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Scarecrows have been used for centuries all around the world to keep birds away from our crops and gardens.  They may have given way to more modern bird scaring techniques, the presence of a scarecrow can still be an effective deterrent and a delightful season addition.

In celebration of our hardworking agricultural community in St Johns County, Rype & Readi is holding a Scarecrow Building competition. This contest is open to registered groups from September 21 through October 13. Judging will take place the last week of October.

The Scarecrows will stand prominently around our Downtown Farm Market property until November 1st.

We invite school groups, sport teams, local clubs, or good friends to build your own scarecrow. We encourage families, school groups, and civic organizations to take up the challenge and let their imagination and creative skills create some eye-catching entries.

We provide a pole, clothes and straw, tools and fasteners. Use your creative talents and accessories to represent your school, club, group or theme. Expert assistance from our scarecrow techs will be available! Feel free to bring your own “add-ons” to really customize your scarecrow. It’s a great way to show your school spirit or promote fellowship in your group!

Scarecrow Building Fee is $10 per Scarecrow.

Building Time Reservations: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am-12:30pm please reserve your time online (click here) or email manager.rypeandreadi@gmail.com for alternate date/time reservations.

Judging: Pictures of all Scarecrows will be posted on our facebook page and website. Visitors to the sites can vote on their favorite and points will be tallied on Tuesday October 30th. 

Prizes will be awarded to the best in these categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative
  • Scariest
  • Most kid friendly
  • Funniest
  • Rype & Readi Staff Pick

Prizes:   Great prizes including gift cards to the Downtown Farm Market and admission to special events will be given to the winners! 


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