Over the years we have planted a variety of specialty citrus on our property. Our hundred plus Satsuma mandarin trees are the primary crop, but we have a variety of other specialty citrus planted on our two acres in Newcastle, California.
Below is a tour of what 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 purchase fruit from our sister’s farm booth, Leisen’s Bridgeway Farm, at Santa Rosa and Petaluma Farmer’s Markets. Our season starts in the fall, with the limes being the first to ripen. Our Satsuma mandarin harvest starts around Thanksgiving.
If you have never tried some of these specialty citrus fruits,seek them out when they are in season and have a taste.
Our primary crop is Satsuma seedless mandarins.
When they are available, we sell Satsumas in 10 pound bags, 5 pound bags and we also ship boxes.
Have you ever tasted Algerian clementines? They are incredibly sweet. They do have seeds, unlike our Satsumas.
Our first citrus crop in the fall is usually the 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.
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.
California Key Limes
We also have Oro Blanco Grapefruit. These are like a Pommelo, 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.
Oro Blanco Grapefruit
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!
Sanguinella Blood Orange
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
A large Meyer Lemon
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.
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