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How To Keep Cucumber Beetles And Other Garden Pests Away Without Chemicals

Some of the most common questions we get are:

How do you deal with pests on your organic farm?

How to deal with the cucumber beetles that come every year and destroy my plants before they can make fruits at all or very many?

Why do my radish leaves always have so many holes in them that they don't do much on the root part?

I don't like getting worms in my cauliflower/broccoli/cabbage. What do I do?

10 Favorite Ways To Use Veggies And Eggs

Do you have eggs coming out of your ears this time of year?

Or do your neighbors?

What about the the farm down the (muddy) road?

Yep, it's that time of year! The sunlight has come back and backyard chickens are in full production.

Our 5 year old daughter is in charge of getting the chicken eggs every day and counting them. She reports up to 17 eggs some days now!

Which is awesome! Because guess what?

How To Grow Fresh Veggies And Flowers Without Garden Space

Hi!  It's Mary Margaret here.  I'm so excited to bring you this special guest post by Ripley Farm's Assistant Farmer Hannah Johnson! 

She's our "garden anywhere" girl, and she's about to show you how easy it is to grow the fresh organic veggies and flowers of your dreams even if you don't have garden space.  Read on and let her personal experience, tips, and success growing in containers guide you to your own...


How To Win A Farm Fresh Thanksgiving Veggie Basket

Update: We have a winner!  Susan H. won out of 155 entries!  Congratulations!


Thanksgiving is just around the corner... 

And this year, I'm ready for it.  In fact, eating healthy while relaxing with family is on my mind.  And yours, too, I bet!

We can help with that!

Enter to win our farm fresh Thanksgiving Veggie Basket PLUS 6 recipes to go with it and you’ll be well on your way to simple, easy holiday eating that includes farm fresh organic vegetables!

Interested? Why not??

How To Use Leeks And A New Favorite Recipe

What do I do with leeks?

That is a question I get often.

And I'm not surprised.  I didn't grow up with leeks.  Why not just use onions, right?

Well..... first off, not to get off topic, but don’t they look amazingly appetizing?

The long, slender, sleek look is in, right?

And their attractive blue-green and white contrast and palm-like fans at the top make leeks unarguably one of the most gorgeous specimens of the vegetable world.

Their nutty taste is equally intriguing!

This One Prep Hack Will Have You Eating More Veggies Guaranteed

You're so busy especially when the fall school routine rolls around, right?

I'm homeschooling my daughter, and with fall harvests and wanting to be outside as much as possible, I'm always looking for ways to keep the kitchen time to a minimum. If that's you, too, I'm here to help!

There is a prep hack that has been a game changer for me in terms of saving time, so I want to share it with you in case you're looking to do the same and haven't yet discovered it.

How To Order Bulk Veggies And What To Do With 25 Pounds of Carrots?

It's harvest season on the farm! And there's a reason that from time immemorial, we humans have celebrated the harvests!

A pile of harvested veggies like carrots, beets, onions, squash, and more represents health and comfort for the winter, right?  To me, it just feels good to see it there.

We may go to the grocery store for most of our food nowadays, but we haven't forgotten our roots as humans who rely on the earth's bounty for our health and sustenance.

How To Roast Garlic And Delicious Ways To Use It

Fall is harvest time on the farm and most importantly fresh garlic time!  

I know I'm excited and so are many customers, too.

But to be honest, garlic is a love-hate relationship for me. 

The taste is amazing, especially roasted, but...

Last year I wrote a blog post on the ways that helped me overcome my biggest barrier to using garlic in the kitchen. Dealing with PEELing the darn things!!!

How To Maximize Your Spiralizer To Help You Eat More Veggies

Another trendy kitchen gadget?  ::eye roll::

If you're like me, you probably have the opposite problem!

And you're looking to get rid of a few things, simplify a la Marie Kondo, right?

A spiralizer is not just a fancy kitchen gadget that you’ll use once and then give away. If you’re honestly looking for ways to eat more vegetables, especially in gluten-free recipes, you’ll use this ALL the time.

That's true for me and for many CSA members of our farm!


10 Ways To Encourage Picky Eaters To Eat Veggies

We all know a picky eater, right?

The telltale signs are frequent “No!” sounds and whining sounds combined with avoidance behavior, right?

Heck, maybe we used to be one! I know I was!

Because age is not necessarily a risk factor!


Confessions of a picky eater

And many of you know my story, but if you don't, I confess, I used to be a picky eater.

But, you're an organic veggie farmer!?