Dade City’s Kumquat Festival is January 27, 2018. Just before the festival, you can tour kumquat groves and the Kumquat Growers packing house in St. Joseph. Check the web for more info.


January 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Christ the King. Someone left a pair of prescription glasses (purple). Please contact Tom Schaefer at 813.777.0019 to make arrangements to retrieve them.

February 11, 2018. Citrus Celebration at the Florida State Fair! Volunteer for this fun fundraiser!`We always have a great time! Note for this year: Our suppliers will not be able to provide as much fruit as they have in the past. If you have fruit of any kind you can donate, RFCI would greatly appreciate your contribution.

March 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Christ the King. Kumquats! with Greg Gude. RESCHEDULED from September 2017. PLEASE REMEMBER–DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS TODAY, SO THE MEETING IS AN “HOUR EARLIER” THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT! What citrus fruit do you eat whole, skin and all? Kumquats! Greg Gude, a grower who generously donates kumquats for our citrus celebration, will talk about growing this delectable sweet-tart delight. Kumquats have different growing requirements than a lot of other citrus varieties and Greg has been growing them for decades.

Bring a dish to share for the buffet table.

April 14 and 15, 2018–USF PLANT SALE.

May 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Christ the King. Mango Development and Sales with Walter Zill. Learn about the world’s “favorite fruit.” Bring a dish to share for the buffet table.

We are reviving the RFCI photo contest. We will take submissions in June, with photos on display during the mango tasting in July. More details to follow.


If you are an RFCI member and NOT receiving your RFCI newsletter in your email, please send an email to: tb.rarefruit@gmail.com so we can update our records. Thank you.

To join, download and fill out a membership application form from:  https://rarefruit.org/membership/, and send with check of money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
39320 North Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542.

If your dues are due, please send check or money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI and mail to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
39320 North Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542.


The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International meets on the second Sunday of the month except in February (Citrus Celebration), April (USF Plant Sale) and October (USF Plant Sale). We will meet on the THIRD Sunday for our Holiday Party this December, starting at 1:00, an hour earlier than usual.

Missing newsletters

Our newsletter archives are fairly complete . . . but we are missing some issues. If any older members have any of the following issues, please contact Tom Schaefer or Sandra Kischuk. The missing issues are:
1980-all                   1983-July
1989-December       2005-October






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