About Our Fruit
How We Operate – Tree to You
First, our fruit is picked by hand and collected in small quantities. After the fruit
arrives at our packinghouse, it is unloaded and prepared for washing. At Schacht
Groves oranges and grapefruit are washed in a mild soap-
Next, the fruit is dried, sized, and inspected for quality. The fruit is then packed by hand into one of our secure delivery trays and placed into a sturdy carton. Finally, the carton is closed, addressed, and shipped. We ensure peak freshness and superb quality by completing this process in under 48 hours. Now that’s grove fresh!
The Small Farm Advantage
Timing is everything, especially with citrus farming. The harvest schedule at Schacht Groves is flexible, to allow for time shifts one way or the other during the ripening process. The fruit is picked when it’s ready; not a day too soon or too late. Large packinghouses simply can’t afford to operate this way. Furthermore, we personally oversee the management of our own groves, and therefore the high quality of our Indian River fruit is consistent from year to year.
Indian River Fruit, Coveted The World Over
What is it about the Indian River region that makes for such a delicious crop? Well, for starters, the dark, nutritious soil is rich in limestone, which makes it perfect for nurturing a sturdy root structure.
And the tropical climate assures plenty of sunshine and rain—essential for producing juicy, sweet fruit. Schacht Groves is far enough north to enjoy the winter coolness that brings out the peak sweetness in the fruit, but far enough south to avoid a damaging frost.
Citrus grown in California and Texas environments simply aren’t as sweet or as juicy as our highly coveted Indian River citrus.
Green is Beautiful
Don’t be fooled by the bright oranges and yellows of the citrus you find in the grocery
store. Early in the season it’s often picked green and the skin is treated with ethylene
gas to bring out the bright colors. But Schacht Groves ships only all-
On average, citrus from the Schacht Groves Indian River region is 25 percent heavier and juicier than the same size fruit grown outside Florida. Early in the season you may find that the citrus is a little green around the edges. Or you might see a few “wind scar” blemishes common to citrus grown in Florida. But the proof is in the tasting.
Peel away the thin, slick, “zipper skin,” taste a section, and you’ll discover the juiciest, sweetest, most delicious citrus fruit found anywhere on earth.