Located in the lower foothills of the Sierra Mountains Ann’s Orchard is about 40 miles east of Sacramento between the old mining town of Auburn and the farming town of Lincoln. It is here on an old stagecoach road that we moved to in 1977 to do as other families before us. That is watch our kids grow up among the wild animals and open spaces of nature. And as others before us we began with Old McDonald’s farm, raising just about every farm animal known to North America. Soon that turned into a herd of cattle. But being farmers by nature we also quickly started planting just about everything and anything we could find space for. Then in 1993 we planted our first Owari Satsuma mandarin trees and the real Ann’s Orchard was born. In 2003 we made it an organic farm by becoming certified organic. As of September 2010 we will withdraw from the certification program. Reason: not at all cost effective.
These mandarin trees consistently produce a high quality fruit year after year. Over those years we have established regular customers who buy from us at local farmers markets, on the farm and by internet. Our sincere interest in providing only top quality fruit with top quality service has put us on a first name basis with many of our customers; even to the extent we receive Xmas cards.
Following our farmer inclinations we have since branched out from the mandarins. In 2007 we planted a variety of pomegranates. Along with these we planted a variety of figs, persimmons, and four varieties of avocado trees; not to mention a variety of fruit trees for home use.
Included in there are two large gardens, the “man garden” and Ann’s Garden. The difference being at the end of the year the Man Garden is tilled under leaving nothing behind but memories. The Man Garden provides enough produce to supply three farmers markets.
And not to be forgotten is the nursery. Once used to supply farmers markets it is now used to supplement both gardens, and provide a few vegetable and herb starts for other peoples gardens.
Ann's Orchard 2010 Satsuma Mandarins are grown in the cool Sierra Foothills, know for the warm days and cool nights, making our Placer County grown mandarins very sweet, easy to peel and a healthy habit.
Ann & Richard