Never Give Up

It was… honestly not a good day at the Rype & Readi Farm Market, and it had nothing to do with the current weather.

In all honesty, it wasn’t a good day for Saint Augustine in general; not because of any one specific event or occurrence that day, but rather because the city, as a whole, had undergone a very bad week.

Hurricane Irma had swept up along the Florida coast, and in its wake it had left a veritable swath of devastation. Many towns and cities had been struck by the natural disaster, and Saint Augustine was unfortunately another casualty on that list.

The devastation was evident in all aspects of the community: electric lines had been torn down, trees and tree branches had been flung every which way, and the signs of flooding were unmistakable to all.

Due to the widespread damage that had been wrought, many of the stores in the Saint Augustine area were forced to close their doors for some time so that they could repair whatever damages had been wrought… and on that list of closed establishments was the Farm Market.

Grumpy Goat Chalet

Grumpy Goat Chalet built to Cat 1 standard and survives. Minor flooding but we can manage.

While the workers went about their business of putting the Farm Market back in working order, the animals were all left with little to nothing to do. And given how traffic was practically non-existent due to all the debris, the animals were all given tentative leave to walk through the city’s streets, provided they neither left alone, nor did anything foolish.

Hence, we find Paprika and Drake slowly making their way through the streets of the Nation’s Oldest City, picking out a safe path through the scattered debris.

“Well now…” Drake whistled in awe as he and Paprika slowly rounded a downed tree, the duck taking in the (now inactive) power line the tree had taken with it. “This is certainly quite something. I’ve… honestly never seen devastation like this before.”

“…I have.”

Drake blinked at his compatriot in surprise. “Truly? When?”

Paprika clucked despondently, walking along a particularly large tree branch. “Hurricane Mathew.”

Drake winced in recognition. “Ah… yes, I suppose that does-”

“The last time a hurricane hit, Farmer Seb was able to buy the Farm Market’s site and actually open it,” Paprika continued solemnly. “And now yet another hurricane hits at roughly the same time the last one did…”

Drake’s eyes widened in realization. “You’re not honestly suggesting that-?”

“I… I don’t know…” Paprika hedged with an uncomfortable sigh as she shook her head. “I’m just… I’m just worried. We have a good thing here, and I’d hate if it closed, but… well, we’re animals. What can we do to change it?”

Drake clamped his beak shut uncertainly for a few minutes… but finally he nodded with finality. “I’m… sorry to say that I don’t have the perfect answer for you, but I do have a piece of advice, if you’re willing to hear it.”

Paprika glanced at her fellow fowl. “And that advice would be…?”

Drake looked forwards and strutted on with pride. “A phrase oft bandied about back in good old England, when matters were at their direst and all who resided there were devoid of both answers and options. The only option available to us, in these most dire of times…”

He grinned with firm confidence and rested a wing on his friend’s shoulder.

“Is to Keep Calm,” Drake said softly. “And Carry On.”

Paprika paused, contemplating the phrase for a few moments… before slowly offering up a soft smile of her own. “Always a light at the end of the tunnel, huh?”

“That’s the ticket!” Drake swung his wing with a confident nod. “Now, shall we continue our walk, and perhaps see if we can be of aid to anyone?”

The chicken nodded contentedly, and slowly trotted forwards. “Let’s.”


Author’s Note – The best wishes of the Rype & Readi family go out to all those affected by Hurricane Irma, and we pray for the safety of everyone whose lives were touched by this disaster. Stay warm, stay safe, never give up, and thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Sincerely, Baxter Balick, Author of Bit’s and Bite’s, and all of us working at Rype & Readi


By |2017-09-20T14:48:26+00:00September 20th, 2017|Animals|0 Comments
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