Giveaway: Meyer Lemons from Lemon Ladies Orchard

For the last six years, the highlight of my January has been the day the box of Meyer lemons arrives on my doorstep from the Lemon Ladies Orchard in Emerald Hills, California. My whole apartment fills with their fragrance the moment I unseal the box and I spend the next week or so making marmalade, syrups, curds, preserved lemons, and dehydrated rounds.

Last April, while I was on the first leg of my book tour, I spent a little time visiting Lemon Ladies and getting to know the owner, Karen Morss (she even put me up one night, which was incredibly kind of her).

In the morning, Karen took me on a tour of the orchard, which is tucked into her backyard. She introduced me the 40 trees that make up the orchard (each named after a different woman who had inspired her) and told me about the joys and challenges of growing fruit.

Karen uses organic fertilizer, ladybugs, and love to raise her lemons and it shows in her gorgeous fruit. I am forever in awe of the fact that such glorious fruit just grows on trees in California (I realize it sounds ridiculous, butΒ in the depths of Pennsylvania winter, such things don’t seem entirely possible).

For this week’s giveaway, Karen has offered up a gift box of her lemons to one lucky winner. This prize has a $30 value and contains 3 1/2 pounds of juicy, fragrant Meyer lemons. Use the widget below to enter!

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370 responses to “Giveaway: Meyer Lemons from Lemon Ladies Orchard”

  1. Lemon curd, or maybe salted lemons for the February mastery challenge. I’ve never worked with Meyer lemons before, and would really like to.

  2. Thank you for putting on this giveaway. I’ve always wanted to try their citrus, but just can’t afford at this time. I hope I win! It will give me something bright to look forward to in dark and cold Vermont!

  3. Love meyer lemons so much! I have a little tree which lives in a pot (I’m in New England), and every year it blooms and my house smells heavenly, but the fruits never make it. So I’d love to win these! Limoncello and lemon curd would be my first thoughts.

  4. Meyer Lemons are special, and every ounce gets used. From bread to cake to beverages, sun dried zest and candied rinds, even the leaves can be used to cook with. So maybe throw a bunch in with the bag I win? πŸ™‚

  5. That is a box of beautiful lemons if I ever saw one. It’s been a few years since I’ve had a jar of preserved lemons in my fridge. Thanks, Karen for all the love in those lemons.

  6. Oh hell yes! Lemon curd, because I’ve never made it. Though I have Maida Heatter’s recipe for Lemon Ginger White Pepper cake that is *amazing*. I also started making my own citrus/honey/ginger cough syrup.

  7. I love Meyer lemons!! I’d sit and smell them for a couple of days, and then I’d make lemon curd. Love it that the trees are named after special women!

  8. I’m sure I’ll ad mine to drinks – I drink lots of lemon water. Then probably a lemon merinque. Who knows from there?! I can’t wait to see.

  9. Meyer lemon jam (thanks to this site!), preserved lemons, sorbet garnished with fresh mint — yum! I already missed them around here, so this is perfect. Thank you for the opportunity and thanks also for the connection to the Lemon Ladies.

  10. Your candies meter lemon recipe is great layered between vanilla cake and butercream layers. I was surprised you have people discard the simple syrup. I can that, too, and it goes in everything. Flavor icing, add to an early grey tea, over ice cream, I’m cake, layered into strawberry shortcake. mix into cocktails. The color cheers me up.

  11. Wow – those photos are gorgeous. I’d make a heap of limoncello and preserved lemons. Ooh, and I have a whole lemon tart recipe I’ve been dying to try.

  12. Marmalade, lemon sugar (adding some zest to sugar), Lemon Jam, candied peels, juice, limoncello, the ideas are endless.

  13. My husband has been begging me to make lemon sorbet and candied lemon peels. If I win, he’ll have to help me (candying citrus is a labor-intensive process!).

