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Florida Citrus Seasonal Guide - Area U-Pick, Citrus and Fruit Farms


Florida Seasonal Citrus Chart and Area U-Pick, Citrus and Fruit Farms

Florida Citrus JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
GRAPEFRUIT
Flame                        
Marsh White                        
Ruby Red                        
ORANGES
Ambersweet                        
Hamlin                        
Navel                        
Pineapple                        
Red Navel                        
Valencia                        
SPECIALTY FRUIT
Dancy Tangerine                        
Fallglo Tangerine                        
Honey Tangerine                        
Robinson Tangerine                        
Sunburst Tangerine                        
Minneola Tangelo                        
Orlando Tangelo                        
Temple                        
From the first orange trees planted in St. Augustine, Florida in the mid-1500s, to the fresh oranges, grapefruit and 100% orange and grapefruit juices found in your local supermarket today, Florida citrus continues to be a healthy family favorite.

Florida citrus fruit is harvested from close to 569,000 sprawling acres, carefully handpicked from lush groves, and then washed, graded and packaged to produce more than 80% of the U.S. citrus supply. Florida’s citrus growers are known for producing the world’s juiciest and most flavorful oranges.

Navel oranges are large and round with a deep yellowish-orange color. The skin is pebbly with a medium-thick peel. Navel oranges are usually seedless and easy to peel.

The Temple is regarded as Florida's finest eating orange. It has an oval shape with a deep orange color. The Temple orange has a rich, juicy flavor with few seeds.

The Valencia orange has a juicy, rich flavor and aroma. It is medium to large in size, a round-to-oval shape and a yellow to orange color that sometimes can be tinged green.

The Tangelo is a mix between a grapefruit and a tangerine, which produces a sweet, tangy flavor. It has a dark reddish-orange color and a pebbly texture skin. The Florida tangelo varieties available nationwide are the Minneola Tangelo, often called the "Honeybell" Tangelo, and the Orlando Tangelo.

Tangerines are small, dark orange fruits with a smooth, easy-to-peel skin and a deep orange color inside and out. They have a rich and sweet flavor and are easy to pull-apart due to their naturally formed segments. The Dancy Tangerine has a sweet, tangy flavor. It has a deep, orange-reddish color with a smooth peel. Dancy Tangerines are sometimes called the "zipperskin fruit" because they are so easy to peel and section. The Fallglo Tangerine has a mild, sweet and juicy flavor. The Honey Tangerine is also known as the Murcott Tangerine, and has an orange-yellowish color and may have some specks of green color. The juicy red interior has a sweet, honey flavor with some seeds.

Grapefruit are known for their tangy sweet taste. Interior fruit colors include white, yellow, red and dark red.

Area U-Pick, Citrus and Fruit Farms:

Mixon Fruit Farms & Bradenton Florida Fruit Shipper
2525 27th Street East Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 748-5829 x216

Eden Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices. U-Pick Strawberries: November 20 to May 20.
Open: Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 6pm Closed Mondays.
11608 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, FL 34212.
Phone: 941-405-5207

Hunsader U-Pick Farms - Vegetables, Pumpkins, Strawberries
Open mid September through mid June. Cantaloupes, watermelons, corn, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and broccoli.
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida.
Phone: 941-322-2168 or (941) 331-1212.

Hydro-Taste Farms - asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, herbs/spices, melons, onions, other berries, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, school tours.
7308 Verna Bethany Road, Myakka City, FL 34251.
Phone: 941-322-0429.

O'Brien Family Farms - Uses natural growing practices, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area.
Open: Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday.
16505 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212.
Phone: (941) 896-4811.

Old Mission Vineyards - Grapes
Open Monday thru Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00 pm, Beginning July 24th. 8 miles east of I-75 on south side of SR 64, Nobles and Carlos Grapes, and grapevines for sale.
19600 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212.
Phone: 941-746-6334.

Plesscher Groves - Navel Oranges, Valencia Oranges, and Tangelos
Directions: From I-75 take exit 220 for State Highway 64 E toward Wauchula/Zolfo Springs (drive 0.4 mi). Turn right at Bradenton-Arcadia Rd/SR-64/E State Road 64 (drive for 10.4 mi).
3350 Highway 675 (County Road 675 East, 1/2 mi south of State Road 64), Bradenton, FL. 34211.
Phone: 941-322-2030.

Vintage Organic Acres - Certified Organic, blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
Open: April 28 to May 29 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am to 7pm By appointment only; Your appointment assures that you will get the best service possible by our staff; Closed on Wednesday.
30902 Taylor Grade Rd, Duette, FL. 34219.
Phone: 941-920-1801.

Fruitville Grove Inc. - Pick Oranges from their trees, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals.
7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL. 34240.
Phone: 941-377-0896.

Honeyside Farms - Strawberries
Open: February 18th - April, Saturdays and Sundays Only, 8am to 1pm.
8276 Ibis Street, Sarasota, FL. 34241.
Phone: 941-405-0015.




Florida Department of Citrus - floridajuice.com & Wikipedia®



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