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Posted 6/8/2014 10:51am 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 NEWS:

Some welcome rain has come our way this past week and last night. It's nice to see the response of plants to a healthy dose of rain every few days. Strawberries are coming on slow and steady my guess is that this week will be their peak and then drop off over the next two weeks. The tomatoes are busy driving me crazy!! A couple of ripe fruit a day still. They will  no doubt explode soon, but at this point I am out of any guesses as to when that may be! The focus here has really moved towards weeds; mostly the amazing grasses that we have been able to grow the last couple of weeks. I was telling the crew this week, if I wanted to till up, level out and seed a new spot in my yard not one blade of grass would come up. I think I have finally found the key to growing great grass! Just plant salad mix, spinach or carrots in nice neat rows all through your anticipated new yard and voila! a perfect carpet of bright green grass everytime!


CSA NEWS:

We are taking the "limit one" off of berries this week in anticipation that they will bear nicely this week. This, of course, is what we would like them to do. Please realize we are optimistic but we have no idea until harvest is over on Tuesday how much is really out there. If you order multiples and we run short realize that we will get everyone at least one quart and then fill the extras as we can.

There are several items new to the store this week.  Broccoli Raab is another nice cooked green, similar to kale and swiss chard, but a slightly different taste.  You can't go wrong sauteing it with garlic and onion (that's our answer for everything!); add a little crushed red pepper and you're all set!  Kohlrabi is back!  Peel off the skin and eat it raw or cooked!  We love to eat this crunchy brassica raw with hummus and often eat it cooked too. 
The possibilities with all of these fresh vegetables are endless! 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/1/2014 9:11am 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/login

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 strawberries are on! Finally they are here; a solid three weeks later than "normal" over the past few years. Berries are always a good indication of how the spring is going in terms of early or late. Even with the late spring I feel like we are in pretty good shape right now, as far as planting and crop maturity goes.  Now, we hope for rain!

We are still eating a tomato a day right now, and I think they will really come on by the end of this week with the hot days and warm nights! Maybe if I would quit looking at them three times a day they would ripen faster?

CSA NEWS:

The berries are available to order online this week, however, I am limiting it to one quart per order to make sure that we have plenty of supply for Wednesday orders. It is always hard to estimate how they will produce a few day ahead of when we will actually pick them. Next week will no doubt be the heaviest fruit load of the season and we will have ample amounts of berries available. Cucumbers are in the same boat; just coming on so we will limit it to one per order until we hit the main harvest window in the next week or two.

We want to say thank you to all of our host delivery sites for being gracious enough to offer their homes and/or businesses for CSA pickups. Please remember to have your order picked up within the designated time frame which is specified on your order form.  We appreciate it and they do too!

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/25/2014 10:49am 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/login

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:

I have had a goal for the last couple of years to have tomatoes by May 15th. I missed it by 4 days this year! But believe me, I will take it. We have been lucky enough to eat about one a day since the middle of last week. I would say in two weeks, we will have our first major harvest and plenty of fruit available. This first house is a mix of red slicers and several different heirlooms. Having tomatoes to eat the same week as most are planting them outdoors is no small task, but a challenge that I love to take on! The other interesting thing that happened was eating that first tomato before eating the first strawberry! That really never happens. The berries are coming on a good 3-4 weeks later than normal this year.  We did find two red strawberries out of 8,000 or so plants this morning. Maybe with the heat this week we will have a few quarts by week's end??

The bounty is no doubt about to begin. Cucumbers are within a week or two of being ready, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower are all off to a great start now with the heat we are finally getting. Our potatoes, dry beans, sweet corn, oats and wheat are all up and growing well. June is no doubt one of my favorite months on the farm; the growth of crops and the change in the landscape are almost daily.

There is an issue that has reared its ugly head this week: Cucumber beetles are absolutely ravaging our young zucchini, squash, and cucumber plants we just set out last week. Almost instantly they are everywhere. I certainly had the romantic idea all winter that no way those guys could survive a winter like this. It certainly made all those cold nights a little more enjoyable. But, of course, they are resilient and now very hungry!

In the pictures above, you'll see an aerial view of the front section of the farm.  Notice the massive amount of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant towards the front, and in the distance is where all the brassicas are planted as well as some carrots and beets. 

CSA NEWS:

As mentioned above, we hope to have berries at least by the end of next week. We will see how things progress this week. It is always a challenge to guess how fast crops will mature, and we do our best to get them to you as soon as they are ready.

Thanks to everyone who has been pre-ordering for Saturday pickups.  It really helps a lot to have orders placed prior to market so we can better prepare.  The online store stays open until Thursday evening at 9pm for weekend deliveries. 

Happy Memorial Day!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/18/2014 6:01am by Nate & Emily Parks.


