Rice growing returns to Northeast Florida after more than 100 years thanks to Scott Meyer and his dedicated family and team. Located on the north side of Jacksonville, Congaree and Penn is a local rice farm, a mayhaw orchard and home to a future cidery. The vision shared by the team, Scott Meyer, the owner, Amy O’Hoyt and Bob Burns is to produce diverse and sustainable crops, well adapted to the local environment and able to thrive with each other. Crawfish living in the paddies turn over the soil and disperse nutrients. They have begun with four rice paddies that produced 6000 pounds of Jupiter Rice in the last season. The farm is currently producing 5 kinds of rice. Following a small scale stacked agriculture plan the farm is poised for future growth.
Many Slow Food recognized restaurants use Congaree and Penn rice, innovating its special qualities in their kitchens. Depending on how it is milled, or polished, the farm produces brown and white rice, as well as cracked rice (known as middlins), rice grits and rice flour.
You can find this locally farmed rice at the Jax Night Market in Hemmings Plaza and at the Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Avenue under the bridge. Don’t miss their website for chef inspired recipes to share with friends and family.
Congaree and Penn
11830 Old Kings Road
Jacksonville, FL 32219