DO YOU really grow rice in florida?
Yes, it's true. Florida is actually ideal for growing rice. Our wet weather makes it easy to flood our rice paddies. And our clay soil is excellent for retaining water. It's meant to be.
Is your rice organic?
While our rice is not USDA Certified Organic, we do utilize natural growing practices. Pesticides and herbicides are never used to aid the growth of rice. Hence the weeds, sometimes.
Why DOES your brown rice SEEM so white?
We grow a Jupiter rice that is inherently lighter in color than most traditional brown rice. We do remove the outer 7% of the grain when we mill the husk away from the grain to produce our brown rice. This does remove a good bit of the bran and germ, but because we use absolutely no preservatives, the rice would begin to develop mold within a very short time without the natural husk or preservatives to prevent the mold. Also, because our rice is stored on the husk, the milled grains maintain a high moisture content and tend to cook quickly. Most rice that people consume has been sitting on a store shelf for months. Hence, the grains lose their moisture content and take longer to cook. Our rice is milled fresh every week, so you’re receiving the freshest product possible, especially if you've purchased it directly through us online or at a farmers market.
Can I visit the farm?
Of course! We host several ticketed and free events throughout the year. If you aren't able to catch one of those, we invite you to schedule a private group tour.
IS your rice gluten free?
Definitely. Technically all rice is gluten free, but some rice is milled in facilities that also process glutenous products (like wheat), but Congaree and Penn's production is entirely gluten free.
are there traces of arsenic in your rice?
Nope. Traces of arsenic in soil are derived from decades of growing cotton in the same soil. Cotton has never been grown on our farm, and we've had our soil tested for any traces of arsenic. So not to worry, we're in the clear!
What is a shrub?
A shrub is a thirst quenching blend of fruit juice, organic apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar. Shrubs first enjoyed popularity during the Colonial Era, serving as a method to preserve fruit long after harvest. Also celebrated for their health benefits, shrubs are tasty in both non-alcoholic sodas and craft cocktails. We’re proud to share the shrub revival.