The Mayhaw Mission

By Amy Robb / Photography By Amy Robb | May 08, 2015
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Scott Meyer of Congaree and Penn Farm in Jacksonville Florida

When most people think of Congaree & Penn, they think of rice. (And, fair enough, their rice is very tasty). But we went exploring north of Jacksonville this week to visit for a different reason. We wanted the low-down on Scott Meyer's Mayhaw Mission.

Scott Meyer on his rice farm Congaree and Penn in Northeast Florida
Scott Meyer of Congaree and Penn Farm grafts mayhaw scions in Northeast Florida
Congaree and Penn owner Scott Meyer and mayhaw scions
Scott Meyer of Congaree and Penn Farm grafts mayhaw scions in Northeast Florida

If you've never met Farmer Scott, let us be the first to tell you, his enthusiasm for mayhaws rivals his enthusiasm for farming fashion (see images above). His vision for cultivating the region's largest mayhaw orchard by grafting high-yield mayhaw scions onto native Floridian rootstock stops just short of being brilliant. And, then you learn what he plans to do with them, and you realize he's actually a genius.

Sometime in the coming year, Congaree and Penn plans to officially start production on Mayhaw Cider, after building out their cidery on premise, and giving their mayhaw orchard some time to mature. In the meanwhile, artisan products like mayhaw jelly and mayhaw shrub will soon hit local markets. Stay tuned for great things from this young farmer, Northeast Florida. We predict a Mayhaw Revival is coming. 

Article from Edible Northeast Florida at http://ediblenortheastflorida.ediblecommunities.com/Mayhaw-Production-Cidery
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