"Heart of the Old Florida Orange Industry" Haines City by atufft

Haines City Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 57 photos

Sand Ridge of Old Orange Groves

Florida is by far the flattest state in the USA. There are no mountains and barely any hills to speak of, but down the center in the upper half of the state is a "sand ridge" that provides well-drained soil for the citrus industry. Until recently, the majority of growers were located in this region around Haines City and to the north of it. After major frosts destroyed whole citris orchards in the 1980's though, the industry moved south. Now, in large corporate farms in the south of Florida, where the sand ridge doesn't reach, water is pumped out of, rather into, the citrus orchards. Smaller and midsized citris orchards remain around central Florida, and these are producers of the best tasting fruit. Meanwhile, the warehouse industry and towns such as Haines City are a mixture of old decaying centers and suburban build-up.

  • Last visit to Haines City: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 12, 2008
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  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Alan, Nice description of Haines City. I should have had breakfast before reading about the oranges at the farmer’s market. They sound good and it would be nice to have one now. Nice pictures of the old hotel. - Steve

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Alan - The first and only Hanes city page... congrats! Looks like you found some interesting things to see. The catfish sounds great.

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    I dunno Alan, you'd be surprised how big and hungry a gator you could find in a little pond. I wouldn't walk a poodle around that lake or anything. :)

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