Morse Farms was established in 2002, when the family planted 400 Satsuma Owari mandarin trees at 8 Feathervale Drive in the eastern foothills in Oroville, California. We now have close to 600 trees including minneolas, oranges, lemon grapefruits and apples. The orchard was planted using sustainable farming methods such as micro-emitter sprinkler heads to reduce water usage, and leaving grass between the rows of trees to reduce soil erosion and a flat area to capture any water runoff that might occur to allow percolation back into the ground. Our farm also uses bark for weed and erosion control in other planted areas. Sprays are kept to a minimum by only spraying when needed. The family recycles, composts and uses little to no electricity during the picking, cleaning, sorting or boxing of the fruit, creating a minimal carbon footprint. Our family hand wipes each piece of fruit with white terry cloth towels and provides hand sorting and inspection when bagging and boxing the fruit. This operation also guarantees that you receive the best quality of fruit in every bag or box.
Mandarin oranges are known for being a healthy, natural snack. Its size is perfect for a child's lunchbox or an adult's pocket. Full of vitamins, at 45 calories each and 0.1 grams of fat, it's one of the best low fat foods you can eat. We suggest you enjoy mandarins in their natural form and check out these recipes that you can use during the holidays and all year to add the benefits of mandarins to your diet. Mandarin Recipes
Morse Farms is family owned. We sell Satsuma mandarins in 10 lbs bags, 8 and 14 lbs boxes, mandarin marmalade, mandarin pancake syrup, mandarin olive oil, mandarin jalapeno BBQ sauce, made from Morse Farms fruit and meat seasoning and rubs which are also excellent on vegetables. During mandarin season we ship gift baskets with a wide variety of mandarin products, seasoning rubs, almonds, olive oil, BBQ Sauce from local farms and producers.
Though mandarins are our specialty, we also grow Meyers and Eureka lemons which are also available during mandarin season. Navel oranges, are available in January and February, minneolas and grapefruits in March. See the article from Visitor's and Newcomers Guide for Oroville/Gridley attached here Visitors Guide 2011-2012 for more information on local citrus growers.
mandarins are grown by our family to be shared with
Our mandarin season typically begins in late November and runs until the middle of January or the end of season.
During the mandarin season our shed is open at the
orchard daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Come visit us this
season and bring the whole family to the orchard
for a wonderful outing.
Our signs are posted on Olive Highway, Miner's Ranch Road and Mt. Ida. Follow the signs to our shed. See recent articles from the Chico News & Review highlighting Morse Farms at the following links:
For more photos see Alan Sheckter's photo gallery
We will be glad to ship your holiday orders for you. What a wonderful holiday gift for your family and friends.
We ship gift baskets and gift boxes for you.
See gift baskets and boxes descriptions form for order and pricing information.
We ship mandarins, lemons, oranges & grapefruits. For shipping information go to Mandarin Season Form or for oranges and grape fruits use Year Round Form.
We make custom baskets as shown above for you to pick up and deliver.
Please visit the farm at 8 Feathervale Drive to pickup your bags of mandarins directly from us.
We are also proud to be part of
the Sierra Oro Farm Trail passport weekend occurring Columbus Day Weekend. Please visit us on this weekend for a tour,
goodies and farm information.
You can also find us at many of the local events and Farmers Markets.
Morse Farms is also included as
part of the California Agri-tourism organization managed out
of UC Davis.
Photo by Alan Sheckter
We look forward to seeing you
this mandarin season!
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