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UPDATED: November 11, 2022

CROP REPORT
by Jeff Schorner, owner

 

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November 11, 2022 Update: 

Spared Again!!! What a relief...Hurricane Nicole encountered some dry air from the south at landfall so our groves were spared from the high winds they had forecast. Yesterday at daybreak I ran out to the grove and was thrilled to see very little fruit knocked off the trees. Ian was much worse a month ago and it passed well to our north, sparing our Fort Pierce grove and most of the world famous, Indian River Growing District from major damage. More great news- Since Al’s still has a good crop on the trees, there will be NO hurricane upcharge at this time!

https://fb.watch/gLlV3Tg0d-/ watch this unedited video I shot the morning Nicole passed over our grapefruit grove


Shipping is well underway! We were blessed that our new Bingo Mandarins sold out fast and we're now shipping plump, seedless Indian River grown  Navels & Ruby Red Grapefruit. Our Florida grown  Honeybells, Glory Orris, Temples and Tango Tangerines are all still in great shape and ripening on schedule 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 after Christmas as early as January but as late as February, it all depends on the weather.

Join the Citrus Club "Late SIGNUP"- Instead of starting off with October Bingos, later signups start off with November Navels and end with Free Valencia Oranges delivered the week of April 30th.

 

October 29, 2022 Update:

Bingo MandarinsWelcome back to our 45th CITRUS SEASON and thanks for choosing Al’s Family Farms! Great News-Hurricane Ian passed well to our north, sparing our Fort Pierce grove and most of the world famous, Indian River Growing District from major damage. (As we breathe a sigh of relief, sadly other areas in Florida were not so fortunate. Our prayers go out to those growers in the SW and Central regions who faired much worse.) As of this writing I estimate overall we only lost 15-20% of our fruit in the wind. More great news- Since Al’s still has a good crop on the trees, there will be NO hurricane upcharge at this time!

We’re blessed to report that our plump, seedless Navels, new Bingos, new Tangos and Indian River Red Grapefruit came through OK. Those glorious Florida grown Honeybells and Glory Orris, are all ripening on schedule too.

Exciting news- This season we’ve added two new easy-peeling, seedless varieties you’re sure to love: First variety of the season- Bingo Mandarins (available late OCT- mid NOV) and Tango Tangerines in the Spring. Matt started harvesting Bingos this week. They're so good we re-opened the store even earlier than usual. Customers are eating Bingos like they’re going out of style. FYI- WE STARTED SHIPPING BINGOS THIS WEEK for October's Citrus Club variety of the month.  Navels have an even higher sugar level than last year so we'll begin shipping them late next week. If they’re tasting this good now, I can hardly wait to share them with you at Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s when our Indian River Navels really reach their peak of ripeness. The store is open again with “early” Navels, Bingo Mandarins, Grapefruit and fresh juice! “Shipping quality” Navels and Grapefruit should be ready to ship next week.


For those of you who need delivery now we are already shipping Bingos. 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.

CITRUS CLUB SIGNUP- Signup by Monday, October 31st to get the extra FREE 8 oz. jar of Orange Blossom Honey just for ordering early.

 

 

September 19, 2022 Update:

imagesCA3CZNAK Navel with blossoms.jpg (10 KB)Welcome back to our 45th 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 new Bingo Mandarins and local navel crop looks fabulous. I'm so proud of the the team who worked so hard in the grove. I was out in the groves today and am very pleased with the fruit quality I saw. Matt and I will be out testing our grapefruit this week. We've missed them and can't wait to once again eat a fresh grapefruit right off the tree everyday.  

Introducing our newest local variety- "Sugar Baby" Bingo Mandarins! We're reopening Al's Citrus Store two weeks earlier than usual to start harvesting and shipping our Citrus Club customers this amazingly sweet new citrus in mid-late October. 
We also have other citrus 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 our 2nd Annual "Celebrate Fall at the Red Barn" on the grounds on Saturday Oct. 22 to kickoff the new citrus season. If you are close enough to visit, we'll have early ripening, Bingo Mandarins, Navels, and Grapefruit available in our store and pumpkins next to the grill too. "Dooley Dog" will be there too.  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 before 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 October 31st to get the extra FREE 8 oz. jar of Orange Blossom Honey just for ordering early.

 

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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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Fresh Florida Valencias
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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,


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