It was near Hill ‘n Dale close to 75 we were driving looking at nothing but I suppose Dad had seen the sign for U-Pik oranges and wanted to see what it was about. So we go down the dirt road and come to a huge grove. The man who owns the grove is talking about all of the types of oranges, grapefruits, pumello’s, tangerines, tangelo’s how he was trying to graft and cross polinate and raise a frost proof citrus. We picked about 4 bushels of all different types of citrus walked a couple miles in the grove and forked over 20 bucks I think.
The furniture storage place we had in Port Richey in 1977-78 and the black walnut tree that was there. Dad was so excited we picked up about 2 bushels of black walnuts off of the street, I remember that they were so hard they would not pop open completely when we drove over them with the truck we were there picking up furniture to move into the new house and he was laughing at what would be my task of cracking them open, I sat on the back porch in Spring Hill with a hammer and tried to crack them open on the concrete and they would not open to easily but they were delicious.
1997 South of Port Charlotte we were driving and the sign said tangerines U-pic too good to pass up so we pulled down the dirt road. We met the owner and he had tangerines, pumello’s and oranges we picked for about 20 minutes 2 bushels and left first time I ever tasted pumello.