Order boxes of Satsuma Mandarins mailed to your doorstep

Our 9 pound mandarin box web

The last few harvest seasons have been difficult for us here on the farm, and we would like to update you on how it has changed our harvest and order processing.

As you may know, we are very particular about the quality of the fruit that we harvest and sell. We test and taste each tree before harvesting it, and will only pick the fruit when it is as close to perfect as possible. In addition, we attempt to sell the fruit within several days of harvest so that it is optimally fresh. We also will not pick fruit that is wet, so weather conditions and these other factors make it very difficult to determine when we will have mandarins ready to ship, and how many we will have. In addition, climate change has impacted our fruit set during the spring and growing conditions during the harvest season in an unpredictable manner. Promising to have boxes available at a certain time is just unrealistic. We wish our mandarins were factory produced widgets so that we could have them when we want, and as many as we need, but that is just not the nature of a hand produced artisan agricultural product.

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Adrian harvesting Our Fruit. Every piece is hand chosen and clipped by us at the peak of quality and shipped soon after harvest. We hope you notice the difference that our tender loving care provides!

If you have ordered our mandarins in the past, we hope you have appreciated them because of the quality that we attempt to provide. Perhaps you understand the limitations of nature that we are working with to provide that quality. We would like for you to be able to still enjoy our fruit, while addressing these challenges.

We have decided to set up pay-pal links to order boxes of mandarins, with inventory control features on the links. Every Wednesday and Sunday during harvest season, from late November when the harvest begins,  to February or whenever the harvest ends, when we have boxes of mandarins available, we will update the inventory. Once the boxes available have been sold you will be unable to order boxes until the next inventory update.

Each link will be for ordering one box. You will need to complete multiple pay-pal orders if you wish to order more than one box. In addition, these boxes will only be mailed to the address of the person ordering the box. PayPal shipping guarantee does not apply to boxes mailed to an address other than that of the person ordering.

Below are the links for the USPS flat rate boxes. The medium box contain approximately 8 pounds of fruit (depending upon size).  The price is 25 dollars, plus 13 dollars USPS shipping. The large box contains approximately 12 pounds of fruit (depending upon size) and the cost is 35 dollars plus 18 dollars USPS shipping charges. The boxes usually will arrive at your destination from 2-5 days after ordering.  Be sure that your box does not sit out in freezing weather when delivery is expected!

Medium Box Order Link

Large box order link

 If the links don’t work, we may be temporarily out of fruit. Try again the next Sunday or Wednesday or send us an email to get a harvest update.

Many customers have expressed disappointment that we have not taken orders for shipping holiday gift boxes of mandarins over the past 2 years. We have learned that the harvest conditions and yields are just too unpredictable for us to promise in advance that we can deliver boxes of mandarins at specific times. That, combined with the challenges of shipping a product that is so perishable, to someone who did not order it for themselves, in the middle of the crazy holiday rush, has just been too stressful for us as farmers.  This has led us to the decision to stop shipping gift boxes for the past few years. It is unclear at this time if we will be shipping gift boxes any time in the future. Our local customers know that they can come to buy the pre-packed boxes and ship them on their own, and that is the current plan for gift boxes. We hope that those who loved to receive mandarins as gifts might decide to order their own box directly from us and we apologize that we have had to make these changes.

Thanks again for your support of our farm and please be sure to visit our website at burgesonfamilyfarm.com to receive farm updates.


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