Orange You Merry During the Holiday Season?

Family-owned citrus businesses in Vero Beach

All across America, there are farms. When you think of dairy farms, you may consider all the black and white cows in the Midwest. Amish farms, you’ll likely associate the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and the horse and buggies that Amish families traditionally use for transportation.

When you think of citrus farms – oranges, grapefruit, tangerines – of course you think of Florida. And right here in Vero, we have a handful of family-owned and operated citrus groves and retail stores that are passionate about the fruit they sell and ship all around the state, the country, even around the world. Florida’s tropical climate is ideal for growing citrus, and it has been a long-time family-oriented industry in the state.

Poinsettia Groves

Photo courtesy Authentic Florida.
Poinsettia Groves, locally owned, is located at 1481 U.S. Highway 1 in Vero Beach.

Poinsettia Groves has been shipping premium Florida Oranges and Grapefruit and other sweet citrus gifts from Florida since 1947. Favorites include Navel oranges, Honeybells, Temples, Valencias, Tangelos, Ruby Red Grapefruit, and fancy fruit baskets.

Their retail store is located at 1481 U.S. Highway 1 in Vero Beach, and hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit them online and on social media for holiday orders and monthly packages available. Tasting is available within the store.

Peterson Groves & Nursery

Photo courtesy Peterson Groves.
Peterson Groves & Nursery is located at 3375 65th Avenue and has been a family tradition since 1913.

This historic citrus packing house is one of the oldest in the Indian River County, dating back to 1913.  It features a gift shop full of gourmet dressings, dips, sauces, local honey, farm fresh eggs and produce, souvenirs, sweet delicious Florida taffy, Alligator Jerky and more.

Farm animals are on site for kids to enjoy, as well as a “Squirrel Treasure Hunt” where youngsters receive a prize at the end. 

Peterson Groves is located at 3375 65th Avenue in Vero Beach. Visit their website or find them on social media for online ordering and holiday gift shopping. Tasting is available within the gift shop.

Schacht Groves

Photo courtesy Schacht Groves.
Locally owned by Louis and Henry Schacht, this citrus company has something for everyone and they guarantee satisfaction.

Family-owned and operated since 1950, Schacht Groves is another of Indian River County’s go-to places for all things citrus.

Their gift shop has a variety of local honey, citrus fruits, juices, jams, jellies, marmalade, and souvenirs, and Louis and Henry Schacht say citrus from the Schacht Groves Indian River region is 25 percent heavier and juicier than the same size fruit grown outside Florida. 

Find them on social media or on their website, and their physical location is 6100 12th St. in Vero Beach. Tasting is available in the store, and holiday shipping is available.

Florida Indian River Groves

Photo courtesy Florida Indian River Groves. Fundraising is their specialty, aside from growing fresh citrus, an Indian River County tradition.

This A1A-based citrus company is famous for its fundraiser program, as well as its quality citrus. While their physical location is located at 4625 Highway A1A, you’ll do most of your shopping here online at their website.

Florida Indian River Groves’ President, Tom Knowles, guarantees fundraising success for schools, churches, civic organizations, FFA’s, and non-profits. Their profit calculator and customer service team are ready to help with every step of the process, and they also have holiday shipping available.

Their number is 1-800-468-3168.

Countryside Citrus

Countryside Citrus has two locations, including one along Ocean Drive which features El Sid Taqueria.

The folks at Countryside Citrus are growers, harvesters, and shippers of citrus in Indian River County. They boast “where the tropics begin” as where they grow their grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, and tangerines.

Countryside Citrus has two retail locations: One is located at 3300 Ocean Drive, where you’ll also find the recently opened El Sid Taqueria, which uses the fresh citrus from Countryside Citrus as a part of their ingredients on their menu. The other location is 6325 81st Street in Vero Beach.

Of course, they have online ordering available and holiday specials. You can also request a catalog. Their number is 1-888-550-5745. Find them online at their website or on social media.

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