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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!

Posted 11/24/2013 9:52am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

Help us continue to be a sustainable farm!

Sign up now for our CSA program!

2014 season began the week of November 3rd and deliveries have already begun!  It's not too late to sign up.  Pay in full by December 1st to get the biggest discount of the season!  All you need to do is click here to get started: 

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

 

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

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

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include: spinach, lettuce mix, kale, tuscan kale, red russian kale, potatoes, sweet potatoes, delicata squash, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, savoy cabbage, green cabbage, baby leeks, beets, turnips, rutabega, onions


Farm News:

Winter has arrived. Yesterday was the last of the outdoor markets for us this year. It was cold enough that I had to keep removing greens from the table because they were literally freezing!! We are happy to be moving indoors for the rest of the winter. Spending the morning at both markets and seeing the amount of food that we were able to provide for Thanksgiving celebrations around our local area, was truly rewarding!

After 30 weekends straight of 2-3 markets a weekend we could not be more excited for our first weekend off this coming Saturday!! We will be back at the Indy Winter Farmer's Market on December 7th, 14th and 21st before taking our much needed January break.

The greenhouses are full of greens and holding up pretty well. We should be able to get the next few weeks of harvest out of them before letting them recover and regrow through the rough month of January. Yes, it is very cold that month, but more than that, it is the winter solstice, which means the lowest light levels of the year. Growth slows to a crawl where weekly harvests become much more difficult. By February, growth will be on the increase again.

***IF YOU ORDERED A TURKEY FOR DELIVERY ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, PLEASE BE LOOKING FOR AN EMAIL FROM US TODAY IN REGARDS TO THE DELIVERY AND PAYMENT***

CSA News:

2014 CSA sign ups are in full swing and way ahead of any prior year! Thank you for all the support and confidence for the upcoming year. After a long season, nothing makes us feel better than our inboxes filling up with new memberships.  It reinforces to us that what we are doing on this small piece of earth is exactly what we should be doing.

Don't forget to put some local into your Thanksgiving this week!! Lots of sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets and of course, the salads that every table should get to enjoy!

We realize some of the following information is a repeat from the last few week's newsletters, BUT SOME OF IT IS NEW. We are just making sure everyone is aware!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE, for there will be a few minor changes to our delivery locations and packaging system that started last week. 

First, we are so excited to announce our newest delivery site, Good Earth Natural Food Company, in Broad Ripple! 

~We will be taking the week of December 1st OFF.  As mentioned above, there will be deliveries the weeks of December 8th and 15th.  Then we take a break and will resume deliveries sometime in February. 

~We will be vending at the Indy Winter Farmers market on the following dates:  December 7th, 14th, 21st.  We will not be at that market during the month of January. 

Here's a reminder of the current delivery sites, days & times:

Good Earth Natural Food Company - Wednesday

Joe's Butcher Shop - Wednesday

Indy Winter Farmers Market - Saturday

Dental Care, LLC - Wednesday

Wabash College - Wednesday

Knop Family Dentistry - Wednesday

Orchard Subdivision - Wednesday

On Farm - Wednesday

~Indy Winter Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays 9am-12:30pm.

Now, for our change in packaging:

 We will be delivering shares to your designated location in collapsible cardboard produce boxes with your order form stapled to the box.  You will bring your own bags to remove your items from your box.  The boxes will stay at each delivery site.  You will be responsible for removing your order form from your box, collapsing the box and returning it to the host site manager and/or a designated area within your delivery site. Please do not take the produce boxes home with you.

We are very excited to make this change to our packaging system and think it will better restore the integrity of our product during transport. 

Have a great week!

Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy


Posted 11/17/2013 8:34am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

Help us continue to be a sustainable farm!

Sign up now for our CSA program! 

2014 season began the week of November 3rd and deliveries have already begun!  It's not too late to sign up.  Pay in full by December 1st to get the biggest discount of the season!  All you need to do is click here to get started: 

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

 

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

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

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include: spinach, lettuce mix, kale, tuscan kale, red russian kale, potatoes,sweet potatoes, delicata squash, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, savoy cabbage, turnips, rutabega, onions


Farm News:

We are in desparate need of egg cartons!  Since the addition of the new hens to our flock, we are overcome with eggs!  If you have any cartons laying around, we would love to take them off your hands. Please bring them to the farm or to your delivery site and we will pick them up!

There are just a few turkeys left for reservation!  Order your turkey now and have it delivered FRESH the day before Thanksgiving on the 27th.  Please visit our Locavore page to order! 

