berry that was mush then you have seen where a rain drop hit a perfectly ripe berry and ruined it. I would say we were picking 1 and tossing 2 berries all week. It's a massive blow to the cash flow and bottom line on berries when your main picking week gets wiped out by a much needed rain. This is one of the reasons why strawberries are grown in so many arid places in the U.S.  To be able to manage when and how much rain they receive is to save a crop. It is also a reason why so many store bought berries are firm to hard in texture. This not only helps them ship across country easier but lets them take a little more adverse conditions in the field. We will always plant, manage and harvest for the freshest, tastiest berries possible. The risk that comes with it is losing a harvest to inclement conditions. We are sorry for any problems you may have had with our berries this week.  Believe me, we did everything possible to painstakingly sort through the good and bad. No doubt some bad ones made it into some quarts.  Rain predicted for everyday this week certainly is concerning!

We are hoping for the best on berries this week, as they will be on their way out very quickly. IF things run short we will let you know before delivery. We picked about 30 pounds of tomatoes this past week which means I hope to have enough available next week for orders!

Enjoy the week!

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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