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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, …

There she blows...

Well, the Central Valley finally received some rain last weekend! While some parts of Northern California had a few inches, and neighborhoods in Los Angeles were being evacuated for fear of mud slides, the Kern County communities received anywhere between .35-.85 inches. It seems crazy, in our town some roads were flooded and lots of orchards lost hundreds of trees, and we didn't even get an inch of rain. What was most important was snow in the mountains and rain near the dams, which we received lots of. We are very thankful for what we received! But just because we received some rain we aren't free and clear, we are still in a drought. It could rain every day for the next month and we will still be in a drought.

The California Precipitation Stations measured Bakersfield to have received 1.55 inches of rain this season. Whereas in a normal year we should have received 4.57 inches thus far. The Central Valley is having 1-2 day periods of rainstorms and heavy wind followed by 30+ days of 70-80 degree weather. Our cities, drainage systems, highways, dams, all of our infrastructure is not built to handle this.  When orchards receive large amounts of rain and the soils become saturated, the root systems become weak. When this rain comes with heavy winds almond trees just fall down. Fifteen plus year old almond trees are extremely top heavy trees with poor root systems. Our farm lost about 200 trees from old orchards like these. Our orchards and fields are just not built to handle this. Pray for continued rain and that it comes over time, not all at once.


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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  1. Love your blog and descriptions of your farm and practices. We farm in IL (corn and beans) and I just find it so interesting how other crops are raised and cared for. You do a great job explaining the ins and outs of almond farming. Love the pictures. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Illinois farm girl! Always appreciate another farmers insight. We are all in this together, from Illinois corn to California almonds, we all feed the world!

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