Why aren’t we selling our Satsuma Mandarins yet?

adrian-picking watermarked

Adrian tests fruit every few days to determine when it is time to start our harvest

This past few weeks we have noticed local Satsuma mandarin growers selling their fruit from farm stands and stores in our area. We are in the fortunate position of having a small orchard, with only enough supply to meet demand. Especially this year, we have a very small crop. Because we are so small, we harvest all of the fruit ourselves, testing each tree with a brix refractometer to make sure the sugar is high, then tasting the fruit to make sure we like it. Once enough fruit in the orchard meets these standards we begin a small harvest, picking only the fruit that is the correct deep shade of orange. We will go back through the orchard many times during the season, choosing only the fruit that meets our sugar, flavor and color specifications. Usually there is some fruit on the trees every year that never makes the grade, and that fruit is not sold at all.

This time of year, every few days we head out to the orchard to pick a few mandarins and determine if there are enough ripe mandarins to begin our harvest. When the harvest is ready, we will email our customers who are on our waiting list to let them know their orders are ready. After we have filled those orders, we will post on this page with regular farm hours for mandarin sales.

We are sorry that right now we do not have mandarins to sell. We expect to start a small harvest in the next week or two, but the decision really is out of our hands. We leave that one to mother nature.If you would like to be on our waiting list to be notified when the mandarins are ready please contact us.

Thank you for your patience. We love our customers.

 

The Burgesons

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