It was a whirlwind and then it was over!
We did it! Thanks to the wonderful help from our family and friends, Max and Camden, we completed our first Placer County Mandarin Orange harvest season and met amazing people along the way. We learned so much, encouraged each other, and worked hard each day and night. It truly was a family affair that kept us connected throughout the holidays.
Each morning we got up to pick our delicious organic mandarins, and each night we sorted, bagged, and boxed the seedless citrus to prepare for farm sales, the farmers’ market, and shipping our mandarin oranges all over the country.
Night time was when we really had fun!
We turned on some music — a different theme each night — and laughed and sang and even danced together as a family while we sorted through our scrumptious hand-picked mandarins and implemented Quality Control by eating the “uglies.” We love sharing the “uglies” because as we all know… beauty is on the inside! Plus, some of the funniest looking fruit is the tastiest!
Here are some of our favorite pictures from this past mandarin harvest season:
Then, just like that, it was over.
We loved meeting our neighbors and enjoyed making new amazing friends who drove a long distance to buy our Satsuma Mandarins and meeting our very loyal customers and more importantly amazing new friends!
We’re all looking forward to our next mandarin harvest season and meeting more new friends along the way. Thank you for your business!
The Cook Family
S and J Mandarin Grove