Last weekend my family and I went out to the farm where I buy as much of my produce as I possibly can. Right now citrus season is in full force and we are taking advantage of it’s abundance and sweetness. I asked Sandy (who works at Washburn Ranch Fruit Stand) if I could snap a few photos for the blog. She of course said yes! I wanted all of you to see what it looks like to shop local and buy good quality ingredients that are fresh from the farm. Plus I have never been to a citrus orchard and wanted the full experience. Is it even called a citrus orchard? Nonetheless sweet memories were made.
These are the grapefruit trees that were on the verge of being ripe.
Here is my hubby who clearly enjoyed being outside amongst the citrus trees. 😉
They have the sweetest and juiciest oranges I have ever tasted in my life. I have made fresh squeezed orange juice with their oranges and it is the only juice my toddler will drink. What can I say, I’ve created a mini food snob. 😉
Here is the quaint little farm (Washburn) I go to every week. The owners and the people who work there are incredibly kind and go out of their way to help me. Doug always offers to pick my salad greens or lettuce fresh from the field, even if he has some already picked.
Washburn has avocados year round and they are hands down the best. Avocados are also the only green thing I can get my son to eat.
Here is Doug picking my lettuce greens. I feel so spoiled! Can someone pinch me?! It’s January and I’m buying fresh lettuce from a farm. This never would have happened in the Northwest!
Everything is fresh. When I used to purchase citrus from the grocery store I would typically leave it on the counter for a week or so. Now that I am able to get it straight from the farm where it is grown, it is ripe when picked and can’t sit out on the counter as long.
Now to this this Citrus Salad I have been eating for the past two weeks straight. I swear I’m going to turn into an orange! The salad is simple, sweet, juicy, citrusy, nutty, crunchy, and healthy. I could eat it everyday! Take advantage of all the citrus that is in abundance right now. Do a little research and see if there is a local farm in your area that sells citrus this time of year. If citrus doesn’t grow in your area the local grocery store will do just fine. Cheers to fresh citrusy salads!