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Visit Our Citrus Orchards in Beautiful Penryn
Our family is proud to live and work in Placer County. We'd love to have you come and visit our beautiful orchards in the rolling hills of Penryn. We're just 2 miles from I-80 at the Penryn exit, about 10 minutes from the Galleria at Roseville. Our orchard is open daily during the season from 8 - 5, and we have plenty of parking and space for a picnic. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Note: We Do Not Offer or Allow You To Pick Your Own Mandarins From the Trees
Directions to #26 Mandarin Hill Orchards:
We are 2 miles from the I-80 at the Penryn exit.
From Sacramento: Take I-80 East, exit Penryn Road #112, turn left over the freeway, turn right onto Taylor Road, turn left at the 4-way flashing light onto English Colony, turn left onto Rippey Road (just before the post office), turn right onto Mandarin Hill Lane.
From Reno: Take I-80 West, exit Penryn Road #112, turn right onto Penryn Road, turn right onto Taylor Road, turn left at the 4-way flashing light onto English Colony, turn left onto Rippey Road (just before the post office), turn right onto Mandarin Hill Lane.
Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days are the 1st and 3rd weekends in December
Join us and other Mountain Mandarin Growers' Association members at our orchards on the first and third weekends in December for Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days. We're #26 on the Mountain Mandarin® trail map. We have loads of family fun in store. Here are just a few of the things you'll find
A Trip Through the Mandarin Season
Hi, Tom Aguilar here, a second-generation Mandarin farmer at Mandarin Hill Orchards.
Come with me as I take you on the journey through the Mandarin season at our orchard.
Here are the buds starting to open. You can see the difference between new leaves and what will soon be blooming. Notice the new growth grows from the bud located between the old leaf stem and the main stem. The direction of growth can actually be manipulated by pruning. Just leave the last bud pointing toward where you want the new branch. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
Notice the tiny white buds are getting ready to "pop" open. They look like small popcorn kernels. And the leaf stem has grown longer.
The first bud "popped." The orchard is turning white.
All these blooms are open. Man, the orchard smells wonderful!
The blooms are finished, and you can see the tiny mandarins coming to life.
Two mandarins are "pea" size and one a little larger. Soon will be the "June drop."
End of June:
You can see the two upper mandarins fell off in the "June drop." The survivor is a little smaller than a cherry, but still has the July heat drop to live through. It's still too early to determine crop volume or quality, and so far, this summer has been mild.
I think the "June drop" is finished. The yellow dots on the ground are immature mandarins that didn't make it, but there is still a lot of fruit on the trees.
This mandarin is about golf ball size now, and another is peeking out from below it. I didn't even know it was there until I saw the photo!
Well, they are finally getting color. It's getting exciting! A few days of cold weather will really help them color up.
It's mandarin time!
In December, we were honored to have our mandarins chosen as Raley's Produce of the Month.
Earlier in 2013, Westin Hotels featured our Mandarin grove in one of their commercials.
Mandarin Hill Orchards is happy to introduce the 3rd generation of family farmers. Jacqueline Kennedy, Tom's daughter, and her husband, Rick Kennedy, help Tom with the daily operations of the ranch as well as farm their 2-acre wine grape vineyard on the property. Follow their farming journey