Staff Pick: End-of-Winter Citrus from the Orange Shop
Anya HoffmanAnya Hoffman
March 12, 2012
Last call for winter citrus: orange and grapefruit lovers have only a few more weeks to indulge before the season is over. We plan to make the most of it with a couple of boxes of temple oranges, honey tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit from the Orange Shop. Described by Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg as “North Florida’s last honest-to-God citrus stand,” the Orange Shop is run by third-generation orange growers Pete and Cindy Spyke, who use all-but-organic farming methods in their groves.
The result is the best citrus we’ve ever had. Sweet, intensely juicy, and deeply fragrant, citrus from the Orange Shop is utterly different than supermarket fruit. Only four days off the tree by the time it arrives at your door, this fruit is as close to fresh-picked as you’ll find north of the Mason-Dixon line. Plus, the Orange Shop is part of a citrus co-op that uses consolidated zone shipping to achieve the smallest possible eco-footprint. Shipping ends with the season in April, so place your orders as soon as possible.