Farmer Jay

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Funky Buddha, BurstDays, and More

    Weekdays are the worst, unless you live in South Florida, where we refuse to let a moment go by without cramming it full of entertainment. Whether you're looking to relax and recover from the weekend or would prefer to fill your weekday evening with distracting goings-on, there's something for you ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    South Florida Food and Drink Events: Truckstop, Women and Wine, and More

    Weekdays are the worst, unless you live in South Florida where we refuse to let a moment go by without cramming it full of entertainment. Whether you're looking to relax and recover from the weekend, or would prefer to fill your weekday evening with distracting doings, there's something for you to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Farmer Jay Plans To Develop Community Farm in East Delray Beach

    These days, you could say Jason "Farmer Jay" McCobb -- owner of Farmer Jay Pure Organics -- is busy. Not only does he self-run his own 5-acre farm in west Delray Beach, where he grows several crops and supports a small flock of chickens and a pig -- he also is growing for others. Right now, the list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Butcher Block Grill Offering Creekstone Farms Prime Time Mondays Special

    We'd blame it on the holidays, the high stress of spending too much money, and the exhaustion of running around from party to party, but realistically, that's just life. Between work and taking care of the kids/pets/house/whatever most of us just feel like we need a break, like, now. And Mondays.. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: MatzoBall 2013, Brunch With Santa on Christmas Day, and More

    Weekdays are the worst, unless you live in South Florida where we refuse to let a moment go by without cramming it full of entertainment. Just because it's Christmas week doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do around here. After all, this is where the rest of the country comes to thaw out while enjo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Farmer Jay Speaking at TEDx Jupiter on Friday

    For the most part, conferences are an absolute bore. After all, how many people actually want to sit around listening to boring speeches all day long? We most certainly do not. That being said, when you get something speaking about doing something inspiring, something that could potentially change ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Butcher Block Grill's Josh Hedquist, "Our Food System Represents What's Wrong With America"

    In the past half century, the US has moved away from small scale family farms, where much of the population produced at least some of their own food, to massive agricultural corporations aimed at making as much money possible with the least amount of time and effort -- regardless, of the effects on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    The Depth of Localness: Is 100 Miles a Distant Source?

    Everybody is on the "buy local" bandwagon, which is a good thing. However, to be truly local, we need to look at the depth of the localness.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Butcher Block Grill: Hormone-Free Meat, Local Seafood in Boca Raton

    Just pick up any newspaper or peruse the internet and you'll come up with a host of frightening stories about how your food is slowly killing you. Beef filled with hormones and antibiotics, genetically modified corn, and ingredients that would confuse anyone without an advanced chemistry degree are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Farmer Jay's 11 Best Instagram Photos

    He may be Broward and Palm Beach County's favorite farmer, but he's also our favorite Instagrammer. Farmer Jay spends his days working the fields on his sustainable, organic farm and nights penning a column called Farmer Jay's Soapbox for Clean Plate Charlie. So it's a wonder that he finds the tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Grow Big Plants the Natural Way With Homemade Biochar

    What is biochar? Biochar is wood chips that go through a process called pyrolysis, basically burning without much oxygen to produce wood charcoal. So biochar is another name for charcoal when not used for food. (Note - commercial charcoal bought for food is not the same as biochar, I'll explain late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    What Happened to the Tomato?

    Ever wonder why tomatoes taste like crap nowadays? I bet almost everybody can remember eating a tomato at some point in their life and recall how delicious it was. It was probably juicy and bursting with flavor. Today you buy a tomato and the skin is so tough and then when you bite into it, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Farmer Jay to Speak About Local Food at TEDx Jupiter Conference

    Some food-related ideas are absolutely terrible -- like Paula Deen's racially insensitive idea for an antebellum Southern wedding. Others, like innovations in education or issues regarding prejudice and injustice in the U.S. legal system, are worth spreading. TED Talks (short for "technology, ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Is Antibacterial Soap Really Better Than Regular Soap?

