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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??)

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.

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. 

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. 

Reclaiming Ripley Farm

The thing I remember most about the first time we walked on what is now our dream farm at 62 Merrills Mills Road in Dover-Foxcroft is Gene's smile after he pranced through the tall timothy and red clover in the field tucked up out of sight from the road.  Hey, this beautiful eight acre field has a ton of space, he said.  There's no way we'd be able to sell more veggies than that, we told each other. 

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