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Drive by our Elkton Farm, less than 5 miles off I-95, and you might see bright yellow school busses lined up and children from surrounding areas on a field trip they’ll long remember. We make learning about agriculture fun by tailoring field trips to suit the age of your students. The farm is also available for private functions under the large outdoor tent.

Both the field trips and the private functions are by reservation only. E-mail rypenreadi@gmail.com for reservations.

To see firsthand the people who do the hard work of caring for animals or raising crops the old-fashioned way in order bring healthy, wholesome food to your family – it’s special. It’s so much more than a package of meat or a bundle of produce off the grocery store shelf that came from who knows where and was treated who knows how.

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Field Trips

In days gone by, children knew the vegetables on their plate were grown in a garden, the fried chicken they loved so much was also a farm product, and the glass of milk they enjoyed with their favorite homemade cookie was compliments of Bessie the cow or Nanny the goat.

Rype and Readi Farm MarketNot so with the newest generation. Today’s children are more apt to recognize brand names such as McDonald’s or Kraft Mac and Cheese than they are the name of a vegetable. In fact, it is reported than a third of schoolchildren don’t know that vegetables provide vital vitamins and 7% don’t know that cheese is a dairy product.

Rype & Readi would like to help change all that. That’s why we’re inviting local schools and groups to schedule field trips to our farm and why we’re also offering fractional shares of our farm for those interested.

We believe every trip to a farm can be educational, rewarding, and fun! For children who have never pulled a carrot from the ground, gathered eggs, or petted a goat, a visit to the Rype & Readi Farm can be a real discovery!

twin baby goats

R&R farm animals not to be missed include Pedro & Paprika (our chickens), Clyde & Monty (our donkeys), Betsy, Zoey, Maybelline, Cole, Vinny & Annabelle (our cows), Boris the Russian Blue cat, and Lucq, Managing Partner Jean-Sebastien’s beloved dog, who comes from a long line of sheep-herding border dogs in the village of Lucq-de-bearn in France. (Yes, Lucq actually flew from France to America.)

Small bags of animal food are offered, should the children want to feed the animals.

Children can see not only rows and rows of vegetables and flowers growing in our garden, but can see a modern hydroponic garden that was installed with the help of the local branch of the UF PWACS. Depending on which time of year they visit, there might even be an opportunity to pick a fresh orange from a tree or even some fresh blueberries.

Easter Egg radishesA visit  can yield even more discoveries for the children as (depending on the time of year) they might find Easter Egg radishes, rare Okinawan potatoes which, when sliced open, are a beautiful purple color, edible orchids, delicate microgreens,  Honeymoon melons, fresh papaya, avocados, a variety of squash, zucchini, fresh green beans, strawberries, fresh honeycomb, cool and refreshing Hibiscus tea, fresh lemonade… and much, much more.

Who knows? A trip to the farm might turn that picky eater into a food connoisseur or even inspire a future farmer. It will definitely be something they won’t soon forget.

Teachers, please ask about Rype & Readi math, science, and nutrition lesson plans to inspire your students to germinate lettuce seeds in your classroom to plant in our hydroponic stacks and later return on a field trip to harvest and prepare wraps with our farm chef. Also, what is more adorable than a class adopted farm animal mascot? We believe all young minds are filled with promise and possibility. Rype & Readi Farm Market is organized to inspire possibilities in agriculture that can lead to exciting futures. We invite all educators to commiserate on our farm for fun, food, and discovery.

For more information or to reserve a visit to the farm for your group, please contact Jean-Sebastien Gros at RypeNReadi@gmail.com

Happenings

Spectacular Seafood Supper

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cheese Lovers Class

February 10 @ 6:00 pm

Argentinian Valentine Asado Cooking Class

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Dear Friends, Family and Valued Patrons of Rype & Readi

As we close 2018 and look forward to our 5th year, we once again welcome and will be challenged by change.

 

As many of you know, we took a calculated risk in opening at the Colee Stables downtown.
Property ownership had been disputed and litigated for the last 9 years. Finally resolved, we were regrettably unable to come to reasonable terms with the new owner and our lease ends on the 31st of December. This was complicated in part by a commitment we had made to expand our market operations downtown beginning next fall, adjacent to a well known, well trafficked anchor.
Rest assured Rype & Readi will have a downtown presence again. But for the immediate near term, we are consolidating operation to our St. John’s Golf Club facility where we will focus on catering, prepared foods, dinner events, cooking classes and, of course, a market for fresh local fine foods.
Please be sure to keep in contact with our social media on Facebook, Instagram, our website & newsletter to follow our happenings and special offerings.
Our location at the St. John’s Golf Club is a diamond in the rough. In addition to having a full restaurant and bar, we have a magnificent patio overlooking acres of manicured greens, gorgeous in the daylight and tranquil in the evenings when the golfer’s day is done.
With plenty of space on the terrace and adjacent properties (including parking for several hundred cars) this venue, at the intersection of State Road 207 and I-95 promises to host some creative, exciting and delightful family events throughout the coming year.
We fondly wish you all a festive and memorable holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if there is any event, occasion or opportunity to help you celebrate life though a special event with great food and smiling faces.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With Profound Appreciation,
Your friends at Rype & Readi