The Mayhaw Mission
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.
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.