About Us

Meet The Ripley Farmers of 2017


Sara, Sam, Sarah, Rachel (farm workers) and Gene & Mary Margaret Ripley (farmer owners)

The story of your local farmers

Our farm's beginning is not your usual, "my dad's dad's dad started this farm in 19..."  Ripley Farm was born in 2009 out of of a young couple's love for farming, veggies of all kinds, and serving the local community...

When Mary Margaret traveled from her home in Austin, Texas to attend Bates College in Lewiston, she had no idea that there she would meet and one day marry a Maine native determined to become an organic farmer!  In 2004, Gene left Bates College for the daily dirt, seeking farmer training on Maine farms.  Gene's dedication paid off and in 2009 the couple set down roots into some beautiful farmland in Dover-Foxcroft. 

Gene and Mary Margaret Ripley with farm signAfter several years of hard work, Ripley Farm is well known today for our picture-perfect produce, the most beautiful displays at farmers market, and a wildly popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share program in rural Piscataquis County.   Owners Gene and Mary Margaret Ripley sustainably manage Ripley Farm's five acres of MOFGA Certified Organic vegetables, situated on a 38 acre tract of land that is surrounded by fields, woods and distant hills to the north.  Together we cultivate over 50 kinds of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we sell primarily through our 130+ member summer CSA, our 40+ member Winter CSA, and wholesale accounts. 

We place a special emphasis on growing, delivering, and eating the best quality vegetables and would love for you to join our farm family as a customer and friend.  Year after year, we take pride in delighting our Summer and Winter CSA members with the freshest, cleanest, and best tasting produce ever!

  Organic Vegetables on display at Farmers Market  

Our vegetables taste so much better

Did you know that most tomatoes sold at grocery stores are grown 1000+ miles away, harvested green, and ripened with ethylene gas?  No way at our farm! 

At Ripley Farm we handle your produce with the greatest of care from the moment of harvest until it reaches your hands.  That is why our locally grown, organic vegetables taste so much better than those from the grocery store.  Whether you are a CSA member, place vegetable pre-orders with us, or visit our farmers market booth in Orono, your vegetables are harvested fresh, carefully washed and refrigerated so that they reach your table in perfect condition.  Our customers appreciate that Ripley Farm's produce tastes fresher and lasts much longer than those from the grocery store!

    organic scallions (green onions) getting washed    

Ripley Farm is MOFGA Certified Organic

At Ripley Farm we believe that everyone deserves healthy food!  That is why we have partnerned with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) who reviews and approves the organic production practices of over 400 farms statewide.  We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards.  Our partnership with MFOGA guarantees that we do not use toxic chemicals to grow your food, and that we DO use natural soil building techniques to raise superior quality produce for our customers.

Also, check out this recent article and a MPBN radio piece about Ripley Farm:

 mixed bouquets in August

 

 

Farmer Gene:  Farmer Owner.  Can build and repair almost anything, enjoys running the tractor, and manages the harvests.  In addition to farming, Gene loves timberframing, animal tracking, cooking, and being a dad!


Farmer Mary Margaret:  Farmer Owner.  After years as the fastest harvester at Ripley Farm, veggie wash up queen, and founder of the PYO gardens, Mary Margaret now helps manage behind the scenes while raising a child.  In addition to farming, Mary Margaret loves fermenting, teaching classes, sunshine, blue skies, swimming, and being a mom!

We have super awesome employees!!  Read more about each of them in our "Meet your Farmers" interview blog post here.


Farmer Sara


Farmer Sam


Farmer Sarah


Farmer Rachel

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