Frequently Asked Questions
General Fruit Questions
A Duncan Grapefruit is almost round and has a smooth, light yellow rind. The flesh is very pale yellow, juicy, and very seedy. The flavor is considered by many to be superior to similar seedless grapefruit varieties. In flavor, Duncan has remained the standard of grapefruit excellence in Florida. However, Duncan grapefruit are no longer grown commercially because of the excessive seed count. White Seedless Grapefruit are available mid-Dec through mid_Jan and are close to the flavor of Duncan.
An excellent juice or eating orange. A midseason fruit, medium to large size, round to oval, orange color, pebbly peel. Has seeds. The Pineapple orange is acclaimed for its juicy sweetness. (It does not taste like a pineapple.) Pineapple oranges are the oldest cultivated variety in Florida but are rapidly being replaced by other newer seedless varieties. We no longer offer Pineapple oranges for shipment.
Yes, Ingredients are: Oranges: Section or cut into chunks. Amount depends on the size of your group – Oranges are the main ingredient. Pineapple: Canned, unsweetened, and drained. Cut in small chunks, just enough to flavor. Coconut: Shredded, just a small amount. Red Maraschino Cherries: Cut in halves – for color during the Holidays, use Red and Green. Preparation: Combine oranges, pineapple and cherries – chill (it should be juicy). About 1 hour before serving, mix in coconut. For a festive look sprinkle more coconut on top and a few cherries for decoration. Always best when served fresh.
Note: Cherries color will fade if prepared and stored for several days due to the acid content of the orange.
All of our fruit is guaranteed to arrive fresh and in good condition when we are furnished with a correct and complete delivery address. Any damaged or spoiled fruit will be replaced or, if you prefer, if less than 12 pieces are damaged, a credit coupon is issued for use on your next order. The credit coupon can be issued to the sender or the recipient and may also be used in Mixon's Bradenton Florida Store.
Oranges last longest in a cool area that’s well ventilated. Keep them off the floor to help keep the air moving around the fruit. Oranges maintain their “just picked” freshness for up to six weeks when stored between 30 & 50 degrees F. The best temperature range for grapefruit is between 50 & 55 degrees F. The skin is sensitive to cold and blemishes appear but it does not affect the fruit inside. Citrus keeps longer if refrigerated.
These are very similar in taste but Pink is a little juicier and slightly less acidic. The segments of Red are more pinkish to reddish in color, while the Pink is light to nearly white in color. Pink grapefruit are no longer available as they are rapidly being replaced by Red Grapefruit due to the popularity of the deeper red color of the segments and red blush on the skin.
Temple oranges (now renamed to Royal Tangerines) with “zipper” skins are easiest to peel Temple oranges do contain 2-3 seeds per section with a unique sweet tangy taste and loaded with juice. Temples are very tender to process and ship - for that reason are being phased out of commercial production. Limited availability in February.
Gift Fruit Questions
Is there a difference at all? A navel orange from Florida has to be the same as a navel from California. Right? Well, even though many of the fruits are genetically identical, the climate changes the fruit far more than you’d expect.
California Oranges: California’s climate is very arid with very low yearly rainfall. The days are hot and sunny, and the nights are dry and cool. This weather is ideal for raising oranges with thick, beautiful peels. The dry air keeps superficial blemishes from forming on the peels, making them attractive to supermarket shoppers. Having a thicker peel also aids in keeping them fresh for extended periods. They are ideal for brick and mortar stores, because they last much longer on store shelves.
Florida Oranges: The oranges that grow in Florida do so in a hotter, wetter climate. As a result, these oranges are much juicier and sweeter. In fact, the majority of Florida’s oranges are used for juicing. The peels are usually thinner, and the oranges are easier to eat out of hand. This makes whole Florida oranges ideal for direct shipping rather than supermarket sales. Since our oranges are shipped straight from the grove to your door, there’s plenty of time to enjoy them. Florida oranges typically last 2-3 weeks when refrigerated.
Changes may be requested by contacting our customer service team at 1-800-608-2525 or by email at email@example.com. All changes must be requested a minimum of 48 hours prior to ship week/date. We cannot make changes after the order is packed or shipped.
The peel of Florida oranges range in color from orange, or yellow-orange, to greenish yellow. The bright orange color so frequently associated with maturity, actually results from cooler night temperatures. Color is not an indication of ripeness. Florida oranges have thinner skins and may be yellow-green in color, but are sweet and juicy. They can actually turn orange and then back to green depending on temperatures. Ripe, juicy oranges feel firm and heavy, with skin texture ranging from smooth to pebbly.
Yes, we can ship Fresh Frozen Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Juice and Lemonade via 1-3 day ground service to most of the eastern US. 2 Day and Next Day service to all other areas is available with an upcharge for those delivery services. We only ship juice Monday-Wednesday to assure delivery within the 2-3 days.
