St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Culinary Scene is Fresh from Farm to Fork

St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra have a burgeoning culinary scene that foodies from all over the world are discovering, drawing them to Florida’s Historic Coast®. You’ll find fresh local ingredients – from seafood to fruits and vegetables – on the menus of the area’s many independent restaurants, bistros, café’s, fine dining establishments and casual eateries with an emphasis on farm-to-fork.

The locally grown and organic ingredients used by chefs often come from the farms west of St. Augustine. Farmers Markets are plentiful on Florida’s Historic Coast® including a European-style Farm Market open daily located just off the beaten path in St. Augustine.

The Rype & Readi Farm Market is popular among residents, professional and amateur chefs and visitors. Wander through the aisles of Rype & Readi and you’ll find a bounty of seasonal fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Artisan breads, cheese and yogurts from local dairy farms, honey and Rype & Readi’s own brand of sauces and pickled vegetables are always available. The Rype & Readi Farm Market is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Much of the produce available at the Farm Market comes from the Rype & Readi Elkton Farm and the surrounding agricultural community. Special events take place year-round at the farm in Elkton in west St. Johns County such as the annual Blueberry Festival. 

Rype & Readi also operates a Golf Bistro at St. Johns Golf Club, which serves up breakfast and lunch incorporating produce from its Elkton farm along with farms in the agricultural region. Cooking classes are held regularly at the Golf Bistro led by local chefs. The Golf Bistro is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.