JOIN US AT THE FARM TODAY TO CELEBRATE SPRING AND TOUR OUR FARM! 

The fun starts at 1:00pm with a potluck style lunch to follow.  Come comfortable, bring a chair or a blanket to relax and enjoy this beautiful day!

***The farm address is 4485 W 1000 N Rossville***  Google maps might drop our farm in a different location.  The farm is to the east of US 421/SR 39 and one county block directly east of Angel Hill Golf Course.  It might be easier to Google the golf course.

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/login

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.

The weather forecast is beautiful this week!  Let us help you with your garden!  It's time to get your flowers and plants potted up and in the ground!  We have several varieties of both to help you get started! We are sure spring is here to stay!

Enjoy the day,

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/11/2014 9:28am by Nate & Emily Parks.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE & FARM TOUR, SUNDAY MAY 18TH!
  The fun starts at 1:00 with a pitch-in style lunch and the farm tour around 2:30-3pm.  Come all afternoon or just for the tour. Everyone is welcome! 

Online store for CSA members is open until Tuesday at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries (see explanation below)

 Click here to place your order:

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

MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER PLACING YOUR ORDER!

 

FARM NEWS:

**The farm store is open today from 12-4pm for anyone who has procrastinated on a Mother's Day gift!  We have a lot of flowers and hanging baskets that she is sure to love!!

What a relief! Throughout the day on Friday we received close to an 1 1/2" of rain. Puddles were gone almost instantly as the parched ground absorbed the majority of the rainfall; the perfect rain! We were able to get nearly 10 acres of transplants and seeds in the ground last week.  This is no small feat when you are setting plants by hand and planting numerous different small plots of different crops, each requiring it's own special seeder, transplanter and spacing to be done correctly. Now for a week of weeding and cultivation in between what looks to be a wet spell for the next week to 10 days. 

Strawberries are finally setting fruit, we will probably be picking the first tomato and the first strawberry the same week! That doesn't happen often! My best guess would be the last week of May and into the first week of June. It is always amazing to me to watch mother nature move crops maturity around. We have picked berries the last week of April, middle of May and now we will be into June before we really get going on them. Berries are a huge labor demand for harvest and we are generally happy to have them out of the way before the main harvest season outdoors begins in June. Looks like we will be doubling up this season!

Next Sunday, the 18th looks to be perfect day for a walk around the farm, good food, and live music! Join us for a great afternoon beginning at 1:00p.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

CSA NEWS:

There has been some minor confusion as far as ordering goes for some of you who are new this  year to our CSA program.  All memberships that are to date paid in full have been credited and ordering online may begin at anytime!  Each Sunday we send out our newsletter telling of farm happenings etc. and at that time we will open the online store.  If any confusion remains, please let us know and we will be happy to help you!

The online store will continue to stay open until THURSDAY night at 9pm for weekend delivery sites only. Our hope is that this change will make it easier for you to order your product before you come to market. We understand that you might prefer to choose your own vegetables directly from our booth, but if you know at least part of what you would like, please place your order online.  This will allow us to be better prepared for both non-CSA and CSA sales at each market. 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

Posted 5/4/2014 9:39am by Nate & Emily Parks.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE & FARM TOUR, SUNDAY MAY 18TH!
  The fun starts at 1:00 with a pitch-in style lunch and the farm tour around 2:30-3pm.  Come all afternoon or just for the tour. Everyone is welcome! 

Online store for CSA members is open until Tuesday at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries (see explanation below)

 Click here to place your order:

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

MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER PLACING YOUR ORDER!

 

FARM NEWS:

If you would have told me I would be scrambling to set up irrigation the first week of May this year I would have probably laughed at you. But that is exactly what is happening. We got a little less than 6/10th's of rain this past week and winds in excess of 15mph everyday. The result has been battered transplants and dried up onion plants. Unfortunately it looks like 60-70% of our 30,000 onion plants are toast. So now we scramble to see if we can find replacements asap. Potatoes finally came in this week, and are just about all in the ground. The amount of plants and seed to go in the ground right now is staggering! Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, leeks, sweet corn, beans, etc. etc. etc.  A couple of good old sayings that come to mind in times like this are: " seed doesn't grow in the bag" and "equipment doesn't brake in the barn."

These past couple of weeks the equipment on the farm has seen more than it's fair share of work. Enough so that two of our four tractors gave in; both with transmission issues. Of course it couldn't come at a worse time, but that is how it goes when you have older equipment that you push beyond its limits. One should be back in action this afternoon or tomorrow I hope, and the other will probably not get any help for a while. These are the consequences for pushing our production to its limits with both time and equipment.  I have often said that we are well equipped to handle 10 acres of vegetables... and of course we are pushing 25-30 acres this year. We are constantly investing in the tools and equipment we need to do what we do, and assume that will be an ongoing process. We have a lot of great people working really hard this year on the farm and I have no doubt we will push through the madness that spring can bring....But there is a slight chance that I may lose my mind in the process! I'll get it back...it happens every year!

