Dan’s the Man for North Florida’s Best Blueberries

Dan’s the Man for North Florida’s Best Blueberries

By Gatlin Beemus, Rype & Readi Contributing Blogger


Blublueberrieseberries, blueberries, blueberries! Tis the season for Northeast Florida’s juiciest and plump blueberries. These blueberries are not only delicious in pies, smoothies, salads, jams, muffins and pancakes; they are incredibly healthy for you. Current research done by The United States Highbush Blueberry Council’s research shows that blueberries can help with anti-aging, infection fighting, improved eyesight, and cancer fighting anti-oxidants[1].

Delicious and nutritious!

Rabbiteye and southern highbush are the primary blueberries grown in Florida. These blueberries need a low-chill environment in order to thrive. That is why northeast Florida is the best location in Florida to buy local berries. These berries thrive on acidic soils. Don Cowren of Blueberry Hill Farm located in Crescent City has his U-pick farm situated along Silver Lake. This lake is highly acidic and is used to water Don’s blueberries. The environment allows his blueberries to thrive and allows you to go and pick as many as you’d like!

Dan Doran Dan Doran of St. Johns Oaks Vineyard shares our passion for fresh and local produce

Dan began his life on the farm as a foliage cutter. He is still active in that business but now enjoys strolling the farm and munching on his delicious berries. He is constantly checking up on plants and expanding his crop. He started his organic practice of growing blueberries over 20 years ago. Dan grows some of Rype and Readi’s sweetest blueberries every season. He is now gearing up for blackberry season. Not many growers in northeast Florida participate in blackberry season, making Dan Doran the Man for blackberries this summer.

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[1] US Highbush Blueberry Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017

 

 

The History of Genetically Modified Foods

The History of Genetically Modified Foods will help clarify why modification was even started.

Some people say that we must have Genetically Modified Crops to support the agricultural community, a needy world and bigger profits.   Here is a look from both sides of the fence.

Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study.

 

Galley Wars!

Thank you, Jake Martin of the St. Augustine Record, for this great write-up!

FCTC Culinary Students Impress Judges at ‘Rustic’ Cook-Off

Field Trips, Fractional Shares for Schools Available at Rype & Readi Farm-to-Fork

Field Trips, Fractional Shares for Schools Available at Rype & Readi Farm-to-Fork

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 goatsA favorite of visitors of all ages at Rype & Readi are the newest additions to the farm – two baby goats born on Opening Day, February 20, 2015. Born to pigmy parents Baileys & Cream, visitors helped name our adorable twins Kahlua and Gomez.

Other 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. They’ll also enjoy a peek at our Shiitake Mushroom patch that was created with the help of the Exotic Earth Mushrooms team in January of this year. 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 inside the store 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, mushrooms growing from bags and in blocks, Honeymoon melons, fresh papaya, avocados, a variety of squash, zucchini, fresh green beans, strawberries, fresh honeycomb, bee pollen, 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

Rype & Readi Farm Market to Offer Free-Range Chickens

Rype & Readi Farm Market to Offer Free-Range Chickens

Rype & Readi Farm Market, in exclusive partnership with Wesley Wells Farms, will offer fresh, local, free-range chickens beginning on March 28. Wesley Wells Farms is well known for humanely raising sustainably-farmed local chickens following best organic practices.

Chickens will be offered with fixed pricing:
  • Bird for 2 (< 3 lbs.) $10
  • Bird for 3 (< 4 lbs.) $15
  • Bird for 4 or more (4 lbs. +) $20

All Rype & Readi chickens are antibiotic-free and raised the old-fashioned way, in healthy pasture environments and with pure grass feed. They are never subjected to harmful chemicals, genetic modifications, or inhumane conditions. The result is a healthier, tastier alternative to industrially-raised chickens.

Supply is very limited, and advanced orders are recommended. Email rypenreadi@gmail.com to reserve your free-range chickens. The market is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. For more information, call 904-429-3070.

Also coming in May: Local Berkshire hogs, pasture-raised and custom butcher-cut.