Q: Why is Tree-Ripe's fruit better than the grocery store?
A: Fruit that is picked for commercial grocery is picked long before it's fully mature. This is because a great deal of time is needed to last through the distribution chain, and get to customers. But while it may look good, the taste is often subpar because the fruit didn't get the chance to mature on the tree. We are able to bring fruit directly to our customers from the farm, and because of this our farmers are able to pick based on the peak maturity of the fruit, not based on "shelf life". This "gift box quality" fruit just doesn't make it to the grocery store.
Q: How long has Tree-Ripe been bringing fruit to Wisconsin?
Q: Do you have a retail store?
A: No, we don't. We've always felt like the best way to reach the most people, was to visit as many different cities as possible. Our truck is our "store" and you can buy directly from our truck.
Q: So, how does this work, I just walk up and buy my fruit? I don't have to pre-order?
A: Yes, you can just walk up. And we don't take pre-orders. Our goal is to have enough fruit for every customer so you can buy as much as you'd like. And feel free to ask as many questions as you like when you get to the truck. When you're at the front of the line, you have our undivided attention.
Q: Do you ever run out?
A: It is very rare for us to run out of fruit. When we do, it is either because of growing conditions limiting our supply or overwhelming sales. We keep our customers informed up to the minute through our website (main page, under breaking news) and our Facebook page.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
Q: My box doesn't look full...is it full?
A: It really is. The peaches and blueberries are filled by weight and put into oversized boxes to protect the fruit (the farms even put a little extra, just in case). We don't want anything to get squished! Citrus is packed by count, and the count is marked on each box.
Q: Are your products non-GMO or organic?
A: None of our fruit is a GMO or a "genetically modified organism". They are also non-organic. There are many variables that go into how and why a farm chooses or declines to be certified organic. Most important are growing conditions and cost, which make it virtually impossible in the Southeast on a larger scale. We understand it's difficult to get all the information, and to make a good choice. Know that we've spent a great deal of time and research in selecting the farms that we do. And we feel like we bring you the best quality fruit possible. While the fruits we bring are not organic, our farms work very hard to not only meet the standards for safe application of any pesticides, but exceed them by a fair margin. In fact, they exceed many of the standards required for organic certification. Pearson Farms, for instance, practices integrated pest management (IPM) to dramatically reduce the need for sprays. You can go to the Georgia Peach Commission's website for more information on IPM and why it is so beneficial.
Q: Are you affiliated with any other companies?
A: No, we are not. All information for our visits or products can be found here on our website. You can also contact us by phone. We do not sell or share our customer information with anyone. Remember, if it isn't Tree-Ripe Citrus Co., it's not us!
However, we love working with other businesses, including restaurants and makers. Find out who is using our products, and creating some really amazing things!