  14. I think the Meyer Lemons are the best.
    First off I would have to make my husband a nice big lemon pie and then maybe move onto some lemon bars

  15. I love using them to make lemon curd. I can’t even imagine the joy of having an entire
    box of them. Marmalade…Lemoncello…my brain is on overload just thinking about them!

  16. There are many of recipes I’d like to make! Lemon meringue pie, lemon curd, marmalade, lemon bars. Meyer lemons are wonderfully heavy and full of juice.

  17. I make green smoothies with half a lemon, peel, seeds and all, every morning for breakfast and drink it on my way to work. I love the citrusy taste it gives the smoothie.

  18. I have 2 small Meyer lemon trees in my greenhouse – one currently has some tiny lemons starting — these would be the first for me. I’ve never tried one so am really curious about the taste.

  19. Meyer Lemon Marmalade! And I’ll try to start some meyer lemon trees from seed πŸ™‚ planning to buy lemon and lime trees this spring.

  20. I love using lemons for all sorts of baking and cooking! They add a wonderful flavor to everything and I am dying to try to make a strawberry lemon marmalade!

  21. I would certainly dry some peels and maybe try making a Marmalade, I was wanting to try a honey based one out of naturally sweet. I also might just freeze the juice since I love lemon water in the morning!

  22. I have never had a meyer lemon!! I would make a lemon pie, lemon bars and then I would have to look up some recipes for lemon curd and more!

  23. Oh this is so wonderful! Her lemons are absolute concentrated sunshine! I still haven’t made curd or candied lemons.

  24. I would love to win! I usually order every year to make limoncello and marmalade. Had to cut back a little since I am saving for a wedding and the week I usually can I had to shop for the wedding.

  25. Lemon bars, lemon curd, limoncello! There are so many lemony things I’d love to make, but I only Ave two lemons on my own baby Meyer lemon tree.

  26. I’ll definitely freeze two for grating, and then for sure a lemon marmalade! Maybe some sugared slices for decorating a lemon cake? All the possibilities!

  27. Meyers are my favorite citrus ever. I make Meyer Lemon curd with it that is to die for. It cannot be canned safely but it freezes amazingly well.

  28. I’ve never had the opportunity to work with Meyer lemons before, so this would be a real treat! Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. I would love to make a batch of marmalade with these! And maybe keep a couple of out the batch to dry the zest and use juice for salad dressing or just to enjoy with sparkling water. Yum!

  30. Oh my goodness! What would I NOT use them for??? I absolutely love Meyer lemons, and would be thrilled to have the chance to experiment with different kinds of marmelades and/or other applications. Yum!

  31. This is awesome! Definitely a resource to add to my list. It’s so hard to get Meyer lemons in Memphis! I would love to use some of these to try a Meyer lemon based marmalade.

  32. I bought a small Meyer lemon when we lived in Ma. We then moved to TN for 3 years and it was happier in TN than in MA. We just moved to Florida in November and it has more blossoms on it than ever before!

  33. If I won I would make as much Meyer lemon curd as I could! I love eating it straight from the jar or folding into whipped cream with some red raspberries for a lemon mousse of sorts. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  34. Lemon curd! Or marmalade! Or salted and preserved! I don’t know! I always see recipes using Meyer lemons, but I never have access to them, so I don’t have any recipes for them on my to-do list.

  35. After I get done just looking at them in a large bowl, I will juice, curd, preserve, and anything else I can think of. So glad I found this blog and face book page even if I don’t win. I want a Meyer Lemon tree. Any provider you can suggest?

  36. I’d make lemon EVERYTHING! We’re in the middle of a snowstorm, and it’s grey and gloomy. A box of lemons would be a box of sunshine!

  37. Dehydrate slices, as Marissa mentioned, for iced green tea in the summer, marmalade, freeze some juice for jam/jelly making; a half-pint or so for those special batches.

  38. If I win, I want to try making lemon marmalade. I had never even heard or thought about such a thing until this month’s challenge, and I am intrigued. I’d also make some lemon sauce to go over delicious homemade gingerbread.

