Why aren’t we selling our Satsuma Mandarins yet?

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

This past week 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. 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 post on this page and email our customers who have been patiently waiting since the end of last season. We are sorry that right now we do not have mandarins to sell. We expect them to be ready sometime between Thanksgiving and beginning of December, but the decision really is out of our hands. We leave that one to mother nature.

Thank you for your patience. We love our customers.

The Burgesons

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Winter Citrus Tour at Burgeson Family Farm

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On Burgeson Family Farm, our hundred plus Satsuma mandarin trees are our primary crop, but over the years we have planted a variety of specialty citrus and other fruit on our two acres in Newcastle, California.

Below is a tour of some of the citrus fruit that we have for sale when it is in season. Customers contact us to order fruit picked to order to pick up at our farm, or at times have our fruit shipped to them through the US Postal Service. Our season starts in the fall, with the limes being the first to ripen. Our Satsuma mandarin harvest starts around Thanksgiving.

 

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If you have never tried some of these specialty citrus fruits, seek them out when they are in season and have a taste.

We are famous for our sweet, seedless, easy to peel Satsuma mandarins.satsuma-cut1 wm

Satsuma Mandarins

When they are available, we sell Satsumas in 10 pound bags, 5 pound bags and we also ship boxes.

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Have you ever tasted Algerian clementines? They are incredibly sweet. They do have seeds, unlike our Satsumas.

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Algerian Clementines

Our first citrus crop in the fall is usually the Persian (Bearss) Limes. They have no seeds and are incredibly juicy. They start out green and eventually turn yellow but can be used when they are yellow or green. The yellow ones are more juicy and sweet, the green ones are more tart and aromatic.

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Persian (Bearss) limes

We also have Key Limes. They are small, and have seeds, but they are very juicy and most importantly they are grown right here on our farm, not imported from Mexico. We use no pesticides or herbicides in growing any of our produce. Key limes can be used in any recipe calling for limes. We use them in cocktails.

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California Key Limes

We also have Oro Blanco Grapefruit. These are like a Pomelo, with very thick skin and sweet, juicy flesh. We peel them and eat them like an orange, and will often remove the membrane from each segment as it is so easy to remove. When you eat a peeled Oro Blanco segment, you will agree it is the sweetest grapefruit you have ever tasted. Because they are so juicy, they are fabulous for fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and have a very high yield. Of course you can also cut them in half and eat them with a grapefruit spoon but expect them to have more juice than a typical grapefruit.

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Sanguinella¬† blood oranges have a sweet tart flavor, with a hint of raspberry. They are popular for using in savory dishes and salad, they make beautiful juice for cocktails and delicious marmalade. Blood oranges are also fun to eat sliced in wedges. Try tucking some wedges in a child’s lunchbox for fun. Kids love the name and the color!

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We also grow Meyer Lemons. They are the most frost tolerant of all lemons. They are very sweet, aromatic, and juicy, with soft skins, and as the season progresses they get bigger, with thicker skin. Meyer Lemons are actually a cross between a mandarin and a lemon

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Thanks for visiting and please contact us if you are interested in ordering any of the fruit in season for pick up from our farm.

© 2015. Dayna Green-Burgeson RD, CDE. All Rights Reserved.

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