We freeze fresh juice the same day it is squeezed and keep frozen until shipped so that it will have a 2 week refrigerated shelf life once it is thawed. We ship in our regular half gallon containers that are about 3-4 ounces short filled to allow for expansion without spill over during the freezing process. Some thawing may happen in the shipping process but can be re-frozen. Only thaw the juice as you can use it within 2 weeks.
Thawing instructions are included with shipment. Rapid thawing can be done with microwave in short (30 seconds or less) intervals shaking content in between to prevent over-heating juice.
Our catalog prices include shipping to most of the USA. Due to carrier surcharges and fuel price fluctuations, there is an additional Carrier Surcharge. There are additional charges for shipments to Arizona, California, Texas, Canada and FedEx Expedited Shipping. Call 1-800-608-2525 (Local 748-5829) for further information.
Gift Shop & Packing House Questions
Always check with your airlines before purchase. We can pack fruit in our standard shipping boxes for travel. We offer a broad selection of fruit in our Gift Fruit Shipping department, let us do the shipping for you. We guarantee our packages to arrive in good condition when furnished with a complete & correct shipping address. You may arrange to have fruit shipped directly to your home or to friends and family.
No, the Tram is open air with a stop at our Wildlife Rescue is interactive and outside. We monitor the weather constantly to determine if tour needs to be cancelled or delayed. Call ahead to be sure. You can now book your tour ahead using our Tour booking service - click the "Book a Tour" button on the top right side of any page and check the schedule and availability. If you book ahead we can notify you of any changes affecting your scheduled booking time.
Our Tram takes you through our grove with a guide who will explain a little about the history of Mixon Fruit Farms and how our citrus is grown. It makes a stop at our Wildlife Rescue to learn about and touch rescued wild animals. It lasts about an hour. Our tours are outside and interactive and are subject to cancellation or delay due to inclement weather.
Note:Place an order from our Cafe' to be ready for you when you get back from the tour and/or stroll through the Magical Children's Maze and Butterfly Garden, the Pavilion, Gazebo and Wetlands Pond and feed the large Koi Fish.
All of the items in our catalog are available in our store, plus many many more. We often run specials on fruit and juice as well. Have lunch in our cafe, take a Tram Tour, and try free samples of our juice, citrus and fudge. We also have a wine tasting bar. Be sure to have a famous "Orange Swirl" Ice Cream Cone.
Tours ar subject to cancellation and/or delay due to weather conditions or equipment issues. Closed Sunday.
Out of Season (May - Oct) Tram Tours Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 & 1:00.
In Season (Nov-Apr) Tram Tours Monday thru Saturday at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00.
Adults - $10.00 + tax = $10.70;
Children 3-12 - $5.00 + tax = $5.35
Under 3 - Free.
This is an outdoor event through our grove and animal rescue areas that lasts about 1 hour. Water and drink is allowed on tram - Sorry, no food or animals due to wild animal contact. No Restroom facilities are available during tours
You can now book your tour ahead using our Tour booking service - click the "Book a Tour" button on the top right side of any page and check the schedule and availability. If you book ahead we can notify you of any changes affecting your scheduled booking time.
November - April: Groveside Cafe hours are 8:30-5:00; Gift Shoppe hours are 10:00-5:00; Office hours are 9:00-5:00 - Monday thru Saturday. We are closed on Sundays. Tram tours at 11:00AM, 1:00PM & 3:00PM Monday - Saturday.
May - October: Gift Shoppe & Groveside Cafe hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday. The office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. We are closed on Sundays. Tram tours at 11:00AM & 1:00PM Tuesday - Saturday.
The opening date for each season varies slightly but it’s usually early November. We take orders year round for all of our gift items. Our Fresh Frozen Juices, jellies, marmalades, dressings and fudge are very popular all year long. Call 1-800-608-2525 (Local 941-748-5829) for the new season fruit availability date and store hours.
Other Mixon Products Questions
Our Gift Shoppe has so many great gift selections, gourmet salsas, jellies, hot sauces and more. Some items are on our on-line ordering. Other store items can be shipped upon request. Packaging and shipping charges are based on weight of product(s) and shipping zone from Mixons. Call for pricing or better yet come into the grove market.
Kettle Korn is a popular southern treat made with fresh popcorn, popped in a large copper kettle of soybean popping oil, sugar and salt. It has a delicious, slightly sweet taste. We also offer Cinnamon Flavored and Cheddar Flavored Kettle Korn. Kettle Korn is made fresh at our store! A 14 oz. bag is $4.50 in the store.
Our standard shipping takes 3-5 business days, depending on distance. During the Christmas season it could take longer. This does not include time to process and pack the fruit. Addresses to PO boxes and some rural routes are shipped via the Florida Gift Fruit Shippers Association on pre-selected dates. These may take a little longer to arrive. Expedited shipping is available for additional charges.