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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…

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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