Down on the Farm with Farmer Jay
Meet Jason McCobb better known as “Farmer Jay.” Maybe you’ve heard about his educational program for kids called “Farmer Jay’s Jr. Sprouts,” or that he constructed the sustainable gardens at The Breakers Hotel, Max’s Harvest and Dig, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have met his pet pig, Pearl (she’s a cutie, trust us!) We took a few moments to dig (pun intended) beneath the surface and learn more about Farmer Jay who you can find every Saturday at the Delray GreenMarket.
How many years have you been a vendor at the Delray GreenMarket?
This is my first year here, but I’m really excited to be a part of it. The mix of vendors and the great, accommodating staff really make it special.
How did your business come about?
Honestly, I recognized that we had a food system in distress, and I wanted to do my part. There was a void in sustainable foods, and, with my background and my network, I knew I could help.
What is one business tip you would share with someone looking to start selling his or her goods locally?
Make it yourself and stay true to your beliefs. It goes a long way.
Top three words to describe your product.
“Grow your own.”
Why is shopping local so important and valuable?
Definitely to stimulate the local economy. Supporting local farmers is critical in every market.
What is your favorite restaurant in downtown Delray Beach?
Tough question and depends on my mood! Max’s Harvest and 3rd and 3rd are at the top of the list.
What is your favorite place to visit and spend time in Delray Beach.
Outside anywhere – guess that is fitting and predictable since I am a farmer and live in Florida!
What’s your favorite Delray event (besides the GreenMarket of course)?
The best stinkin’ party around, Garlic Fest!
What are three items we could always find in your fridge or pantry?
You would find eggs, veggies and beers.
If you were trapped on a desert island what three items would you ideally have?
Chocolate (because I hear you can live on just that if needed) seeds to grow my own food and my knife.
Share a fun fact that people may not know about you.
I actually launched Red Bull in South Florida.
What are your favorite words to live by/ favorite quote?
“For the greater good!”
What is your favorite product that you sell?
If you could be a celebrity for a day, who would it be?
Richard Branson – of course!
All time favorite movie/book/band/author?
Secret Life of Plants by David Attenbourough and Conscious Health by Ron Garner. Would recommend both!
If you could host a dinner party with anyone (past, present, future) who would you invite?
Hands down – Bob Dylan.