***The farm store is open for business!  Now that the sun is shining and the temperature has finally moderated, it's time to get those plants in your garden and flowers in your pots!  Mother's Day is approaching and what better gift to give mom than a hanging basket!  We have several different baskets to choose from!

Visit us Monday-Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-4pm and we have extended our hours on Sundays through May from 12-4pm! ***

 

CSA NEWS:

Salads it is for the month of May!

To be a part of a CSA is also to be a part of the seasons in Indiana. It can be difficult at times to eat the foods of the seasons to its potential, no doubt. But I really feel like the rewards of basing your diet around what is available is so empowering! When each new product comes on over the weeks to come it's like a brand new diet can begin! You don't have to be a slave to a particular eating regimen for much longer than 2-3 weeks; there is always something new to add to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is no doubt that the salads we get to enjoy now will be desperately missed in August, just like we would all love to have fresh corn on the cob and a tomato sandwich right now!

We are excited for the farm tour coming up on MAY 18TH and hope you all can make it out for a great afternoon of food, fun and seeing the farm that grows all of your food in action.

The online store will continue to stay open until THURSDAY night at 9pm for weekend delivery sites only. Our hope is that this change will make it easier for you to order your product before you come to market. We understand that you might prefer to choose your own vegetables directly from our booth, but if you know at least part of what you would like, please place your order online.  This will allow us to be better prepared for both non-CSA and CSA sales at each market. 

ATTENTION LAFAYETTE AREA MEMBERS:

Starting this week we will be adding our West Lafayette new delivery location:  the home of Jodee Ellett, at 4425 Crossbow Court, West Lafayette. As mentioned in previous newletters, we have discontinued deliveries at the Calvary Baptist Church location.  Her home is not far from the Calvary location; just north a mile or so off of Yeager Road.    This delivery will still take place on Wednesdays. 
Why are we changing locations?  The church has been a delivery location for us for 4 years now, and has been a great one at that; some of you may know that we have been trying to seek out another location that allows us to drop off the shares versus sitting with the shares and having members pickup directly from the back of our delivery vehicle. 
Changing locations was a decision we had to make for our business, and after four years Jodee offering her home was a blessing for us.  Being able to drop off the shares saves our farm valuable time and money.  It was strictly a business decision for us, and our hope is that it isn't an inconvenience to anyone. Thanks for understanding!

Enjoy your week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

Posted 4/27/2014 8:26am by Nate & Emily Parks.

GRAND OPENING OF OUR FARM STORE MAY 1ST AT THE FARM!   Store hours are Monday-Friday 10-6pm and Saturdays 10-4pm

Online store for CSA members is open until Tuesday at 9am for mid week deliveries and Thursday at 9pm for weekend deliveries (see explanation below)

 Click here to place your order:

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

MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER PLACING YOUR ORDER!

 

FARM NEWS:

Farmer's markets start this Saturday, May 3rd! We will be vending at the Lafayette and Broad Ripple Farmer's Markets this year!  We are very excited to be able to sell our product that we have been working so hard to grow all winter.  In addition to our produce, we will have a large selection of vegetable plants, bedding plants, flowers, & perennials!  Come and support all of your local farmers!  See you there!

GRAND OPENING OF OUR FARM STORE THIS THURSDAY, MAY 1ST!    It might be a little cloudy this week, but don't let that stop you from visiting us at the farm for all of your plants, flowers, & seeds!  

The 2014 season is here to stay! Farmer's markets begin, the last frost date is approaching, and the weather has certainly made a change for the better. So we are ready right?? The answer is an apprehensive yes; we are actually in pretty good shape on the farm as far as planting, groundwork and greenhouse crops are concerned. The apprehension comes from the expectations for this season. We have really pushed our envelope this year with not only expenses, but time, space and ability as well. Thankfully, May is here we have made it through one of the toughest winters on record. Ginny has our greenhouse looking absolutely amazing! Tylor, Heather and Micah are all returning members of our team from last year...and we have golf ball sized fruit setting on tomatoes in the first greenhouse.

I think this will be a great season not only for us, but for the local food economy in general. The interest and demand for our products is coming in from many more angles than ever before. I think that the local food movement is really catching the attention of the business world, and the future is very bright. If we can continue the demand for local, sustainable food production then we can really create some opportunities for more farmers on our land! This can only create a more diverse and prolific farm scene in rural America, and what could be better?


