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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…

Plum Cobbler Bars

My father has one of the greatest fruit orchards. Hands down. When he planted his walnut orchard years ago, we left a row the length of their 2 acre homestead to plant assorted fruit trees. He has all kinds of fruit trees on this strip of trees; nectarines, peaches, apples, pears, figs, and of course plums. With about 4 of each fruit tree you can imagine the loads of fresh fruit he gets in the summer. Of course the family dog is sure to harvest from the low hanging branches. It seems like every time I am home for the summer I get boxes of fruit fruit. The last time I was home, I was handed a box of plums as I was leaving.

When looking for recipes to incorporate fresh plums into, there really aren't that many. I did find a few but if you follow my recipe posts, you  know simplicity is how I bake or cook. I needed something easy and with less ingredients the better.

I came across a breakfast bar recipe and of course had to put my spin on it! I brought these out to the farm one day and didn't know what to call them. I just told the guys they are a plum bar thingy. My father in law was actually the one who said, they kind of taste like cobbler in a bar form. So here you have it, plum cobbler bars.

I loved that they bake in a giant pan and then you can cut them into bars. I used parchment paper to line my baking dish with. This made it super easy to just lift out of the pan once they were cool enough for cutting. You do really want to wait to cut these until they cool. The first time I made them, I didn't wait long enough and they were super messy. Live and learn. Second time was much easier.

Be patient and cut once cool. Then put them in the fridge and enjoy them fresh from the fridge cool. They are so good, and really are a bar you can have for breakfast, snack or dessert! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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