    I think most of us just assume that by using an antibacterial soap, our hands are cleaner, but there are rules and side effects that you may not know about. Nowadays, we use antibacterial soap in the bathroom, antibacterial hand sanitizer, and antibacterial even lotions in between washings. We are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Grassfed vs Feedlot Meat

    Choose your meat wisely because your life depends on it. Many people I know have chosen to not eat meat and become vegetarians due to the unhealthiness of meat, and the difficulties in finding quality meats. The truth is meat can be extremely healthy and provide life saving nutrition if you make t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Feeding the Flowers: An Eco Way to Go When You Die

    Ever think of why we don't compost ourselves when we go for the big reward? Sounds a little off, right? Well, I don't think composting ourselves and growing food out of it would be appealing, but there is a purpose for all compost and perhaps there is a more environmental way than the common buria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Composting Is in Our Future, Part Two

    Composting is an intimidating and rather off-putting task that must be done if we want to survive and live sustainably. We need to be responsible and understand that soil is one of the most important things on this planet, and recycling food waste to build soil is vital. Our soil down here in Sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Composting: It's Not About If but When and How (Part 1)

    Food scraps are being wasted and filling up our landfills when they could be going to building soil and growing our food. Plants thrive on compost, and we have the technology to make composting easy and efficient, yet we choose not to. In my next two articles, I will explore composting, the lates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Five Healthy Edible Plants That Tolerate The Heat

    Summers are hot here in South Florida and most farmers will tuck tail and not grow anything for the summer fearful of rains, heat, and bugs, but not me. I figure in tropical countries they do not stop eating when it gets hot, so I look to the tropics for ideas and alternatives on what to grow for fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Max's Harvest Debuts New Organic Menu Items

    Locavore. Sustainable seafood. Organic produce. Once upon a time, this was fringe eating for hippies and eco-warriors. But, as time passed, foodies caught on. They taste-tested and realized that you don't have to be a tree hugger to know that organic, locally grown produce allowed to ripen in its ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    A Lesson in Anger Management From a Chicken

    Inevitably, there are things in our lives that bring us stress and we often carry this stress around with us until we explode on someone or something or, maybe worse, we harbor it 'til we get sick. Long term stress can cause degenerative diseases. Stress plays a big role in our overall health and we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Learn to Grow With Farmer Jay at Whole Foods Plantation

    Farmer Jay is a public relations dream for the local locavore movement -- a smart, personable farmer who's passionate about sharing tips on healthy eating.You would think that between running Farmer Jay Organics and writing for New Times, the man would just want to curl up with a good book or a beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Buyer Beware, Organic Is Not Going to Save You

    I preclude by mentioning that this commentary is coming from a peaceful and loving place. Don't get me wrong here, organic is our safest choice when it comes to purchasing food. I think if the farm is on the other side of the country this is an important certification because you cannot meet the fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Florida Needs to Learn a Few Things About Local Food Systems, California Can Help

    Jay McCobb, a.k.a. "Farmer Jay," is a Delray-based sustainable farmer who will be contributing columns about local food, his pig Pearl, and whatever strikes his fancy. Find more of Jay -- and get your hands on some of his delicious eats -- by visiting Florida is in the top ten for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    How Sustainable Is Your Restaurant? Sublime Works to Reduce its Carbon Footprint with Rooftop Garden

    The restaurant industry is known as being an industry full of waste. Meat is fed corn that has been grown with petrochemical fertilizers. Produce is 'protected' with harsh pesticides. Provisions are trucked in from who-knows-where. Food scraps from the kitchen and huge meal portions end up in the tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Moonlit Farmers' Market in Boca is Closing! Farmer Jay Explains.

