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Weekend 6/20 & 6/21

Greetings All,

We would like to thank everyone that purchased lychees this year. THANK YOU.

We will NOT be opened this weekend 6/20 and 6/21. Mangoes still not quite ready yet.

I have received a lot of calls from people telling me that our website says we are opened.
Actually, they are looking at a Google page that has incorrect information about our operating hours.

We are open when we have something to sell. When we have something to sell, everybody on this e-mail list will be the first to know. It will be posted on islandtropicalfruit.com as well.

We are also getting a lot of calls about picking mangoes. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer picking of any fruit this year.

As you most of you know, there are several vendors selling mangoes on Merritt Island. Each vendor operates in a way that works for them. Some may ask you to wear a mask, some may not.
When we do open, and you plan to visit our farm, you should be prepared to wear a mask.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Regards,
Nick

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Lychee Tuesday

Greetings All,

We still have some Brewster lychee available. They will be for sale tomorrow morning 6/16/2020 at 10:00 am.

I don’t know how much there will be, My estimating skills apparently are not that good. I’m guessing there will be around 50lbs – 100lbs

Brewster lychee will be sold in 5 pound bags for $35.00 ($7.00/pound). Cash is the only form of payment we accept.

When you arrive for pick up, please stay in your car. One of our staff will come to your car and get your order number. They will then go get your fruit and bring it to you.

Thank you.

THERE WILL BE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HANDLE ANY OF THE FRUIT.

There will not be an opportunity to sample anything.

Regards,
Nick

COVID-19 Warning

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Mauritius Lychees this Saturday

Greetings All,

I hope this note finds you and your family well. This is not the way we want to operate, but it is the way we have to operate this year.

OK, here we go…

We will be selling Mauritius Lychees this Saturday from 10:00 am until they are sold out. Brewster, Sweetheart, and Emperor are not ready yet. Brewster and Emperor are still green. Sweethearts are small and need to fatten up.

Here is how we are going to work this out. We (not you) are going to pick the lychees. We are going to pre weigh them in 3 pound, 5 pound, and 10 pound bags. You will have to trust us. If you don’t, don’t come.

We will be offering lychees in the following set quantities at a price of $6.00 per pound:

  • 3 pounds for $18.00
  • 5 pounds for $30.00
  • 10 pounds for $60.00

You will go to our website and fill out the form. Then you will print it out, and present it to us when you arrive at the farm. You WILL stay in your vehicle and we put your order together, and then bring it to you. You will then hopefully pay us the correct amount, we will say THANK YOU and you will leave.

If you do not have a printer to print out the sheet, simply write your order on a piece of paper and give it to us. We will then do our best to fulfill your order depending on supply

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we really don’t know what to expect.

Unfortunately, this is not the year to bring the whole family to tour the orchard, Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin are OK. I know after being confined to your homes, a visit to the orchard would be the perfect getaway. However, nobody will be allowed in the orchard. Hopefully we can post more videos online.

THERE WILL BE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HANDLE ANY OF THE FRUIT.

There will not be an opportunity to sample anything.

There will be no handling of fruit by customers. This means you will not be able to “pick and choose” each piece of fruit like you have in the past.

Mangoes
LIMITED QUANTITY

We may have some mangoes available. Right now it looks like Florigon, Edwards, Van Dyke, Irwin, Nam Doc Mai, Glenn maybe a few others. They will be sold by the pound as well. Expect $3 per pound. They will be pre weighed and sold in set quantities as well. Probably minimum 5 pounds, and 10, 20 pounds.

We don’t have an order form for mangoes yet, so write it on the back of the lychee order or on a piece of paper.

Again, you will not be able to handle them like you have in the past. I’m sorry.

I explained this to someone today…and they asked me if I was going to put all the bad fruit in a bag and give it to them since they could not handle it. Yes, somebody really asked me that. Really.

If you are worried…that we would give you “bad” fruit,…then you shouldn’t come to our farm. It’s that simple. We don’t even give bad advise.

This is not the way we want to operate, however, this is the way we are going to have to operate this year.
We ask for your patience as we have never done this before and don’t know what to expect.

As usual, payments will still be in cash. Please do not be offended as we take your money while wearing gloves and then spray it with bleach or some other cancer causing agent. Please have the exact amount ready. This will help keep interactions to a minimum.

Any questions, text 321-243-2997

Regards,

Nick

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Sales Update for 2020 Fruit Season

Greetings All,

I hope this note finds you and your family well.

I would like to give an update on the upcoming fruit season and discuss how we are planning to operate this year due to COVID-19.

First of all, the fruit set looks good. All five varieties of lychee have set fruit. The mangoes look good as well. There were two blooms on the mango trees this year and the trees have a combination of large and small fruit on them. If we can only keep the storms away, we can keep more fruit on the trees.

More importantly, how are we going to sell this year?
We will be following the guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as all other governmental guidelines. We will also be implementing some of our own safeguards to keep everyone safe.
Hopefully, we can return to normal operations next year. Unfortunately, this year we are forced to operate in “non-ideal” conditions. We want to notify you up front, so you can be prepared for our operations when you arrive.

Unfortunately, this is not the year to bring the whole family to tour the orchard. I know after being confined to your homes, a visit to the orchard would be the perfect getaway. However, nobody will be allowed in the orchard. Hopefully we can post more videos online.

THIS YEAR

No one will be allowed into the orchard and you will not need to leave your car.

THERE WILL BE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HANDLE ANY OF THE FRUIT.

There will not be an opportunity to sample anything.

Your experience will be much better if you know before you arrive, what you would like.
You can download an order form from our website (NOT THERE YET), fill it out before you arrive and hand it to us when you arrive. We will then do our best to fulfill your order depending on supply.

There will be no handling of fruit by customers. This means you will not be able to “pick and choose” each piece of fruit like you have in the past.

This year we will be selling fruit in pre-packaged quantities that is simply ready for pick up.

For example;
We will be offering lychees in the following set quantities at a price of $6.00 per pound:
3 pounds for $18.00
5 pounds for $30.00
10 pounds for $60.00

So, If you would like 20 pounds, simply buy two of the ten pound bags.

Mangoes will be sold the same way. For the varieties we will have available, they will be in pre-determined quantities. Probably like 5 pound, 10 pound and 20 pound packages. Mangoes will be priced between $2.50 and $3.00 per pound

This is not the way we want to operate, however, this is the way we are going to have to operate this year.
We ask for your patience as we have never done this before and don’t know what to expect. If you are an impatient person, a super important person, or a toilet paper hoarder, you may be better off fruit shopping elsewhere. (believe it or not, I’ve already been yelled once for apparently not answering my phone.)

As usual, payments will still be in cash. Please do not be offended as we take your money while wearing gloves and then spray it with bleach or some other cancer causing agent. Please have the exact amount ready. This will help keep interactions to a minimum.

We are also exploring the idea of using ZELLE https://www.zellepay.com/ as a form of electronic payment. Check with your bank to see if they offer ZELLE options. I do not foresee us accepting any kind of credit card at this time.

Any questions, call 321-243-2997
(..if I don’t answer, leave a message, it that doesn’t work, send a text)

Regards, Nick

You can also follow us on Instagram. #nicksfruit
www.islandtropicalfruit.com

Regards,
Okie

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Out of Mangoes!

Greetings All,

Out of Mangoes!

We will not be opened this weekend as we are out of mangoes.

Thank you all for your continued support. Hopefully next year will be better!

Thank you again.

See you soon.
Nick.

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Open 7/27/2019

Greetings All,

We will be open Saturday, 7/27/19 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday if supply lasts!

We still have some mangoes available and some Wax Jambu.
It looks like we will have the following this weekend;
Valencia Pride
Kent (photos on instagram)
Keitt
Galaxy
Golden Nugget
Miracle

Remember, the parking and please don’t block the road. Please keep small children out of the road and close by your side.

Construction is still going on, so please don’t wander into the orchard.

Thank you again.

See you soon.
Nick.

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Open July 20th

Greetings and Thank You again for last week. We had a bit of a traffic jam last week. This week could also be busy as the roofers will be putting the roof on the new pavilion this Saturday.
Please be careful and please do not wander into the orchard.

We will be open on Saturday 7/20/19 at 10:00 am
We’ll have Valencia Pride, Galaxy and a few more.

Kent and Keitt are still at least a week away.

PARKING
1. With respect to parking, please drive down Hilliard Lane, approximately 200 feet, and pass the palm tree that will be on your left. See attached photo.

2. Also, please make sure that when you do park, you are off the pavement. We cannot block the road.

3. Please do not stop in the middle of the road in front of the tables, just park.

4. Most importantly, please watch your kids! Please keep them out of the road as it is actively being used by the neighbors.

See you on Saturday.
Nick.

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Mango & Lychee Update

Greetings Everyone.

Were getting close to opening and I want to share the latest information with you.

Lychees are starting to turn red but are still a bit small. I’m thinking at least another week and a half until they are ready. Expect lychee to be at least $5.25 per pound.

Mango Update
I’ve been speaking with other growers on South Merritt Island and I’ve heard numbers like this year’s crop is around 20% of last year’s crop. Basically, this is not a plentiful year for mangoes. Valencia Pride trees that in the past that have produced well, are almost bare.

