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.
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!
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.