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My summer essentials for raising kids on the farm

It is officially summer and mother nature is reminding us with the 100 degree weather that is so graciously here. With summer comes lots of outside time for the kids. Raising kids on the farm takes summer to a whole new level. There is just dirt everywhere, dirt in my house, dirt in the diapers, dirt places I didn't know dirt could go. It is just something I learn to deal with and I have also learned to hire a good cleaning lady.
But, with summer comes endless hours of fun and family time. We spend hours outside, in the fields, walking through the orchards, picking up parts, running down equipment and taking meals to the farm during those late work nights.
In the midst of all the craziness, there are certain things I just can't live without. Things that make life so much easier. Things that I have learned to love. I created a list of my summer essentials for raising kids on the farm. These have been some of my favorites during the last four years.

I have two kids, born during…

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