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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…

Brussel Sprouts with Sliced Almonds

Easter is coming up this weekend and I have already started thinking about what we will serve for brunch and dinner. I always try to add greens and lots of veggies for dinner side dishes. It's spring and there is something about spring that makes me want to eat healthy with lots of veggies!

Brussel sprouts, you either love them or hate them. I love them and add bacon, I love them more. I prefer my bacon extra crispy when adding it to dishes like this, it adds a little extra crunch and texture which is nice.

This is a pretty easy recipe and you could substitute green beans or probably any green veggie you prefer if brussel sprouts is not your thing. I also tend to cut my brussel sprouts in half long ways to speed up the cooking time. Just stick a fork in them and make sure they are tender.

The almonds I use for recipes like this are sliced with a little salt and pepper, but you could probably also use slivered if that is what you have on hand. As you know my now, I am not one to s…

National Agriculture Day

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller said it best. I find this so true today and this week as we celebrate National Agriculture week. As an industry we need to stand together and celebrate all we do together. We are not dairyman, we are not cattle ranchers, we are not wheat farmers or even almond farmers, we are agriculture. We come together for the good of all things agriculture.

 This was the case this weekend for me as well. I attended a joint meeting with the California Women for Agriculture and the California Cattlewomen. Together we shared our stories and our passions for agriculture and educating our consumers. We were blessed to have a number of female speakers inspire us through their work. We are not all farmers and ranchers we are educators, lovers of food, industry representatives. Education outreach is just as important in ensuring our children are knowledgable of agriculture and the truth. There are a number of commodity groups and organiza…

Almond Bars

Well it's been a couple weeks since my last post and I can only say motherhood has gotten the best of me. This mommy thing is harder than you think and trying to accomplish things throughout the day really take time.

But here it is. This recipe I stumbled upon while searching for something to use up some almond paste I was given by our processor. I am not a pastry chef or culinary master chef so I look for recipes that are simple and easy. Even with my personal changes and flare, this recipe is an easy one. Delicious too may I add! I will admit, after trying this recipe out, I think white chocolate chips would be a great addition to this!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl