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Stop and Smell the Roses

There is always time to stop and smell the roses 🌷

My grandparents always had a massive rose garden. As a kid, I have fond memories of picking roses and watching my grandfather tend to his what seemed like millions rose bushes. My grandma loved to work in the rose garden too, it was always time with the whole family.
My father continued on the same tradition. He had a green thumb for roses and he loved those bushes. When my parents first moved into their house they had 100 roses in their yard. They eventually made a smaller garden, but still spent just as much time caring for those roses. Now, he has a good rose garden of probably 20-30 rose bushes. He used to always pick roses for my mom and bring them inside for her to enjoy. It was always a special little gift he made for her. 
Now we continue his legacy by picking roses and taking them to his grave. I know he was looking down on us this morning as my daughter was playing with his roses. I’m sure he was probably worrying about her…

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

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