Gift Fruit Questions

What is the difference between a California Orange and a Florida Orange?

Is there a difference at all? A navel orange from Florida has to be the same as a navel from California. Right? Well, even though many of the fruits are genetically identical, the climate changes the fruit far more than you’d expect. 

California Oranges: California’s climate is very arid with very low yearly rainfall. The days are hot and sunny, and the nights are dry and cool. This weather is ideal for raising oranges with thick, beautiful peels. The dry air keeps superficial blemishes from forming on the peels, making them attractive to supermarket shoppers. Having a thicker peel also aids in keeping them fresh for extended periods. They are ideal for brick and mortar stores, because they last much longer on store shelves. 
Florida Oranges: The oranges that grow in Florida do so in a hotter, wetter climate. As a result, these oranges are much juicier and sweeter. In fact, the majority of Florida’s oranges are used for juicing. The peels are usually thinner, and the oranges are easier to eat out of hand. This makes whole Florida oranges ideal for direct shipping rather than supermarket sales. Since our oranges are shipped straight from the grove to your door, there’s plenty of time to enjoy them. Florida oranges typically last 2-3 weeks when refrigerated.

Which credit cards do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards including American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

Can I cancel an order?

If your order has not been packed or shipped, we will be happy to cancel it.  To cancel, please contact our customer service department immediately at 1-800-608-2525.

Is it safe to use my credit card online?

Our site is 100% secure and tested each day to insure that your information is safe. We do not sell or distribute any information about you to anyone.

I need to make a change to my order - how can I do that?

Changes may be requested by contacting our customer service team at 1-800-608-2525 or by email at info@mixon.com. All changes must be requested a minimum of 48 hours prior to ship week/date. We cannot make changes after the order is packed or shipped.

Can I create my own basket selection or do I have to use only the ones in the catalogue?

We do not allow substitutions on our shipped Specialty Gift Boxes or Baskets but you can choose items from our add-in list to create something unique. Any Mixon label products may be ordered and shipped separately.

Is all the fruit grown in the Mixon Fruit Farm Groves?

The majority of our fruit is picked fresh from our groves daily. To maintain our fruit supply we may supplement as required from other quality Florida growers. Our Produce selection, such as Georgia Peaches, is grown and shipped by other family owned farms chosen for their quality products.

Can I specify the flavors of Jelly included in fruit packages?

We do not allow substitutions in our Specialty Gift Boxes, but any Mixon label products may be ordered and shipped separately.

I have fruit with green on the skin – is it ripe?

The peel of Florida oranges range in color from orange, or yellow-orange, to greenish yellow. The bright orange color so frequently associated with maturity, actually results from cooler night temperatures. Color is not an indication of ripeness. Florida oranges have thinner skins and may be yellow-green in color, but are sweet and juicy. They can actually turn orange and then back to green depending on temperatures. Ripe, juicy oranges feel firm and heavy, with skin texture ranging from smooth to pebbly.

Do you ship your ice cream?

We do not ship our ice cream.  Shipping costs are about 4 times the cost of the product since it would require special handling permits, Dry Ice and Expedited Shipping.

Do you ship your juice?

Yes, we can ship Fresh Frozen Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Juice and Lemonade via 1-3 day ground service to most of the eastern US.  2 Day and Next Day service to all other areas is available with an upcharge for those delivery services.  We only ship juice Monday-Wednesday to assure delivery within the 2-3 days.

We freeze fresh juice the same day it is squeezed and keep frozen until shipped so that it will have a 2 week refrigerated shelf life once it is thawed.  We ship in our regular half gallon containers that are about 3-4 ounces short filled to allow for expansion without spill over during the freezing process.  Some thawing may happen in the shipping process but can be re-frozen. Only thaw the juice as you can use it within 2 weeks. 

Thawing instructions are included with shipment.  Rapid thawing can be done with microwave in short (30 seconds or less) intervals shaking content in between to prevent over-heating juice. 

Do you ship Kumquats?

Kumquats are too fragile and perishable to be shipped, but are available in our store when they are in season, usually mid Dec - mid Jan.

Can I have more then two types of fruit in one box?

We offer a variety of different packs with different standard content.  We cannot substitute.  Use the search function on the web page for the specific variety you desire to show all packages containing that variety.

Can I change the products in the Specialty Gift Boxes?

Sorry, Substitutions on Special Gift Boxes are not permitted.

Can I add fudge to a Gift Box?

No, fudge must be shipped separately.

Why can’t I specify a particular type of tangerine?

Tangerines are more fragile and perishable than oranges or grapefruits. For this reason we must reserve the right to choose only the freshest variety available at the time your order is packed. We want to make sure your fruit arrives fresh and delicious.

Which fruit ripens the earliest?

Our first fruits of the season are Navel Oranges and Red grapefruit.

Do the catalog prices include shipping?

Our catalog prices include shipping to most of the USA. Due to carrier surcharges and fuel price fluctuations, there is an additional Carrier Surcharge. There are additional charges for shipments to Arizona, California, Texas, Canada and FedEx Expedited Shipping. Call 1-800-608-2525 (Local 748-5829) for further information.

Can I specify fruit size?

No, we ship a large size fruit specific to each variety.  We do offer some specialty packs with larger or smaller sizes for some varieties.

How many pieces of fruit are in each box?

Most fruit is packed in trays with foam that has a specific number of cells for each fruit to provide extra protection for each piece of fruit.  Generally 9 or12 pieces of oranges/tangerines per tray and 5 or 9 pieces of Grapefruit per tray.  Shipments can have 1-4 trays per package.


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Hours

Mixon's Groveside Market,
Cafe & Gift Shoppe
May - October
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 3pm
November - April
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

Mixon Office Hours
May - October
Monday - Friday: 9am to 3pm (closed Sat. & Sun.)
November - April
Monday - Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

Contact & Location

Phone: 800 608-2525
Email: custserv@mixon.com
Address: Mixon Fruit Farms,
2525 27th St. E.
Bradenton, FL 34208