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Picking up almonds

Almond harvest has quite a few steps and processes involved. I showed a glimpse into shaking and sweeping almonds on our farm. Next up, is picking up the almonds.

Almond harvest has been in full swing for the past six plus weeks across California's Central Valley. We just finished shaking over the weekend. Now it is the final push to sweep, condition and pick up all our almonds over the next two weeks. Crossing my fingers we finish by the end of next week. It is a long process to get all varieties off the trees and on their way to the hullers.

There are so many moving parts and equipment involved it is so much easier to just show you. Telling you would take too many words and jargon that no one understands. Since most of you probably wont be able to come out the farm to take a look first hand, check out this video I made to show you all about picking up almonds out of the field and getting them on their way to the huller.  




Until Next  Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

Winter Pruning

This time of year when you drive by the almond orchards you will see large crews of people in the orchards. Odds are they are pruning those almond trees. Now that its winter and the trees are dormant it's time to prune them. We wait until the trees are dormant to make sure there is no sap flowing through the trees. If the trees aren't dormant when we cut them the sap will flow out like the tree is bleeding. We definitely want to protect the tree and make sure this doesn't happen.

 Pruning is super important on young trees. You are training the young trees to encourage new growth and proper development.  These young trees are about 4 years old and what we prune now will help them to grow for the rest of their lives. On these trees we take out the middle branches to encourage light to come into the trees. His makes it easier for the bees to come into the trees for pollination as well. It also encourages air flow and prohibits disease allowing us to not have to spra…

Cherry Almond Muffins

As I've said before, I can't ever stick to a recipe. It is something my mother taught me growing up, to always add my own flare to a recipe. I was searching for an almond muffin recipe a year or so ago and came across this cherry almond muffin top recipe. I looked at the ingredients and steps and decided I would make my own little twist to it. Even with my slight alterations, they turned out great! I like to make my own almond flour by simply grounding up almonds in the food processor. Its pretty easy, and if I can do it, you can do it! These muffins are pretty dense, so I like to enjoy them warm with a sliver of butter or honey drizzled on top. Hope you like them as much as my almond farmers and I do! P.S. I forgot to place the sliced almonds on top when I took my pictures, so they are missing the last almond touch. They were still good, but I missed the extra almond crunch.




 Until Next Time,
Almond Girl