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Harvest is Here

Almond harvest is here! Almond trees are shaking all over the valley and it's officially harvest season. About a week ago we started shaking on our farm.





But before you even start shaking, mowing is the true first sign of harvest. We don't just mow to make the orchard a cleaner environment. Grass could cause harvest equipment to get clogged up and unnecessary debris get stuck with the almonds  Weeds also take vital nutrients and water away from the trees and root system.


Once mowing is done, the orchard is ready for shaking! I like to say we shake the L out of them. Makes sense if you remember where I grew up. In Northern California we say A-MEND, just like salmon. None of that ALL-MEND business. But regardless of what you want to call it, almond shaking is how we get the nuts on the ground.



After we started shaking, the next day we were ready to start sweeping. Sweeping is the process of getting the almonds in nice, clean windrows so they can be picked up. Unfortunately, th…

The Heart Healthy Nut

Almonds are the heart healthy nut. Known for their health benefits in keeping you at a good weight, helping you to lower your cholesterol and providing you energy to keep on going.
Almonds are naturally cholesterol free, high in good fats, gluten free, high in magnesium and help to curve your hunger. With all the high fiber and high protein diets out there if you're looking for a way to add more eat almonds! One serving of almonds contain 3g of fiber and 6g of protein. Maybe you're looking to add more calcium to your diet to strengthen your bones, just one serving of almonds is 8% of your daily needs.
One serving or one ounce is the amount of almonds that generally fit in one handful. One handful a day is all you need to be healthier! The Almond Board of California has all kinds of great recipes for using these nuts in your favorite recipes!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Reducing dust on our roads

With the drought California is in everything is dry, dry, dry. When the wind picks up the dust covers the trees and makes everything a mess. With little water to water the roads down we looked to a more permanent method to keep our roads and fields less dusty.  We added a road oil mixture of 50% oil and 50% water on top of some of our dirt roads between fields. We use a half gallon of the mixture per square yard. This will help us during these dusty, dry summer months to keep the dust off our trees. The dust increases our insect populations and before harvest we don't want those bugs in our trees because they reduce yield. The oil base helps us abide by air quality emissions regulations we have in the Central Valley. During the winter months the oil base will also allow us to continue to drive between fields where otherwise it would be muddy and wet

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Almond Development

The almond crop in our area is really moving fast. There are multiple parts to an almond developing; the nut meat, skin, shell and hull. The almond meats are now all solidified and the nut itself looks like an almond and not a jelly consistency that they were just a few weeks ago. The skin is still soft and not quite ready to be the outer layer of the nut. The shell is still soft as well,  but it is getting harder every day and it will soon be ready to be the protector for the almond. The hull is ready for its duty and in another couple weeks or so it be splitting. When the hull splits it is a sign to farmers that harvest is a mere 3 to 4 weeks away.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl