Citrus (and blogging)

So I’m late on this post, my goal is posting once a week.  I’m in the process of switching blog sites.  In an effort not to lose my domain name “ourhawaiifarm.com”, this process has been a major hassle and a time consuming one.  Oh, and frustrating, did I mention, extremely frustrating.  So I didn’t want to post until I could post on the new site.  Seeing as this may not happen for a few more days (or so I’ve been told), I’m just going to continue to write in a timely manner.  For those contemplating a switch, if you’re not completely savvy to this blogging world thing (which I am not) find someone to help you OR pay the extra bucks to do it an easier way.

So done with that rant, BUT be looking for a new looking site soon (crossing fingers … waiting impatiently).

Okay, now the farm.  We’re overloaded on citrus right now.  So I must make a confession.  I know I’ve mentioned this in my blog previously, although not in this context.  I’ve always been jealous of the people who have tons of citrus on their trees, BUT also a little judgmental about their lack of prompt picking – okay, a lot judgmental.  I’d often see piles of fruit on the ground wasted, and I would think that they were a bit lazy for not picking their fruit.  But now, I understand why this happens because I’m faced with the same dilemma.  Our tangerine tree became so loaded so fast it was all we could do to keep up.  I went down to the tree determined to pick all the ripe tangerines and give them to neighbors and friends just so they wouldn’t waste.  But there were plenty on the tree that had already been stung by fruit flies that were no good, not to mention the loads on the ground already fermenting.  Plus the fact that my husband and I work all week at jobs that actually pay us, we’re limited to work that is done during the week, hence limited picking time.  So never again will I question others picking practices.  I get it, I get it, sometimes there is too much of a good thing.

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In addition to tangerines, we have Meyer lemons, Tahitian limes, different types of oranges, kumquats, and ruby red grapefruit.  Some of the oranges we have were here when we bought the property.  We don’t know all the varieties that we have, but we do have caracara which are a really pretty pink side, blood oranges, and minneolas which are great for juicing.  We also have what appears to be a Ka’u orange.  This year, all of all citrus are doing well.

If you’re a backyard farmer and you can only grow one kind of citrus, hands down I would say choose a Tahitian lime.  The limes are larger than your typical lime, and turn yellow when ripe.  They’re really juicy and have a slightly sweeter taste.  They’re great, but best of all the tree fruits year round.

I’d write more, but I have a ton of oranges, and I need to get juicing!!

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Author: Belle Chai

Farm girl wannabe, enjoying life on the Big Island. We have a small five acre farm along the Hamakua coast. While we have a few crops we grow to sell, we are trying to create a self sustaining lifestyle on our little piece of paradise. I set up this blog initially to help me keep track of different things we grow and how well they're doing, but recently decided to go public with it. I enjoy reading other hobby farm sites, and thought sharing our story a little might inspire others as they have inspired me.

2 thoughts on “Citrus (and blogging)”

  1. Hey!
    This may be to informal, or unprofessional, but I wasn’t sure what the best way to reach you was! I am a university student living in Vancouver, BC Canada. It is my dream to work and help produce and package coffee on a small hobbie farm. I want to spend a few months after April 2018 to work hard in some realm of agriculture. I want to make a little bit of money, but for the most part I just want the experience. I’m the past I’ve worked on orchards and I love the out doors and having a job in the sun. If you and your small business needs any help harvesting cherrys for a season or any sort of work around the farm, please consider me!! The opportunity to live on one of the Hawaiian chain lslands would be surreal!
    If you want another person on your team let me know!!
    – Makenzie Thorpe
    Makenziethorpe1@gmail.com

    1. Wow, what an awesome offer. We’re definitely looking at someday having people help us on our farm. We’d even like to have a little hale (house) for people to stay in when they come and help. We’re not set up currently to do that, but that is our goal as well. Just so you know, coffee picking typically starts around September through December/January. April is not picking season. That being said, we grow a lot of things and when set up will need help year round. I’m not sure when that will be, but I encourage you to keep in touch and let me know what your plans are. There are a lot of other farms in the island where they may need help. If you make it out here, please feel free to contact us, as we’d love to show you around. We can contact you when we are ready to receive help, and see if that still works with your schedule/life at that time. But I think reaching out is great, and I think many people like me would be open and happy to hear from someone like you. So thank you for writing!

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