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Why You Need to Make More Dips For Veggies

Have you ever agreed to something and then realized that it involved more than you bargained for? 

Well this weekend I hosted a completely new to me food class at the farm! In fact I don’t consider myself an expert at all in the topic.

Picture me Sunday morning, scrambling around in my kitchen’s sad state of wreckage, trying to pull together 7 different dips in 2 hours for the class later that afternoon. Yes, even re-washing the oily food processor multiple times!

How to Freeze Greens to Save for Later Use

I know this time of year is heavy on the greens. Some of us just can’t get enough greens in our lives, and others are overloaded. 

Don’t worry it won’t be like this forever… just wait until summer squash starts. Ha!

Others still are smart. They know that greens that look like this baby kale taste delicious this time of year and want to preserve that for the times when greens are more sparse.

 

16 Ways to Reuse Your Plastic CSA Share Liner

By Samantha Coffin, CSA Facebook Community Group Manager

 

Hate throwing away plastic bags?

Wonder what you should do with your big plastic bag that your CSA comes with each week?

Here is a great list to get you started on reusing them each week!

 

  

 

5 Easy Ways to Get More Greens in Your Diet

When it comes to our diets, there is little agreement about what we should be eating. There are vegans, vegetarians, Keto-fans, and everything in between.

Then of course there's the "Kaleman Diet":

 

 

But seriously, people can get adamant about their opinions on diet! Maybe you’ve experienced this? On social media, perhaps?

7 Steps to Making the Most Out of Your CSA Box

C S A … What does that even stand for? That it means “Community Supported Agriculture” doesn’t really help in understanding what it actually is.

CSA is not really a universal household term. So it probably isn’t a surprise that many CSA newbies don’t really know what to expect when they start one.

Top Kitchen Tools You Need to Succeed at CSA

Joining a CSA can be new and overwhelming.

I get this. Totally.

You might not know my story, but I am personally attached to CSA because it is very much part of my growing up into an adult.

I joined my first CSA when I was 21 and still in college.

Um, yes, I joined my first CSA right literally at the same time I had my own kitchen for the first time…

And had to cook for myself. No dining hall meal plan.  No mama.

How to Store Your Veggies to Make Them Last

“Hey, this kale is all limp!”

Have you ever said that? If you have, this post is for you!

If you haven’t, then either you already know some of this (yay!) or you haven’t had fresh greens or other veggies in your fridge very often.

Wilty greens or limp carrots aren't just unappetizing, they're also not as nutritious either.  At Ripley Farm we take great care to get your CSA vegetables to you in the best condition possible so that they will have maximum freshness for you all week. 

Just Curious, What Are Kombucha, Kvass, and Kefir?

Yeah, I know. What language is that??

So what are they? I was just asked this question the other day.

And actually, I had to think about how to describe them. Since I have been making them for years now I forget they are likely new to many people!

Kombucha, beet kvass, and kefir are non-alcoholic fermented drinks loaded with probiotic healthy goodies.

Three Easy Recipes That Will Have You Loving Beets

Have you ever said, “I just can’t find a way to love beets”?

I have heard many people say this. For some reason an innocent dark, staining root vegetable strikes fear in otherwise adventuresome veggie lovers. But, why?

Maybe because you haven’t found an easy go-to delicious way to prepare them!

 

Reality is, I didn’t grow up eating beets myself.

Not really because I didn’t like them.

But, being the picky me I used to be, I would have said I didn’t like them anyway. (Anyone else guilty of this??)

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. 

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