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Posted 4/13/2014 10:02am 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:

Time to get those lawn mowers going! I've never been happier to see green grass!

Did someone say raspberries?  Last Thursday, we dug up the raspberries from the old farm in Darlington and transplanted them into 13 rows.  What a sight! And we aren't done yet!  There's a good possibility we will have gallon raspberry plants for sale very soon!  And what better place to come purchase those, as well as all your other vegetable plants, perennials, flowers, & seeds than our farm store!  Opening day is May 1st! 

Silverthorn Farm will be participating in the Tippecanoe County Garden Expo and Clinton County Home & Garden Expo on Saturday, April 26th.  Both expos take place at the county's 4-H fairgrounds.  We will be bringing our selection of gorgeous flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and MORE!  It's a great time to get a sneak peek at what we will have to offer this season!

Open House, May 18th 1pm-6pm. 
We will be co-hosting this event with Slow Food Indy. Live music and a pitch-in style lunch will start the afternoon followed by live music and a farm tour around 2:30-3:00p.m. Come relax for the afternoon or just for the tour to see where and how your food is grown! Get your hands and feet into the soil that grows your food and enjoy the company of fellow Locavores from all over central Indiana!

CSA NEWS:

Head lettuce, spinach, and radishes are what's available online this week.  What beautiful color the radishes give to our salads!

Don't forget about ordering your spring garden basket to plant in your own garden!   Each basket consists of 12 plants of different varieties, such as, kale, lacinato kale, swiss chard, head lettuces, basil, and parsley.  The cost of each basket is $22.  They can be pre-ordered through the CSA store, the Locavore page and/or via email. You don't have to be a CSA member to order one of these baskets. 

 ***The baskets are available for on farm pickup only and 2 weeks after order is placed!***

Some are still having a little trouble with placing online orders.  If you will login FIRST, then place your order SECOND, it will eliminate any confusion.  You may login by selecting the CSA STORE tab > LOGIN via the main page of our website. 

Always make sure that you receive a confirmation email from us as soon as you complete your order online. If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not see the transaction take place and your order has not been received. Please be sure to call or email us if you need help through the process. It is no doubt a frustrating situation to go pick up your order only to find that it is not there. By checking your email for a confirmation from us you can be assured that we received your order and now it is up to us to make sure it gets to you.

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 4/6/2014 11:12am 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!

 

Open House May 18th 1pm-dusk

 We will be co-hosting this event with Slow Food Indy. Live music and a pitch-in style lunch will start the afternoon followed by live music and a farm tour around 2:30-3:00p.m. Come all day or just for the tour to see where and how your food is grown! Get your hands and feet into the soil that grows your food and enjoy the company of fellow Locavores from all over central Indiana!

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

 

 Farm News:

We had a great start to the week getting the rest of our peas seeded in the ground and all of our kale plants transplanted. We took full advantage of Monday and Tuesday before the massive rains came later in the week, and are looking to get onions out this week and more tomatoes planted into the unheated high tunnels.  I'm sure we will be fighting this wet soil for a while, but it is finally spring right? We will be adding to the labor force beginning this week and really pushing hard for the next couple of months.

We brought home two pups this past fall as you may remember. Our senior dog, Max, was to help train these puppies in his way and then they could eventually take over the protection role that he has perfected so well. Unfortunately, they cannot seem to stop eating our chickens! I thought we were on the right track as there had been no incidents in the last couple of months. It all changed this past week as we caught them inside the pen of chickens with birds in their mouths. We are looking to rehome them either together or separately as we just can't take the risk anymore. They are 9 months old, Mastiff/Rottweiler mix, and weigh around 80lbs. If you or someone you know is looking for a new friend let us know.  We need to get them away from the birds pretty quickly right now.

CSA NEWS:

The red head lettuces are finally ready along with the spinach and eggs this week. I picked a few baby radishes last week so they will be ready soon and possibly green onions next week. Enjoy the taste of spring salads, it doesn't get much better than this!

Remember that you may begin ordering at anytime, change your pick up sites weekly, and spend your dollars on any product we produce here on the farm. This will include plants that will be coming available to you very soon!

