R&R is proud to feature outstanding products and produce from many of the other fine gardens in St. Johns and surrounding counties.
John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik are a husband and wife team who own and operate Frog Song Organics. They broke ground in October of 2011 and have been certified organic since 2012. Frog Song Organics does not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. They make an effort to find local sources of fertility inputs, do not use any genetically modified seeds and strive to save as much of their own seed as possible.
A St. Augustine, Florida based and family owned company, they source the best quality, certified organic ingredients for all of their loose leaf tea and culinary spice blends. Their products are hand-blended by passionate artisans and in small batches to ensure the best quality every time.
Chef Phil makes his own unique sauce with Datil Peppers, which are indigenous to St. Augustine. His products include the Expresso Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce, Mango Apple Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, Datil Pepper Rump Rub, and more.
As a third generation farmer, Ben Wells knows his way around the fields. While potatoes have been his family’s main crop for many years, Ben has been venturing into new terrain, with a focus on vegetables to sell at local markets and for produce delivery. Ben Wells Produce now offers a variety of radishes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, collards, eggplant, spinach, turnips, beans, carrots, cauliflower and seasonal herbs.
Blue Sky Farms was established in 1987 by owner Danny Johns and is headquartered in the heart of Florida’s potato capital. The Johns family has farmed in Hastings since 1923 and has established itself as a market leader in quality and customer service.
Since 1947 Biggers Apiaries has operated a roadside stand off Highway 100 in San Mateo, Florida. They’ve been one of Florida’s “best kept secrets” for years. Their roadside stand never closes… and it is operated on the honor system. You take what you need and leave the cash in the box. They like to think that most people are honest, hard-working, family-folks… just like they are.
Natural Springs Dairy Farm offers certified organic produce, Artisan farmstead cheeses (including Gouda, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Feta, Quark, Beer Washed Cheddar and Gouda, Bacon Black Pepper Cheddar, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Blue Cheese), grass fed beef, raw cow milk, and garlic products.
Barnes Farm, LLLP is a family run and family oriented 5th generation farm that got its start in the 1940’s in Hastings, Florida. They now produce 11 months out of the year, growing cabbage, cantaloupes, cucumbers, squash, and watermelons. Barnes Farm has recently earned a Global Food Safety Certification.
Tom and Chris Beddard achieved their dream to smell the fresh country air, see the stars fill the darkened night sky, have animals of all sorts around for their kids to grow up with and, more than anything else, growing food themselves. Food they knew was grown with love and care for the soil and earth… food that would be free of dangerous chemicals because it never made sense to them why anyone would spray poisons on the food they would eat… food that would allow their children to grow up strong and healthy.
R&R was delighted to have the help of UF PWACS help with our hydroponics! The UF IFAS Hastings Downtown Facility consists of approximately 64 acres of land located off Highway 13 in St. Johns County. Infrastructure at this facility includes the main office building for the UF/IFAS Partnership, workshop, greenhouse, one enclosed barn, and two covered storage areas.
Wesley Wells Farms, LLC provides farm fresh, locally grown, hormone free, and much loved whole chickens and farm fresh eggs for sale. They also offer beef and pork. They recently added an apple orchard, orange grove, blueberry patch, vegetable field (summer squashes, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, and much more)! Their goal is to be a locally grown one-stop grocery shop for their customers!
Blueberry Hill Farm, Inc., located in Crescent City, Florida, is owned by Don & Bobbi Cowern. They have almost three acres of blueberries on a sloping hillside overlooking a beautiful lake and grow three varieties of hybrid plants developed by the University of Florida, suitable for Florida climate.
Jeb Smith is a 5th generation farmer from Hastings, Florida. He and his father own and operate Smith and Johns, Inc. The family farm began in 1923, and farmed potatoes for over 80 years. The 400 plus acre farm has now diversified, and grows perennial peanut hay, sod, Tilapia, organic vegetables and pasture-raised beef. Smith Family Beef and Produce also sells beef cattle that are pasture raised on the farm, and antibiotic and hormone free.
The farm is located near Crescent City and produces 25 acres of muscadine grapes for wine production, four acres of peaches, cut foliage featuring magnolia, Carolina sapphire and liriope, and a shade cloth production area with small plantings of blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and plums.
KYV is a CSA market garden located in Northwest St. Johns County. Their mission is to provide a fresh and healthy alternative for the community from seeds to your plate. They use only sustainable farming methods with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Their farming practices include crop rotation, cover crop as green manure, compost and mulches, using proven organic seeds, good irrigation systems, and cold frames to start/extent our season.
Shady Oaks Ranch was started in 2003 by Kim and Dick Frisbee. Lowlines are true beef cattle in a compact smaller frame size. They have NO dwarfism traits and were bred with the emphasis on weight gain and conformation. They are well proportioned 100% Angus heritage, beef cattle that are naturally polled and docile animals. Lowlines are well suited to beef production on grazing grass and because of their lower maintenance costs, are more efficient converters of grass to meat than today’s average larger breeds.
Thomas Burrell and Son Farm in Molasses Junction are well known for their potatoes, and also for their watermelons, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and squash. Read an article about their farm in the St. Augustine Record: “They’re Using Their Melons“!
Terk’s Acres goats are milked by hand twice per day and spend the rest of their time grazing and soaking up the warm Florida sun. Their herd has been carefully refined over the past 25 years and as a result, consistently produces large quantities of delicious milk without the use of hormones or antibiotics. They offer the very best goats’ milk, yogurt, and hand crafted artisan goat cheese, all of which is lovingly made right there on the farm.
The Hyppo is a gourmet popsicle shop in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. From spicy to sweet to downright funky, these pops span the range. Made on site from fresh fruits and spices and as local as you can get.
Charlie Corn, Larry’s father, first started farming cabbage in Palatka, Florida, in 1950. He began farming potatoes in 1952, along with corn and cucumbers. Larry, along with his son Brett, still farm on this same land in Putnam County, Florida. Through years of experience, they continue to grow the finest L&M potatoes (new reds, whites, and Yukon golds), cabbage, broccoli, and greens.
As the largest field tomato grower in North America, Lipman is on the cutting edge of the agriculture industry – providing “access to the acre” from seed to delivery through a vertically integrated network of research & development, farming, processing, repacking, and procurement. And all along the way, they give their customers 100 percent. Every time. Every day.