The sweetest Satsuma mandarins of the season. Available from our farm by prior arrangement.

By mid to late January, the Satsuma mandarin season is often over for us. We have usually sold all of the fruit, or the skins have become soft and the fruit does not meet our high standards. However this year we have a bumper crop, and the fruit has held up well on the trees and has ripened to perfection. The last few days, while picking this beautiful fruit, both of us have commented that these are the best Satsumas we have eaten all season, if not ever. Brix (sugar) refractometer readings in the orchard are often reading above 14. Those are some very high numbers and that means this fruit is extra sweet. Many Satsuma mandarin growers in California have sold out, but we will still have these “late harvest Satsumas” available for a few more weeks.

Now is the time to taste these “late harvest Satsuma mandarins” for yourself. We are available most days for sales by appointment. Click here for more info.

For those who are attempting to reduce their plastic footprint, we now sell our mandarins in a 10 pound box from the farm for the same price as our 10 pound mesh plastic bags. 15 dollars for the box. We also offer a 6 pound burlap sack of mandarins for 10 dollars. This sack is reusable and compostable and was made in the USA.

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In addition to Satsumas, we now are harvesting other delicious sweet citrus fruit that you can purchase if you come to visit us at the farm. We are still selling Meyer Lemons, Eureka Lemons and Washington Navel Oranges. We have a few of our “sweetie” Oro Blanco Grapefruit left but are almost sold out of those. We have just started to harvest our Sanguinelli Blood Oranges so we have a few available and more will be available for sale over the next few weeks.

Here is a little photo tour of what you will see if you come up to our farm to visit!

A few trees are still dripping with sweet Satsuma Mandarins waiting to be harvested.

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We have some of the largest, juiciest Meyer lemons and Eureka lemons that you have ever seen.

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Our Sanguinelli blood oranges have started to color up. Still a bit tart with a raspberry flavor, they are perfect for use in savory recipes or for marmalade. As the season progresses they will get a bit sweeter and less tart.

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The last of our “sweetie” Oro Blanco grapefruit have been harvested and are tucked away in our walk in refrigerator. These have been very popular and we expect we will sell out by the end of the weekend. oro-blance-trimmed wm

We are also selling “seconds” which are mandarins with skin damage that must be peeled and frozen immediately for smoothies or squeezed for juice immediately as they will spoil within a few days. But these are discount priced at 75 cents per pound.

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A visit to our farm is a refreshing way to pick up your fruit for the week. Skip the grocery store parking lot hassles, the fluorescent lights and the fruits packaged in plastic and instead come out for a breath of fresh air and extra fresh fruit packed grown without harmful pesticides and packaged in sustainable packaging.   trees loaded wm

 

For more information about our farm and our growing practices check out this link.

If you would like to contact us for questions about ordering, or to be placed on our email list, please use this link.

Thank you for your interest in Burgeson Family Farm. We hope to see you soon!

http://www.burgesonfamilyfarm.com

Late harvest Satsuma Mandarins. Get them while you can.

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As we pass into January the frantic harvesting, packing and shipping of our Satsumas to fill those holiday orders is behind us as another successful year passes into memory.  That hectic pace of December has slowed, the weather has cooled, and all of us are ready for our long winter’s nap. Our Satsumas have been associated with holidays and gifts, as a special December treat, so it is easy to assume that mandarin season is over too. Many of our customers won’t be seen again until next December.

This year however, we have hundreds of pounds of Satsumas still on the trees waiting to be harvested. The cold nights and dry warm days of the past few weeks have provided the ideal conditions for developing the sugar and flavor in the fruit. Many trees had fruit that was “not ready yet” in December, and now that fruit is perfect.

We use a brix refractometer to measure sugar in the mandarins before harvesting, and 12 or above is the Japanese standard for Satsuma. In December, if the fruit reaches 12 and has no green on the skin and tastes good to us we will harvest it to sell. Many of the “late harvest Satsumas” have brix of 13 and above but just finally have turned from green to orange and softened in the acidity. These are some of the best fruit of the season.

Unfortunately these perfect fruit also will not last long on the trees. The rain, wind and cold of January can soften the skins and beat up the fruit and soon it will be too damaged to harvest. We harvested a big pick yesterday and will not be able to pick again until after the storms that are predicted over the next few days. If they survive the wind and rain of these storms, we still anticipate only a few weeks before all our mandarins will be too damaged to sell. Now is the time to taste these “late harvest Satsumas” before they are gone.

Please contact us to arrange a time to pick up your fruit. On the farm we also have Meyer Lemons, Eureka Lemons, Algerian Clementines,Oro Blanco grapefruit and Washington Navel Oranges available for sale.

We also continue to ship boxes of Satsuma mandarins. For more information click here.

Thanks for your support of our small family farm. We hope to see you up at the farm in the next few weeks. If not, we look forward to seeing you next year.

The Burgesons

www.burgesonfamilyfarm.com

Why we do what we do

The wind is roaring, it is pouring outside and we are wondering how many of the Satsumas left on the trees will survive this deluge. Over the past 3 days we have desperately tried to pick every ripe mandarin in our orchard prior to the storm. We had to leave many that did not meet our quality standards yet, as well as some that were ready when we just plain ran out of time. In an attempt to protect the mandarin skins from becoming like water soaked wet sponges, Adrian went back into the orchard after dark to spray the Satsumas with an organic oil spray to serve as a rain slicker for the remaining fruit.

Our garage has been taken over by the mandarins waiting to be packed and shipped. From morning to bedtime our living room is a hub of activity as we sort through Satsumas and pack them in boxes and bags and rush to the post office and local delivery sites to get them to our customers as soon as possible.

Why do we do what we do? There are many reasons including our belief in being part of a sustainable local food system, our love of being outdoors engaged in productive activity and our amazing fortune to have stumbled upon a piece of land singularly blessed with good soil, plenty of water and the right climate for growing Satsumas. And we owe thanks to Betty Iljana, one of the original Satsuma farmers in our area, who fostered our love for Newcastle mandarins years ago when Evan was a baby. Back then we would drive over to Betty’s several times in the season, buying paper bags full of perfect mandarins, usually hundreds of pounds a season. While we were there we would pick her brain for tips as to why, as Evan used to sing “Betty’s are the Best!”. Betty set the bar high for what a perfect mandarin should be, and patiently answered our rudimentary questions when we were planting our orchard.

But most of all, what keeps us going in the crazy harvest season is comments from our customers that come through email or on the phone as the Satsumas arrive at their destinations. Here are just a few that I have collected over the years, and from here on out I have made a vow to consolidate them in this post as a little inspirational list for myself and Adrian:

Your oranges are amazing!…JG

Our friend shared some of her shipment of Mandarins with us..they are the most incredible I have ever tasted!…TC

They are beyond yummy, as usual…GM

We just love your lovely mandarins….AE

I have bought Satsuma from 2 other farms but yours are simply the best!!!…KM

Got them, opened them, love them …PD

Oh my goodness!  These are by far the best Mandarins we’ve ever eaten!  Glenn picked them up last night at the bee meeting and we’ve been consuming them ever since. Thanks again for producing such a wonderful and pesticide free product.  YUMMMMMMYYYYY!!!!!!!…GM

I received them on Thursday and they are gone today.  My little girls absolutely loved
them, as well as a few guests we had over this weekend for a tamale
dinner. …VM

We are enjoying them very much…RF

I can hardly wait for your mandarins…SM

I received a box of Satsuma mandarins as a gift this week and they
are wonderful…KW

We received a box of your mandarins last year as a gift from a family member (and we’re about to receive one again this year!).  They were so delicious that we are interested in sending some as a gift as well…TG

The oranges have arrived safely and all have responded with very positive
comments.  Thanks for completing these orders for me…MR

my Dad LOVES them!!…LR

Hi Dayna, I am thrilled to get your mandarins this year.  I still wish you
are just down the street…JG

I am looking forward to those great
mandarins from your farm… J.P

You guys really have the best mandarins in the area…JG

Last year my mom sent me satsumas and a few lemons from your orchard, they were fantastic!…YA

Thank you very much for the update. My little girls are already asking when we get that bag of those delicious little oranges. :0) ..VM

Can’t wait to get my share of these Satsuma’s: we had them when we were visiting our friends and grandchildren in California over the holidays and we were hooked.  My husband who generally does not like citrus foods that much, kept eating them too…EV

The ones I tasted were sweet as could be and far superior to the ones in the grocery stores!…SO

The box with the mandarins and lemons arrived with todays parcel mail. The fruit is in perfect condition and is as flavorful as only your mandarins are.  The best I ever had Thank you…AMW

The Mandarins arrived and they are delicious…JF

Our good friends gave us a box of your indescribably yummy mandarins.  She was a little vague about how we could order some for ourselves.  I think she wants them all for herself.  I’m writing to ask that if possible you please include us as likely customers for you future harvests.  Then we could astound and frustrate our friends with mysteriously fabulous fruit just like they do…KM

Got ’em today, as did at least one of my siblings. They’re REALLY good. I’m sure you’re working hard down there, but it’s worth it! …PN

Thank you, received in great shape. They are most delicious and lovely…..DW

Your mandarins are so wonderful it’s totally worth waiting until they’re ready….AE