These affiliates can be anything. Some asked to join us, and if they were appropriate we gladly acccepted. Some will be just some businesses that we happen to like. Right now, we have a couple of companies that sell citrus and other food items from Florida and Texas...both dear to my heart. Check them out!
When Steve and Polly Hale opened their first roadside fruit stand back in 1947, their dream was to share the pure joy of Florida’s fresh, tree-ripened fruit with as many folks as possible. Steve had just returned from active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and Polly believed that Florida’s Indian River area seemed like a great place to raise their two young children, as well.
Their first mailing list was made up of names of all their relatives and friends. But it quickly grew as they added the names of all the happy tourists who’d stopped by to enjoy their remarkable fresh-squeezed orange juice alongside U.S. Highway 1.
It was a hands-on operation: Steve picked the fruit, packed it in the shed behind the house, and trucked it to the Railway Express station. Polly answered the phone, wrote gift cards and typed the shipping labels.
Much has changed since those early days, but when it comes to picking fine fruit, sorting it for size and quality, and packing it for perfect arrival, there’s just no substitute for the personal touch and attention to detail that you’ll find in everything you order from Hale Groves. That is their promise.
Pittman and Davis is a family owned company that's been in business for over 80 years, specializing in the delivery of wonderfully orchard fresh fruit, smoked meats, cheeses, pastries, candies and other scrumptious gift food items available on their web site.
In the 1920's, Frank Davis, Sr., his wife and two children lived in the state of Missouri. They were told by their family doctor that their extremely allergy prone 8 year old daughter, Jane, would be better off if they moved directly south to the warm, healthy climate of South Texas. Frank and his wife Kitty had tried everything for their daughter's health and this was the only solution they seemed to have left.
Frank Davis had worked for 14 years for a large mail order business, in the early days of mail order, selling household items to rural areas of America. His first trip to South Texas was by himself by train to see what his job prospects might be. Frank arrived near the border of Mexico and decided this was about as far south as he should go.
In Harlingen Texas, Frank met a real estate agent who introduced him to a local fruit grower named Howard Pittman. Howard had always wanted to try selling his prize winning citrus by mail order. Frank Davis and Harold Pittman were soon good friends and their idea soon became discovered by families across the United States. Howard Pittman sold his share to Frank in the late 1930's. Now, more than 80 years later, Frank and Kitty's son, Ned that moved to South Texas in 1926 as a 2 year old, is still comes into the office.
Today, Pittman & Davis raises the most delicious of all Grapefruit varieties to perfection and then takes that extra step of allowing them to ripen fully on the tree. Each tree has to be carefully pruned, fed, watered and generally pampered to grow fruit this extraordinary.
These sugar sweet tropical fruit are very particular about soil, sunlight and temperature. In only two small areas of the world can these Ruby Red Grapefruit be grown to reach their very best quality: The Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Florida Indian River area. We have a modern packing house in each area to assure you the finest fruit grown. Juicy Sweet Comice Pears, Apples and other scrumptious gift fruit are shipped from the Northwest.