The weekend before Thanksgiving, we paid a repeat visit to Miller’s Citrus Grove—a 5-acre citrus farm from where we’ve (for years) been gifted, and from where we’ve (now) purchased delicious, sweet Mandarins. It’s always a pleasure to go to the source—which, in this case, is about 40 minutes away in Placer County, roughly 30 miles east of Sacramento. The fruit is left to ripen on the tree, so it’s exceptionally sweet.
As with the previous year, something in the golden, setting sun said fall, while the start of the mandarin season beckoned winter.
We learned that bags of the mandarins are sent to local schools for lunch programs. If fruit that tasted like this had been offered in the cafeteria when I was growing up, I may have actually strayed further from the Tater Tots!
Hudson was pretty enamored with the task of running up the hill and sampling citrus (less-so with all the sitting in the car); but the highlight for him was definitely feeding mandarins to the Millers’ goats (a special treat for them).
If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out Miller’s Citrus (and the rest of the growers along the Placer County Mandarin Trail). Just call ahead to check on hours.