 

Ginny has created some very practical (and cute, says Emily) "Spring Garden baskets" for use in your own home gardens!  Each basket consists of 12 plants of different varieties, such as, kale, lacinato kale, swiss chard, head lettuces, basil, and parsley.  The cost of each basket is $22.  They can be pre-ordered this week and next through the CSA store, the Locavore page and/or via email. 

 

***The baskets are for on farm pickup only and will be available 2 weeks after order is placed!***

 

Always make sure that you receive a confirmation email from us as soon as you complete your order online. If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not see the transaction take place and your order has not been received. Please be sure to call or email us if you need help through the process. It is no doubt a frustrating situation to go pick up your order only to find that it is not there. By checking your email for a confirmation from us you can be assured that we received your order and now it is up to us to make sure it gets to you.

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 3/30/2014 12:50pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

Online store is closed this week!

BUT check out the CSA store to get a small peek at what we have available NOW and what is to come later!

 

Do you have an interest in our CSA program? 

There's still time, and signup is easy!  Just click here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types 
 
We're doing it again!!

Open House May 18th 1pm-dusk

 We will be co-hosting this event with Slow Food Indy. Live music and a pitch-in style lunch will start the afternoon followed by live music and a farm tour around 2:30-3:00p.m. Come all day or just for the tour to see where and how your food is grown! Get your hands and feet into the soil that grows your food and enjoy the company of fellow Locavores from all over central Indiana!

 

Farm News:

Here comes the weather we have been hoping for! Looks like we have two great days coming before rain again on Wednesday. We will be all hands on deck to get ground worked and plants in the ground by Wednesday morning which means we will not be harvesting or delivering this week.  I'm sure you understand our time will be much better spent in the fields for future harvests at this point.

I have always been pretty lucky to have lots of connections in the agriculture community. This latest project, done by a good friend and incredible mechanic, Robert Penn, is above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. The picture below is our 1955 Allis Chalmers G, now a brand new piece of equipment that will hopefully outlast me on the farm. The G is used almost daily as our cultivating tractor which eliminates 75% of all hand weeding labor. Last year, we really did a number on it and knew we were in for a major overhaul on the motor to get things back up and running like they needed to be. Robert is a farmer and an expert in antique tractors, his collection of Oliver, Cockshutt, Minniapolis Moline and others are spectacular. I knew he was the guy for this job. This tractor is the cornerstone of our farm, and with that in mind, I turned him loose to make it as close to new as possible. Now....it's time to get dirty!!

CSA News:

No deliveries this week. The potatoes have mostly sprouted and/or deteriorated, which leaves only spinach and eggs this week to deliver. Orders have been very slow the last few weeks for sure, so until the variety kicks up in another week or two, I think our time is best served in the field. We should resume next week with normal deliveries, pending the radishes and head lettuce coming on.  

Now with that being said, Ginny has created some very practical (and cute, says Emily) "Spring Garden baskets" for use in your own home gardens!  Each basket consists of 12 plants of different varieties, such as, kale, lacinato kale, swiss chard, head lettuces, basil, and parsley.  The cost of each basket is $22.  They can be pre-ordered this week and next through the CSA store, the Locavore page and/or via email. 

***The baskets are for on farm pickup only and will be available 2 weeks after order is placed!***
 
Here's to some warm weather and SUN!!!!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 3/23/2014 9:43am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 
We're doing it again!!

Open House May 18th 1pm-dusk

 We will be co-hosting this event with Slow Food Indy. Live music and a pitch-in style lunch will start the afternoon followed by live music and a farm tour around 2:30-3:00p.m. Come all day or just for the tour to see where and how your food is grown! Get your hands and feet into the soil that grows your food and enjoy the company of fellow Locavores from all over central Indiana!

 

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:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

 

Farm News:

I was finally able to spend some quality time with the tractor and tiller yesterday!  It's still a bit wet, but I did find a few spots where we could sneak in some early spinach, lettuce, arugula, radish, turnips and peas. This week is going to start cold for sure, but hopefully by weeks end we can get some kale and swiss chard into the ground. Potatoes are next on the list of crops to get into the ground, with 2,400lbs and about 3 acres to cover, it is definitely quite a task. We will hope for continued dry weather and a bit of sun to get this spring back on track!! The greenhouse is bulging at the seams and we are ready to rock and roll!

CSA News:

 

We have spinach and potatoes available for at least two more weeks before the lettuce, radishes and turnips are ready. The small Kennebecs are all that are left now. The integrity of the other varieties have really started to decline in storage over the last few weeks.

Remember that you may begin ordering at anytime, change your pick up sites weekly, and spend your dollars on any product we produce here on the farm. This will include plants that will be coming available to you very soon!

Always make sure that you receive a confirmation email from us as soon as you complete your order online. If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not see the transaction take place and your order has not been received. Please be sure to call or email us if you need help through the process. It is no doubt a frustrating situation to go pick up your order only to find that it is not there. By checking your email for a confirmation from us you can be assured that we received your order and now it is up to us to make sure it gets to you.

There will be a slight change in delivery locations for the West Lafayette area in the summer months. We are still working out details and will provide them to you very soon!

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 3/16/2014 10:47am by Nate & Emily Parks.

What's available this week?  Spinach, potatoes, & eggs! 

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

Interested in our CSA program?  There's still time to sign up!

Click here to get started:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

 

Farm News:

What a difference sun, wind, and a little heat makes.  Another week of sunshine and a breeze will really dry out the fields. We have two weeks until the main plantings are scheduled to begin, and loads of field work to accomplish before that can happen. This is truly the calm before the storm.  Soon we will be in the midst of a four month, all out monsoon of tasks to be accomplished.  Repairs and maintenance have been done on all of the equipment and spring cleaning has been completed.  So now we wait. Since last year was the first year on this land, it taught us a lot about our soils and how they reacted to tillage in different scenarios. Overall this is a pretty wet farm, meaning it takes quite a while for water to make its way off the fields. To work the ground too soon brings problems all year, so patience is definitely a virtue here. There is no doubt I will again be hearing one of my dad's favorite sayings to me in the coming weeks "Patience Parks"!


CSA News:

With the spring season approaching quickly and many new members placing orders for the first time it is important to highlight a few first time ordering issues. 

Always make sure that you receive a confirmation email from us as soon as you complete your order online. If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not see the transaction take place and your order has not been received. Please be sure to call or email us if you need help through the process. It is no doubt a frustrating situation to go pick up your order only to find that it is not there. By checking your email for a confirmation from us you can be assured that we received your order and now it is up to us to make sure it gets to you.

Remember also that you may begin ordering at anytime, change your pick up sites weekly, and spend your dollars on any product we produce here on the farm. Including plants that will be coming available to you very soon!

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 3/9/2014 11:46am by Nate & Emily Parks.

What's available this week?  Spinach, potatoes, & eggs! 

More of the same, but that spinach is amazing.  Our kids eat it straight out of the ground for a snack, and we do too!!

There's a lot of information in this week's newsletter, so please, read on!

Online store open until Tuesday at 9am

Click here to place your order:

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

 

Interested in our CSA program?  There's still time to sign up!

Click here to get started:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types

 

Farm News:

Wow, it feels great after the late week warm up and all of this sunshine! It is amazing how warm 30-40 degrees with a lot of sun feels! We have certainly capitalized on the opportunity and now three of the four high tunnels are packed full. The seedling greenhouse is over half full with anxious seedlings ready to be planted outside.  Of course the ground is still frozen and mud will become the norm for a week or two I am sure. Our plans call for outdoor plantings to begin the first week of April! That certainly seems like a long shot, but we are planning for it none the less. 

It's early in the spring, trees will be budding, grass will be greening, soil will be warming and the farm will be (and is) bustling!  The positive energy this time of year is always at a high point!

Let's build on that theme for where we are as a farm, family and business. Over the years our idea of the farm has changed somewhat, the introduction of our children has made our priorities and direction change as well. To live and work on the farm has huge advantages as well as challenges to a young family. The time needed to run a farm like this is seemingly unending, but at least we are always near each other. Our goals over the last couple of years have been to build a business plan that not only serves our community but serves our family now and into the future as well. Our farm was no doubt built upon farmer's markets and without that income we would not be where we are today. Our CSA has slowly grown into a viable business model as well. The addition of wholesale accounts over the last few years has added another layer of marketing security as well.  Our business plan has been to shift our dependence on markets to the CSA and the wholesale accounts. Each year we have been able to chip away at those numbers.  2013 was 50% markets, 35% CSA and about 15% wholesale. For the 2014 season we think we will see our biggest swing in those numbers yet! We are already at 175 members of the CSA program, inching closer to our goal of 300 everyday!

Why are these numbers important to us and what can they accomplish? First is the impact on our community where we sell our products. The growing number of CSA members speak to our place in the community and the value people see in farms like ours. The more restaurants, natural food stores and groceries we are in, the broader the impact we can have on people who may not come to a farmer's market or buy a CSA share. Second, the impact this can have on our family is probably the biggest benefit of all. At some point in time we will be able to really limit our involvement in farmer's markets. Without Emily or me at a market we can see a 25-30% drop in sales.  This statistic is very significant especially when markets are bringing in more than half of your total sales on the farm! When the pendulum swings the other way and markets become 2nd or 3rd on our marketing tree we can personally step away from markets and begin to really enjoy our kids and our family.  Your lives are built around weekend activities, from baseball, soccer, and football games to camping, swimming and water skiing.  The nature of our business doesn't easily allow that, but we want and deserve that too! So we will be taking a family vacation this summer around the first week of July, a first for us in about 10 years! Whether you read this newsletter as a CSA member, market customer, wholesale buyer or just interested in the work we are doing here, know that we THANK YOU and can't wait for the future!

LAFAYETTE FARMER'S MARKET "MARKET MASTER" NEEDED

Since you all are such fantastic customers and have a passion for local foods, we thought passing along this info might interest a few of you.  The Lafayette Farmer's market is looking for a new market master for the 2014 season; unfortunately, Lindsey will no longer be fulfilling that position.  The position would entail working at the Saturday morning farmer's market and of course a few other details!  Please contact Sara Yelich at syelich@greaterlafayettecommerce.com if you or someone  you know is interested in this important position!

CSA News:

Spinach, potatoes and eggs! This will be the norm over the coming weeks. Don't let the weather fool you it still takes time for things to grow! By mid to late April, lettuce will probably be added to the mix.  I anticipate the planted variety to really kick in the second week of May. This is the normal time of year for early crops to really take off including strawberries, which have been under cover most of the winter. By June, the crops will be overflowing and new options added to the online store weekly. 

If you have not tried our spring spinach, it is a must have. There will never be a better time of year for spinach. The crop we are harvesting now was planted in the fall of 2013. What does this mean? Spinach is incredibly hardy and can winter over in these unheated high tunnels very well. Part of how they do this is by converting their starches to sugars to help protect themselves. The sweet taste and delicate flavor even of the large leaves is not comparable to any other time of the year. And this is definitely not your supermarket baby spinach; no comparison!!

EGGS

We have had chickens on the farm since we started 8 years ago. The one constant has always been to keep them free ranging outside on fresh grass. Chickens will range for 10-20% of their total diet outside depending on season and conditions. The majority of their diet needs comes from a corn and soybean based diet. We have been using certified Organic grains over the last two years but are now making a switch. Here's why:

Our feed will have non-GMO corn and beans, but not Organic corn and beans. What does this mean to you?  It means that the grain in our bird's feed has been raised on a conventional farm, but is not genetically modified. The methods these farmers use would have been very common prior to the mid-90's introduction of GMO's. My feeling is the health and the life of the bird on our farm living outside scratching, digging and bathing in the sun is of paramount importance. The reality of sourcing "local" organic grains is very costly and difficult, while finding locally produced non-GMO grains is a bit easier thanks to a neighbor who is mixing the feed for us only 10 miles down the road. The mix has all organic supplements added from alfalfa, oats, and flax seed to a Fertrell organic poultry balancer of vitamins and minerals. We want to keep chickens on the farm, which means they must be profitable. Until we can grow our own corn and beans I believe this is the best option for you as a customer and us as a business. We can hold our price the same this year at $4.50 per dozen,  while remaining profitable, and be able to support other local producers and farmers in our area!

Get outside and enjoy this weather!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 3/2/2014 9:45am by Nate & Emily Parks.


 Hungry for some fresh greens?
Click here to start your 2014 CSA membership!
 
While we keep CSA memberships open through the month of June, don't wait until then to take advantage of good, clean food.
Sign up now!!

 CSA news:

The never ending winter weather will give us a week's delay from deliveries this next week. With temps going sub-zero Monday night into Tuesday morning, and cloudy days predicted, harvesting spinach is going to be a challenge at best. We will wait for the weather to moderate later in the week and into next before harvest begins again.  We are planning on being back to the Indy winter market on the 8th and then resume normal delivery schedule the following week. 

