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Published: February 25th 2010
There is a man driving this,
but it was rainy and windy, so they wrapped him to keep him from the weather! The picture makes it look like he can't see out, but actually it was very clear. Something to keep in mind if you ever decide to sell your windshield!
(Shining Light Ministries)
I’ve mentioned that we are in the heart of citrus country, and today we were fortunate enough to be able to tour a citrus handling plant, right here in Mission. (There are six in this valley, not counting the private growers who market their own.) The plant owns its own orchard, one of which surrounds it, but it also contracts with other growers…think Sidney Sugars! They process citrus fruit from November to April, and then handle honeydew melons during the month of May, and then they’re closed for until the fall. They start with Mars oranges (my favorite, except for the seeds!), then Navel, and they’re just beginning to pick Valencia. They’re also just starting to pick grapefruit, and they handle both the Ruby Red, and the Rio Red. They also have a separate business that ships packaged fruit, but we didn’t get to tour that part. One thing we all noticed was that the fruit is handled so carefully~~hand picked in the orchard, and from then on, it’s poured gently every time it’s transferred. At the height of their season, this plant handles 1000 crates of grapefruit a day; when it’s oranges, they pack 600 per
From the crate to this stop:
This is where the cleaning, sorting and packing begins. As you're looking at these pictures, notice how clean this facility is.
day…no wonder those forklifts move so fast!
They don’t give tours at this plant so we felt very fortunate to be allowed to do this. Bob and I stopped to ask about it, and for some reason they agreed to take us through, and then they let us walk the catwalks and
Rigo (our guide) took us right down on the floor. They asked us not to mention the name of their plant, because they don’t want to have to refuse other people.
I’m going to post now, and call this a picture blog….
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