    In the not -too-distant past, evening farmers' markets were nonexistent in Palm Beach County. That was until Farmer Jay McCobb and Ellenville Garden Center teamed up to invent the Moonlit Farmers' Market in Boca Raton once a week. Now Palm Beach County hosts two others: one newly opened at Florida A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    The Produce Chick in Boca Raton: Fresh Veggies and CSA Baskets for Sale

    With the Ellenville Garden Center's Thursday Moonlit Farmers Market on hiatus for the next few weeks during renovations, Boca Raton locals who subscribe to CSA baskets from Farmer Jay and the Produce Chick might have worried they wouldn't be getting their baskets.There was no need to worry, of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The Edible Gardening Gal Talks Suspicious Neighbors and Rookie Mistakes

    In her former life -- before she became The Edible Gardening Gal and an urban garden guru -- Karin Fields was a professional singer. The career left her with a lot of free-time during the daylight hours and that's when she got hooked on gardening. The passion was so deep that she dropped the singing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Today's Your Last Chance! Ellenville Farmers' Market Goes on Seven-Week Hiatus

    Every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., the Ellenville Garden Center transforms into the Ellenville Farmers' Market -- also known as the Moonlit Farmers Market. There's food and wine and café tables. There's usually a live band to provide the music, and local farmers to provide the company. In fact, Farme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Farmer Jay's Sustainable Chicken Coop and His Pig, Pearl

    In the past few years, hit books and movies like Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me helped make us more conscious of how our food is produced. That's a good thing, but these days, you can barely eat an apple without worrying that it was grown in a way that polluted the water, tortured an animal, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Hot Farmer Alert: Meet Farmer Jay

    As I exit my car, I can see him approaching from the distance. A tall, strapping man wearing jeans, a button-down shirt, and a wide-brimmed farmer's hat walks up to greet me. If he does not fit the bill for tall, dark and handsome, I don't know who does. Not exactly the image one would conjure when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2012

    Fresh Herbs in Everything: The Summer's Least Annoying Food Trend

    Food writers (and the food obsessed) tend to get exasperated with food trends more quickly than the general public. After logging hours tasting, salivating over, and deconstructing the happenings in the culinary world, it's only logical that this segment of the population (and its brethren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Tanzy in Mizner Park: A Parma Bar, Herbal Infusions, and Luxe Touches [Photos]

    To say the Mizner Park space now occupied by iPic Theaters and Tanzy represents a complete turnaround from the former digs (the significantly less glamorous Sunrise Cinemas) would be something of an understatement. The old theater -- which was completely gutted to make room for the two separate, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2012

    Pride, Envy, and Other Sins in the Community Garden

    ​On a recent weekday afternoon, I crouched in a modified yoga squat, neck and chin thrust forward as I inspected the sparse leaves on the only remaining tomato plant in my plot at the Boca Raton Community Garden. I'd started with five plants at the beginning of the garden's inaugural planting seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Organic Gardening "How To" Featuring Farmer Jay: Saturday at Whole Foods in Boca Raton

    ​Farmer Jay -- civilian name: Jason McCobb -- will lead a one-hour workshop for budding organic gardeners at Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. The informal workshop will cover basics such as soil amendments and other fundamentals of organic gardening. 

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    September 8, 2011
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    September 2, 2011

    Locavores Gear Up for Growing Season​I'm missing the end-of-summer bounty here in South Florida. Where are heirloom tomatoes? Where are the stone fruits? What about local squash? And the resounding answer I've heard in response is that everything's backward here. "September through May 

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Chef Joey Giannuzzi Talks About DIG and Being Clean and Green, Part 1

    Chef Joey Giannuzzi is all set to open DIG on Friday.​Chef Joey Giannuzzi, chef/owner of the Green Gourmet in Delray Beach, is all set to open his second restaurant, DIG (Doing It Green), with partner Robert Greenfield. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant, which takes over the Greenfield's on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Restaurant News: Moquila to Reopen, Alabama Joe's Expands, More on Max's

    ​•    It wasn't all that long ago Charlie noted the demise of Moquila, the upscale Mexican eatery in Boca that for a time after opening was quite the gastronomic hot stuff. Well, according to an ad on Craigslist, poshly appointed outpost of "progressive Mexican/Latin cuisine" is m ... More >>