CSA NEWS:

Starting this week, the online store will stay open until THURSDAY night at 9pm for weekend delivery sites only. Our hope is that this change will make it easier for you to order your product before you come to market. We understand that you might prefer to choose your own vegetables directly from our booth, but if you know at least part of what you would like, please place your order online.  This will allow us to be better prepared for both non-CSA and CSA sales at each market. 

We promised a few more choices for you this week, and here they are: salad mix, spinach, red & green head lettuce, green onions and eggs are on the list for this week's selection. These are the last of the indoor crops, and it will be at least two weeks until the field crops are ready for harvest. Strawberries are going to be at least a month late. Usually it is 21 days after bloom when we are picking berries.  There isn't a bloom to be seen, so it will most likely be early June before we are harvesting.

ATTENTION LAFAYETTE AREA MEMBERS:

Starting the week of May 4th, there will be a change in one of the West Lafayette delivery locations.  We are going to discontinue deliveries at the Calvary Baptist Church location.  We are happy to announce that we have a new delivery location! It will be at the home of Jodee Ellett, at 4425 Crossbow Court in West Lafayette.  Her home is not far from the Calvary location; just north a mile or so off of Yeager Road.  This change will be reflected on the choice of delivery locations after you place your order.  This delivery will still take place on Wednesdays. 
Why are we changing locations?  The church has been a delivery location for us for 4 years now, and has been a great one at that; some of you may know that we have been trying to seek out another location that allows us to drop off the shares versus sitting with the shares and having members pickup directly from the back of our delivery vehicle. 
Changing locations was a decision we had to make for our business, and after four years Jodee offering her home was a blessing for us.  Being able to drop off the shares saves our farm valuable time and money.  It was strictly a business decision for us, and our hope is that it isn't an inconvenience to anyone. We appreciate so much your understanding!

Stay dry this week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 

 

Posted 4/25/2014 8:59pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

What better way to spend your Saturday than to come see us at the Tippecanoe AND Clinton County fairgrounds!
 
We will have a fantastic selection of plants and flowers at both Home & Garden Shows!  Ginny will be in Lafayette from 9am-3pm and Emily will be in Frankfort from 1pm-7pm.
What a great day it will be to get out of your house!
See you there!
Posted 4/20/2014 10:20am by Nate & Emily Parks.

Online store is open until Tuesday at 9am

 Click here to place your order:

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

MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER PLACING YOUR ORDER!

 Do you have an interest in our CSA program? There's still time, and signup is easy!  Just click here!

 

FARM NEWS:

May 1st is less than two weeks away!  That date marks the opening of our farm store!!!

We love it when we get a few days of good weather to cooperate with our planting schedule.  More than 20,000 onion plants were planted in the ground this past week as well as the second large planting of salad mix, spinach, mixed spicy greens, beets, carrots turnips, and broccoli raab, to name a few! The first planting of all of those mentioned is up and growing well; a relief considering the cold, wet conditions we've had. Somehow, we made it through that 24 degree night in our unheated greenhouse full of our second planting of grafted tomatoes! We are in the clear now, right? Ah, the gamble...that is vegetable farming in the spring in Indiana.

CSA NEWS:

The head lettuce we planted way back in January is now looking as beautiful as ever. Having a lettuce salad is a welcome change from the spinach we have been munching on for the last couple of months. The spinach in the high tunnels is on its last leg and it's time to remove it in order to bring in the cucumbers and tomatoes. It will be a few more weeks before the outside production kicks in. So this week enjoy the red and green head lettuce with some perfect red radishes for a great spring salad treat.

 

ATTENTION LAFAYETTE AREA MEMBERS:

Starting the week of May 4th, there will be a change in one of the West Lafayette delivery locations.  We are going to discontinue deliveries at the Calvary Baptist Church location.  But we are happy to announce that we have a new delivery location! It will be at the home of Jodee Ellett, at 4425 Crossbow Court in West Lafayette.  Her home is not far from the Calvary location; just north a mile or so on Yeager Road.  We will remind you in two weeks that we will be making the change.  This change will be reflected on the choice of delivery locations after you place your order.

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 

 

Posted 4/18/2014 6:55am by Nate & Emily Parks.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE MARKET TOMORROW! 
 
Lafayette Farmer's Market will be hosting one of their mini markets tomorrow, Saturday April 19th!
Silverthorn Farm will be there from 8-noon!
In addition to all of our beautiful flowers and vegetable plants, we'll have FRESH greens!  Spinach, lettuce, and mild tasting radishes and more! 
 
Skip the grocery store tonight after work, instead, come see us TOMORROW at the Lafayette farmer's market, downtown Lafayette on 5th Street from 8-noon!!
 
SEE YOU THERE!

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