Those early sign-up bonuses have come and gone, but the option to sign up for 2014 is still open!  Becoming a member of a CSA program is a great way to really become connected with your food and your farmer.  

Farm News:

We had a family dinner on Thursday evening in Crawfordsville, and on the way there I spotted a huge pile of logs at the gravel pit in Darlington.  Two days and six dump truck loads later, those logs made their way to our farm on Saturday morning.  It looks like, sounds like and is a massive pile of wood!  Tylor and I can really process the wood quickly when it is piled in stacks and ready to cut.  Here we are, talking about the weather again, but with March here and April coming quick, I know our time is really going to get limited on cutting wood.  There's no doubt the fields will be calling our name. Fingers crossed we should have enough wood to last the season now!

We are planning another farm open house sometime in mid-May!  We welcome everyone out to the farm.  The bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables and vegetable plants will lure you here for sure!! Stay tuned for more details!

Stay warm!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 2/23/2014 11:43am by Nate & Emily Parks.


LAST CHANCE FOR BONUS!
We keep CSA memberships open into the summer, but this week will be your third and final chance to get a bonus!
Pay in full by March 1st to receive a 5% bonus.
Don't wait any longer!!! Click here to start your 2014 CSA membership!
 




What's ready this week?

Some beautiful over-wintered spinach, storage potatoes and eggs!
Here's a quick link to help you get started with your order!
 
REMEMBER*** IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ORDER VIA EMAIL, YOUR ORDER DID NOT GO THROUGH***
 
Locavore Items
Remember to check out the specialty items available via our Locavore page!  We have whole pastured Organic chickens, honey, maple syrup, & eggs for purchase via Paypal only.  These specialty items can be purchased by members and non-members! 
(If you are a CSA member, eggs are available through your CSA membership)
 
**Wednesday will be the only delivery day this week**
 

 CSA news:

After a long awaited break through January and most of February, the spinach has mostly recovered and is ready for a nice harvest this week. What an amazing plant, -35 degrees, countless cloudy and cold days, and here it is bouncing back and ready for all of us to enjoy once again. Storage potatoes have held up for the most part with maybe a 20-30% loss. The Red Pontiac potatoes are the largest of the three types left. The yellow fleshed Carola and the white fleshed Kennebecs are small in size, but fit well into soups, crockpots, and numerous other quick cooking dishes. Sweet potatoes are a total loss as well as the majority of butternut squash. Our hens are much happier with the moderation in temperature and the eggs are plentiful this time of year!

Farm News:

Although we have enjoyed a break from harvest, markets and deliveries the past several weeks, the work of keeping everything warm, alive and accessible has been a constant battle. Our outdoor wood boiler that we heat the whole property with has done a good job; keeping it full and finding enough wood to cut a burn has been an overwhelming challenge that has consumed massive amounts of time, energy and, of course, wood! If we have learned anything from this winter it is that finding, cutting and burning wood to heat more than 12,000 square feet is not sustainable for us for the long haul. A bio-mass fuel source will probably be a better option for the long term (wood chips, corn stalks, switch grass or ??).  I am still convinced that petroleum is not the answer, so the quest for alternatives begins!

While Tylor has spent most of his winter as a lumberjack cutting and splitting wood, Ginny has been working her magic in the main seedling house. We have been determined to have tomatoes by June 1st this year. After planting about 420 beautiful plants on the 19th of February, I think we are right on track. We have been doing a lot of work with grafting tomatoes as well. This is the practice of using a disease resistant and vigorous rootstock as the bottom of our plant and cutting the top off of a cultivar, such as Big Beef, or an heirloom like Black Krim, for the fruit producing side. The theory with grafting is much better disease resistance and late season vigor to keep the plant producing well into the fall. It's been an interesting process and we have failed on some, but most have survived! There are many lettuce, kale, chard and even beet transplants that have been waiting for the chance to be planted into the protected high tunnels. The extreme weather has really delayed a lot of planting and the flats are piling up ready to go out this week...we hope.

Ginny & Emily have been putting their artistic talents to work and coming up with some pretty amazing flower combinations for their hanging baskets and planters.  It's going to be colorful around here this spring to say the least!

