Oranges

Grab The Correct Box Of Fruit

Grab The Correct Box Of Fruit

If you were looking forward to the very box of fruit that you ordered, but when you came to pick up, you discovered that someone else had mistakenly taken your box, I’m guessing you would be pretty disappointed. Anybody would, right?

As we loaded our trucks for delivery and considered how similar some of the citrus boxes look, we knew it would be good for you to be aware of the differences so you’re sure to leave with the things you ordered. Your host will be able to point you to the right box too, so if in doubt, confirm with your host. Here are a few things you’ll want to check.

our truck loaded with citrus fruit for deliveries
Enable images to see our truck, loaded with citrus fruit for this week’s delivery. 

  • There are organic, IPM (minimally sprayed), and conventional fruits. The organic fruit is clearly labeled “Organic” but the IPM and conventional fruits don’t bear any special label.
  • There is “fancy” fruit and “choice” fruitMost of the boxes are stamped or stickered with a “choice” or “fancy” label on the end of the box. A few are handwritten. The exception to this is the IPM navel oranges:  the fancy IPM navels come in a blue box bearing the Blue Jay brand. The choice IPM navels say “Victor” on the box.
  • There are 4/5 bushels (approx 40 lb) and also some smaller sizes. Make sure you’re getting the right size box.

So check over your order before you grab and go. The fruit we’ve sampled so far has been amazing! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Tim & Erin

P.S. We hope to open our order form for APPLES today or tomorrow. Watch for a message in your email box. They’re going to be good!

Maple Orange Salad Dressing

We like this dressing best on a simple spinach salad with tangerine sections and toasted walnuts.

Juice of 1 orange
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon celery seeds

Combine all the ingredients in a small jar and shake. That’s it! The celery seeds really add a great flavor.

Orange Peach Sherbet Smoothie

Minus the sugary sweetness of the store bought frozen treat, this really does taste like orange & peach sherbet. I use a Vita Mix for mine, which is powerful enough to handle this super thick smoothie. If you’re using an ordinary blender, you will probably need to add another orange or two.

When I make this smoothie with organic oranges, I often add a half inch piece of the rind for extra flavor and vitamin C complex. Try peeling your oranges with a knife so you can leave on some of the nutritious white pith too. The carrot is added for color and beta carotene, but you can’t taste it.

2 oranges, peeled, seeds removed
1 cup frozen peaches
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks
1 small piece orange rind (optional)
1/2 carrot (optional)

Put the oranges in the blender first, then slowly add the frozen ingredients and orange rind while the blender is running. Use the Vita Mix tamper or add extra oranges as necessary. Serve with a spoon.