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Picking up almonds

Almond harvest has quite a few steps and processes involved. I showed a glimpse into shaking and sweeping almonds on our farm. Next up, is picking up the almonds.

Almond harvest has been in full swing for the past six plus weeks across California's Central Valley. We just finished shaking over the weekend. Now it is the final push to sweep, condition and pick up all our almonds over the next two weeks. Crossing my fingers we finish by the end of next week. It is a long process to get all varieties off the trees and on their way to the hullers.

There are so many moving parts and equipment involved it is so much easier to just show you. Telling you would take too many words and jargon that no one understands. Since most of you probably wont be able to come out the farm to take a look first hand, check out this video I made to show you all about picking up almonds out of the field and getting them on their way to the huller.  




Until Next  Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

Early Harvest?

We had one of the mildest winters around in California this year. I can count on one hand the days that it rained and our low temperatures rarely broke the freezing mark. I don't feel we had a true winter at all. They say we are in spring time now, but it's been in the 90s for the past several weeks which seems more like summer. The cool 60-70 degree weather comes for a day or two and then back up to 90 degrees.
With the warm temperatures all winter it should be no surprise that most crops in California are running about two weeks earlier than average. Almonds are predicted to be early as well. Some are even saying almond harvest may start at the end of July. Crazy! While during a normal year almond harvest generally starts August 7th-14th in Kern County.
An early harvest will be better for our water situation given the drought California is in. We will be able to go in and harvest sooner, making this years crop less demanding of our water supplies.


Until Next Time…

The almonds are growing!

The almonds are growing more and more every day. Believe it or not only a short two months ago these nuts were flowers. Now they are fast on their way to being an edible almond. Walking through these beautiful orchards the other day I decided to examine them closer for you guys.
What looks like a fuzzy green almond on the tree is the hard hull starting to form. This fuzzy outer layer will soon be the protector to the nut as it develops. The inside, or the fruit, is still a soft gel like formation. This gel like will soon be an almond once all it's cells develop into a harder fruit. The shell will then form between the hull and almond to make another layer of protection for the almond.

Stay tuned as we watch these almond continue to grow!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl