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Monday, November 23, 2015

Saying Goodbye to our Buddy

This was one of the hardest posts to write. I needed a full box of Kleenex by my side, but I made it through it. On November 14, our family lost a great man. Our patriarch, grandfather, great grandfather, farmer, neighbor, businessman, and all around great man passed away at the age of 94. Buddy, as he was referred to in our family, lived a fruitful and abundant life. He was always up to try new things, which was apparent by the 25 plus crops he had farmed over his life. He was a loving soul who cared for his family and friends with the biggest heart. Buddy was a great man, that we will miss.

Buddy was born at the old homestead house on the highway, that his father built when he settled in California in the early 1900's. Buddy was the youngest of six brothers. His poor mother wanted a girl so badly that she would dress him up in girl clothes and grew his hair long. But that didn't last long since Buddy wanted to always be farming and working the land with his father. He learned how to make wine at the age of 6 and yes that was during prohibition. He rented his first farmland while he was still in high school and couldn't wait to get home from the war to continue to farm. Farming was always his passion, but he knew he had to serve his country when World War 2 broke out. He saw things in Germany during the war that we can only pray we never have to see. He defended his country with pride and courage. He returned home to farm with his wife and soon added three children to the family.

Destined to be a gambler, being born on 10-11-21, 21 was of course his favorite card game, and farming just seemed to fit him. Of course there was bad years with cotton, melons and beans to name such a few. One year it made more money to let the sheep come eat his bell peppers then to harvest the field. But in the 1970s when he invested in almond trees, he knew it was the right decision. He was always willing to try something new and with farming he did just that. We can thank Buddy for the 4 fields of almonds in a row all with different varieties and combinations. He was ahead of his time, trying to figure out what worked and what didn't.

His son continues to run the farm today along with my almond farmer husband, it was 3 generations involved in the day to day dealings. Now it will be up to my little almond farmer son to continue the legacy that his Buddy created.

But I consider myself lucky to have entered into a family that has been carved and molded by such a great man. He built a farming legacy and tradition for the family to continue. It will be with great pride that we continue on his farm and raise the next generation in his footsteps. 

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Two years down...

Two years ago this blog was just an idea of mine. I had been thinking for quite sometime I needed a medium to share my story. I always knew I wanted to do something, create some place, find some way to reach a bigger community and touch more people than just in my day to day life. Then two years ago I finally took the plunge and created this blog.


I still remember, my almond farmer husband had just had foot surgery, so I had taken a week off work to take care of him. This gave me a lot of time to think and ponder what I was doing in my life. I had a fairly new job that allowed me to be quite independent and accomplish my duties at my pace. I was able to do more of what I wanted and get things done when it was more convenient for me and not necessarily during a set schedule. I thought this would be the perfect time to carve out my little blog and start with sharing our farm story.

Little did I know, this whole blogging thing could easily evolve into a full time job itself. I am so happy and grateful for the journey I have been on because of this. From starting a facebook page, instagram account and twitter dedicated to Almond Girl to attending media training, joining blogger groups and building relationships in the social media world. Blogging really has become a part of my life. I share with you all my life happening, what's going on with our farm, and of course a some nutty recipes. You have all been there when I announced I was having a baby, when we had to drill a new well because of the drought, you walked with me step by step for pollination, and you were patience with me when my little almond farmer arrived and I went on a blog break for a while. So many things have happened over the past two years and I am glad I was able to share with you it all!

It is hard to believe that I have been on this blog journey for two years now. I am so happy I took the plunge and am here today to share my story with you. Cheers to the past two years and many more to come!!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Banana Bread with Almonds

It is finally fall! I thought the weather was never going to change. Frankly, I was tired of short sleeves and 80 degree days. I am ready for sweaters and scarves! I joyfully welcomed the rain on Monday and the 60 degree days in my 10 day forecast. God know we need it and I hope the fall weather is here to stay. Let us all pray for snow in the mountains and rain the valley!

I don't know what it is about Fall but it always puts me in the mood for warm baked goods. Pies, cookies, and bread are my favorites for the nice cooler weather. Fresh from the oven is even better! There is just something about the fall weather and baking that put me in a better mood and ready for anything.



I don't know what it was about my bananas the other day, they all got ripe at the same time. Don't you hate it when that happens? But I couldn't just watch them get over ripe and I have enough frozen bananas in the fridge for smoothies. So, it was banana nut bread time! But this time around I couldn't find the walnuts, but I knew I had almonds around of course. I thought I would give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised that I love it with almonds. My little almond farmer son even enjoyed it and was inhaling the bread faster than I could put it on his plate. This was a thumbs up from my household. I hope you like it just as much!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl