Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Christmas Tradition Florida Style!

We drove out to the orange grove to buy oranges, grapefruit, Satsumas and to pick our own Ponderosa lemons!

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Welcome to Reynold’s Grove!

Turn here…turn here!

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It’s a beautiful drive and they are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

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Load ‘em up!

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After choosing our fruit and walking out to the grove to pick our lemons, we walked around to take a few photos.

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Don’t you love these old tractors?

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Home again, home again, market is done…

now it’s time to ENJOY the Florida fresh fruit!

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Have you ever seen a lemon bigger than a grapefruit? (that’s the lemon on TOP!)

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

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Sundays in my City,

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and Amaze me Monday!

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60 comments:

Montanagirl said...

There's nothing like fresh-picked fruit. That Lemon is so BIG !!

Marcia said...

Oh, how I love our Florida citrus. LOVE the lemons. I could almost smell them from here. Now I want to bake a lemon cake ...wait, I think I'll make orange chocolate ganache instead. :)
What a fun outing.
xoxo's

acorn hollow said...

yum fresh fruit.
Cathy

retired not tired said...

Love the lemons as well as the grapefruit. The grocery store is charging $1 per grapefruit. Too much!

Susie said...

Oh that fruit looks so goooood. Being fresh really makes a difference too. I didn't know a lemon could get so big. Show us how you use them, please. I love all your photos.Have a great Sunday, xoxo,Susie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun way to enjoy your Florida citrus. Can you send some of your beautiful Florida weather this way?

ann said...

I have never had a fresh picked citris anything. We get fresh colorado peaches and apples and they are so different-- much better than those shipped in. My mouth is watering.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Greetings Ms. Lavendar Dreamer! Oh to enjoy the warmth...my husband told me the temperature was 12 degrees yesterday...burrrrr. I got to go shopping in it and complain about it! LOL!! What a wonderful day for you! I love your photos and your comments. Wishing I was there and could bring all my precious family and friends along! :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Loving the thought of you and the Mr picking your own fresh fruit! Oh to live in Florida! Hugs, Linda

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How fun! No doubt the fruit is amazing-enjoy:@)

TexWisGirl said...

after this weather system ruined so many california citrus crops, i'm thinking that is florida gold!

Japolina said...

I've lived in Florida my whole life and I don't think that I've ever really picked fruit (other than off of my grandma's backyard trees when I was a girl)

Maybe I'll take my boys to do this over Christmas Break

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Michal Woodruff said...

Where did you go to get these? I live in Tampa. Would LOVE some Satsumas.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Our puny little imports are blushing next to your lovely fruit. Imagine going to a tree and picking a citrus fruit off of it to eat? Can't...but then again I guess our apples, and soft fruit orchards here are somewhat odd for you to imagine also. You are living in the right spot, that's for sure.

Jen

Art and Sand said...

My favorite part of blogging is how a photograph or words can evoke memories for me.

Nearly 40 years ago, we were in the Peace Corps in Jamaica. The "great house" next to us had a generous overseer who allowed Steve and me to bring our baskets every Sunday to walk through the orange groves and gather our weekly orange supply. They were the sweetest, juiciest oranges I have ever tasted.

Thanks for the memory.

Kathy said...

That lemon is amazing. One lemon for a whole pie I bet!

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh Diane, I wish we could have tagged along! So very cold here!
Ponderosa lemons? Is that the one on top?
Learning yet something new on Blogland!
Enjoy the sun,

Acorn to Oak said...

Sounds like fun and looks like a beautiful area. We have citrus all around here in Southern California but I've never heard of a "Satsuma". I'll have to look that up. Never heard of a Ponderosa Lemon before either. We have some Meyer lemons on the tree in our back yard that are about the size of a grapefruit. They're the ones from last season that we haven't gotten to yet and they just got bigger and bigger. We have a whole new crop now. Looks like you have yourself lined up for lots of blogging fun with all those blogging parties. Enjoy! :-)

Stacey said...

That sunshine and warmth looks so good to me today! I'm so thankful for people that grow things for us.

Vee said...

That's a lemon? ! I definitely thought it was a grapefruit. There can't be anything much more delicious than fresh citrus.

Laurie Matherne said...

Your pictures made me smile. I picked a box full of Satsumas a few days ago at my motehr's house in southern Lousiiana. Her oranges are not ready, yet. I love seasonal fruit.

Kat Griffin said...

I really love that citrus that Florida has. I miss being able to do that. The photos are wonderful ! Thanks for sharing your day of citrus !
-Kat-

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

yummy, healthy fruit ... that is one big lemon

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! Freshly picked fruit. Lucky you, Diane. Wonderful pictures. I hope you have a great week. Hugs, Pam

Michal Woodruff said...

Thanks for the note on my blog. I will go soon. This isn't far from us. I hope you'll come to Dade City for our Kumquat Festival. I think it's in January. It's yummy. Dip them in chocolate for a bite of heaven. :)

Trace4J said...

What a sweet thing.
I love the tractors and beautiful fruit.
To fun friend.
Woolie JOY

Babs Richman said...

What a fun trip to get citrus yummies. Nothing better that fresh from the orchard. Our family usually has boxes of fruit from Florida about now. Do you have all your decorating done?

Diane said...

Wow-- that amazes us Mid-westerners. Especially since it is snowing as I write.

podso said...

Looks yummy and fun! And not too hot there right now, am I correct?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Looks wonderful, looks like home! Love Winter in Florida! I'll have to think about doing some Upicking at my favorite farms, if only for the great photo ops,

Donna said...

Those lemons are HUGE! I've never seen them that big before!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Diane, how nice to be in the warm sunny weather of Florida! I love the fruit and that lemon is unbelievable! Have a wonderful week. Julie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun day!!! that is one fine lemon!!

Carol

StarTraci said...

Oh! That fruit looks amazing!
Have a great week.
:-)
Traci

Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

Lemons grow on a low bush? What do you do with so many lemons? I rarely use them. Your photos are beautiful! New follower. Stopping by from Sundays in My City. Have a fabulous week!

EG CameraGirl said...

Now I am famished and want an orange.;)

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, what a great looking place! That is one huge lemon! I have a lemon tree in my backyard and it's filled with lemons. I have to give so many away because I can make just so much lemonade! ;)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to go there. Nothing like that around here. Do you fresh squeeze your oranges then?

It's snowing here tonight!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Such fun to go and pick your own citrus fruit and it all looks so good.

Unknown Mami said...

You made my mouth water. I would love some of those lemons.

Patty Antle said...

Wow! That is a big lemon. I remember when we lived in California we had lemon trees in the back yard. We didn't live there long enough to get much from them. The fruit looks so delicious. Nice photos too!

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I think I wanna come there! It's cold and there's snow on the ground.
Brenda

Rajesh said...

Great stuff. I would love to have those fresh fruits.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved seeing the fresh citrus, sunshine and greenery.
Dreary, icy and cold here.
Thanks for stopping by. They are having a lot of fun with Lady Red - hope they don't run out of ideas. :D
Have a great week.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I just have to tell you that it is snowing here right now!! LOL!!
Thanks so much for your visit!!
I am playing catch up...

Hugs,
Deb

Linda R said...

That is one big Lemon indeed.. And I love the photos of the tractors. Hope you have a happy week my friend.

Hugs~

cynthia lee designs said...

Yes...I love old tractors!
Those oranges and lemons look so yummy!!
hugs,
Cindy

Lorrie said...

Fresh citrus is so wonderful. That's one enormous lemon - could probably flavor an entire lemon meringue pie on its own.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

What a wonderful place. I love fresh fruit, and must have lemons!

eileeninmd said...

The lemon is huge. It is wonderful to have all that fresh picked fruit. I love oranges. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm dreaming of lemon chicken after seeing all your gorgeous fresh fruit. Our backyard is filled with lots of snow and an ice rink right now. Smile!

LindyLou Mac said...

It must be wonderful to have fresh citrus fruits like this. We did manage to grow a few lemons in Italy!

camp and cottage living said...

That's an amazing lemon alright!
My husband would love one of those vintage tractors...
maybe some day!

Joyce Olson said...

Oh my dear Southern Friend, what a treat for you and the hubby! That is one huge lemon-I really want to make lemon bars now...
xx!
Jemma

Marivel said...

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I am having a giveaway......You are welcome to participate.....
and I would like if........(I sent you a email)

Marivel said...

hello,Diane:
I am having a giveaway......You are welcome to participate.....
and I would like if........(I sent you a email)

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Wow..you're blessed with such beautiful fresh fruits and it must be fun to pick your own!

edenhills said...

What a great tradition! I do love the old tractors. Very nice.

Debby said...

Thank you for checking on me. I was taking care of my mother after her back surgery. I had a hard time getting online through her access.
The month is going so so. It will get better.
((((HUGS))))

Diane Writes said...

Hi namemate! I have a confession to make, I haven't seen a live orange tree in my entire life. I live in a tropical country so this type of fruit tree doesn't thrive.

I always enjoy your mini travel posts, something I would like to do too. Wishing you a great week ahead!