Boyetts' Grove is a busy working citrus grove lovingly referred to as simply "the fruit stand". It is far more than a fruit stand by anyone elses understanding of the term. For generations the family has kept and grown this business, running it with a quality of care and expertise only family heritage can bring. Kathy Boyett Oleson is pictured on the right sorting some fruit. Her many hats make her one of the busiest women in Hernando county.
After picking and delivery to the main cleaning area, the fruit has any extra leaves and twigs removed. It then enters into the wet brushing and sanitizing roller area shown in the movie where any natural earth adhering to the fruit is washed and brushed away prior to rolling down the chute for sorting.
At sorting time, some of the citrus is boxed up directly in crates for shipping nationwide to supermarkets. Hand selected individual pieces of fruit are selected by the ladies for sending out as gift baskets and to fruit of the month club recipients. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits - Boyetts grove is situated on a knolled slope receiving the full face of the rich florida afternoon sun. No other Florida grove receives just this benefit of a unique microcosmic growing area which extends both warmth and sunlight here late into winter. Simultaneously, behind the knoll a shallow valley rimmed by gentle rises shields the trees from too much wind... and in the spring when the flowers are in bloom the rich scent of bloom trapped in the grove is absolutely intoxicating.