On Sunday we headed out with friends to Sunnyland Satsumas in west Mobile to take advantage of the abundance of ripe local citrus.
Aside from bringing a pair of clippers there’s not much you need. You can bring your own bag but they’ll provide a container for you if you don’t have one. Then you can stroll through the orchard and start harvesting. The fruit is $1/pound and a minimum of 10 pounds is required (payment by cash or check). If you ask they’ll tell you what varieties they have planted and where to find them. Be sure to read the rules posted on their web site (and at the farm). They’re open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (afternoon only on Sunday). At Sunnyland the season runs through mid-December.
The trees, which are pruned to keep fruit within reach, each have a variety of sizes of fruit, ranging from nearly grapefruit size to Mandarin orange size, in varying stages of ripeness.
Just keep in mind that with fruit of this size (as opposed to blueberries), you can quickly pick a large amount. Without much effort my friend picked twice as much as she had planned to. I was aiming for 10 lbs and came away with 13. What you pick, you pay for.
Farmer M.J. Courtney also has satsumas for picking (information below), and if you keep your eyes open you may see more orchards along the rural roads.
9 Mile Marker Lott Rd (Highway 217)/5929 Lott Rd
Mobile AL 36613