When should I plan and conduct my sale?
In the fall season, the best time to start your sale is in September or early October. For strawberries, you’ll want to start in January. Call us for your free order forms, door hangers, sales receipts and posters to distribute to your sellers. Place your order by mid-November for delivery the end of November through mid-December.
Is there a minimum number of cartons we have to order for a delivery?
Yes. For delivery without an additional small-order fee, our minimum order for citrus is 250 cartons (large or small). We will deliver orders totaling 150-249 cartons, but there is an additional drop off fee of $100. We cannot accept any orders under 150 cartons. Our minimum order requirement for our strawberry fundraiser is 108 flats.
Can I pick my own delivery date and time?
If your order totals a full truckload of fruit (900-1000 large carton equivalents), we can deliver your fruit on the date and time that you request. If your order is less than a truckload, we will make every attempt to have your fruit delivered within the time frame you would like, but we ask that you be flexible with your day and time since we will have other orders on the truck with yours.
Who will unload my fruit from the truck?
It is not the responsibility of the truck driver to unload your order! We suggest at least 10 volunteers at your drop site to help unload your fruit. Please have them ready when the truck arrives and unload in a timely manner. Most truck drivers do not have a pallet jack or hand cart on their trucks. If you have access to these or can even get a fork lift, unloading will be quicker and easier. Team building!
How should I distribute the fruit to my customers?
You may decide to either have a customer pickup day, or to deliver the fruit directly to your customers. If you elect to have your customers pick up their order from your drop site, it is of the utmost importance that you are not distributing fruit as you are unloading the truck! Make sure you separate your fruit by sizes and varieties and count your cartons first, before distribution! Our cartons are clearly marked for easy sorting.
What if my fruit has a greenish tint on the skin? Is it ripe?
Yes, it is ripe and ready to be enjoyed! Our citrus is not harvested until is passes a standard maturity test for ripeness. Our subtropical climate plays a big role in the color of the peel. It takes cool nights to break down the chlorophyll in the skin to turn it to an orange or yellow color, and our nights often remain warm. Small blemishes on the skin, called wind scars, result from the fruit rubbing against the tree’s branches, and do not affect the taste either.
Please feel free to call us at 1-800-613-7848 to answer any additional questions that you may have about conducting a fresh fruit sale!