Satsuma growing season in full bloom

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When you think of satsumas, you probably picture the bright orange, easy to peel fruit, but satsuma groves are looking a little more green this time of year.

Mack Glass planted his satsuma trees in 2002.

"Our first partial harvest was three years later and it's continued to grow," Glass said.

Glass owns Cherokee Satsumas in Marianna.

"We had a very warm February and then the month of March was cool, so it had the trees a little bit confused and us a lot concerned," Glass said.

Satsumas bloom once a year.

"Right now it looks like we're going to have a pretty good set of fruit and it seems to be sizing up already," Glass said.

Harvest time comes in November.

"It looks very promising for this year," Glass said. "We've got a good crop set, the market's still strong, so we're excited about starting again."

A large amount of Cherokee Satsumas' product will go to schools across Florida.

"We ship to probably seven or eight counties in the state," Glass said. "A couple of the big counties eat a lot of our fruit."

Two of those counties are Duval and Orange.

"We like that market because it gives us a face to face with some of the customers and we get real feedback from that," Glass said.

Most satsumas still have about half a year left on their trees.

"We're just very optimistic we can keep the trees healthy and keep the nutrients in them," Glass said. "We'll be fine."

Glass tells us he and other farmers have created a citrus growers association in hopes of turning the satsuma niche into an industry.