Indiana small farms

I have been lucky enough over the past few years to speak to several groups, clubs, schools and conferences. Not tops on my list of favorite things to do, but always well worth the effort and I generally learn from the experiences. This past weekend we had a small role in a session at the second annual Indiana Small Farm Conference. Small farms like ours are still few and far between in our state, so collaboration between farmers is generally pretty high when we get together. After a winter that shuts us all in, loads of planning, thinking and waiting, to get out and talk with others in the farming community really lifts the spirit and builds excitement for the coming season. What a great bunch of farms and farmers we have in this state and the future for both the farmers and the consumers looks as bright and promising as it ever has! The conference was hosted by Purdue Extension who did a great job! We, as a group of smaller (different than the norm) farmers, have been looking for support such as this, and it looks like it's starting to move in the right direction.

Spring is coming! The 2014 season is upon us and summer markets will open in 8 weeks, yes 8 weeks! The mystery of what the spring/summer will look like will be defined shortly, rest assured we are prepared for the challenges of the year and can't wait to bring you our food!!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

Posted 1/29/2014 2:50pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


With TWO days left until the second deadline, it's not too late to get your bonus!  CSA memberships paid in full by February 1st will receive a 10% bonus for the 2014 season!
Pay in full by March 1st to receive a 5% bonus.
Don't wait any longer!!! Click here to start your 2014 CSA membership!
 
We are getting closer and closer to resuming deliveries, however, it probably won't be until the beginning of March.  We have had several new members ask about the delivery process.  Here's a quick run down: once deliveries resume, we send a newsletter and open our online store every Sunday.  You will login to your account, choose your vegetables, choose your pickup location and let us do the rest!  It's pretty simple, but can get confusing for a first-timer!
 
Hopefully we've made it through the last sub-zero temps of the year.   The amount of wood we've burned is unbelievable!  We lost about 1000lbs of storage crops (potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash) during that first round of freezing cold temperatures.  There is heat in the barn, but it was just still too cold in there to keep them from freezing. 
It's been too cold to even think about transplanting the tender heads of lettuce into the ground.  Even though they'll be in a hoophouse under row cover, we still can't take that chance of planting them just yet.  You'll see in the pictures below the tomatoes that are growing!  What success we are having with those.  We are very hopeful to have fruit by June! 
 
We are very excited to start a brand new year settled into our new place and are happy to share it with all of you! 
 
Check out what we've been doing for the past month! And this is only the beginning!
Spinach under row cover
View of the main greenhouse
 
Onions!
 
Tomatoes!
 
 
Posted 1/11/2014 10:45pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


Here we are, in the middle of January already!  We have been enjoying some time off this month.  What does "time off" actually mean anyway? Here's what's been going on around Silverthorn Farm!

We survived the negative temperatures and blistering cold last week and had our fingers crossed the whole time.  While the main greenhouse stayed steady at 58*, we couldn't take the chance of the greenhouse temp dropping with all of those fragile seedlings inside.  We still turned our mudroom into a seedling house for those 3 days.  The only thing we could do next was hope and pray we didn't lose power; and we didn't!  We feel very lucky!

Nate & Tylor have been busy with equipment maintainence and working on many odds and ends in the main barn and packing shed, while Ginny has been hard at work in the greenhouse planting tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, kale, onions, leeks, & herbs.  It's so fun to walk in and see all the green while everything outside is white and brown! 

 I'm sure it's hard to think fresh vegetables when you're staring out your windows at snow...snap out of it!  2014 CSA signups are in full swing!  You still have time to receive the 2nd largest bonus of the season!  Memberships paid in full by February 1st will receive a 10% bonus!  NOW IS THE TIME!  Our farm needs you!  It's simple; click on this link: http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/members/types; and follow the prompts!

Attention Smartphone users!!!  We are working on an app that will allow you to earn rewards by purchasing from us at markets or our farm store!  What a great idea!!  All we will need from you is your phone number and  you'll receive your rewards via text message.  We anticipate having it up and running within a week or two.  Stay tuned for more info!

Get excited about springtime!  Fresh greens, vegetable plants and even bedding plants and hanging baskets!  Yes, I said it; FLOWERS!

Check out the pictures below to see some of what's growing!

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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