CSA News:

We realize some of the following information is a repeat from last week's newsletter, BUT SOME OF IT IS NEW. We are just making sure everyone is aware!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE, for there will be a few minor changes to our delivery locations and packaging system that started last week. 

First, we are so excited to announce our newest delivery site, Good Earth Natural Food Company, in Broad Ripple! 

~We will be taking the week of December 1st OFF.  There will be deliveries the weeks of December 8th and 15th.  Then we take a break and will resume deliveries sometime in February. 

~We will be vending at the Indy Winter Farmers market on the following dates: November 23rd, December 7th, 14th, 21st.  We will not be at that market during the month of January. 

Here's a reminder of the current delivery sites, days & times:

Good Earth Natural Food Company - Wednesday

Joe's Butcher Shop - Wednesday

Broad Ripple Farmers Market - Saturday

Indy Winter Farmers Market - Saturday

Dental Care, LLC - Wednesday

Wabash College - Wednesday

Knop Family Dentistry - Wednesday

Orchard Subdivision - Wednesday

On Farm - Wednesday

~Indy Winter Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays 9am-12:30pm.

~Broad Ripple Farmers Market ends on November 23rd. 

 

Now, for our change in packaging:

 

We will be delivering shares to your designated location in collapsible cardboard produce boxes with your order form stapled to the box.  You will bring your own bags to remove your items from your box.  The boxes will stay at each delivery site.  You will be responsible for removing your order form from your box, collapsing the box and returning it to the host site manager and/or a designated area within your delivery site. Please do not take the produce boxes home with you.

 

We are very excited to make this change to our packaging system and think it will better restore the integrity of our product during transport. 

Have a great week!

Emily & Nate


Posted 11/10/2013 8:59am by Nate & Emily Parks.

 

This week is the last week of deliveries for the 2013 season!!  Any balance remaining on your online account will be forfeited and will not carry over into 2014.

Sign up now for our CSA program!  2014 season started the week of November 3rd!  All you need to do is click here to get started: 

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

 

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

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

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include: spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, tuscan kale, red russian kale, cilantro, potatoes, sweet potatoes, delicata squash, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, savoy cabbage, turnips, rutabega, onions, green cabbage, baby leeks

Eggs are available again this week!!


Farm/CSA News:

Haven't ordered your Thanksgiving turkey yet?  There are still several pastured, Organically fed, heritage breed turkeys available and can be yours DELIVERED FRESH the day before Thanksgiving!  You can order on our Locavore page for a deposit of $25 and balance due at time of delivery. 

We have heat!! The new wood boiler arrived Tuesday, was hooked up and running byThursday and we have been toasty ever since. So far, the new unit seems to be quite a bit more efficient, although we haven't hit a long cold spell  yet! I loaded the burner full on Friday night and looks like I won't have to fill again until this evening; 48 hours on a load is much better than the old unit. This week we have some 20 degree nights coming and next week looks like teens in the forcast... that will be the true test!

Ginny will be moving perennial and annual plants from her farm to ours over the next couple of weeks now that the heat is on. We are both anxious to get things moving for next year. It's hard to beleive that we will already be starting tomatoes and peppers in about 4 weeks for next spring's early fruits. Yes, the time flies when you are having fun!

EGGS!! Our good friend Mandy, of Schacht Farm near Bloomington, came by this week with 200 hens to add back into our flock. Her flock was too big for the winter and we have not had enough. Good networking between farms is one of the great benefits of this type of agriculture. The egg supply is back on!!

Not sure what to do with rutabegas?  We love to make fries out of them!  Slice them long and skinny, spritz with olive oil, salt & pepper, and any other spices or herbs of your choosing, and bake in an oven preheated to 375 for 1 hour.  Choose a rutabega fry over a potato fry for a slightly healthier option!

Nate, Emily, Jensen, & Macy

 

 

New Zionsville pickup location needed! We need your help!October 17th, 2017

Hello Zionsville area members and anyone else! Sadly, we are losing our pickup location in Zionsville at Blooming Life  Yoga Studio starting in November due to logistical issues.  We are act

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2018 memberships are now open!   We've built a brand new website, with brand new member options, and brand new, affordable payment plans!  Eating clean has never been so easy!

Delivery Day on 7/6/2017June 23rd, 2017

Due to the holiday, we will be delivering to the following delivery locations today: Wabash College, Crawfordsville Dental Care, Kokomo Bodyworks Studio, Logansport University Farm, WL The Orchard, W

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