Our Family of Growers
You have all heard the saying that “good things come in small packages”. At Fruition Sales we take it a step further and say “good citrus comes from small growers”!
We understand that we are just a small fish in the big sea of corporate plantings and packing facilities. We are very comfortable with our size and try to concentrate on doing what we do best. Because of the diversity of varieties we offer, we can not grow them all ourselves. To help us provide all that we offer, we have embraced a collective group of small growers in our area who have the right terrain, growing techniques, and standards, along with the desire to produce some exciting varieties.
Some of these growers are second and third generation farmers, living and working on the ranches their grandparents established before them. Others are new to the citrus industry, even choosing to grow specialty varieties in their retirement. All are dedicated to producing quality citrus that fits into our philosophy. We have even referred to them before as “artisan growers” because we believe they show a special skill in their trade and a desire to deliver something they are proud of to the consumer.
We would like to introduce you to some of our growers and let them tell you their story……
Three Generations and Counting
I was first introduced to the Miller family in the fall of 1980, when I was young and had just started my new job with a very large packing house. Don and Mildred Miller were substantial growers for my employer and I was the field man assigned to their groves.
It was my job to oversee the harvesting and learn the many other aspects of the perishable produce world. The Millers were fairly large growers - with their own groves and with the groves they managed for several out of town growers. I committed many hours a week to them, either in the office or more importantly in the field. They literally took me under their wing and I was eager to learn, I could not have had better mentors.Don and Mildred’s son, Kendall (second generation), was running day to day operations. The mentoring (knowledge) I received from the Millers, along with my hands on experiences in the field, developed habits and ideas that I still use in the industry today! Kendall’s son, Arlen, is now the third generation of Millers to “put their shadow on the land”, as Grandmother Mildred used to tell me.
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