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FAQs

Parkesdale Specific Questions

Can you tell me what fruits are available throughout the year?

What type of Citrus do you ship?

  • Navels: Hand picked and hand packed, these sweet, large, seedless oranges are easy to peel and full of juice. Navels are great for salads and, of course, the perfect eating orange. Available November through January.
  • Honeybells: they have a fantastic appearance, a unique luscious taste, bursting with juice a and a delightful aroma. They are grown all year long, but harvested only in January and occasionally a few short weeks in February. Honeybells are a unique cross between Florida’s old time favorite Duncan Grapefruit and a Dancy Tangerine. They’re called “Honeybells” because of their honey, sweet flavor and unique bell shape.
  • Temples: Temples are considered Florida’s most desirable eating orange. It has a bright orange color and somewhat pebbly peel with a rich fragrance and a flavor all of its’ own. The Temple orange is a cross between a tangerine and an orange. Available in February.
  • Valencia’s: The Valencia orange may be the last orange of the season but it’s just as good as the first. One of the juiciest, most vitamin packed citrus varieties that you will ever give or receive. It is the best all purpose orange. It’s perfect for hand eating, juicing, sectioning, or even freezing. Available mid February to May.
  • Red Navels: these oranges are a very bright red color inside, often confused as a red grapefruit. The taste is sugar sweet. The Red Navels, like the regular navels are easy to peel, seedless, and extremely juicy. Only available for a short amount of time in December.
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit: Beautiful, thin skinned, naturally filled with juice. The ruby red color tells you it’s nature’s premium fruit, sweet seedless, with natural fiber and full of vitamin C.
  • White grapefruit: So plump, juicy, thin-skinned, and naturally sweet, many “grapefruit connoisseurs” choose white grapefruit for their own eating enjoyment. However, they do contain a lot of seeds. Available November to mid May.
  • Tangerines: Florida is proud of producing the best tangerines available in the world. With a zipper skin, easy peeling and incredible taste, this is by far the finest citrus. Because of their thin skins, tangerines are packed in special foam trays and can not be mixed with other citrus. Available Oct – mid April.
  • Nova Tangelos: A unique “peel and eat” citrus. It combines tangerines and grapefruit flavors.

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Do you offer Gift certificates?

Yes, please call our Gift Fruit Department toll free 888-311-1701.

May I send a message with my gift?

Yes, you may write in a message during the order procedure in the Comments Section.

How many oranges and grapefruit are shipped in your citrus trays?

Most packages contain 1,2,3 or 4 special trays for safe shipping. One tray contains appx. 8 grapefruit or 12 oranges.

1 Tray appx. 1/4 bushel 10-14 lbs.
2 Trays appx. 1/2 bushel 20-24 lbs.
3 Trays appx. 3/4 bushel 30-34 lbs.
4 Trays appx. 1 bushel 40-44 lbs.

What are my options for placing an order with your company?

There are a variety of ways you may place your order with us!

  • Call Us – You can call in your order via our toll free number 888-311-1701
  • Come See Us – You can stop into our Farm Market and select your order in person
  • Online – You can use our online store to select and purchase your order from home

Cut-off dates for guaranteed delivery:

Delivery To:

Thanksgiving
11/25/2014

Hanukkah
12/02/2014 

Christmas
12/25/2014 
New Years Day
01/01/2014 
USA 11/16/2014
BY 3:00 PM
11/23/2014
BY 3:00 PM
12/16/2014
BY 3:00 PM
12/21/2014
BY 3:00 PM
Canada 11/15/2014
BY 3:00 PM
11/16/2014
BY 3:00 PM
12/13/2014
BY 3:00 PM
12/17/2014
BY 3:00 PM

How long will my order take to arrive?

We process each order and place it on the truck for shipment within 72 hours of receiving the order. If you place your order before the first week of December, your delivery time is approximately 5 – 7 business days. If you place your order after the first week of December, your delivery time usually spans 8 – 10 days. Please review our Order Calendar to assure you place your order within a safe time frame to guarantee delivery!

What are your business hours in case I have questions concerning placing or receiving an order?

Set in the heart of scenic Plant City, Florida (exit #17 from I-4) Parkesdale Farm Market is open to the public 7 days a week from
9 am – 6 pm. You may reach us via phone at our toll free number 888-311-1701.

Where are you located so that I can come visit your Gift Shop and Farm Market?

Parkesdale Farm Market is located at 3702 W. Baker Street, Plant City, FL 33563. We are conveniently located off I-4 between the exits 17 & 18 (formerly 10 & 11). Please visit our Contact page for additional directions and maps.

Do you offer a guarantee on my order and what does that guarantee cover?

Your complete satisfaction is our main priority at Parkesdale Farms! Every package is hand packed with carefully selected fresh, sun-ripened fruit and delivered direct to your recipient. Our business reputation depends on Service and Quality, which we strive to uphold whether we see you at our Market or have the privilege to send a gift basket for you. Our customer testimonials speak for themselves. It is our unconditional guarantee to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with everything purchased or shipped. Please contact us immediately if you are not completely delighted with your purchase and we will courteously replace or refund your order.

 

General Citrus Questions

Find more information at: www.floridajuice.com

Where is citrus grown in Florida?

Much of the citrus is grown in the southern two-thirds of the Florida peninsula, where there is low probability for a freeze. After a series of freezes in the 1980s, citrus growers gradually migrated southward from central and northern regions, although Polk County in the Central part of the state remains the top citrus producing county.

When is Florida citrus in season?

Florida oranges are plentiful from October through June, although the largest quantities are available from December through May. Fresh Florida grapefruit is shipped from September through June, with the height of the harvest occurring in February. Tangerines, tangelos, and temple oranges are available from October to March depending on the variety.

What is the proper way to store fresh Florida citrus?

Florida citrus is not picked until it has reached maturity, nor does it ripen further after picking. Florida citrus always reaches your local supermarket ripe and ready to eat. All Florida citrus should be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator where it will keep at top quality in flavor and nutrition for up to three weeks. Unrefrigerated, Florida citrus will remain fresh for four to five days.

What should I look for when selecting the best Florida citrus?

When selecting Florida citrus at the supermarket, remember the saying "never judge a book by its cover." No matter how it looks on the outside, you can count on Florida citrus being flavorful and juicy on the inside. Even when Florida citrus isn't bright orange on the outside, the fruit on the inside is still deliciously ripe. The color of the peel (ranging from orange or yellow-orange to greenish-yellow) is simply due to Florida's subtropical climate. Small blemishes on the skin, called wind-scars, result from the fruit rubbing against the tree's branches, and do not affect the taste.

How much juice or fruit will a medium-sized Florida orange yield?

Medium oranges are ideal for wedging and juicing. Three or four medium oranges will yield 8 ounces of juice. Two medium oranges will yield one cup of bite-size pieces.

How much juice or fruit will a medium-sized Florida grapefruit yield?

One medium grapefruit will yield 8 ounces of juice and three cups of bite-size pieces.