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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.

Why do these carrots taste so good?

You wouldn’t believe how many times I get this question.

Actually, I just got this question again even though we sold our last carrots over a month ago.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a mini-reunion with my five best friends from high school. It was in New Jersey, and I decided to drive instead of fly…

Yes, it was a super long trip by myself with a 2 year old in the car… (Can you imagine how many stops it took?)  But so worth it!

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.

What new things will you try this year?

We know you like to try new things and expand your horizons with vegetables. So do we. And this year, there is room in the CSA planting schedule for a few new and exciting things.

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. 

What's in a Summer CSA share?

Are you interested in taking the leap to join the Ripley Farm CSA in 2018?  The most frequently asked question about our farm share is "What's in a box?" 

A typical Ripley Farm CSA box contains a seasonal blend of 7-9 organically grown vegetables emphasizing popular favorites accompanied by occassional specialties not found in grocery stores.  We aim to have a seasonal selection of greens for salads, easy veggies for raw snacking, and veggies for cooking in every week's box. 

Up Close and Beautiful: Our first harvest of 2017 in pictures

We're back at it: another year of harvests!  As we begin our ninth year of harvesting what we grow, it is still amazing to see the beauty and strength of the plants that are our food.  We love what we do and are excited to share it with all of the people who support our farm and eat the produce that grows here.