How Our Winter CSA Works

How to get garden fresh veggies all winter

 

A box of organic farm-fresh vegetables two times a month with recipes, training, and support that will help you eat more vegetables, try new things, and have fun in the kitchen-- during the winter!

 

Get on waiting list for 2019-20

 

When we started out trying to change the way we ate over a decade ago, we were newly out of college and quickly found out that it wasn’t going to be so easy to find good vegetables.

Because here’s what we don’t have to tell you about buying vegetables:

Finding truly fresh produce at the grocery store is nearly impossible.  Especially in the winter.

Wondering if the food we are buying is safe to eat is an overwhelming feeling.

Good news! It doesn’t have to be that way.

You don’t have to eat “blah” vegetables.

You can eat great vegetables, local and organic vegetables, vegetables that look and taste a little different and create delighted, clamoring family members who LOVE the food you put on the table and won’t settle for any other.

We’re going to give you the fresh ingredients and inspiration to do it.
  

A Winter CSA subscription is probably a good fit for you if…

You love to eat vegetables that taste great and want to add more vegetables to your diet.

You want variety in your diet and like trying new things.

You like to cook with fresh vegetables and experiment in the kitchen.

You care about where your food comes from.

You are excited to challenge yourself to grow and learn. 

You want to help your family by serving more and better vegetables. 

But have you ever felt like you don’t know where to start? Maybe you’ve heard of a CSA, but are afraid it could be too many vegetables? How will you know what to do with new things? What if your family refuses to eat what you cook? You hate to waste food…

You are not alone, and we are here to help. Read on to learn how our CSA is designed to help you eat more vegetables and love every bite.
  

Hi, we’re Gene and Mary Margaret, and we spend a lot of our free time cooking in the kitchen. We are blessed with an abundance of fresh organic vegetables from our farm to make healthy home-cooked food three meals a day. We want to help you do it, too.

With our CSA vegetable subscription program, we’ll provide the veggies, recipes, and techniques to help you become savvy with fresh seasonal vegetables in your kitchen, wow family and company alike, and change the way you eat.

And we know it works. We hear stories of transformation every day.  From hearing your favorite new recipe. That your husband will now eat formerly hated vegetables. That your kids are asking for seconds. That you feel healthier and have more energy. Seeing you ooh and ahh when you open the CSA box…

Are you ready to take the next step and join us in learning how to eat better vegetables?

 

Sign up
 

We want to help you because we know how much this program has helped our members succeed with their goals.  

Recipes

"The recipes in the newsletter and online gallery make the CSA work better.  We told our friends about this.  They said, 'Our CSA doesn't have that!'"

-J. L., Ripley Farm CSA member

Convenience

"The CSA allows me to eat the way I want to eat out of one simple box without going to the store."

-B.C., Ripley Farm CSA member

Flavor

"The beets we got last time were out of this world - so delicious!"

-B. L., Ripley Farm CSA member

What comes with Ripley Farm's Winter CSA membership?

Delicious Veggies

10 twice-a-month boxes of 5-6 great tasting fresh vegetables from our farm (November-March)

A Wide Variety

Hand-picked at peak flavor: different each time to keep it interesting

Peace of Mind

The USDA and MOFGA certified organic label.

Knowing Your Farmer

Direct contact with your farmers at pickups, in newsletters, and on social media.

"My life changed..."

"Once I became a member of Ripley Farm’s CSA farm share program in the summer of 2014, my life changed. A wide variety of MOFGA-certified organic, super fresh, clean and excellent quality veggies and culinary herbs are selected through the seasons to add amazing color and taste to my family’s table as well as to provide nutrition, which results in good health for our lives. How exciting to see what’s in my share box after each pickup and to read the accompanying newsletter, which provides storage and preparation ideas, cooking tips, and farm news! Mary Margaret and Gene are so warm and welcoming that I feel like a member of their extended family." 

--Pat Juska, Atkinson, ME, 5 years CSA member

Bonuses included with Winter CSA membership

Newsletter In Every Box

Get a personal view of where your food comes from in this farmer-written newsletter.  Get inspiration on the week's box contents and recipe suggestions straight from the farm kitchen.

Member Support

Access to our CSA recipe gallery with 250+ seasonal, farmer-tested, easy recipes.  Plus access to our NEW CSA training library with tried and true strategies for not wasting a bite!

Private Online Community

Be part of our new private Facebook group for inspiration and support.  Get your questions answered and connect with like-minded CSA members.

Monthly Food Classes

Get inspired, learn new things, and meet others at our free monthly food classes.

How it works

Sign up

Tell us you are ready for more and better vegetables. We’ll save some for ya.

Get your box

Pick up a twice-monthly variety of vegetables hand selected by your farmers.

Enjoy fresh flavor

You don't have to be a fancy chef to prepare delicious food everyone will love.

What’s my investment?

How much is poor quality grocery store produce costing you?  Why are the “baby carrots” slimy and tasteless?  Why is the selection so limited to the same stuff every time?  How many times have you turned away from the 'blah' produce aisle instead of getting veggies?  Does your family not like to eat vegetables? A lack of quality and freshness may already be costing you a great deal. 

"Just try it.  It will change your life."

-B. C., Ripley Farm CSA member

Three simple steps to sign up

Choose share type

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Choose pickup site

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Mail check

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Ripley Farm's 2018-19 Winter CSA membership--REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2018-19!  Please sign up on our waiting list for Winter 2019-20 by clicking sign up.

  • 10 twice-monthly boxes of fresh vegetables, Nov-March
  • A wide variety to keep it interesting
  • Direct contact with your farmers
  • USDA certified organic label
  • Newsletter with every box
  • Free monthly food classes
  • CSA recipe gallery
  • CSA training library
  • Private Facebook Community
$20 per box

On Farm Pickup in Dover-Foxcroft

Twice-monthly on Wednesdays, 3-6pm

November 7, 2018-March 20, 2019

$200

$20 per box*

Delivered to Downtown Bangor pickup site

Twice-monthly Wednesdays, 3-6pm

November 7, 2018-March 20, 2019

*plus delivery fee of $2/week

$220

FAQ

Do I have to pay all at once? Answer: NO

  • Please pay at least $50 deposit on your membership upon sign up. Or mail the full payment!
  • Create your own payment plan with full payment due by November 2, 2018.
  • We accept cash, check, and bank checks. Sorry no credit cards—we don’t want the extra fees!

What are the dates of the Winter CSA this year?

You can find the dates and pickup locations for the CSA on this page.

What if I go out of town or can’t pick up my box?

In this case, you have a few options:

  1. You can ask a friend or family member to get it for you. 
  2. You can ask us to donate your box to a family in need. 
  3. Or you can ask us to skip a week of harvest for you. 

Please let us know ASAP when you won't be able to pick up your share.  If we don't hear from you, any unclaimed boxes will be donated to a local family in need.

What if there is a snow storm?

In case of bad weather, pickup dates will be postponed until safe travel is permitted.  We will notify you via email if your CSA pickup has been rescheduled due to bad weather.  Please remember to check your email in case of a change.

About Ripley Farm's Eat More Veggies Guarantee

Riply Farm's Winter CSA program comes with a 100% money-back guarantee... but we don't stop there.  We promise you will find yourself and your family eating more veggies than you ever have.  You will try new recipes that you would never have before being a CSA member and your family will ask for more of those delicious veggies you are now preparing with confidence.  

At Ripley Farm we take CSA very seriously, and you have our personal promise that we will not rest until you are happily finding creative ways that you love to use up all of your veggies.  That you will not waste a bite because you didn't know what to do with something.  We believe in the freshness and taste of our produce so much that we will guarantee it.

At any time, if you decide Ripley Farm hasn't delivered inspiring produce and helpful tips on how to use it, transforming your kitchen experience into delicious and nutritious meals for your family, just call 207-564-0563 and tell us and we'll give you a complete refund.  You can also email or send your request by postal mail to the postal address below or even just stop by.

If you aren't satisfied we would not feel right keeping your money, so we make it easy to get a refund.  And just to be clear, there are no strings attached, no paperwork involved, no questions asked, and nothing to prove.  We won't even ask for the vegetables back.  Just for the record, we've sent out thousands of CSA boxes and haven't had a single refund request.

You won't have to wait either.  We will make every effort to send you your refund check as soon as possible.  In fact, we are so confident in our CSA's ability to transform you into a confident cook in the kitchen who provides delicious food that you family loves, that we're making this promise... anyone who requests a refund will receive, without question, hassle or delay 100% of your money back.

Your farmers,
Gene and Mary Margaret Ripley

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