Small Farm, Big Harvests

Many of our Summer CSA members, friends and family members ask us on the last day of CSA pick-up, "Now you're on vacation, right?"  The answer to this common question is Nope!  The shorter, cooler days of fall are very busy times for Ripley Farm as we prepare for frozen ground, cold winds, and the threat of snow.  We are harvesting and washing all of our storage crops, making sure they are safely tucked away for winter. 

Calling all squirrels: Order your fall veggies from Ripley Farm!

Does Ripley Farm have vegetables available for purchase this fall and winter? We've been getting this question a number of times lately so we want to answer it and provide the JUICY details. Yes! The fall is the time of great abundance and we are in the middle of collecting and squirreling away lots of organic produce much of which is available for you to buy now through the fall and into the winter. Here's some details about the great fall options that Ripley Farm has available starting RIGHT NOW and until supplies run out...

Extra! Extra! Read all about our favorite 4 ways to use extra fall produce!

As farmers we simultaneously prepare all year for the coming of the fall harvest season and dread it at the same time!  That's right, fall is a time of great abundance, but is very fleeting and we must find things to do with all of the extra produce!  So, we've gotten creative over the years that we've been farming and here are our four favorite ways to use up or preserve the abundance of the harvest season!

Win a free sample CSA share from Ripley Farm!

Ripley Farm is 'Sharing the Farm' with a new GIVEAWAY of a Friday CSA farm share! 

Wilty greens getting you down?

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. 

We want our CSA members to enjoy your vegetables in 'just picked' condition for many days after the pick-up day!  Our farm and our members must play a role in making this happen.

You won't see these crops in your CSA box...

While there is great diversity of vegetable crops that you will find in your CSA box throughout the season, Ripley Farm also grows an increasing amount of another type of crop that never gets harvested at all.  This crop is called cover crops.  In fact, cover crops are just as important to the health of our farm as our edible vegetable crops that we all enjoy. 

Perennials add color to CSA cut flower selection

Ripley Farm's 2013 CSA members can look forward to increased diversity in their weekly bouquets!  In order to have a good selection of flowers available for the whole 16 weeks of the CSA we grow both annual and perennial flowers.  In between the showers of the past week, we have been busy putting in over 20 additional varieties of perennial flowers in our CSA gardens near the pick-up area!  Luckily, the rain has ushered them in with a good start.

Sprouted potatoes??

No, we aren't eating them....yet!!  More on that later!  Spring is the time that Ripley Farm sows the seeds of the future.  In May, there aren't any vegetables ready to harvest (save for wild greens like dandelions), but nevertheless we are hard at work preparing for our CSA season to begin in July.  Over the past week or so, we have begun our first big spring plantings by putting seeds and baby plants into the ground. 

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food: spring composting edition

Ever wonder what's behind the scenes of the making of a perfect head of broccoli or a beautiful bunch of carrots?  Our Healthy Soil, Healthy Food series of blog posts tell the stories of how Ripley Farm's vegetables came to be ready for your CSA box.

It seems that farming really is a seasonal ritual.  Every fall we remove and distribute our crop of organic root crops, squashes, tomatoes.  Every spring we have to add back to our soil to ensure a healthy crop for the coming fall. 

Awesome alliums!

While most plants are just starting to come to life, our onion family transplants are huge and a beautiful green!  Thanks to fellow farmer Jason Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman our onion and leek plants have been well tended to for their 2 months of life so far.  Since we do not have heated greenhouse space we rely on Jason to give our alliums a good start before they arrive at our farm to be transplanted out into the soil of our farm. 

This year they look awesome: