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UPDATED: October 27, 2018

CROP REPORT
by Jeff Schorner, owner

October 27, 2018 Update:

imagesCA3CZNAK Navel with blossoms.jpg (10 KB)Welcome back to our 41st CITRUS SEASON and thanks for choosing Al's Family Farms! God's goodness is so evident in our groves as once again as we had another terrific growing season. The trees look better than I've seen in many years. Like I always say—when trees are healthy the fruit reflects it and I'm so proud of my sons Brad and Matt (you too Mr. Ray) who worked so hard in our grove.
Al's Citrus Store Reopens Nov. 1... with fresh squeezed juice and fresh, local citrus. We will be picking Red Navels , Ruby Reds , Sunshine Tangerines and Navels  Nov. 10th for shipping to those of you who simply can't wait any longer for the taste of Al's fresh, Indian River Citrus. Keep in mind Thanksgiving through Christmas is when our Indian River Navels really reach their peak of ripeness. Look for those super-juicy Honeybells to come in right after Christmas.

Club members can expect to receive the first box by mid-November but be sure to renew by November 5 to get the extra FREE 8 oz. jar of Orange Blossom Honey just for ordering early.

 

September 1, 2018

September and October are warm and rainy here in Florida. Great weather if you are a plant...but you will still find us toughing it out in the heat, mowing and care-taking the next citrus crop. Grove work is hard but we wanted to take time out to thank you for your loyal patronage. This year's fruit crop is looking wonderful, just can't wait to share it with you.

Note to Previous Customers: If you were wondering when...Your Al's Family Farms 2018 Citrus Club invitation usually arrives in the mail by mid-late September. New 2018 Al's Catalogs and Gift Lists should arrive by late October. Thank you for another great citrus season!

That's it for now, we appreciate your business and may God Bless you with the gift of health,

 Jeff 

 

Crop Update 5/1/2018

Vidalia Sweet Onions
Genuine Vidalia Sweet Onions

Vidalia Onion shipping from Georgia begins May 7th! Yes, its that time of year again, when my family travels to Vidalia, GA to personally grade and pack your Vidalia Sweet Onions. I spoke to the farm yesterday and they believe the sugar levels will be the highest the week of May 7th. If you haven't yet done so, don't miss out on the sweetest onions on the planet.

Florida Peaches have really stolen the show in our gift shop as everyone who tastes them buys them! Sharon and I eat them for dessert each night and we literally have to have a paper towel in our hand as the sweet juice rolls down our chin. This is the first year Al's has shipped our locally grown peaches to our customers so if you'd like to try some don't delay- I am guessing peach shipping will end within the next 10 days. What a perfect gift to send Mom for Mother's Day!

[Georgia Peach Lovers- Don't forget our Chin Drip'nTM Georgia Peaches start shipping in late June]

 

Crop Update 3/5/2018

Our weather has been warm and delightful over the last 3 weeks so our citrus trees have responded by bursting into full bloom. Warm temps have ripened our Valencias a bit earlier than last season so we’re already squeezing them for fresh-squeezed juice and just started shipping Valencias this week. Our super-rare, Unique Oranges are fully tree-ripened and fabulous right now. Keep in mind since Uniques (aka Ortaniques) are the rarest orange in Florida, we always sell out fast. I am hoping to hold enough Uniques on the trees to make it thru March.

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Florida Peach

What’s New this Spring? Locally grown, Florida Peaches! What makes them so special? Our locally grown, Florida Peaches ripen a full month earlier than peaches grown anywhere else in the world. Although petite in size, Florida peaches are actually higher in sugar content. We’ve been shipping, Chin Drip’n Georgia Peaches in July for over 20 years, but this is the first time we’ve ever shipped locally grown, Florida Peaches! Try a box and see for yourself why we constantly sell out of them in our Fort Pierce store.

We’re thankful for your loyal patronage the last 40 years. It’s been a privilege to grow, pack and ship Florida’s finest gift fruit to you for generations. We believe in good ol’ fashioned hard work with a genuine passion for quality. It’s our family’s 40 year tradition to carefully select, hand-pack and ship Indian River citrus grown mostly right here in our beloved Vero - Ft. Pierce area groves.

May God bless you with the gift of health,

  


Crop Update 2/16/2018

The blooms about to begin as Spring-like weather arrives early at Al's. Here is our latest Crop update...

February is when Temple Tangerines steal the show with their zipper skins and sweet-tangy flavor. Temples are also known as the "Queen of the Crop". They are every grower's favorite since they're easy to peel with an incredible aroma and rich, full bodied flavor.

Mid February - March are peak times to enjoy our rarest variety- "Unique Oranges" aka Ortaniques. What’s a Unique? Just as Honeybells resulted from combining a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan grapefruit, Uniques resulted from combining wild, Jamaican Tangerines with a Mandarin Sweet Orange. The resulting fruit is very similar and just as fabulous. The Unique Orange's deep orange color and exquisite, super-sweet flavor has no rival.

EMAIL SPECIAL- $7 Savings! Now is the only time of year you can enjoy both of February's finest, Florida varieties at the same time, and TAKE $7 OFF  Unique & Temple Combo. This customized, 1/2 Bushel (2 tray) box comes packed with one tray of premium-sized, Unique Oranges plus one tray of Temple Tangerines in the same carton. It's the perfect way to celebrate both best selling fruits in one convenient package. 

 Great News- February is National Grapefruit Month and our Indian River, Ruby Red Grapefruit are still going strong!

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Crop Update 01/21/2018

Honeybell packing and shipping began as soon as the fruit reached its peak of ripeness. I'm pleased the harvesting and packing are going so smoothly. Despite having to time arrivals to bypass two powerful Arctic cold blasts, I am happy to report that all first Honeybell packages are out for anyone who ordered Honeybells Early & Late. We have nearly completed packing and shipping honeybell orders received on or before December 15 and are moving on to orders placed after December 15. We typically get all caught up the last week of January. "LJ" (Late January) orders ship in the last week of January for February arrival. I know you want your fruit early but you don't want "early" fruit so we let them ripen first, them ship as quickly as a small family farm can without compromising on quality. Unlike Amazon, we can only go as fast as fruit quality and careful packing allows.

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FYI- Honeybell season is going to be shorter than normal this year thanks to Hurricane Irma who didn't do us any favors. Her 100 + mph winds knocked a percentage of honeybells off the trees in September so supplies statewide are low. If you wish to order Al's Florida Honeybells please do not delay...They will sell out fast!

 

Last call for Navel Oranges... It's so early this year. I am already on my last two rows of navel trees in the grove so just wanted to warn our navel lovers.. Not a sure thing yet but I'm hoping to have enough navels on tree to get through this week's navel orders. FYI - Temples and Unique Oranges will be ready to harvest soon . 

 

Crop Update 12/28/2017

I have been reading the comment cards from December's shipments and am so pleased with how much everyone loved their fruit. Our crop of  Navel Oranges are so sweet and in high demand , I estimate we will have picked and packed them all by January 20th this year. That means navel lovers should be sure and order your supply now, as they end two weeks sooner then last year. Both the Ruby Red Grapefruit and Navel & Ruby Mixed packages have received great praise from holiday recipients. I am out checking the  Honeybells today running tests and they are ripening nicely withgood sugar content. We will clip a few today for the store and I will update you on when they are ripe enough to start shipping.

Note: Although our temps here in Florida are in the mid-70's most folks in states to our north are experiencing extremely cold weather right now. I checked the forecast and it appears there is a little relief in sight in about 10 days. Those of you in the mid-west and upper tier of states are so cold right now that we are waiting until temps warm up just a tad to send fruit into your area. 

That's all for now and may God bless you with the gift of health,

 

 

 

Crop Update 12/17/2017

Packinghouse Update:  It's still not too late...We had a great day of packing yesterday. Our plan is to keep on picking, packing and shipping orders through Dec. 19th. Next week's weather forecast for the mid-west and east still looks good with no extreme cold expected so fruit should arrive in great shape. Our holiday crop of  Navel OrangesRuby Red Grapefruit and Navel & Ruby Mixed are very sweet and the grapefruit have been fantastic. This year's Honeybells are ripening nicely and my tests are reading good sugar content. Of course, "Honeybells for the Holiday" are still the best last minute gift as they naturally don't arrive until January. 

IF YOU'VE NOT YET DONE SO, it's still not too late to place Christmas gift orders for arrival "Christmas week", to most points in the East. Many are likely to arrive in time for Christmas to southeast and mid-eastern destinations of the U.S.
Extra Great News- We mail each of your gift recipients A FREE, FIRST CLASS GIFT ANNOUNCEMENT letting them know your precious fruit gift is on its way! 

Crop Update 12/16/2017

Paused to snap a photo of our ladies carefully gift packing sweet, local Navels, and Grapefruit at Al's...so grateful for good fruit and their hard work. 

Packinghouse Update: I am happy to report Al's is running smoothly at the packinghouse so our plan is to pick, pack and ship orders everyday now through Dec. 19th. Next week's weather forecast for the mid-west and east looks good with no extreme cold expected so fruit should arrive in great shape. Our holiday crop of Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Navel & Ruby Mixed are very sweet with good color and the grapefruit have been fantastic. This year's Honeybells are ripening nicely and my tests are reading good sugar content. Of course, "Honeybells for the Holiday" are still the best last minute gift as they naturally don't arrive until January. IF YOU'VE NOT YET DONE SO, it's still not too late to place Christmas gift orders for arrival "Christmas week", to most points in the East. Your orders are very likely to arrive in time for Christmas to destinations in the Eastern U.S.

That's all for now and may God bless you with the gift of health,

 

 

Crop Update 11/15/2017

It's an exciting week at Al's Family Farms as we begin gift shipping Citrus Club and Thanksgiving packages! The Navels and Ruby Red Grapefruit are increasing in sugar content each day...

NavelsRuby Reds, and Sunshine Tangerines are all available in our store and today we are adding Pumelos too. Keep in mind Thanksgiving through Christmas is when our Indian River Navels really reach their peak of ripeness. Look for those super-juicy Honeybells to come in January.

This season I am doing short crop videos from the grove from time to time to keep you updated...
11/09/2017 Navel Crop Video on Facebook. If you prefer, you may be able to view some of them on Youtube as well by clicking the "Videos" link on our website.

That's all for now and may God bless you with the gift of health,

 

Crop Update 11/3/2017

Enjoyed a beautiful morning inspecting our Navel Orange crop on Wednesday, November 1st. I was thrilled to see how vigorous the trees looked and how well the fruit was beginning to break color as the shipping season rapidly approaches.  
November 1, 2017 Navel Orange Crop Report; Facebook Video

The store is back open again for the season with our signature fresh squeezed Navel Orange juice, Red Grapefruit, Sunshine Tangerines of course, those seedless, Navel Oranges. Sharon made 15 flavors of fresh fudge too. 

That's all for now and may God bless you with the gift of health,

 Crop Update 10/28/2017

 Brad and I kicked off the new citrus season yesterday by heading out to the grove with Felix and harvesting fresh Navels, Grapefruit and Juice Oranges. Santi and Cat squeezed our fresh juice today and it was so good I had to bring a quart home for Sharon, very sweet.  She made fresh fudge all day! I am impressed with the navels for so early in the season and I'm proud to open the store on Monday Oct. 30, with fruit and juice of this quality. We will back out picking again on Monday.

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The years seem to go by so fast but yes, this year is special as it marks our 40th year since my Dad, Al, began shipping, Florida’s world famous, Indian River Citrus. Our navels and grapefruit should be ripe and ready to ship by Nov. 10.

The Citrus Club sign-up is in full swing on our website too.  If you want both a Free Box of Fruit and the bonus Free Honey, just be sure and place the club portion of your order by Nov. 6th.

 

Crop Update 10/16/2017

 The years seem to go by so fast but yes, this year is special as it marks our 40th year since my Dad, Al, began shipping, Florida’s world famous, Indian River Citrus. 

I have been busy testing sugar levels on oranges this week and am pleased that some orange varieties are testing 8-10% higher than last year at this time. Our juice oranges should be ripe enough to start squeezing fresh juice next week so we can reopen our store on Monday, October 30. Our navels and grapefruit should be ripe and ready to ship by Nov. 10.

FYI- You should have received The Citrus Club sign-up brochure by now and signup is underway on our website too.  If you want both a Free Box of Fruit and the bonus Free Honey, just be sure and place the club portion of your order by Nov. 6th.

 

 How did we fare after the storm?...

Honeybells came through the storm well!

Click here for 9/21/2017 Grove Video on Facebook.

 

 

9/21/17 Post: Last week’s high winds from Irma passing to our west had us all hunkered down at the Red Barn but we are thrilled to report our family is fine and there was No Damage to our historic Red Barn Packinghouse, Gift Shop, Office and Grill!  As soon as the winds subsided Matt, Sharon and I rode to our Fort Pierce grove to check the trees. We saw no downed trees and only minimal limb damage. Matt and  I estimated 20-25% of the fruit got blown to the ground, but considering we had a heavy crop to start with, losing some should increase the size of the remaining fruit. I spent all week inspecting our crops and am quite relieved to report there is still plenty of each delicious variety of fruit on the trees. Overall we are very thankful and blessed indeed...

That's all for now and may God bless you with the gift of health,


 

August 1, 2017

Thank you for another great citrus season! August, September and October are warm and rainy here in Florida. Great weather if you are a plant...but you will still find toughing it out in the heat, mowing and care-taking the next citrus crop. Grove works hard but we wanted to take a time out to thank you for your loyal patronage. This year's fruit crop is looking wonderful, just can't wait to share it with you.

That's it for now, we appreciate your business and may God Bless you with the gift of health this summer,

Jeff 

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June 20, 2017 Update:

We will continue shipping beautiful juicy-sweet Florida Valencia Oranges for a few more weeks.

What's coming into its prime but in short supply this year? Right now it's our Georgia Chin Drip'n Peaches shipped direct from the orchard! 

That's it for now, and may God Bless you with the gift of health this summer

05/10/2017 Update- Last Call For Grapefruit! We are now picking and packing our last 3 rows of grapefruit trees in Fort Pierce. We will finish them today, tomorrow and Friday. I peeled one yesterday and it ate just like an orange, sweet and juicy! Sorry to rush you but all grapefruit orders must be in by Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. or you'll have to wait 'til next November to enjoy more Indian River, Ruby Red Grapefruit. I extended the free shipping offer on Mega-Trays thru the grapefruit deadline.

Attention Juice Orange Lovers- We will continue shipping juicy-sweet Florida Valencia Oranges into June.

I have been shipping our own private stock of Genuine Vidalia Onions from Georgia for over 30 years but this is the best quality onion I've seen in a decade. My wife Sharon prepared us french onion soup Monday night and baked onion rings last night. They're truly awesome but going fast so if you haven't yet done so, its not too late to order our famous onions before they're all gone.

Georgia Chin Drip'n Peaches will ship only in mid-July this year as the crop is very short due to a late spring freeze! One of our peach varieties bloomed later and did well but the supply is extremely limited.

 

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Clipping Honeybells with Brad on a beautiful day.
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My oldest son Brad testing for sugar in the Honeybells

04/07/2017 Update- The bloom is still 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...

03/04/2017 Update- About 7 rows of trees are all that's left to harvest in the honeybell grove so I felt it was wise to pause taking Honebell orders for the moment until we are sure everyone who recently ordered has their fruit picked, packed and shipped. Once we are caught up if I see any unharvested trees still remain in the grove I will open up the honeybells on the website again until the grove is finished. We should know right where we stand on remaining fruit by Tuesday. (Some folks actually call us at 1-800-544-3366 and ask to be added to the Honeybell "wishlist" in case fruit is still available.)  Temples, Uniques and Ruby Reds are fabulous right now and we begin harvesting Valencia Oranges this week.

02/25/2017 Update- HONEYBELLS in Late February - early March?  Yes! Last Spring's record rainfall produced a special later blooming, Honeybell that is amazingly good right now. They are firm and sweet but since we only have them in one very small grove the supply is very limited. Temples are in their prime and Unique Oranges are just coming on strong now.

02/13/2017 Update- We are now steadily clipping and shipping Honeybells dated for February arrival as well as Temple Oranges aka Royal Mandarins and Ruby Red Grapefruit. All is well in the groves... 

02/01/2017 Update- A record warm winter makes you realize how much depends on the weather and thankfully we have just experienced a 3 night cool snap, our coolest temps of the so called "Winter" so far. Honeybells love cool weather and respond by brightening their peel from yellow to orange. Cool temps are also vital for bud induction (orange blossom production) for next year's crop. We are still carefully and slowing clipping your gift fruit based on color and size as it normally takes about a week after the cold to really show the full affect.  The "LJ" dated (Late January) orders are packing and shipping daily now except on Sunday and we are so grateful for your patience, as we know you are eager to get those juicy Honeybells. 

FYI- Zipper-skinned, Temple Oranges are tasting better every day so we will begin harvesting them later this week.

01/23/2017 Update- We did receive the cool temperatures mentioned below but it only lasted about 3 days before springlike conditions returned. Those cool nights were a big help in maturing the fruit and breaking the color but we still needed more cold nights to really be able to harvest at a normal pace. Right now we are still selecting fruit to clip based on color and a honeybell's natural orange color is enhanced by cool temps. Good news...A big cold front is just passing through today and cooler temps are expected.

1/11/2017 Update- Cold weather arrived over the weekend and yesterday was our best day yet harvesting Honeybells. We clip them very carefully as they mature and pack them with care so please be patient. It takes Felix and my crew time to clip the very best fruit for you and Silvia and the packing team time to carefully pack each one with pride. The last two years the Honeybells have waited until mid-January to ripen up to my satisfaction but a prized gift is worth the wait...now we are going strong. It takes us about 2 1/2 weeks to get all the pre-orders packed. That's why we sent your recipients a gift announcement card telling them to expect their gift to arrive from mid-January thru early February. Now that the crop is in its prime we will pack hard every day except Sunday until everyone's fruit is shipped.

Common Question (FAQ): It's January so why don't I have my Honeybells yet?  That's the most common question we get on the phones each day when January arrives as folks await the arrival of our most asked for variety. Answer: It takes about 3 days after a good cold snap for Honeybells to turn orange and get really sweet. That event happened this past Sunday January 8th. Yesterday January 11, after Tuesday's rain out, was a beautiful day! My oldest son Brad, me and the crew clipped Honeybells from sun up 'til sun down. They're good and sweet now and I am proud to pack them but please keep this in mind- Al's is a small, family owned business with a small packinghouse and we can only pack so many packages in excellence each day. 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. The good news is they just get sweeter as the month progresses so please be patient.  We can't rush a cold snap and we can't rush packing you and your gift recipient's packages as we insist on maintaining the highest quality no matter what.

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".

By the way our NavelsRuby Reds and Navels and Ruby Red Grapefruit Mixed are incredibly delicious too as they also increase in sugar content each day.

That's all for now, and may God Bless you with the gift of health,

December 15, 2016 Update:

Matt's favorite orange since he was still a little guy? Honeybell
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Packinghouse Report- The ladies on the phones are staying busy as folks place their orders for Christmas and the Holidays, Everything is running smoothly in the packinghouse as we work like Santa's elves to be sure everyone's box of "Florida Sunshine" arrives by Christmas. The weather has been very cooperative throughout the harvest as it has been much drier compared to last year's rainy December. The Navels and Ruby Red Grapefruit are increasing in sugar content each day.

Honeybells 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 Sunday this year, we're going to KEEP ON PICKING & SHIPPING FRUIT THRU TUESDAY, DEC 20. All last minute orders also receive a FREE, First Class Gift Announcement notifying your recipients you ordered their gift and its on its way.

