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Truman Ranch II/Renamed “Justice Brothers Ranch”-U Pick Waddell AZ

Opening under the name “Justice Brothers Ranch” December 9th, 2017

 

Last year I had seen signs around Surprise advertising citrus fields, but I had never picked any before. My parents actually were the ones who headed out to Truman Ranch II first and told me all about it, and that we had to go. And they brought free fruit to us, so I kind of held off going for a while. Ha ha!

Since we are from the Northeast, we are used to apple picking in the fall, and maybe picking some peaches in the summer. I had gone to one of the neighborhood groves and picked some oranges in early December, and they were delicious.

We headed off to Truman Ranch II which is on Greenway and 188th Avenue (yes, past wear the blacktop ends!). You’ll follow the signs left and drive slowly down the road to the parking area. When you get out of the car, you will smell the wonderful citrusy air. Mmmmmm

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Please don’t bring Fido!

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We got the kids out and walking on the dirt roads. Munchie and Giggles were very excited.

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Information “desk”. We didn’t buy gloves, but definitely take a map so you know where the fruit you want is. There is a 3 page double sided “tour guide” to help you pick out your favorites.

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And, if you don’t know what is your favorite or would like to try out a new variety, there’s a lovely welcoming table with cut fruit for you to try. And, Mr Truman is a great tour guide and gives recommendations!

You will also pick up a bag for picking here. There is one bag that is $10 that holds about 10-20lbs of fruit. There’s also the bigger bag that is $20 which holds much more. You will pay for it before you pick so you can bring it right to your car. We didn’t know this, and almost walked off with the bag (oops!). We are used to paying by the lb, not the bag. If you go with a bigger bag, there are wheelbarrows you can borrow and pickers as well.

The most interesting information was the citrus picking tips (in that booklet I mentioned above)which you might miss if you are excited like we are, so I will include them here

  • Please do not pick fruit from trees with ribbon and signs which say `Do not pick fruit’
  • Pick varieties which are on display/tasting tables as being ripe. Other varieties may not be ripe and may not taste very good. Ask if you don’t know.
  • The best fruit is usually on the north and east sides of tree
  • the best fruit is firm, not soft, evenly colored orange or yellow, not real big nor too small for that variety. Do not keep fruit which is soft, looks old and comes off tree easily (exceptions are some mandarins and Oro Blanco).
  • Please do not pick fruit from trees with ribbon and signs which say `Do not pick fruit’
  • External scarring is strictly cosmetic and does not affect the quality of the internal fruit

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The trees are very tall. My husband is 6’1″!

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This was a lemon tree they posed next to!

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And our HUGE bag of fruit, sitting next to Dimples in the Bob stroller!

Truman Ranch is open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9:30-3, so make sure you go in between those times. They also have a Facebook page where they update information (if its raining or there is an event, so you might want to follow them here).

When you go-There are limited amounts of wheelbarrows, so if you plan on picking a lot, you will want one and might have to wait for one. We brought the strollers for the dirt roads that go throughout the property, but there isn’t a way to really get into the groves in all the rows with a stroller. Plus, many of the trees are thorny, so if you have a bob stroller (or jogger with bike wheels) you could pop a tire. Having an extra adult to wrangle the wee ones is a good idea.

Truman Ranch used to be part of the University of Arizona Citrus Agricultural program!

The Basics

Truman Ranch II (U-Pick) Pesticide-Free Citrus

W. Greenway Rd and 188th Avenue/Perryville Rd

Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am-3pm December, January, February and March)

4 Comments

  1. Vicki michalek on March 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Are you picking yet? Have not gotten a email Waiting to come out and pick. Will not go anywhere else

    • Vicki on March 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Vicki
      We aren’t affiliated with Truman Ranch, we just reviewed in a few years ago. Unfortunately, James Truman was not doing the U Pick Citrus anymore. I’m not sure what is happening with the land/trees. If we hear anything, we will keep you posted.

  2. Selwyn Justice on November 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Hello! I’m Selwyn Justice, part of the family that has taken over Truman Ranch II.

    We will be reopening the U-Pick Saturday, December 9th at 9am, under the name Justice Brothers U-Pick.

    We’ll be sending out a press release later this week, and would be happy to include you in the release.

    We hope you join us for our soft launch!

  3. Barbara Hansen on January 19, 2019 at 7:29 am

    So glad you are still open, I hadn’t seen any info regarding name change and the phone number I had for the ranch was not working, Will be coming this weekend..

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