The Curious History of Chestnuts

By | 2017-10-03T15:19:55+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Profiles|

Evidence of the cultivation of the chestnut by man is found since around 2000 BC.  It was Alexander the Great and the Romans who planted chestnut trees across Europe while on their various campaigns. A Greek army is said to have survived their retreat from Asia Minor in 401–399 BC thanks to their stores of chestnuts. Ancient Greeks wrote of chestnuts to [...]

Decorative Gourds

By | 2017-09-20T14:10:06+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Profiles, Uncategorized|

What can you do with a common gourd? Gourds come in all sizes and shapes, and many are suitable for carving. Gourds are members of the Cucurbitaceae (curcurbit for short) family, which produces hard-shelled, mostly edible fruit. It is a very large family with more than 100 genera and 1,000 species. It's interesting to note here that [...]

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

By | 2017-07-27T16:00:39+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Elkton Farm, Profiles|

Blueberries, 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, [...]

Agritourism

By | 2017-07-27T16:01:39+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Elkton Farm, Profiles|

In the May 2017 Issue of Florida Grower How Florida Growers Are Agritaining and Gaining by Paul Rusnak Nearly 113 million people! That mind-blowing figure represents the number of tourists the Sunshine State welcomed last year, according to statistics from Visit Florida. Not an anomaly, the number marked the sixth consecutive record-breaking year in that regard. [...]

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The History of Genetically Modified Foods

By | 2017-07-27T16:53:36+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Market, Profiles|

The History of Genetically Modified Foods will help clarify why modification was even started. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2015/from-corgis-to-corn-a-brief-look-at-the-long-history-of-gmo-technology/ http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/workspace/sect008/s8g5/history.htm 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. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/gmos_india/pro_con.html Higher food prices, a significant boost in [...]

Chef Chris McGarry

By | 2017-06-14T19:03:09+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Profiles|

A Florida native from Dania Beach, Chef Chris McGarry became inspired at a young age to pursue a career in culinary arts.  Chef Chris has trained through experience with many accomplished chefs and has developed his skills with several Italian eateries, the world renown Calgary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale, Lime Fresh Mex and most recently [...]

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Chef Ryan Ruffell

By | 2017-06-14T18:22:44+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Profiles|

Starting his culinary career at age 14 following the footsteps of his father, Chef Ruffell makes his mark as Chef de Cuisine at the acclaimed Blackfly Restaurant in St Augustine, FL.  Previously executive sous chef at Roy’s in Jacksonville Beach and Stonewood Grill before that, Chef Ruffell brings extraordinary culinary knowledge and interesting Asian sensibility [...]

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Galley Wars!

By | 2017-06-14T18:20:11+00:00 October 24th, 2015|Profiles|

Thank you, Jake Martin of the St. Augustine Record, for this great write-up! FCTC Culinary Students Impress Judges at 'Rustic' Cook-Off By JAKE MARTIN jake.martin@staugustine.com Originally Posted: October 22, 2015 - 11:53pm in The St. Augustine Record Two teams of students from First Coast Technical College’s School of Culinary Arts won over the taste buds of [...]

Chef Alonso Gareth

By | 2017-05-20T14:17:52+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Profiles|

Alonso Gareth, Chef de Cuisine - BlackFly, St Augustine. Chef Gareth will lead the third class in Rype & Readi's Summer Trilogy, on How to Make Portuguese Cataplana. Chef Gareth received his eduation at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has worked in Minnesota, Iowa, New Orleans, and most recently St. [...]

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