S & J Mandarin Grove Is Your Source For Delicious, Juicy, Organically Grown Mandarin Oranges From Placer County, California
We are a small family-owned mandarin orchard that grows organic Owari Satsuma mandarins, Okitsu Wase Satsuma mandarins, Pixies, Tangos, and Clementine mandarin oranges in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Our primary crop of Owari Satsuma mandarins are shipped throughout the United States, with our other varieties available by special request.
Our microclimate is famous for having the best tasting Owari Satsuma mandarins in California — and because we hand-pick all of our mandarins only when fully ripe and ready to eat, they stay on the trees as long as possible, earning that rich, sweet flavor we all love. Not only are they are sweet, seedless, and juicy, they are very easy to peel!
Certified Organic Mandarins
Organic food is better for your family’s health and the planet. Feeding your family organic food reduces your risk of exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, and promotes the development of long-lasting, good eating habits. There are numerous health benefits to eating mandarin oranges, including the fact that S & J organic mandarins have high doses of Vitamin C and synephrine — a natural decongestant that helps relieve cold and allergy symptoms.
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a CCOF accredited certifier inspects the farm to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet CCOF organic standards.
Certified organic produce, like our organic mandarin oranges — is grown on soil that has been free of prohibited substances for three years prior to harvest to ensure that the crops will not be contaminated. Focused on the use of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water, organic farmers enhance and sustain the environment for future generations.
S & J Mandarin Grove does not apply any synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. We use all natural products in accordance with requirements of the National Organic Program (NOP) and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
We are proud to say that since 2006, we are fully certified with California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), and that during mandarin season (late November through early February), we have a booth at the Sunday Sacramento Certified Farmers’ Market.
We hand-pick our mandarins at the peak of ripeness and ship them immediately. This means that unlike the brands of mandarins found in grocery stores, we do not coat our fruit with a plant-based wax to keep them shiny and looking fresh.
Owari Satsuma Mandarins
Owari Satsuma Mandarin trees are cold-hardy, productive, and vigorous-growing, but mature to a small size with a spreading and somewhat drooping character. The tree is more drought-tolerant than the fruit.
The Owari Satsuma Mandarin is a mid-season fruit, with its harvest season being late November to January in most areas of California. It varies in shape depending upon the conditions where it is grown, but is most commonly oblate with a smooth, thin rind that is easily peeled. The fruit is orange, tender and juicy, seedless, and sweet in flavor.
When fully ripe, the skin or peel of Satsuma mandarin oranges is slightly bumpy and loose. This makes the small, sweet citrus easy to peel, even for little children. As a result, it has been nicknamed the “zipper fruit” because the peel just “zips off.”