Lemons, Flying and Children's Books: All Part of One Woman's Career

'The Lemon Ladies' business, started by entrepreneur Karen Morss, ships locally grown California Meyer Lemons across the country, and is only the latest in Ms. Morss's many successful ventures.

In the early 2000s, with eCommerce growing quickly, Karen Morss saw an opportunity to make a business out of one of her hobbies, growing Meyer Lemons.

Every Sunday, Ms. Morss picks the lemons and packages them based on the orders received from the internet. Every Monday, the lemons are shipped across the country and arrive on peoples’ door steps by Wednesday.

“Organic citrus fertilizer, water, sunshine and love”, are the secrets to her ingredients, according to Morss.

“Lot of effort, time and love goes into them,” she added.

Though approximately 80% of Ms. Morss’s lemons are shipped throughout the country, they can be purchased at select peninsula establishments such as Robert’s of Woodside, in Redwood City, Buck’s Restaurant and , where they are featured in a delicious lemon tart.

For Morss, however, this is not her first or her last career.

Despite having never attended college, Morss worked her way up the ranks at Salvin Business Machines and eventually became their top salesperson.

Eventually, she started her own business working on turning information from paper to digital.

By this point, however, Morss had become a chain smoker and was in serious health risk.

“My doctor said I needed a new hobby,” said Morss.

As a result, Morss began to fulfill her long-held dream of earning her pilot’s license, which she did. But, being the entrepreneur that she is, she proceeded to buy a Flying School in San Carlos and ran her own business training new pilots for another five years.

“The best way to quit smoking was to get my pilot’s license,” said Morss.

Morss has since sold the Flying School, but now spends her time growing lemons and pursuing yet another new career of writing children’s books. She has already written an award winning sale at the Apple Store, and has plans to write more in the future.

For Morss, now over 60 years old, whether with selling Meyer Lemons or other endeavors, the world still seems ripe with possibilities.


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MANUE MARTINEZ September 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Great for Karen! I had the chance to try her lemons and do bussines with her and all was great from the nice flavor of the sweet Meyers to her personal care.
wotten1 September 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Love those sweet Meyer lemons and delighted they're available at Key Markets.
Jacky Averill September 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Karen is most amazing! She reads her Flying Poodles book at the Redwood City Public Library every year at Christmastime!
Buck Shaw September 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Thats what I call local. Ok now to find fresh eggs, peaches, melons and avocados. Within 5 miles? I'll try HMB for starters. Local farmers markets don't meet my Local deffinition.
Renee Boyd September 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Simply the best lemons anywhere and a lovely orchard. Karen is truly an inspiration to us all.


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