Truman Ranch II: U-Pick Citrus

by autumn on January 22, 2015

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesFirst, thank you everyone for your kind, supportive, enthusiastic, sweet words about the book here and elsewhere. I’m so grateful for the support and, of course, for the opportunity. Second, I’m sorry it’s winter. I got you some virtual citrus.

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesLast weekend, we drove all the way to the west side of Phoenix (I kept asking if we were in L.A. yet…) to Truman Ranch U-pick Citrus. Truman ranch was formerly a University of Arizona citrus agricultural center and since the late 90s has been managed by James Truman. There are 80+ varieties of unsprayed citrus on 40 acres, in other words MY LITERAL DREAM COME TRUE. I really can’t overstate how unbelievable it was.

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & Does

U-pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesWe got a map (it was 6 pages long!), a wheelbarrow, and wandered. The smell was just beyond. We stopped in the “loose-skin mandarins” field for gold nuggets, but I was most excited for the two “citrus varieties” fields because WEIRD CITRUS! We saw all the quats (limequat! mandarinquat!) and I got some rangpur limes, which I wanted for the book.

U-pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & Does

U-pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & Does

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesDid I make Paul take my picture in front of the bergamot tree? YES I DID. Because it’s a bergamot tree!

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & Does
U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & Does

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesWe’ve been enjoying salty dogs with every type of grapefruit imaginable and I’m scheming about what to do with my prized limequats and bergamots. We got something called a “?? Pummelo,” which is currently ripening on the kitchen table. I’ll keep you updated on how that turns out 😉

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marisa January 22, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Autumn, I’m not sure if words can truly convey how darned jealous I am of this citrus u-pick situation you’ve got going on! Also, so many congratulations about your book! Feel free to email if you have questions, or just need some support!

Reply

2 Cindy January 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

That place seems all kinds of amazing! I am so jealous of your salty-dog sitch, but SO HAPPY for your book. Congrats!!

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: