Al's Family Farms

Al's Family Farms, Fort Pierce: Hours, Address, Al's Family Farms Reviews: 4.5/5

Al's Family Farms
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Welcome to Al's Family Farms in Fort Pierce, Florida - the heart of the Indian River Citrus District. Our guided citrus packinghouse tours have been suspended for the time being due to Covid-19. AL’s Red Barn Grill is open year around. Our historic Red Barn Packinghouse and Citrus Shop are open Nov thru May. Come sample & purchase local Florida citrus, fresh squeezed orange juice & Sharon's homemade fudge. A short video tour running in our lobby & the OJ Corral is open during Citrus Shop hours. Watch us wash, sanitize & pack Indian River Citrus to send to your freezin' friends up north! Every summer, Al's store moves across the driveway to our Red Barn Grill! We still have our LOCALLY GROWN, FRESH SQUEEZED Orange & Grapefruit Juice, vine-ripe Tomatoes, Watermelon, Southern Peaches, Local Honey, Smoked Fish Dip, Fried Peanuts, Sunshine Shakes and hand dipped Ice Cream!
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Sarah K
Curtice, Ohio, United States4 contributions
This is may be the only family orange farm that allows tours. It is family owned and we even met the owner. He spent quite a bit of time talking to our group. Every time we come to Florida I try to teach the kids it’s more than just vacation. This place was amazing. They were funny, informative, and hands-on. Thank you so much for squeezing our OHIO family in this morning. The kids loved it. The oranges and ice cream were top notch, not to mention lactose free so I could actually enjoy it, too. Thanks again! I Highly recommend to anyone.
Written January 16, 2020
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Thank-you, Ohio family, for your great review. We were so glad it worked out for you to take a tour of our wash-line and historic packinghouse. We are happy that you got to enjoy our lactose free Orange Swirl soft serve!! When back in Florida, we hope you'll stop in and say "Hello"
Written January 17, 2020
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Antonio Luis
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In late February my wife and I stopped over for lunch and oranges.
We drove down from CT and our way back we bought a few bags of Honeybells and when we got home we started eating them, they did not last long they were delicious, very juicy and sweet. So today we purchased a 1/2 bushel online.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thank you for your great review! We love hearing that our Honeybell oranges were delicious, juicy and sweet. You had a perfect solution to running out of Honeybells ... we sell them online!
Written March 13, 2020
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Marsha D
Marion, OH4 contributions
Tour was very well done. Guides were knowledgeable and showed us hospitality. We learned a lot about the citrus industry, some about the U.S, some about Florida, and specifically about the Indian River area. Their teaching method was very effective, and we were able to remember what we learned to pass it on to others. We saw the workers sorting the fruit and getting it ready to go to its next destination. We learned about the history of the company, and we met the current owner. He answered some questions from our group; then later we talked to him casually as he walked through the gift shop. It was interesting to learn about how the wood crates were previously used in picking and how they are being used now. We were treated to samples of orange juice and various kinds of citrus fruits. The tour was well worth the modest fee!
Written January 22, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review! We had a fun time on the tour and appreciate you telling others about your visit. Jeff, the owner, tries to say "Hello" whenever he can and answer questions folks might have. We are so happy to hear that you felt the tour was worth your time and money, and hope you'll stop back and see us again whenever you're in the area.
Written January 23, 2020
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Jules63
Montreal, Canada123 contributions
Couples
This is a relatively inexpensive tour ($8.50 each) which is good because it’s more of a sales pitch than a “tour”. Al’s runs a packing house so their main business is shipping citrus fruit around the country. Although the tour guide Shari was excellent and provided some interesting information on the citrus industry in Florida, there’s just not that much to tour. The packing house is small and when the tour group arrived, the machines and employees suddenly begin working, as if our arrival signaled that it was time to “put on the show“. The actual tour part lasted maybe 15 minutes and allowed us to see how the oranges are categorized by size, then washed, but that was pretty much it. Very ho-hum and honestly, a little disappointing.
Written February 1, 2020
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We are happy you found our 1 hour guided tour to be affordable. You are right, our vintage family owned packinghouse is small compared to big commercial packinghouses. Our staff is busy grading fruit, making fresh squeezed juice, boxes, trays and other tasks. As a courtesy to our guests, at tour time, we ring the bell and they stop doing their other jobs, and go outside so that our tour guests can watch us wash and inspect fruit. It would be more efficient for us if we did not stop working inside and suddenly begin working outside but most folks love to see the fruit being cleaned, and we do our best to provide that experience. Thanks for taking time to review us!
Written February 4, 2020
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Angela G
Carneys Point, NJ29 contributions
Friends
Our party really enjoyed our visit! We took the tour - it was informative and was worthwhile, in our opinion. We were able to taste varieties of fruit and learn about season availability as well as harvesting practices. The tour was family-friendly, as well. If you like milkshakes, don’t miss the Sunshine Shake - it was terrific!
Written February 14, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We are happy you enjoyed your tour and found it to be worthwhile. We loved showing you how fruit is washed and inspected and appreciate that you mentioned it is a family friendly tour. Sounds like you really enjoyed our famous Sunshine Shake, made with our own fresh squeezed orange juice!
Written March 3, 2020
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MRX5
Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States328 contributions
Family
While visiting Fort Pierce, we picked up a whole bunch of oranges to take home. Valencia, Unique, Temple and some grapefruit too. I’ve been making homemade OJ everyday since we got home with a mixture of all three oranges. I am now spoiled. I don’t know how I’ll go back to the regular store bought juice. I’ll definitely order some more oranges before the season ends.
Written March 19, 2021
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Lonnie P
Okeechobee, FL174 contributions
We decide to look around in the store after lunch next door. The small farm store has a good selection of citrus and other goods laid out very convenient and packages available from small baskets to full bushels. Prices seemed high but to each his own.
Written May 3, 2022
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kapow79
Rochester, NY52 contributions
Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Al's Family Farm. They have an excellent selection of citrus that is delicious. You can sample the citrus and juice. The honeybell juice is the BEST! Sherry was a friendly and fun tour guide. You get to see the fruit from tree to packaged. We shipped citrus home. It is a great tour for all ages. It was a highlight of our week in the area.
Written February 21, 2020
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Thanks for your great review! It was nice to have you on our citrus wash-line and packinghouse tour and we're very happy to hear it was a highlight of your trip. Yes, that Honeybell juice is yummy - and fresh squeezed right here at Al's. Glad you had a fun tour and hope you stop by whenever you are in the area.
Written March 3, 2020
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MetroWest52
Boston, MA230 contributions
Couples
Well, don't expect a walk through the groves to pick your very own orange right off a tree because the one thing missing from Al's Family Farm is..the farm. This is really a gussied up citrus packaging factory with a store, small take out restaurant and play area for the kiddies. It isn't on a farm but rather on a busy highway across the street from a used air conditioner warehouse. That said it is worth seeing because of the inexpensive 1 hour tour that explains the history, cultivation, harvest, cleaning and packaging of all sorts of citrus fruits. As part of the tour, you also receive complementary samples of different types of fruits, fresh squeezed juice, a "free" piece of fruit, a couple of candies and a coupon good for a "free" three pound bag of oranges if you buy $15 worth of merchandise in the store. Their main claim to fame is taking orders for those wonderful Florida citrus care packages that you send to your freezing relatives up north to let them know the swell time you are having in Florida. By the time you get through the store and the restaurant, this $8 tour will end up setting you back a bunch of money but it is well spent. Try the orange shake.
Written January 7, 2016
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Thank-you for your review. We are happy to know that you felt the tour was money well spent. We appreciate that you reminded folks that this is not a grove tour, but a historic citrus packinghouse and wash-line tour. King's Highway used to be filled with citrus grove side stands and packinghouses back in the day but now Al's Family Farms is the only Citrus packinghouse in the county left that's open to the public! The warehouse across the street is a citrus packinghouse that closed a couple years ago when the long time owner passed away. We hope you'll stop back by any time you are in the area for one of the "Sunshine Shakes" you recommended!
Written January 13, 2016
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debij108
Hyannis Port, MA28 contributions
Family
This was such a nice experience! I would highly recommend it to everyone of any age. Reserve a space in the tour ahead of time. They fill up quickly. Our group consisted of 2 children (5 and 9 years old), adults and seniors. We all thoroughly enjoyed it!! We had a little introduction, tasted several different varieties of oranges and grapefruit, then broke into smaller groups to tour the processing area. We saw how the oranges come in from the field, are reviewed and processed, and then packaged to get shipped to our home! It was very interesting. Afterward, we had an opportunity to do a little shopping to ship oranges home or get the best homemade fudge!! There were plenty of people around to help you with decision making on what types of fruit could be shipped and when. But no pressure at all. They just want for you to have an enjoyable time. Then, we had lunch at a great sandwich shop located right there. Lots of locals seemed to frequent the place for lunch. There is a little playground there for the kids. Definitely worth going!!!
Written March 1, 2015
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Hello! Thank-you for commenting on your visit to Al's Family Farms. We love to hear that you had a great experience on our citrus packinghouse tour. We appreciate that you reminded folks to go ahead and call to reserve a place, since we sell out this time of year! It means a lot to us that you had an enjoyable time at Al's without feeling pressured to buy. Come on back whenever you are in the area!
Written March 5, 2015
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Al's Family Farms is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM