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Rules for Shipping Home Grown Citrus from Florida

December 17, 2009

During the holidays we get a lot of calls about the rules for shipping home grown citrus out of Florida. Since I work in Central Florida at the Sanford State Farmers Market, I get folks dropping in from time to time as well asking about the process.

You can ship your home grown citrus to other states but you must first take it to a licensed commercial packinghouse to get it inspected. According to the USDA notice about the 2009-2010 rules on shipping Florida home grown citrus out of state, there are six packinghouses who have agreed to do this. Before you head out to one of these places, however, please give them a call to make sure that 1) they are open and 2) they are still providing this service.  If you want to ship your citrus within Florida, you do not need to get it inspected.  For more information about this, check out the information on our website.

Here are the packinghouses:

A.W. Crisafulli Groves
5515 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, Florida  32953-7223
321-452-8110; 800-683-6700
Details:  Minimum of 1/2 bushel (4 gallons)

May Groves
1885 U.S. Highway 1 North
Titusville, Florida  32796
321-745-8575
Contact: Barry Gainer

Neukom Groves, Inc.
5409 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, Florida  33542-3929
813-782-5596; 813-788-2048 (fax)

Poinsettia Groves
1481 U.S. Highway 1
Vero Beach, Florida  32960
772-562-3356
Contact:  Jeb Hudson

The Mail Center
3206 South Hopkins Avenue
Titusville, Florida  32780
321-268-2255

The Orange Shop
P.O. Box 125
Citra, Florida  32113-0125
800-672-6439
e-mail: info@floridaorangeshop.com

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