So basically, be prepared to pay $3.00 per pound. We hope to have some mangoes in the $2.50 per pound range as well.

Wax Jambu
Trees are just starting to flower. Maybe in the middle of June.

Regards,
Nick

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Fruit Status 2019

Greetings Everyone!

I hope this note finds you well.

Where should I begin? How about a bad hail storm last month and a bad thunderstorm on 4/19/2019 to start? Between these two storms, many developing mangoes have been blown off the trees and some have hail damage to the fruit (see photos). This is certainly going to lower the yield for this year’s crop.

Oh well, there is nothing you can do about Mother Nature.
I’m starting to get calls asking about fruit availability, so let me answer. The short answer is nothing is ready yet. I expect lychees around June followed by mangoes in July. We did have some Nam Doc Mai trees bloom early and the fruit is getting big. It appears that they may be ready in the May time frame which is unusual.

My outlook for 2019 changes after every storm. If we keep having these weather events, it’s going to be a sad year.

So, about the fruit;

Lychee As the orchard matures, we collect more and more data. As of now, it appears that my lychee trees like to fruit every other year. Last year, 2018, was a good year for lychee. The previous year, 2017 was not a good year. I believe only 13 of the lychee trees flowered. This year, even less of my lychee trees have flowered. None of the Brewester or Emperor trees have flowered and there are a minimal number of Hak Ip. There are a few Mauritius and Sweetheart that have flowered and set fruit. I anticipate working with some other local growers to be able to provide lychees this year. It looks like there may be some Mauritius and Brewster available.

Longan It appears that the longan trees are following the lychee trees. Not many flowers this year. Last year, 2018 was a good longan year.

Wax Jambu Have not seen any flowers yet. Perhaps towards July we will see some flowers.

Mango Should be an OK year as long as the storms stop.

Peaches We no longer grow peaches. Most have been replaced with lychee and mango trees.

Avocados They were damaged by the hurricanes and are slow to recover.

White Guava They required way too much labor. Each fruit had to be covered to protect from insects. They were replaced with lychee trees.

About The Orchard

Those of you old timers will notice some new additions.
Video cameras. Due to our past vandalism problem, we have installed video cameras. There is a 100% chance you will be on camera. Don’t worry, Facebook and the FBI already know everything about you.

New Pavilion
We are in the process of building a pavilion with a roof to act as our new sales location.
It is located directly across from the big oak tree that we have used for the past several years. The area we used to place the tables and scales will now be parking.

Visitor Guidelines

First, I need to tell you what the State of Florida and the insurance company wants you to know… you’ll see this sign again, when you come to the Grove. It’s required by law.

NOTICE OF INHERENT RISK

WARNING
Under Florida law, an agritourism operator is not liable for injury or death of, or damage or loss to, a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury, death, damage, or loss results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury, death, damage, or loss.You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.
Ch. 2013-179 LAWS OF FLORIDA

Now that you’ve read that, let me tell you that if we are able to offer you the opportunity to enter the property, you are going out to a working farm and out into a real fruit orchard. There are things you should keep an eye out for. Most of the things are the same sort of hazards you’d find in your own backyard. In a grove, you can encounter many different things- bees, fire ants and other bugs, snakes or a wild animal, sand spurs or an animal hole in the ground. Just watch where you’re going and be careful.

For their safety, parents keep children at your side at all times and listen to our staff. We love to see small kids, however we are not a playground. Please make sure your kids behave so everyone can enjoy.

Our staff knows their way around and will bring you out to our orchard and show you where to pick. Please stay in the picking area that our staff puts you in. There may be employees working in other areas of the orchard with machinery and they’re NOT looking for you and we don’t want you to get hurt, being where you don’t belong.

Nick’s Island Tropical Fruit reserves the right to inspect returning wagons, strollers and any other item.

Backpacks or large bags/ large purses are NOT allowed out in the orchard.

Please do not bring any valuables or purses out to the orchard.

Nick’s Island Tropical Fruit will not be responsible for loss of any item.

Children must be with a parent at all times.

No eating in the orchard. Please don’t bring any food into the orchard and please don’t eat our fruit while in the orchard.

All sales are final. Pick only what you intend on paying for. You will be charged for all fruit picked.

Payment We only accept cash as a form of payment. This makes things really simple for both of us.

Animals No animals allowed. All animals must stay in your car.

Toilets We currently do not have a restroom facility. Please make sure you take care of things before you reach the orchard.

Smoking We are a non-smoking establishment.

Any questions, call 321-243-2997

Regards, Nick

You can also follow us on Instagram. #nicksfruit

Regards,
Okie

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Lychees in June!

Greetings All, we expect to start selling lychees in in the June time frame and mangoes to follow in July. Join our e-mail list for current updates.