WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE HARVEST 2019 IS ALMOST HERE! Following are some opening dates you should know about. We look forward to providing you with premium, tree ripe, fresh eating, Georgia Grown, Franklin Farms citrus once again.
November 7th-Metter Farm Stand (Yes! We will have a full time location in Metter this season stocked with local citrus, pecans, honey and more.)
Open Monday-Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm
1205 S Lewis St, Metter, GA 30439 at Clifton's Shell Gas Station
November 8th- Statesboro Farm Stand (Where you pick up direct from the farm. This location is a locals favorite and we stock more than just citrus including GA apples, Pecans, local Jams/Jelly's, local honey, Faye's Farm Raised Eggs and so much more.)
Open Monday-Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm
10610 HWY 301 S, Statesboro, GA 30458
November 9th- Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market (Nothing like our hometown's Farmers Market, we'll see you there and look forward to seeing our community again.)
This year's growing season has been full of excitement and challenges. We are bringing a larger harvest to market, have expanded with more trees including diversification, invested in breakthrough cultivation practices, begun utilizing a drone for better photography of the farm, and hosted very special visitors.
Weather has been the largest challenge, with conditions starting out dry followed by a long harsh summer and drought into early fall. This has resulted in high use of irrigation systems, with something always needing tended to or worked on from high use. Regardless, the successes make the early mornings, long hot days and late nights all worth it.
Now our sites are set on harvest, excited about what we'll have to offer you! The Satsuma and Georgia Kiss crop will be at record production; several...
Always exciting, when Dal Cannady from WTOC News comes for a visit. I think we grazed on citrus more than we talked about the story. You could say it's a job perk, for both of us. Seriously though, had a great time!
Cool temperatures are THE KEY to maturing quality satsumas. It makes their sugars sky rocket and the peels turn orange. Just a month ago, we thought this week would be the start of harvest 2018. The weather had other plans. September ended on a hot note and October started out warm, thus the satsumas are not quite ripe yet. The good news is, they're very close. They are finally getting the cool night temperatures they must have, to mature into the premium quality you've come to love about Franklin's Georgia Citrus. Following is a list of opening dates we're shooting for. Keep in mind, this list is just the first week of harvest! As more ripen, we'll be in multiple other markets and online mail order will open.
Statesboro's Main Street Farmers Market (November 3rd)
Savannah's Forsyth Park Farmers Market (November 3rd)
Georgia Peach Truck in Atlanta and surrounding areas (November 3rd)
Franklin's Citrus Farm Stand in Statesboro (November 5th)
Another close call but most of our damage was to younger citrus trees. We had a few total losses, and a couple hundred severely leaning or with broke branches. Overall blessed compared to many farmers in Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
Pecan orchards, which took decades and generations to grow just leveled. Thousands of acres of cotton, peanuts, vegetables and more, experienced major crop loss. Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black fears over $1 billion in crop damage!
So it's all about perspective. The damage stung but thankful it wasn't worse. The team did a wonderful job staking trees straight and cutting damaged limbs. We even took advantage of having to work through the young fields, doing maintenance pruning and plucking stubborn pig weed while there.
Not to mention how beautiful it has been after the storm. Temperatures...