A Tasty Trip To Sun Harvest Citrus in Ft. Myers, Day 169

Sun Harvest Citrus
24 Feb

No trip to Ft. Meyers would be complete without a stop to Sun Harvest Citrus.

Once you step inside the green colored packing warehouse you will be amazed at what you can find.

First you will come across a variety of citrus jams and jellies on shelves that line the main entrance aisle. And if you are looking for Key Lime anything, you will find it here!

jams and jellies
At the front of the store you will find a variety of citrus jams, jellies, and marmalades.

Then as you proceed to the center of the store, you will see a large selection of distinctive Florida gifts and unique foods. From every beach sign possible to custom made jewelry, there is something for everyone.

However, it is the back of the store that really got our attention. This is where you can find bins and bins of fresh picked citrus.

Citrus Season at Sun Harvest Citrus

During the Citrus Season, which runs from November to April, you can find 9 different varieties of citrus that are harvested.

sun harvest citrus
The inside of Sun Harvest Citrus is filled with fresh and canned fruit and a variety of Florida gifts.

Depending on which month that you arrive you will find oranges, mandarins, tangelos, grapefruit, and even peaches here. And they even give you free samples to try out!

However, the citrus that you will find at Sun Harvest are not grown in the Ft. Myers area. In fact all of the citrus found here is grown along the Indian River Citrus District. This is a narrow strip of land on the eastern seaboard of Florida, stretching 200 miles from the Daytona Beach area to West Palm Beach.

fresh citrus
There are lots of bins filled with fresh citrus that you can purchase or have shipped to your home.

The citrus is picked and then shipped to the packing warehouse in Ft. Myers.

In fact, in the very back corner of the warehouse, you can watch how the packing process is completed through a large, open viewing window.

packaging warehouse
In the back corner of the store you can watch the packaging process through a large glass window.

Fresh Squeezed and Bottled Juice

But what we found most interesting was the juice making process. At the very back of the store you can watch how the juice is squeezed and then bottled into plastic containers.

From fresh squeezed orange juice to grapefruit juice, they make it all right here at Sun Harvest Citrus. And they even combine a few juices to make special combinations.

Sun Harvest Citrus bottling room
You can even watch the juice being squeezed an then bottled.

The winner in our opinion – Strawberry Orange Juice! And yes, they give you free samples so that you can choose your favorite too!

Unfortunately, because our refrigerator is so small, we were unable to buy any juice to take with us.

However, they do have the option to ship any of their citrus products, including the juice!

fresh juice
You can sample any of the juices that they sell. We loved the Strawberry Orange Juice combination!

And if you are needing a cool treat to help beat that hot Florida sun, they have the best soft-serve ice cream cones, as well! And of course they have a variety of citrus ice cream flavors to choose from at Sun Harvest!

Although I don’t know this for sure, but I would imagine they would give you a free sample as well!

fresh squeezed juice
The Fresh Juice cooler that has to be restocked frequently during Citrus Season.

CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:

  • Day 169 of 365
  • States : 21/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Tampa, Florida
  • Miles Driven : 316.5
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 18,276.7
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,314.87
  • Biking Miles : 3.1
  • Biking Miles To Date : 167.7
  • Hiking Miles : 1.5
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 382.3

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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2 thoughts on “A Tasty Trip To Sun Harvest Citrus in Ft. Myers, Day 169

  1. We love that you are in our state! As new camper owners, (Intech Sol Horizon) we are always looking for sites. Where were you able to stay while observing Gasparilla events? That event is on our bucket list. Safe travels for you! Come see us!
    Nancy and John Combes
    Punta Gorda, FL

    1. Hi Nancy. We stayed at Bay Bayou. It is a beautiful campground resort. Sorry we missed you, we have now begun our travels up towards Ocala. Good luck with your camper – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Safe travels – Jim and Mary

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