Mark your calendars for Sunday July 21, 2013. Join us to sample some of the less common Florida mango varieties, pick up trees of the ones you like, take a farm tour, and eat yourself silly, and have a relaxing day on the farm! Rain or shine!!
Educational Seminar at 12 noon (tent in back area)
Farm Tours hourly from 11am to 5pm
Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mango tasting - up to 10 different varieties while supplies last!
Mango tree sale
Fruit stand open
Food and drinks
Mango gift shipping
Bring your sunscreen, bug spray, and if you plan to stay a while you may want your lawn chairs or a blanket.
Kids are always welcome; make it a
family event. Service animals only please.
Come sample the best Florida has to
offer! Tastings will be at 10am and 2pm.
Varieties for sampling this year are yet to be determined. We just picked the mangos for Sunday. . . 12 different varieties! If they all ripen properly we will have samples of Pickering, Kent, Keitt, Glenn, Duncan, Edward, Irwin, Carrie, Tommy Atkin, Nam Doc Mai, Mallika, and Zill.
Some of these
varieties have a very limited number of fruit this year, and/or have
such high demand that they are reserved a year or more in advance, so is
may be your only opportunity to taste some of these mangos.
Get a first hand look at how mangos, avocados,
carambola, lychee, longan, and other tropical fruits grow on an
operational family farm.
This will be a guided walking tour at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A limited number of
people will be allowed per group to make sure that everyone can hear and
has an opportunity to ask questions. Sign up sheets will be made available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No charge for tours during Sample Sunday™!
If you have been thinking about getting a mango tree, or another mango tree, this is your change to get expert advice and even try the fruit of your top choices before investing the time and money in growing a tree.
Information will be available to help you select the best variety for you including growth habits and production in South Florida. We will also be selling KeyPlex micronutrient, and a few other care products that we use here on the farm.
Due to requests last year, we have added a few avocado, lychee, and carambola trees for sale.
Mango Man Dale Erickson will share with you information about how to plant your tree, fertilize it, prune it, protect it from the cold, and how to watch for and treat common disease and pests. Handouts will be available.Seminar will be at 12 noon.
Food and Drinks
Gail Rushing Catering will be joining us again this year with delicious food including some mango delights. We also welcome Pickled Pink and their gourmet pickled veggies. Canned drinks and bottled water will also be available at the fruit stand.
The farm market will be open so you will have the opportunity to take home more fresh mangos! We will have as many of the specialty varieties available for sale as possible. We also have fresh Florida avocados, Georgia peaches, and carambola. You can also ship fresh mangos to your friends, family, and clients in the continental US (except CA and AZ).
There is limited parking by the fruit stand, but there is ample space just to the North. Look for an a-frame sign that says "Sample Sunday" parking by the driveway. If you are coming from the South on 441 it is the 3rd driveway past the Erickson Farm sign. If you are coming from the North it is the first driveway but just after you will start to see mango trees on both sides of the road. Parking is free. Please be responsible and lock your car.
What to Bring/Expect
It will be hot. Welcome to Florida! Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are always a good idea in the outdoors.
If you are planning to go on a farm tour, we recommend you wear closed-toe shoes and expect they will get dirty.
You are welcome to bring your cameras and video cameras to record your experience here at the farm.
Erickson Farm does accept all major credit cards as payment, however the vendors joining us for this event are on a cash basis so bring your paper money if you want to eat or take home some of their delicious creations.
We cannot predict the weather, but if it rains it isn't going to stop us so bring your umbrella or rain jacket if you want to stick it out too. Tours will be postponed or cancelled in the event of a severe storm and/or lightening.