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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…

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