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Can you tell that my favorite literary device in school was alliteration, where words in the sentence echo the same consonant sound? Would you expect anything else from Penny Peterson, pixels2Pages Pixie?

But, contrary to my introduction, the topic of my blog is not “My Favorite Literary Devices” (no offense intended to blogs about alliteration, assonance, cacophony, euphony, or onomatopoeia). I will probably get an email from my high school English teacher, asking if I remember anything she taught me about the proper structure of written works. Oh well. We will soldier on.

Recently an errand took me to Floral City, Florida, the home of Ferris Groves, which is in fact famous for its citrus fruit. Ferris is also famous for consistently winning the award for First Flat of Strawberries grown in Florida each season. This is not a made-up award – the Ferris store proudly displays a long line of engraved plaques, one per year. I pondered this idea for awhile while eating more than my share of the free sample slices of oranges and grapefruits. Apparently there is something special about the micro-climate and soil of this little patch of central Florida that is uniquely suited to growing strawberries and citrus fruits. Ferris Groves has been doing just that for 75 years and counting. I am not going to recount their illustrious history; you can check that out at their website. (Disclaimer: I am NOT an affiliate of Ferris Groves. But I would be if they had an affiliate program! Hmmm, maybe I should talk to them about that.)

Moving on from the impressive wall of plaques, I wandered around the rest of the store, admiring the many ways that citrus fruits could be displayed, prepared, or celebrated. It was very hard to resist coming home with several shopping bags full of delicious treats and humorous memorabilia. But I settled for taking lots and lots of cell phone photos. So many, in fact, that the nice lady behind the counter came over to ask, politely, why I was taking so many. Ooops. Made a spectacle of myself again. Soldier on, soldier on. Thinking quickly, I explained that I was taking the photos for a digital scrapbooking project to be posted on my company’s website. Then I ordered a strawberry milkshake and concentrated on savoring it, with my phone stuffed firmly in my purse.

And then I realized that I had just found the topic of my December blog! Serendipity at work again.

So feast your eyes on the luscious Ferris fruits on my digital scrapbook pages below. Hopefully, some day you’ll have the chance to taste some of their Navel and Valencia oranges, Ruby Red grapefruit, and Fall Glow tangerines, not to mention their amazing strawberries and blueberries. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to visit their operation in Floral City in person. If you do, let me know and I’ll join you for a strawberry milkshake!

Now, all of my fellow logophiles (thanks, Alison, for bringing that word to my attention in your first blog), could you resist googling “literary devices”? I couldn’t. It turns out that there are so many interesting ones that I really could write a blog about it! Maybe next time.


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4 Responses to Blog: Famous Ferris Fruit From Florida

  1. jhtibbitts@yahoo.com says:

    My mother’s maiden name is Ferris

  2. Carolyn says:

    Jan, I thought of Anne and her honeybells too. 🙂

  3. Liz Propst says:

    Spent my honeymoon at a family orange grove back in the day…..nothing like making a smoothie with citrus from 40 different varieties of fruit!! Thanks for the memories!!

  4. Jan says:

    I can assure you that Pixie Anne will be commenting on this blog soon. There is nothing she likes better than Florida citrus!! Well, except maybe her grandkids. And me, of course! You’ve made me hungry for fruit!

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