Honeybells 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 in early January 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, Merry Christmas, and may God Bless you with the gift of health, 

 

 

October 26, 2016 Update:

imagesCA3CZNAK Navel with blossoms.jpg (10 KB)Welcome back to our 39th CITRUS SEASON and thanks for choosing Al's Family Farms! God's goodness is so evident in our groves as once again as we had another terrific growing season. The trees look better than I've seen in many years. Like I always say—when trees are healthy the fruit reflects it and I'm so proud of my sons Brad and Matt (you too Mr. Ray) who worked so hard in our grove. Nov. 1 we will be picking  Red Navels , Ruby Reds , Sunshine Tangerines and Navels for our store and Nov. 6th for shipping to those of you who simply can't wait any longer for the taste of Al's fresh, Indian River Citrus. Keep in mind Thanksgiving through Christmas is when our Indian River Navels really reach their peak of ripeness. Look for those super-juicy Honeybells to come in right after Christmas.

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).

The Citrus Club
The Citrus Club®

That's all for now and may God Bless you with the gift of health,

 

October 11th Crop Update:

Welcome back to our 39th CITRUS SEASON and thanks for choosing Al’s Family Farms! Let me begin by expressing how grateful to God we are that Hurricane “Matthew” kept its fiercest winds well offshore in the Atlantic, passing 50 - 60 miles east of our southeast Florida groves. We really dodged a bullet, as our packinghouse never lost power for more than 10 minutes. Yes, it was still windy, with some pretty good gusts and 3 to 4 inches of rain, but nothing compared to what those north of us experienced. Having our crops spared allowed us to reflect on how blessed we truly are. Now we can shift our effort to helping those less fortunate, particularly those hit with the full impact of the storm down in Haiti, the Bahamas and to our north in the Carolinas. Below are just two organizations out of many that we know are well run, capable and committed to helping those in hour of need.

www.samaritanspurse.org Billy Graham's son Franklin leads this non-profit organization. They seem to always arrive first on the scene after tragedy strikes. Their volunteers and supplies are already helping Haiti and the Carolinas recover from Hurricane Matthew at this time.

www.missionaryflights.org This local, Ft. Pierce non-profit airline flies supplies to Haiti and Bahamas on DC3 airplanes a minimum of twice per week. As supplies are received they are now sending as many flights as they have fuel $ for! The need is huge in Haiti with over 1,000 dead and Colera an epidemic in the wake of a direct hit by Hurricane Matthew.

I’m proud of my sons and Mr. Ray, who work so hard in the groves all year. Yesterday I ate some early navels we picked for juice and shared a half a grapefruit with Brad. It disappeared quick! While Matt’s away at Florida Southern College, studying citrus and accounting, Brad will help cover for him. By November the Ruby Reds and Navels will both be fabulous and I can finally ship them to you. Thanksgiving through Christmas is when our Indian River Navels really reach their peak of ripeness. “Early” Navels, and Pummelos will be available in our gift shop by October 17. “Shipping quality” fruit should be ripe for picking in early November. Honeybells bloomed in March - early April so they will harvest in the usual time-frame, January through early February. 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 its 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). Thats 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).

The Citrus Club
The Citrus Club®

September 14th Update:

From what I'm cutting and tasting, everything seems to be ripening on time. We normally begin harvesting Navels and Grapefruit for Al’s store by the 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).

The Citrus Club
The Citrus Club®

 

June 16, 2016 Update:

We will continue shipping beautiful juicy-sweet Florida Valencia Oranges for a few more weeks.

What's coming into its prime? Right now it's our Georgia Chin Drip'n Peaches shipped direct from the orchard! You simply won't find better peaches anywhere at any price. Order now while the special 13 for the price of 9 is still running...

That's it for now, and may God Bless you with the gift of health this summer

 

May 14, 2016 Update:

Last Call For Grapefruit! Felix warned me we're down to our last three rows of grapefruit trees in the grove. That means all grapefruit orders must be in by Tuesday, May 17 or you'll have to wait 'til next November to enjoy more Indian River, Ruby Red Grapefruit.

We will continue shipping beautiful juicy-sweet Florida Valencia Oranges into early summer.

Our private stock of Genuine Vidalia Onions in Georgia is going fast so if you haven't yet done so, its not too late to order our famous onions.

Georgia Chin Drip'n Peaches make an awesome Father's Day gift!

Valencia OrangesMarch 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 in March.

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:

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TEMPLE ORANGES

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.

 

January 23 , 2016 Update:

HONEYBELLS 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 more.

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

Honeybells 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 more.

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