Local Schools to Receive Home Grown Satsumas

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Marianna- Grant Glass told us it was Satsuma season, but he also said Satsumas ran on their own schedule.

"It depends on the weather- just have to watch the color break. Last year we picked the first week of October, this year we started the second week of November."

Nonetheless, the operation was in full swing when we visited Cherokee Farms Thursday.

"We clip them here," he said, walking us through his family's orange grove, "carry them over [to the packing plant] and process them. There's five acres here, about 600 trees."

He said each tree generally produced at least 200 pounds of oranges, which meant there was more than enough fruit for the dozens of school systems serving their Satsumas to students.

"We do some through the 'Farm to School' program where it goes to Ocaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Jackson County and some counties down south. Then we do some where the different organizations at the schools contact us about selling the fruit as a fund raiser."

Glass said Satsumas were ideal for school aged kids because of their unique characteristics.

"It's what they call a zipper peel so it's easy to peel and it's seedless," Glass explained, but he was quick to add that the seedless treat was a delicious and nutritious snack for people of all ages.

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