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6 things to grow in your garden if you are a CSA member

If you are like me, you like to garden.

For you, gardening is relaxing and rewarding. You get to take your shoes off and feel the cool soil and grass. It gets you outside the house hands in the dirt growing food.

A garden is a great place to unwind when you get home from work or on the weekends on your free time. It is also a great place for kids (and adults!) to learn about food.

Many of our CSA members come to the CSA because they love garden fresh so much but don’t quite seem to have enough time or space to grow it all themselves.

 

Formula for a creamy vegetable soup that will get compliments every time

Windy, windy, windy, here today.  Does the cold spring wind get you in the mood for soup? Or is it just me?

One thing that I do well at my house is make creamy vegetable soups. I love them. Gene loves them. My little one loves them. And guests love them.

In fact, my creamy soups are the number one thing I serve that always get compliments.

"Mmm… What did you put in this? 

Wow, how did you make this?"

"Yum, that smells so good!"

The Story Behind my "CSA Experts" Project

I’ve been nostalgic for writing a newsletter. It’s one of those things that I get in the habit of.  I start gearing up for it in my mind a few days before I need to do it. And this week I just haven’t gotten out of the habit.

I even got out my list to write down my ideas like I do every week…

So I’m sitting down to write one anyway. 

Why not?

Yeah, I know that our Winter CSA ended two weeks ago.

What new things will you try this year?

We know you like to try new things and expand your horizons with vegetables. So do we. And this year, there is room in the CSA planting schedule for a few new and exciting things.

CSA vs Farmers Market: How to know which is best for you

This was a big question for me when I got interested in eating better during college in my early twenties.  I lived in an apartment and couldn't have my own garden.  Then, I learned about local food, and thought, 'Hey, I want to do that!  I want to support local farmers and get fresh, healthy veggies from them.'

But, how? 

Easier said than done in the slow-recovering atmosphere of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine in the early 2000's.  At that time, there was a small local Farmers Market starting up and two small organic CSAs on the outskirts of town. 

What's in a Summer CSA share?

Are you interested in taking the leap to join the Ripley Farm CSA in 2018?  The most frequently asked question about our farm share is "What's in a box?" 

A typical Ripley Farm CSA box contains a seasonal blend of 7-9 organically grown vegetables emphasizing popular favorites accompanied by occassional specialties not found in grocery stores.  We aim to have a seasonal selection of greens for salads, easy veggies for raw snacking, and veggies for cooking in every week's box. 

Up Close and Beautiful: Our first harvest of 2017 in pictures

We're back at it: another year of harvests!  As we begin our ninth year of harvesting what we grow, it is still amazing to see the beauty and strength of the plants that are our food.  We love what we do and are excited to share it with all of the people who support our farm and eat the produce that grows here.

Do you take the winter off?

"What do you do in the winter since you can’t farm?”  This is the most common question we get as vegetable farmers in Maine.  Sure our growing season is short with a frost-free period between the end of May and the middle of September.  Zone four, I believe it is called.

With highs in the single digits in Dover-Foxcroft in February this week, I wish I could show you pictures of us on the beaches of the Caribbean taking the winter off…

Cooperators of the Year 2016 event at Ripley Farm

"We'll be there on Friday at 8am to start setting up," they said.  And they weren't kidding!  Just as our employees got here to start work that morning, several more cars rolled into the farm drive.  Soon after I could hear sounds of persistant banging on metal.  Sounds like they're working on the railroad, I thought to myself.  Clink, clink, clink... and I looked out of the window to see a white party tent being erected between our large hoophouse and the PYO flower garden.

Done! Reclaiming Ripley Farm in 24 photos

The first thing that we farmers do after the growing season ends is... AHHHH!  We take a much-needed breath of relief and rack out to reclaim our bodies and minds from the busy, busy summer behind us. 

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