March 15, 2016 Update:
Quite the Amazing Crop Report-
Riding the grove on Wednesday I could not believe my eyes-
Honeybell trees with glorious Honeybells still hanging on
their branches in mid-March! These "May bloomers"
were nearly invisible during the January harvest, but now
they've sweetened and colored up beautifully for you to seize
one last chance to enjoy a rare, juicy box of Honeybells
The bloom is finally going strong and the bees are loving
it in our Unique Orange grove. This is where a large portion
of our Orange Blossom Honey is collected as the bees work
to convert the flowers into delicious fruit.
As the fragrance of orange blossoms fill the air, our Unique
Oranges (aka Ortaniques), Valencia
Orange and Ruby
Red Grapefruit harvests shift into high gear. Let's celebrate
with FREE SHIPPING
on ALL MEGA- TRAYS, and Easter
Mega-Trays; yes, that's every available citrus variety
just in time for Easter... Offer ends Monday, March 21, 2016.
February 11 , 2016 Update:
Just In! TEMPLE
Honeybells just sold out so what's next and are they just
as good? Temples of course! Actually the Temple Orange crop
seems to be in the best shape of all the varieties we have
shipped so far this season. They seem to have thrived in this
wettest and until January the warmest of all Florida winters.
The Temple Orange, aka Royal Mandarin is truly a magnificent
orange. It combines the peeling characteristics of a tangerine
with the size and full bodied juice content of a sweet orange.
They are my favorite variety of all with a pleasant aroma
that matches their rich flavor. Available only a few short
weeks too, don't delay to order Temples today.
FYI- It's National Grapefruit Month! That means our Indian
River Ruby Red
Grapefruit have reached their peak of sweetness.
23 , 2016 Update:
ARE STILL GOING STRONG!
Honeybells are our most asked for variety. We've been clipping
and shipping them since early January but thanks to the cold
weather this month that orange color I love to see has finally
arrived. They are tasting great and so beautiful. Its hard
to predict how much longer I will have them but they always
sell out fast so please be sure to order your Honeybells without
delay, I don't want to have to wait until 2017 to send you
FYI- This is a great week for our world famous Navels
too. They're sweet as sugar too and can also be combined with
our world famous, Indian River Ruby
Red Grapefruit. We start picking TEMPLE ORANGES aka Royal
Mandarins, next week as well and they are gorgeous.
December 19, 2015 Update:
|Matt's favorite orange since he
was still a little guy? Honeybell
for the Holidays” are always the perfect last
minute gift as they naturally don’t arrive until January.
Since Honeybells are our most asked for variety but they don't
ripen until January here is how to give Honeybells for the
Holidays: First- they'll know you remembered before Christmas
since we immediately send out first class, over-sized, Honeybell
gift announcments naming you the generous sender of their
precious gift to come. Second- In January, after the other
gifts are all but forgotten, your glorious gift of Royal Honeybells
arrives making you the center of attention!
CHRISTMAS GIFT SHIPPING PLAN- Since Christmas falls
on Friday this year, we're going to KEEP ON PICKING &
SHIPPING FRUIT THRU TUESDAY, DEC 22. All last minute orders
also receive a FREE, First Class Gift Announcement notifying
your recipients you ordered their gift and its on its way.
Packinghouse Report- Everything is running smoothly
and the harvesting weather today is perfect. Yesterday's cold
front makes today our coolest day of the season so far and
it feels glorious. We are forecast to have mid-80's on Christmas
Day but I'd rather be warm than frozen, so we are still grateful.
Our holiday crop of Navels
and Ruby Red Grapefruit is already pretty but this cold
snap will both increase the sugars and brighten the peel even
are ripening nicely and once the cooler weather sticks around
it will brighten their peel so we can begin the harvest. I'm
guessing we will start clipping Honeybells around Jan. 4th.
and keep clipping fruit daily until everyone's order has been
shipped. Clipping is tedious and they have to be packed with
great care so it usually takes us about 3 weeks to get everyone's
Honeybells shipped out but this extraordinary gift is truly
worth the wait.
Rest assured, my packing team and I will be putting an extra
measure of care into every gift box we ship for you. Just
sit back, relax and wait for the happy "thank you's".
That's all for now and may God Bless you with the gift of
November 30, 2015 Update:
Crop Report: Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was wonderful and
welcome back to another delectable, juicy and healthful citrus
season at Al's Family Farms. I'm very pleased with this year's
crop of super-sweet, locally grown, Navels
(Nov. - Feb.), and sugar-sweet
(Nov. thru May). Both are now
fully ripe and ready to ship. As a matter of fact my recent
grapefruit, sugar testing shows them even sweeter than last
season at this time. Sunshine
Tangerines, the Christmas Tangerine (Late
Nov. thru Jan.), and Christmas Red Navels round
out our fall lineup. Of course our "oh so dripping with
juice" 100% Florida Grown Honeybells
are going to be fantastic this season as always in January.
Rest assured, my packing team and I will be put an extra
measure of care into every gift box we ship for you this holiday
season. Just sit back, relax and wait for the happy "thank
That's all for now and may God Bless you with the gift of
July 1 , 2015 Update:
Crop Report: Our Georgia
Chin Drip'n Peaches harvest has begun and as always they
are gorgeous as usual. We are still shipping a limited quantity
of Red Grapefruit,
and Valencia Oranges
weekly from Fort Pierce but our Georgia
Chin Drip'n Peaches are the main focus right now. The
grove looks great and as you can see in the picture to the
right, Matt Schorner's citrus trees he planted in October
2013 are growing beautifully.
For those of you who are locals or visitors traveling to
Al's Family Farms be aware that our gift shop and citrus store
re-locates to Al's Red Barn Grill (our little Red Barn) each
summer from June - October. It's right across the driveway
from the Big Red Barn. We still have all your favorites- fresh-Squeezed
juice, honey, jams, gift items, plus seedless watermelons,
vine-ripe tomatoes, and Georgia Peaches. I look forward to
seeing you there!