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NATIONAL SUNKIST CITRUS DAY | March 1

NATIONAL SUNKIST CITRUS DAY | March 1
NATIONAL SUNKIST CITRUS DAY | March 1

NATIONAL SUNKIST® CITRUS DAY | March 1

National Sunkist® Citrus Day on March 1 celebrates the sunny history of citrus groves and reflects the legacy of family-owned citrus farms.

#NationalSunkistCitrusDay

On March 1, let’s spend the day celebrating National Sunkist Citrus Day by honoring the hardworking people who provide us with fresh citrus every day. Whether you decide to eat some fresh citrus or have a nice glass of orange juice with breakfast, we guarantee you will enjoy this refreshing day!

For 130 years, Sunkist has been doing what they do best: growing citrus. With more than 1,000 citrus grower members stretching across California and Arizona, the Sunkist Cooperative reflects a rich history of values and a legacy of family-owned citrus farms.

Citrus growers are proudly passed through generations. They are known for traditional growing practices, stewardship of natural resources, and a dedication to innovation. Year after year, crop after crop, citrus growers share a commitment to providing fresh quality citrus consumers enjoy worldwide.

How many citrus varieties are there? According to the Sunkist portfolio, there are nearly 40 fresh citrus varieties, including a wide variety of organic citrus available, too.

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarins
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos

Seed By Seed

Citrus plays an important role in American history. Often referred to as California’s second “Gold Rush”, the citrus industry provides delicious fruit to consumers. However, without the handwork and dedication of the farmers that grow citrus, the industry would not survive.

“We are founded on the principle that we are stronger together where our growers work to offer quality, fresh citrus that consumers enjoy worldwide.” ~Sunkist Cooperative

At the heart of any citrus farm are the people who cultivate, grow, and pick the citrus. Many citrus farmers have been in the business of providing citrus for generations. In fact, most citrus farms are proudly-owned by family members who have been providing citrus products since the early 1800s.

Citrus pioneers, such as William Wolfskill and Eliza and Luther Tibbets capture the essence of settlers moving west to make their fortune in the citrus industry. These early entrepreneurs paved the way to growing an entire citrus industry that continues to thrive today.

Conditions Are Right

Nutritious soil, available water from local mountains, and a climate of “abundant sunshine and cool winter nights” have made places like Southern California an opportune place to grow citrus trees. In fact, sunny  California has been producing oranges since 1809.

What do citrus farmers do? Growing citrus trees requires specific farming skills. The responsibility for farmers to ensure the trees are the same quality, especially when first planting, requires extreme care. Because citrus farming is a delicate process, citrus farmers are required to work in warm temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night. Of course, citrus farmers must keep themselves up-to-date on technology and growing methods to remain competitive in the citrus industry. Furthermore, business skills are also necessary so farmers can brand themselves effectively to reach as many markets as possible.

CITRUS CELEBRATION

  • Visit a citrus farm to learn about citrus farming.
  • Learn about the different varieties of citrus.
  • Purchase a variety of citrus products from your local market and have a tasting party with friends.
  • Learn a new recipe using citrus ingredients.
  • Support your local farmers by attending events specifically for them.
  • Pay it forward by paying for a local farmer’s meal.
  • Give your local farmers a shout-out by saying thank you on social media using #NationalSunkitCitrusDay.

SUNKIST®

In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed Sunkist Cooperative to the National Day Calendar Founder Family. Each year on March 1, we will celebrating National Sunkist Citrus Day in honor of the legacy the cooperative has created for over 130 years. The entire day recognizes the farmers who dedicate their lives to citrus farming, providing us with delicious fruit for our tables.

Since 1893, Sunkist has been doing what we do best: growing citrus. As the longest-standing agricultural cooperative in the nation, the Sunkist Cooperative has more than 1,000 citrus grower members stretching across the sunny citrus groves of California and Arizona.

The Sunkist Cooperative reflects the values and legacy of its 130-year history of family-owned farms. In fact, they have been using traditional growing practices, stewardship of natural resources, and a dedication to innovation. These growing practices are proudly passed through the generations–year after year, crop after crop.

Founded on the principle that we are stronger together, Sunkist Cooperative growers, both large and small, work to offer quality, fresh citrus that consumers enjoy worldwide. The cooperative celebrates the nutritious, fresh, and delicious fruit grown and nurtured right here in the USA!

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