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UPDATED: July 11, 2022

CROP REPORT
by Jeff Schorner, owner

Florida Peaches

 

 

Chin Drip'nTM Peaches

July 11th, 2022 Crop Update:

 Matt and I have been working on our trees and getting ready to plant more new trees. The days in the grove are long and hot but all the hard work is worth it when the delicious fruit or our labor is finally ripe and ready to enjoy beginning in October. FYI- This summer's GEORGIA PEACH crop is AMAZING!

Georgia Chin Drip'nTM Peaches are world famous and are now shipping weekly through July. We only ship the very best! Large, juicy-sweet "Freestone" varieties are available from Father's Day in June through early August if we don't sell out first. We guarantee them to be the finest peaches grown anywhere in the world. Chin Drip'n Peaches from Al's are a special, healthful treat your family and friends won't soon forget.

 

 

May 15th, 2022 Crop Update:

  • Florida PEACH Harvest started slower than expected, but it is steady so please be patient. We'll keep shipping them in order, first ordered/first out, right on thru Mid-late May or until every peach order is shipped out.
  • Georgia Grown VIDALIA ONIONS are nearly sold out!
  • Florida VALENCIA ORANGES are available thru May 17th
  • Georgia PEACH Shipping begins in Mid-June.

    More Details Below...
Al's Valencia Crop 2020
Al's locally grown, Valencia Oranges
 
 

The Florida Citrus season ends in a few days. Good news- we're still harvesting and shipping the world's finest, sweet, juicy Valencia Oranges for a few more days. Valencias spend more time on the tree than any other variety and wow are they making some incredible juice for our store.

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Now Shipping-
Fresh Florida Valencias
!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGIA IS NEXT!!!

What’s happening right now?

Vidalia Sweet Onions
Al's Vidalia Onions

Vidalia Sweet Onions are almost sold out!

 

Florida Peaches
Chin Drip'nTM Peaches

Georgia Chin Drip'nTM Peaches are world famous and should be ready for shipping around mid-June. Our freestone Georgia peaches typically ripen by Father's Day. We only ship the very best. These are the finest peaches grown anywhere in the world. Chin Drip'n Peaches are a special, healthful treat your family and friends won't soon forget.

 

 

 

Although we’ve been shipping, Chin Drip’n Georgia Peaches in July for over 20 years, we typically sell Florida peaches in our store from March through early May. Due to the later ripening schedule we should still have Florida Peaches in our store until the end of May.

Georgia Peaches are always fantastic by Father's Day in June right through early August. Can't wait? Let us know if you hate to wait and want them ASAP we may be able to ship you some cling Georgia Peaches as early as June 10th. Note- Our Freestones are ripe and ready about two weeks later.

 

Florida Peaches
Florida Peaches

Locally grown, Florida Peaches are still available in our store and we have already shipped the majority out on a "First ordered/First Out" basis but to be completely honest, I have to apologize. This year's Florida peach harvest is going way to slower than we had forecast. Normally I like to have everyone's peaches shipped out by the first week of May so it's frustrating to say the least that many of you are calling to check on your Florida Peach order. Although we're almost done, we still have a few more Florida Peach orders to ship and we won't quit until they're all out. Keep in mind, we can only ship them two times per week as they ripen up.

Florida Peaches are unique in that they actually ripen a full month earlier than peaches grown anywhere else in the world. Although petite in size,  snack sized, Florida Peaches are just as high in sugar content as their more famous, Chin Drip’n Georgia Peach cousins.

 We’re thankful for your loyal patronage the last 43 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 43 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,

  

P.S. Everyone knows oranges, grapefruit and tangerines are loaded with healthful Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Other fruits and vegetables, even honey all contribute to good health. Eat healthy, taking good care of your body and it will take care of you. (We’ve added health links below and to our online crop report to help you better understand the research into how citrus plays an important role in strengthening your immune system so you can stay healthy the natural way.

Links on 7 health benefits of eating citrus; latest fruit and vegetable food safety research from Purdue University Healthline - 7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus Fruit

 

 

April 26th, 2022 Crop Update:

  • Florida PEACH Harvest started slower than expected, but it is steady so please be patient. We'll keep shipping them in order, first ordered/first out, right on thru Mid-late May or until every peach order is shipped out.
  • Georgia Grown VIDALIA ONIONS begin shipping May 4th.
  • Florida VALENCIA ORANGES are available thru May 15th
    (FREE SHIPPING on Mega-Trays Extended thru Mon, May 2nd).
  • Georgia PEACH Shipping begins in Mid-June.

    More Details Below...
Al's Valencia Crop 2020
Al's locally grown, Valencia Oranges
 
 

It's late Spring here in Fort Pierce, Florida and we're still harvesting and shipping the world's finest, sweet, juicy Valencia Oranges for a few more weeks. Valencias spend more time on the tree than any other variety and wow are they making some incredible juice for our store. Don't miss out!...our FREE SHIPPING Special on Al's Mega-Trays extended thru May 2nd.

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Now Shipping-
Fresh Florida Valencias
!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGIA IS NEXT!!!

What’s happening right now?

Vidalia Sweet Onions
Al's Vidalia Onions

Vidalia Sweet Onions will be ready next week!
Sharon, Matt, Mae (Matt's wife) and I will drive up to Vidalia, Georgia this Sunday after church. My friend Randall is getting ready to harvest his very best onions especially for us this weekend. We will load our truck with a heavy load and haul them back to our Fort Pierce packinghouse so we can personally pack them for you all on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hopefully many of you will have them in time for Mother's Day! We'll have plenty of  fresh Vidalia Onions in our store and the Red Barn Grill so you locals don't have to wait for a shipment to arrive.

 

Florida Peaches
Chin Drip'nTM Peaches

Georgia Chin Drip'nTM Peaches are world famous and should be ready for shipping around mid-June. Our freestone Georgia peaches typically ripen by Father's Day. We only ship the very best. These are the finest peaches grown anywhere in the world. Chin Drip'n Peaches are a special, healthful treat your family and friends won't soon forget.

 

 

 

Although we’ve been shipping, Chin Drip’n Georgia Peaches in July for over 20 years, we typically sell Florida peaches in our store from March through early May.

Georgia Peaches are always fantastic by Father's Day in June right through early August. Can't wait? Let us know if you hate to wait and want them ASAP we may be able to ship you some cling Georgia Peaches as early as June 10th. Note- Our Freestones are ripe and ready about two weeks later.

 

Florida Peaches
Florida Peaches

Locally grown, Florida Peaches are still available in our store and we have begun shipping them out on a "First ordered/First Out" basis but to be completely honest, I have to apologize. This year's Florida peach harvest is going way to slower than we had forecast. Normally I like to have everyone's peaches shipped out by the end of this week so it's frustrating to say the least that many of you are calling to check on your Florida Peach order. Unfortunately we can only ship them out as they slowly ripen up every other day.

Florida Peaches are unique in that they actually ripen a full month earlier than peaches grown anywhere else in the world. Although petite in size,  snack sized, Florida Peaches are just as high in sugar content as their more famous, Chin Drip’n Georgia Peach cousins.

 We’re thankful for your loyal patronage the last 43 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 43 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,

  

P.S. Everyone knows oranges, grapefruit and tangerines are loaded with healthful Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Other fruits and vegetables, even honey all contribute to good health. Eat healthy, taking good care of your body and it will take care of you. (We’ve added health links below and to our online crop report to help you better understand the research into how citrus plays an important role in strengthening your immune system so you can stay healthy the natural way.

Links on 7 health benefits of eating citrus; latest fruit and vegetable food safety research from Purdue University Healthline - 7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus Fruit

 

 

 

April 4th, 2022 Crop Update

Al's Valencia Crop 2020
Al's Valencia Oranges
Al's Spring Brochure
Online Eastertime Brochure

Wow, can you believe Easter is just around the corner (April 17th)? Right now our citrus trees are still in bloom so there's no mistaking it’s springtime in the grove. We've already began harvesting and shipping sweet, juicy Valencia Oranges along with our world famous Ruby Red Grapefruit. Valencias spend more time on the tree than any other variety and wow are they making some incredible juice for our store.

Click here for FREE SHIPPING on Easter Mega-Tray and ALL Al's Mega-Trays

Our 2022 crop of "heirloom Temple Oranges has been one of best in years but we are selling out fast so it's LAST CALL for Temple OrangesTemples are actually a Tangor- Half Orange/Half Tangerine. This heirloom variety is sweet, juicy and easy to peel, They have an amazing flavor and aroma like no other.

Florida Peaches
Florida Peaches

What’s happening right now? Locally grown, Florida Peaches are once again available in our store and we'll start shipping them by mid-late April! What makes them so special? Our 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 just the forth season shipping locally grown, Florida Peaches! Try a box and see for yourself why we constantly sell out of them in our store.

We’re thankful for your loyal patronage the last 43 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 43 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,

  

P.S. Everyone knows oranges, grapefruit and tangerines are loaded with healthful Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Other fruits and vegetables, even honey all contribute to good health. Eat healthy, taking good care of your body and it will take care of you. (We’ve added health links below and to our online crop report to help you better understand the research into how citrus plays an important role in strengthening your immune system so you can stay healthy the natural way.

Links on 7 health benefits of eating citrus; latest fruit and vegetable food safety research from Purdue University Healthline - 7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus Fruit

 

March 14, 2022 Crop Update

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Heirloom Temples and Florida Honeybells are an amazing Combo On Sale Now for a limited time! 

The Late Bloom, Florida Honeybell Harvest ends in a few more days! Get them while you can.
Frequently asked questions here lately are:
1) Are the heirloom, Temples still available for shipping?
2) Have you begun shipping any "late bloom" Florida HONEYBELLS yet?
Answers: YES, If you're new to this time of year at Al's, we are currently shipping Temple OrangesRuby Red Grapefruit, and yes we are picking later blooming Florida Honeybells for a few more days. We begin shipping Valencia Oranges next week.

Super-sweet Florida Peaches are back in our Fort Pierce store!
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Here's Matt checking the 2022 Temple Orange crop.
As with most growers, Temples are definitely his favorite variety!
Temple Oranges are available now! Next up- Valencia Oranges.

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All those later orders for first bloom, Florida Honeybell shipments were sent out in late February, even those we had been holding to freeze points. This winter's brutal cold was stubborn in places like Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Even some northern most points in the eastern U.S. were below 15 degrees at night for weeks on end. Happily a small break in the weather occurred and we got them all shipped out.

Although we're a small, family farm, we're big hearted and very passionate about what we do!
Unlike Amazon, we can only go as fast as fruit maturity, quality and careful packing allows.

FYI-  Good News- We're all caught up so we're now shipping within a day or so of your order!
Keep in mind at this time of year we begin visiting certain groves one time per week so if a particular variety you ordered doesn't go out the same week it will go the following week as soon as we harvest that particular grove.

 

February 26, 2022 Crop Update

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Heirloom Temples and Florida Navels are an amazing Combo On Sale Now! 

"Navels Are Still Fantastic...The Late Bloom, Florida Honeybell Harvest has just begun!" Yes this is an incredible FLORIDA NAVEL Orange season and YES we are still shipping Navels for the next 10 days! By far the best crop we've had in over a decade. We're on our last 2 rows of Navel trees so order now. Frequently asked questions here lately are: 1) Are the heirloom, Temples available for shipping? And, 2) Have you begun shipping the 2nd bloom Florida HONEYBELLS yet?
Answers: YES, If you're new to this time of year at Al's, we are currently shipping  Navels, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Temple Oranges and 2nd bloom Florida Honeybells every day except Sunday.
Here's Matt checking the Temple Orange crop. As with most growers, Temples are definitely his favorite variety! 
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Here's Matt checking his favorite variety- Heirloom Temple Oranges!

Navels
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We are now completing all the first bloom, Florida Honeybell shipments.

Although we're a small, family business, we're big hearted and very passionate about what we do! Since Covid became a factor, people continue to ship more citrus then usual so we're harvesting, washing, sorting and packing orders every day except Sunday. It's a long day that typically runs from 8:30 am - 8:30 pm.

Unlike Amazon, we can only go as fast as fruit quality and careful packing allows.

FYI-  Good News- Navel oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit are amazing now and all available for shipping within a day or so of your order!
Temple Oranges are February's Variety of the Month!

Click here for January 29th Honeybell Shipping & Weather Update

 

 

January 31, 2022 Crop Update

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Glory Orris and Florida Navels are an amazing Combo On Sale Now! 

Yes this is an incredible FLORIDA NAVEL Orange season and YES we are still shipping Navels! By far the best crop we've had in over a decade. We're on our last 5 rows of Navel trees so order now. Frequently asked questions here lately are: 1) Are those sensational, new, Glory Orris still available for shipping? And, 2) When may we expect to receive the Honeybells?
Answers: YES, If you're new to Glory Orris they're our newest, amazing, super-sweet & juicy, easy-peeling, seedless Mandarin Oranges. Can you tell we are extremely proud of them? Glory Orris are a huge hit in our store and are in their prime for shipping now through January.
We are currently shipping  Navels, Glory Orris,and Ruby Red Grapefruit every day except Sunday. Here's Matt checking the Temple Orange crop last week. As with most growers, Temples are definitely his favorite variety! 
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Navels
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Waiting, waiting, and waiting on the Honeybells! We are just completing all the Honeybell shipments for those of you who ordered them early (On or before Thanksgiving). For those of you who ordered after Thanksgiving we are waiting on some of our Honeybell crops to naturally color in this most recent cool snap. Please BE PATIENT as we simply cannot rush nature and need to ship Honeybell orders first in first out. Rest assured, my son Matt and I are out checking the Honeybell crops everyday and we'll keep you updated as the harvest ramps up. Again, please be patient, we must remind you we are a small family farm.

Although we're a small, family business, we're big hearted and very passionate about what we do! With Covid still a factor, people continue to ship more citrus then usual so we're harvesting, washing, sorting and packing orders every day except Sunday. It's a long day that typically runs from 7:30 am - 8:30 pm. The next group will be those who ordered on or before Dec. 10. This is a particularly slow ripening crop so we probably won't be all caught up until mid to late February.

For faster turnaround (we often ship the same week you order) choose Navels, Glory Orris and Ruby Red grapefruit. They are all ripe and ready to harvest, pack and ship, no waiting. Different varieties ripen at different times. We know you want your fruit early, but you don't want "early" fruit so we have to let them ripen first, then 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.

FYI-  Good News- If you need fruit faster- Local Navel oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Glory Orri's are amazing now and all available for shipping within a day or so of your order!
Next Up- Temple Oranges are February's Variety of the Month!

Click here for January 29th Honeybell Shipping & Weather Update

 

December 16, 2021 Update:

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You still have time to send  a gift box of Al's sweet-delicious, seedless Navel Oranges in time for Christmas!!
 
VIDEO: Sizing the Navel Oranges for Christmas shipping.
Al's Family Farms 2018-19 Catalog

Packinghouse Report- If you haven't yet done so, its not too late! 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 so my harvesters are able to pick fresh fruit each day. 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 (view card) 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 Saturday this year, we're going to KEEP ON PICKING & SHIPPING FRUIT THRU MONDAY, 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, 

  

Al's Family Farms Store
Hooray! The Fall 2021 Citrus Harvest has begun! Navels, Ruby Reds and Tangerines are available now in the store.

Al's Family Farms citrus store is open

 

November 4, 2021 Update:

imagesCA3CZNAK Navel with blossoms.jpg (10 KB)Welcome back to our 44th 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. Our local navel crop is fantastic, best I've seen in 10 years. Grapefruit are good to go now too. I'm so proud of the the team who worked so hard in the grove. 

Al's Citrus Store has reopened for the season. We're open with Al's fresh squeezed juice and fresh, local citrus. We're already picking Red Navels , Ruby Reds , Sunshine Tangerines and Navels for both our store and for shipping. Our customers are happy as they simply couldn'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 6 to get the extra FREE 8 oz. jar of Orange Blossom Honey just for ordering early.

 

The Citrus Club<small><sup>®</sup></small>

 

 

September 17, 2021 Update:

imagesCA3CZNAK Navel with blossoms.jpg (10 KB)Welcome back to our 44th 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. Our local navel crop looks better than I've seen in many years. I'm so proud of the the team who worked so hard in the grove. Matt and I tested a grapefruit this week and although not fully ripe yet we  ate the whole thing. We've missed them and can't wait to once again eat a fresh grapefruit right off the tree everyday.  

Something New: Al's Citrus Store Reopens one week earlier than usual this year
... We have some fruit ripening early enough to go ahead and get started making fresh squeezed juice again. Our local customers are "chomping at the bit" for juice so we are going to have a little "Celebrate Fall at the Red Barn" on the grounds on Saturday Oct. 23 to kickoff the new citrus season. If you are close enough to visit, we'll have early ripening, Navels, Tangerines and Grapefruit available in our store and pumpkins next to the grill too. You'll get to meet "Dooley Dog", that's Matt and Mae's new Labrador puppy.  Matt will be giving hay rides on "Suzie" and they'll be face painting and snacks for the kids. 

For those of you who need delivery we will be picking  Navels , Ruby Reds , Sunshine Tangerines and Navels by Nov. 3rd for shipping for 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.

 

The Citrus Club<small><sup>®</sup></small>

 

March 21, 2021 Crop Update

Al's Valencia Crop 2020
Al's Valencia Oranges
Al's Spring Brochure
Online Eastertime Brochure

Wow, can you believe Easter is just around the corner (April 4th)? Right now our citrus trees are in full bloom so there's no mistaking it’s springtime in the grove. We've already began harvesting and shipping sweet, juicy Valencia Oranges along with our world famous Ruby Red Grapefruit. Valencias spend more time on the tree than any other variety and wow are they making some incredible juice for our store.

Click here for FREE SHIPPING on Easter Mega-Tray

Our 2021 crop of "heirloom Temple Oranges has been one of best in years but we are selling out fast so it's LAST CALL for Temple Oranges. Temples are actually a Tangor- Half Orange/Half Tangerine. This heirloom variety is sweet, juicy and easy to peel, They have an amazing flavor and aroma like no other.

Florida Peaches
Florida Peaches

What’s happening right now? Locally grown, Florida Peaches grown right here in Fort Pierce should be available once again available in our store soon! What makes them so special? Our 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 just the forth season shipping locally grown, Florida Peaches! Try a box and see for yourself why we constantly sell out of them in our store.

We’re thankful for your loyal patronage the last 43 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 43 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,

  

P.S. Throughout the coronavirus outbreak our customers have been letting us know how grateful they are that we can ship so many items that help boost the body’s natural immune system directly to their homes and their loved ones. Everyone knows oranges, grapefruit and tangerines are loaded with healthful Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Other fruits and vegetables, even honey all contribute to good health. Eat healthy, taking good care of your body and it will take care of you. (We’ve added health links below and to our online crop report to help you better understand the research into how citrus plays an important role in strengthening your immune system.

 Links on 7 health benefits of eating citrus; latest fruit and vegetable food safety research from Purdue University (CDC info- no foodborne transmission). 

Healthline - 7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus Fruit

 

Vegetable Growers News - COVID-19 is not foodborne or food-transmitted, Purdue specialist says

February 11, 2021 Crop Update

Click to view Crop Update Postcard

Current FAQ's- What varieties are still in season?...Can we still get Florida Honeybells?...What's next? February is TEMPLE TIME! Florida's most flavorful, "Heirloom" eating orange is shipping now! Did the rest of the Florida Honeybells ever ripen up? Yes ... a few keep ripening up each week.

My son Matt's addicted to Temple Oranges! (They're actually a Tangor- Half Orange/Half Tangerine) Like all growers, he's a big Temple fan who raves about their incredible aroma and amazing, full bodied flavor. He is constantly "reintroducing" our store customers to this ol' time, Florida favorite. It's zipper skin makes it a delight to peel and eat out of hand or squeeze into incredible juice.

Florida Honeybell Update-We finished shipping "J" (January) and "LJ" (late Jan-early Feb) dated Florida Honeybell packages. By the time you receive this mail we should have completed "F" (February) dated packages as well. We've reopened Honeybells for limited ordering. We'll keep clipping them as they ripen 'til they're gone.
*Please keep in mind the U.S. is currently experiencing record cold temps in February that have delayed some shipments to affected areas.

Valencia Oranges are ready early! They're the world's most popular juice orange. Florida is renowned for growing the juiciest and sweetest Valencias, literally bursting with rich, golden juice. They're also terrific sliced in cool, fruit salads. We typically ship Valencias from late February right on into June.

February is NATIONAL GRAPEFRUIT MONTH! Now is when our locally grown, Indian River Ruby Red Grapefruit reach their absolute prime of juicy goodness.

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

 

 

February 1, 2021 Crop Update

I must say we are feeling a bit relieved to report that most of our "J" (January dated) honeybell packages have already been shipped or will be shipped out within the next 3 days. This has definitely been the lightest crop I've seen since the 2004 hurricanes but we are so blessed to have had some nice honeybells ripening up each day as we continue getting all the reserved shipments out. 

FYI- If you created an account on our website you can always check the status of your order by clicking on 'View Order Status' or call us at 800-544-3366 and we can check it for you by phone as well.

February is when Temple Oranges steal the show with their zipper skins and tangy-sweet 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. We just picked the first bins of Temple Oranges yesterday and we are running them this morning. Temples are my Matt and my favorite orange. (Most growers love Temples best!)  We'll continue to pack Glory Orri, Mandarin Oranges as they ripen up and of course our Ruby Red Grapefruit just get sweeter by the day. It's OK to order Valencia Oranges now for those of you who love to squeeze your own O.J. We should be able to begin harvesting some 


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P.O. Box 650808
Vero Beach, FL 32965
 
Local:  (772) 460-0556
Fax:  (772) 466-5826
Customer Service:  (888) 617-6703
Store Closed Sundays
 
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