Ripe

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Notable New Blogs
Food blogs that have been running roughly a year or less
and that deserve a wide readership.
Every other Thursday.

The Blog: Ripe: Food, Farm, and Table from Rural New England

The URL: ripefoodblog.com

Who Writes It: The blog is written by Sarah Heffron and Craig Thompson, the latter of whom is described on the blog’s About page as the “presumed father of Sarah’s two small children” (which I presume means the kids are not old enough yet to read blogs). Sarah and Craig own and run Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, New Hampshire, from which they sell high-end natural meats and produce for markets and restaurants. Melissa DiPalma shoots the photographs.

Why I Like It: In the unspoken language of what counts as “New England,” Vermont and Maine count, as do rural western Massachusetts and the northwestern corner of Connecticut. New Hampshire is the embarrassing afterthought—often perceived as one-half an extension of Boston suburban sprawl and one-half a sanctuary for pro-Second Amendment, anti-tax enthusiasts. Yet Mayfair Farm is as genuinely New England as you can get. Ripe, the blog that originates there, is about living frugally but very well with what the challenging climate and the rocky soils give you. Ripe is a very young blog and a promising one. DiPalma’s photos, of farm animals and plants, of farm workers and farm stands, and, especially, of food are splendid. I like the way the blog celebrates local foods in season, and the land that produces them, but isn’t there to celebrate the bloggers themselves. That said, Sarah and Craig cook well and write engagingly about what they make, and their blog is certainly worth visiting and reading.

Three Recipes Worth Cooking:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach Barbecue Sauce: One of the nice developments for food consumers in recent years is the availability of pork that is way better than the industrial-agriculture version you get in supermarkets. Mayfair Farm is one of the small-scale producers responsible for this.

Pickled Beets: Because any good New England food blog needs lots of root-crop recipes.

Rhubarb Candy Two Ways: It’s easier than you might have thought. If you do not yet own a good candy thermometer, here’s a reason to go out and get one.

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