What is the difference between Beck Grove and La Vigne Fruits?
Where is Beck Grove located?
We are in Fallbrook, California, in the northeast corner of San Diego County.
Fallbrook? Why don't you grow avocados?
Actually, this property was originally planted to avocado trees, but they don't seem to thrive here. When Robert and Helene Beck purchased the land in 1982, they studied the soil types and hill exposure and found that fruit trees would fare much better.
Can we come visit Beck Grove?
We're flattered you asked! Unfortunately, we're a small operation and need to stay focused on growing delicious fruit and herbs. As a result, we are not accepting visitors at this time.
Do you offer "pick your own fruit" days?
We don't, but if you like doing that, north San Diego is a great area. There are dozens of fruit farms in the Pauma Vallley, Lilac and Valley Center area that open up each autumn for Fuyu persimmon picking.
It seems like you're always sold out of my favorite fruit!
It seems like that to us as well. While we have hundreds of trees of our main crops like Kumquats, Fuyu persimmons, Blood Oranges and Mandarins, we have only a few trees each of a lot of our other offerings. We sold out of our Hachiya persimmons (only two trees) and our jujubes (only four small trees) in about two hours this year. Have you signed up for our mailing list? We send out announcements when new crops become available.
Not another mailing list!
Yes, we understand. We are quick on the "unsubscribe" button ourselves. We try not to flood your inbox with advertisements every week. We have just found that email is an efficient way to let everyone know as soon as the fruit is ready for picking.
Shipping seems expensive!
We know! We have seen a steady increase in shipping rates over the last few years. While we don't make money from shipping charges, we aim to not lose money either. We pass our shipping costs straight through.
Why don't you use UPS or USPS flat rate shipping?
We research our shipping options every year, because we want you to spend your hard-earned money on our delicious organic fruit, not on shipping. We have found that the end cost is about the same regardless of carrier.
Can you use UPS or USPS just for my order?
We have integrated FedEx into our workflow, and switching to another carrier slows that process down, and would add to the cost of your order. We're a small operation and need to focus our efforts on the quality of the fruit more than anything else, so we must decline custom shipping orders.
Why don't you use FedEx Ground to the eastern regions?
While doing our annual shipping cost research project, we realized that we were getting a surprising number of complaints about damaged fruit that took longer than three days in transit. We looked at our competitors and realized that they all insisted on 3-day (or faster) shipping. We know that our fruit can typically last longer than a week sitting on the counter at home. There just seems to be something about extended time in the transportation chain that the fruit can't handle.
Have you considered offering free or flat rate shipping like your competitors?
Certainly! We shop online also, and have been trained by Amazon to dislike seeing shipping charges on an invoice. We look at companies like Frog Hollow Farm, Melissa's, and Harry & David to see what they do. Comparing the expense to purchase 10 pounds of organic fruit shipped to the east coast (fun fact: we use 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the test address), we realized that the total cost was about the same, and we were actually less expensive than a couple of them.