Archive for November, 2015
Side Hill Satsuma Mandarin season started a few weeks early for the second year in a row. Production has been stable with demand continuing to outreach supply. In fact they are being sold even before the shipment lands at our warehouse! You may have noticed the Side Hill prices have been high and we believe this has everything to do with the quality of the fruit. We feel it is important to get the best return for our growers and to herald the times when the grower reaps the rewards of his label. We are witnessing an opportunity for the grower to realize the value of his fruit; that doesn’t happen often enough. Rich Ferreira from Side Hill Citrus has been living and working on the farm for over 25 years to bring you the best tasting piece of fruit. We want to thank you for your support year after year. You can look forward to prices starting to go down after the Thanksgiving holiday.
California blueberries are extremely scarce and production out of the Nipomo and Lompoc areas in Southern California can be expected to improve in December. On the import side Chilean blueberry season has just barely begun. We are seeing production starting out of the main growing regions of Maule and BioBio where the Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing blueberries. By the end of December and into early January there will be better supply to start off the new year. As the season progresses production continues to move south to the Northern end of the Patagonia region. We should see blueberries from Chile through March and perhaps part of April.
Every year Earl’s employees and customers eagerly await the arrival of Side Hill Citrus Satsuma Mandarins. The sweet flavor with the perfect balance of acidity is unrivaled.
Fourth generation farmer Rich Ferreira is growing over 2,000 organic Satsuma Mandarin trees in Lincoln, CA, about 35 minutes Northeast of Sacramento. The combination of a higher elevation of 600 feet, nutrient filled organic clay soil, warm summer days and cool nights bring out the delicious flavor in Rich’s Satsumas. Easy to peel with no sticky mess and virtually no seeds, add one to your children’s lunchbox and don’t forget to give yourself a few to snack on during the day. Citrus is a good source of vitamin C but did you know that eating four or five Satsumas a day delivers six to seven times as much synephrine, a natural decongestant, as other citrus? The short season has been known to last until the beginning of January but as with all produce, it is weather dependent.
On November 20-22, the Satsuma Mandarin growers in the Sacramento Foothills celebrate this delicious fruit with the ever popular Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, CA. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, food and local entertainment at this fun event for the whole family.
I’ll leave you with a few of our favorite Satsuma beverages. Feeling under the weather? Try a Satsuma Ginger Tea, a favorite of Earl’s sales associate, Brian Gordon. If you are looking for a few fun cocktails for your holiday party look no further. Click here for a few of our employee favorites.