Sweet Citrus Treats: Hornbuckle Family Farms
John Hornbuckle would most likely agree with the statement, “A Grapefruit is a Lemon that had an opportunity and took advantage of it, ” quoted by “Baer”—possibly Arthur ‘Bugs” Baer. We took our “sweet” time to chat more with the third-generation citrus farmer from Indian River and learn more about their business and product.
How many years have you been a vendor at the Delray GreenMarket?
This is our 2nd year at the Delray GreenMarket.
How did your business come about?
This is a third-generation family citrus business. Our groves were planted in the 1970s, and, fun fact – older trees produce sweeter fruit than young ones – giving ripe old age a new meaning!
What is one business tip you would share with someone looking to start selling his or her goods locally?
Just do it! If you bring a quality product, people will support you and it will be worth every minute of it.
What are three words that encapsulate and describe your business and products.
We are local (our groves located in Indian River County just west of Vero Beach), fresh and family-operated.
Why do you believe shopping local is so important and valuable?
Farmers’ markets provide an alternative food delivery system that supports local farmers, fresh food, & healthy community.
What is your favorite restaurant in downtown Delray Beach?
The Grove and not just because we’re citrus people! My wife and I spent our anniversary there, and everything was perfect.
What is your favorite place to visit and spend time in Delray Beach (ie: Art Garage, shopping, a hotel, etc.)
We love to take our dog to the beach.
What’s your favorite Delray event (besides the GreenMarket of course)?
St. Patrick’s Day!
What are three items we could always find in your fridge or pantry?
Citrus, veggies, wine!
What is an “insider tip” to share about the Delray GreenMarket?
Don’t bother looking for parking- just go straight to the garage. It’s free too!
When you aren’t at the Delray GreenMarket, where would we mostly likely find you?
At the farm, tending to our strawberries.
What is one place you hope to travel to someday.
Where was the best destination you traveled to?
The Big Island of Hawaii – aloha!
What is your favorite product that you sell?
Honey Tangerines (or Murcott oranges) – many people have not heard of them, so it’s always nice to surprise someone with their new favorite fruit. They are only grown in the Sunshine State and it’s a hybrid between the tangerine and sweet orange – although the true origin is a bit mysterious.