  39. I think the peel of the lemons would make awesome candied peel to use in cooking! Not sure whete I would start trying to use that many lemons, otherwise…

  40. I’ve still been too scared to attempt to preserve with citrus, but thanks for the giveaway! If I win I may have to try marmelade, lemon simple syrup, or salt-preserved lemons.

  41. Not entering the giveaway because I could easily offer another box. As a Southern Californian, I do take for granted being able to go out back and grab a lemon whenever I need one. My Philadelphia based sis-in-law was here the last time I threw a tea party, and was surprised when I handed her a basket and casually instructed her to grab six lemons off the tree for the lemonade. The idea of 40 trees is astonishing.

  42. Definitely a jar of salt preserved lemons. The rest…some sort of sweet, a batch of salad dressing and freeze the rest for another time.

  43. I love lemons. My first instinct was ” WANT. MUST CLICK” but I am one of those lucky people who live in citrus country. So I will go over to my parents , pick a box of meyers, and consider myself the winner of this contest. I hope someone in snow country gets this box full of summer.

  44. Lemons are a stable in our house. We squeeze lemon juice on our vegetables, use it in our couscous, quinoa and farro. We use it in coleslaw and with Meyer lemons, my older daughter likes eat them like oranges.

  45. I didn’t think this was the season for meyer lemons.

    I made meyer lemon lavender marmalade last summer so I might try my hand a lemon curd or preserving lemons.

  46. 1. Marmalade – my husband randomly asked a few weeks ago if I’d ever seen any in the market, and I hadn’t.
    2. Lemon pie (without meringue – I don’t like meringue – so just “lemon curd” pie.
    3. Candied peel, for next year’s fruitcake.
    4. If there are any left after all that, freeze a few for my first batch of dandelion wine this spring . . . I’m in Portland, OR, and there were a couple blooming as soon as our last snow (14″ – pretty rare here) melted.

  47. The very first marmalade I ever made was Meyer Lemon Marmalade! I would make more, but also try my hand at curd. I made grapefruit curd for the first time a few weeks ago, but it’s a little runny. These lemons would give me ample practice!

  48. Oh! What a lovely thing to offer.

    Marmalade, of course. It would be nice to add them to other fruits, but using them alone sounds so much more special and positively wonderful.

  49. I’ve never tried preserving lemons before so I thought I’d give that a go. Then there is all the other stuff I would try to thaw this eternal winter with: tea, marmalde, cake, humus, etc, etc, lemon everything!!

  50. Oh gosh, I have so many ideas. First I’d certainly make some jam and some marmalade. We have a raspberry lemonade jam recipe that’s awesome. I think with so many lemons I’d also try preserving them in slices some way. As a minimum I’ll be zesting every single one and freezing the zest and using the beautiful juice for canning recipes.

  51. Oooohhh…I would use the lemons to make candied lemon peels and a natural cleaner…after I save some back for eating fresh on fish and chicken!

    So fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Oh, so many possibilities! Lemon curd or a marmalade would be tops, but also limoncello and salt preserved lemons to perk up dishes.

  53. I will use the lemons with my Blood Orange juice I am reserving to make some incredible jelly. I will also make some Meyers Lemon Jelly. I have never made limoncello but would love to make some. My neighbor is an expert. If there is anything left I will freeze the remainder of the juice so I have it when I find another spectacular recipe I want to try.

  54. I will keep some out to have with tea. I’ll probably make lemon curd and maybe zest & juice some to freeze for later use.

  55. Meyer lemons scream; “Lemon Bars, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes AND Lemon Meringue Pie”! I think I could get 3 half-pints of lemon curd, as well!

  56. I would use them to make limoncello and curd. Lots of curd and limoncello! Those were my favorite things that I made the last time I ordered a box.

  57. Never had Meyer lemons, therefore I am very keen on trying them. Maybe for some curd, but salted lemons sound also tempting.

  58. I would love to make a Meyer lemon-grapefruit marmalade like I made in a canning class a couple of years ago, which was divine! Also, if it was a little closer to spring, Meyer lemon-strawberry jam would make me happy, but unfortunately the seasons really don’t overlap, at least in my neck of the woods.

  59. Sign me up! I just spent a small fortune on 5 meyer lemons, they will probably taste ok, but were not very pretty. For Christmas four very special family members received lemon curd from your recipe. I have been wanting to make more for my own pantry.

  60. I’ve really been wanting to try my hand at limoncello for a while now. You’ve gotten me quite interested in marmalade as well. I’ve never had salted preserved lemons…they sound so good! I love lemons and have a few at the moment. I like making drinks with soda water, lemon juice and a bit of vodka. So refreshing!

  61. I’ve had such fun with this challenge so far. Thank you for creating it and managing it! This past January, I made grapefruit marmalade twice, and a mixed fruit marmalade once.

    A few days ago, I received a box of citrus fruits from my cousin who lives in California. She’s not sure what they are, but they are wonderful. They are yellow like a lemon on the outside and the palest green on the inside, really, they are yellow with a green tinge. Tart like a lemon with a lime perfume, you can actually eat them as you would an orange or grapefruit. I plan to make a marmalade out of them and secret the jars away so that I can enjoy them for a long time. Maybe I will preserves some as well.

    I’m looking forward to the salt preserving challenge. If I win the Lemon Ladies lemons, a few will go into jars and get turned into preserved lemons. I use them in chicken soup. In the winter, when the days are dreary, I like to add preserved lemon. It enhances the chicken flavor and makes my soup taste like sunshine – which is needed in NYC winters.

  62. Oohh the lemons look so beautiful! I bet they smell like flowers! Thanks so much for the giveaway. A box of sunshine in the middle of the cold winter.

  63. I love to make lemon curd and would try another round of marmalade. I also love to cook with lemons – adding a Meyer lemon to browned chicken and simmering it down is just heavenly!

  64. I would love to try the citrus vinaigrette recipe on the Lemon Ladies Orchard Facebook page. I would also like to try a lemon curd and then I would use them to cook delicious meals with!

  65. I love Meyer lemons but sometimes they are hard to find near me. I would like to try and preserve some. I’ve never done that.

  66. These are such beautiful lemons, and friendly farm. I encourage all who can to order from them. I would certainly welcome more to do lemon curd or the lemon lavendar jam

  67. I just made a batch of Meyer lemon curd with the very last bag of Meyers in the grocery store! I thought the season was over – thrilled to learn that it’s not.

  68. I’ve already made marmalade with meyer lemons this year, but I love it so much I will probably make another batch, maybe trying with some bourbon or lavender!

  69. So hard to decide what I would make! I’d love to try lemon curd or maybe pickled lemons. I enjoyed making last months marmalade so much I would also consider doing a lemon version.

  70. I would make so many salt preserved lemons and so much lemon curd, and hopefully some lemon bars and lemon meringue pie if I had any left over.

  71. I would definitely make some lemon curd and lemon bars at a minimum! Definitely also then look to freeze a fair amount of the zest and juice, now that I have freezer room to keep such ingredients handy.

  72. Hi Marisa, if I win I would make lemon preserves. I have made this before but with regular lemons and while the flavor was good it was a little on the bitter side too. Thanks!

  73. I didn’t see your Mastery Challenge in time to join, but if I win the lemons I’d love to try my hand at marmalade! I’m still going to try and do the monthly challenges unofficially at home.

  74. Love lemon curd. That is my first choice for preserving lemons. Then it’s lemon/grapefruit/orange marmalade. Dried lemon slices for herbal teas and if there are any leftover, squeeze the juice and freeze it for winter use.

    As you see, nothing is wasted, juice, zest, and the whole fruit get used.

  75. If I win, the question really is what *won’t* I do with the lemons.
    Lemon is my absolute favorite citrus. I’ll use it in just about everything.

  76. First woodstove fire today and lemons would be delightful as I was just invited to pick figs yesterday at a new friends farm (grape tomatoes, too).

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