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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

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

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