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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Highlights of 2014

2014, you have been good to me! It has been a great year filled with new beginnings, adventures and of course new life. Looking back on the year only makes me look forward to what else is in store for me next year. If you follow me on social media, this week we looked back on the most popular blog posts of 2014. Here are my top three most viewed blogs of 2014.

 #3: Almond Huller & Sheller. I took you guys on a tour of our almond huller and sheller for a chance to peak into how almonds are prepped for processing. It was a first hand look at taking the hulls and shells off the almond and exposing the meat to be processed for consumption.

 #2: Almond Varieties. In this blog post I explained the many different varieties of almonds and the many different uses of this varieties. Many consumers don't stop to think about the many different kinds of almonds and what the farmer grows those for. Just like an apple, each kind of almond has a distinct flavor and complex characteristics. Explore with me the different uses and next time you bite into an Almond Joy or enjoy your favorite sliced almond you may be able to tell what variety of almond you are enjoying.

#1: How is the CA drought going to affect you? I enjoyed writing this blog and I am so happy that it picked up so much momentum. California is deep into a drought much like other states. But unlike other states, we grow a a quarter of all food produced in the world. What does this mean to you? Well, whether you live in California, the Mid West or Europe, you may have to go without certain foods or you may have to pay extra to enjoy these California crops.

Personally, my almond farmer and I also have a few highlights of our own we are proud of. We are getting more efficient with land optimization. We planted a new orchard and get to watch a new leaf as it is turned over on our farm.We were featured as a farming couple confronts drought as part of a California Farm Bureau publication. But most importantly, our highlight of the year was welcoming our Little almond farmer into the world! Next year will be filled with more adventures, more challenges and a lot more pictures of our little one. :)

We can't wait to see what is in store for 2015! See you all next year.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Christmas Gift Came Early!

So it's been over two weeks since my last post because we have been quite busy off the farm...

Our little almond farmer arrived on December 6th! Little Henry was born at 11:48pm after only about 5 hours of labor. I am so happy and blessed that it was a very short labor because I don't think I could have handled any longer. I do not do pain very well! He was 7lbs 5oz and 20 1/2 inches long. When my almond farmer husband was born he was 10 pounds, so needless to say I was very excited my little boy was 7 lbs!

We are so happy to have our little boy here to celebrate the Christmas season with! We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift!

From our family to yours, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. May all your celebrations this season be filled with love and happiness!




Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sealing an Almond Tree

After almond harvest and when the trees have gone dormant, we put our doctor hats on to see if we have any sick trees that need mending. Winter is a great time to repair any trees and general maintenance around the farm.

When almonds are too green, the almonds aren't dried enough to shake off the tree with ease. The almonds will hold on to the tree branches because there hasn't been enough moisture released. Some trees may be younger than the majority of the orchard causing them to mature differently and not be as ready for harvest when the rest of the field is.

When either one of these happens the shaker operator may have to shake the tree longer than expected to get all the almonds off. This may cause the bark to loosen and fall off exposing the trunk of the tree. If the trunk of the tree has too much moisture the bark will loosen making it easier to fall off as well.

The bark falling off reduces the amount of water and nutrients flowing through the tree. The trunk is the heart of the tree and needs all its bark to carry these valuable resources to the rest of the tree. The bark falling off is similar to a burn on your arm from rubbing it too long. We put a tree seal on the open wound just as you would put cream or a band-aid on your hurt arm. The tree seal helps the almond tree to seal itself and helps reduce insects and diseases from damaging the tree and allows the bark to grow back.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl