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What to do with all the fresh fruit from your fruit tree

It's summer and nothing says summer more to me than fresh fruit right off the tree. I am lucky to have grown up with a whole row of fruit trees in my Dad's orchard. He has a few of everything; plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apples, pomegranates, oranges and even figs. Summertime just isn't complete without a fresh peach to eat as you're walking around the backyard.


When we moved into our house we live in now, we were lucky to have a peach and persimmon tree already in the backyard. They were large and established. In fact, we moved in July and the peach tree was kind of like a welcome home present. The first week we moved in, the peach tree was already gifting us with fresh fruit. Some may have been a little overwhelmed with a whole peach tree but I was rejoicing.


Within the next few years we added some dwarf trees to our collection too; lemon, nectarine, plum, pear, mandarin and lime are now part of our family too. Whether you too have a backyard fruit tree, …

Christmas in Chico

In my household, Christmas is a time for family, friends and faith.  I was able to go to my hometown of Chico, Ca for the holidays and spend time with my family. On Christmas morning we woke to a white Christmas! Well, for the Northern Sacramento Valley we consider a white Christmas frost. There was a pretty white frost layer on the orchard floor on Christmas morning.

My parents homestead walnut field
My sister's walnut orchard on Christmas morning
My family lives in the middle of a walnut orchard now. In the winter, they just look like giant sticks! In Northern California, a lot of the farmers have started planting walnuts and not as many almonds. Walnuts aren't as susceptible to frost damage due to the cold weather that comes with Northern California. Walnuts also generally require less inputs and man power then almonds. If you drive up highway 99 north of Sacramento you will see more and more walnuts being planted for these reasons.What can I say we are all just nutty!

I have to tell you I was very blessed this Christmas season. I was able to spend almost a week with my family, which is quite rare for me. We ate lots of good food, drank some local wine and best of all enjoyed the company of friends and family alike. Christmas is always a time to look back on how you have been blessed throughout the year. In the past year, our family and friends filled our calendars with weddings, babies, engagements, parties and so much more.  All in all, it's been a fruitful year and I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.....

Merry Christmas from the Almond Girl!
Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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  1. I've learned a lot about almonds from reading your interesting blog posts. Keep up the good work! I got to know your parents fairly well 25 years ago when I lived in Chico, and your father took me on more than one tour of the orchards, so I can picture what you describe here fairly well. Also all those family members, many of whom I remember too--you've got a tremendous family there! The only thing I can't picture is walnut trees around your house--they were all almond trees back then as I recall. Please give my regards to your wonderful parents. They'll remember me if you mention my name: Mark.

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