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

Our Shipped Boxes of Satsuma Mandarins

We are taking orders for shipped boxes of our sweet, seedless, delicious Satsuma Mandarins. When you place an order, the mandarins will be harvested, packed and shipped for you in a USPS flat rate box. Expect the mandarins within 3-7 business days from the time you order.  This is what to expect:

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The owner of the farm, Dayna, Adrian or Evan Burgeson, will hand pick the very best of the fruit from our Sierra foothill mandarin trees.

We will then take a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box and line it with another box. We will line that box with a soft liner. We do not use plastic in our packaging.

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We will then hand select the mandarins to fit snugly in the box. We lay down one layer at a time. Sometimes we will put the mandarins sideways, or upside down to get a more snug fit. We may include both small and large mandarins to get a better fit so you receive the most weight for your money.partially filled box

Once the box is filled, we put our “Junior” mandarin and a card inside as a cheerful reminder that this box is from Burgeson Family Farm. The card also has information for the recipient regarding our growing practices and how to store the mandarins. filled box of mandarins

Finally the top layer is also covered with the wadding material for additional protection.

box with wadding on top  We then label the top of the box, close it up, seal it with packing tape and send it out right away, usually the very same day the box is packed.

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We try to use all biodegradable and recyclable materials to ship your mandarins. We also attempt to use the minimum amount of packing material necessary to protect the fruit so you can receive the maximum amount of fruit for your money. On occasion a few mandarins may develop cracks in the skin during shipping, but if you open the box to examine the contents immediately upon receipt and eat those mandarins first they should still be fresh and delicious. We would rather use the mandarins themselves as “packing material” rather than using plastic bubble wrap, packing peanuts and other unsustainable materials to protect our mandarins when shipping.

If you would like to order shipped boxes of our Satsuma Mandarins please go to this link to read more about how to order.