Usually once the weather gets colder we do not see a lot of variety of fruit in the grocery stores. I know when I think of fruit in the winter I think CITRUS!! A couple of weeks ago we harvested Mandarin oranges out at the Howdy Farm. This was a huge joy for me because I did not even know we HAD a Mandarin tree at the farm! Mandarin oranges look very similar to the Cuties brand oranges that are sold in the grocery stores. They are small, sweet, and very juicy, but the Mandarin oranges have a large amount of seeds per fruit! In order to know if the fruit was ripe, we had to look at the color of the rind. Once a green immature fruit turns completely orange, it is time to come off the tree. We harvested several pounds and put them in a bowl for our weekly Thursday market. It looked like we had just stepped out of a Tropicana commercial! Later that week I went to my Tropical Horticulture class where, ironically, we started a conversation about citrus! Unfortunately there is about to be a huge problem with our citrus industry. Citrus greening is a disease vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. Once a tree is infected, it cannot be saved. The disease causes severe greening of the fruit and leaves, and the infected fruit is distorted and bitter. Thankfully it is harmless to humans, but the fruit is unfit for sale. Citrus greening has infected many orchards in the U.S. and is threatening many more. So enjoy every orange and grapefruit you can because citrus prices are about to skyrocket! Stay safe out there friends! May God watch over you all.