Support Your Florida Growers This Season
By Allison Williams
If you live in Polk County, chances are you have driven by or through an orange grove. Right in the heart of Central Florida sits Dundee Citrus Growers Association, where fruit is sourced locally from its grower owners. They have been in operation, packing and marketing fruit for almost 100 years, since 1924.
“Dundee CGA is one of the largest fresh fruit cooperatives in the Florida Citrus Industry. We harvest multiple citrus varieties from 10,000+ acres throughout the state of Florida. In addition to the finest selection of fresh Florida citrus, Dundee CGA offers Florida blueberries and tree-ripened peaches as part of our product family.” – www.dun-d.com
Steven B. Callaham is the CEO of Dundee Citrus Growers Association. He says, “Dundee Citrus is a grower owned cooperative which provides harvesting, packaging and marketing services to its members.”
Joe Garrison is a member of Dundee Citrus. He often gets comments from concerned community members about new homes/subdivisions going in and taking away from the groves.
“What we want to do is help the local grower out,” Garrison said, “I want to let people know that this brand is 100% agriculture products from Florida. Purchasing it will help us support our local growers and support who is left because we are in it to win it. I think this is the best way to help us, because our land is diminishing. People are disappointed that housing developments are taking over orange groves, so this is an opportunity to let people know this is our brand and this stuff is grown 100% in the state of Florida, mainly Central Florida. Please look for this brand in our markets. That helps all of our local growers.”
Want to be entered to win a free box of Harvey lemons? Head over to your local grocery store and pick up an item with a “Florida Classic” label. This means it is a citrus product grown in Florida. You can find several products throughout the year with the “Florida Classic” label on them including oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, blueberries and peaches.
Share the photo of the “Florida Classic” item on your Facebook page and also post onto Daily Ridge Facebook page OR Winter Haven Daily Facebook page. Every person who does this will be entered to win a free box of Harvey lemons. Winners will be randomly drawn.
1st place: 100 Harvey lemons
2nd place: 50 Harvey lemons
3rd place: 25 Harvey lemons
*Winner must be local/able to pick up in Dundee, FL.
If you prefer to shop online while still supporting local businesses, visit www.dundeegroves.com or call 1-800-294-2266 for a selection of mixed citrus boxes, sweets, and other fruit gifts. You’ll be sure to find a gift to please any pallet and make the New Year extra sweet. They also offer a Sweeties Club Plan to keep the freshness coming to your door at the peak of the season.