October 31st Update: I am so very pleased with our early citrus harvest. Pleased enough that I have decided to start sending November’s a.s.a.p. fruit orders out one week ahead of schedule. Our navel oranges already taste so good there’s simply no point in delaying. The Indian River Grapefruit are particularly pretty this season with a good blush and our Tangerine harvest has just begun. In few words, “it’s a very good season here at Al’s Family Farms.”
September 13th Update: I was out and about the groves testing fruit this weekend and from what I'm cutting and tasting, everything seems to be ripening exactly on time. We normally begin harvesting Navels and Grapefruit for Al’s store by the 2nd - 3rd week in October and this year should be no exception. Of course store fruit and gift fruit are not the same. The locals ask us everyday- "how much longer?" We'll fill the store with early citrus as the locals just need their "fix". For them it’s O.K. to start early but not for you. Shipping customers are special and require particularly fine fruit. I feel the citrus will be ripe and ready enough to begin shipments by November 6 (give or take a few days). That’s pretty much a "normal" startup schedule for us and lends itself well for some mighty fine-eating fruit for Thanksgiving. Club members can expect to receive the first box by mid-November but be sure to renew by October 31 to get the extra freebies for ordering early (see below).