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A Look Inside the Groves – April 2019 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – April 2019 Hale Groves Update | On: April 3, 2019 | Category: Grove Update

Picking one of our spring tangelos to test the sugar and acid levels. In this late maturing tangelo it’s important that we monitor the acid so we can harvest at the peak of maturity. This is when we reach the ideal sugar to acid ratio making for a delicious sweet... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – March 2019 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – March 2019 Hale Groves Update | On: March 6, 2019 | Category: Grove Update

After testing hundreds of individual fruit, and spending dawn to dusk in the grove caring for trees, the harvest of our delectable Cara Cara oranges is finally here. In this tree, the beautiful fruit of our labor are displayed in astounding numbers. Deep in the grove, early morning light casts... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – February 2019 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – February 2019 Hale Groves Update | On: February 14, 2019 | Category: Grove Update

Florida Temple Oranges

It’s time for the annual Temple Orange harvest. These medium-sized oranges are a super-sweet hybrid of tangerine and orange. They are easy to peel, have few seeds, and are the perfect flavor and juiciness to enjoy out of hand. Abundant ripe Temple Oranges hang low on our trees in the... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – January 2019 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – January 2019 Hale Groves Update | On: January 17, 2019 | Category: Grove Update

Honeybell Orange Tree

A thin skin makes Honeybells easy to peel, but also makes them far more delicate in the field. We cradle each individual Honeybell by hand and pick them by clipping the stem. This method is slower, but we do it to ensure that your Honeybells always arrive in perfect condition.... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – November 2018 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – November 2018 Hale Groves Update | On: November 1, 2018 | Category: Grove Update

Citrus groves are unique in the world of farming in that they provide many areas of tree canopy not only from the citrus trees themselves, but from trees used as windbreaks. Here an egret uses a tree line as cover to take flight in an open area. A statuesque red... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – October 2018 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – October 2018 Hale Groves Update | On: September 28, 2018 | Category: Grove Update

Florida Orange Groves

In the grove an irrigation pipe provides the perfect perch for a tri-colored heron on the hunt for an early morning meal. Clear blue skies frame the deep green foliage and abundant fruit of the new navel orange crop. Warm sunny days and good rainfall are helping these fruit to... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – September 2018 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – September 2018 Hale Groves Update | On: September 1, 2018 | Category: Grove Update

Green Navel Oranges

Early morning sunshine dries the last drops of dew as we inspect new Navel Oranges. Although the Navels are still green, the consistent afternoon rains have helped develop nice sized fruit, soon to turn orange and mature into their tempting sweetness. In the grove wildlife is our constant companion, and... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – August 2018 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – August 2018 Hale Groves Update | On: July 31, 2018 | Category: Grove Update

Work starts early in the grove. Early mornings make for cooler work, and it’s not unusual for us to start that work before sunup. It’s early morning, but our day is well under way

Work starts early in the grove. Early mornings make for cooler work, and it’s not unusual for us to start that work before sunup. It’s early morning, but our day is well under way. Every piece of fruit starts with a flower and a bee, and grows from there. Orange... more

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A Look Inside the Groves – July 2018 Hale Groves Update

By: | Comments Off on A Look Inside the Groves – July 2018 Hale Groves Update | On: July 14, 2018 | Category: Grove Update

Navel Orange Tree

About our Grove Update: Each month we visit the same navel orange tree to monitor the health and progress of our premium citrus all season long. About our Grove Update tree Scott, our Procurement Manager and life-long citrus expert, chose a 31-year-old navel orange tree west of Vero Beach to... more

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