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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…

Almond Joy bites

Christmas is fast approaching and is only days away. Nothing says Christmas like the smell of cookies baking in the oven. You can never get enough Christmas cookies. So far, I have made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies, 3 batches of frosted sugar cookies, candy and almond rice krispies treats and then a giant batch of these delicious almond joy bites! 
Why so many cookies you ask? Well, growing up in a farming family the holidays weren't just a time for us to be with family, but also our extended work family. Whether it was sharing a turkey or ham with employees, a holiday work lunch, or handmade Christmas goodies the holidays were always a time for us to share our appreciation for our employees, too. They spend long hours tending to our farm and truly become part of our families.


I have carried on this tradition for the holiday season and make Christmas cookies for our hard working crews. I like to include almonds when I am baking for our employees so they can literally …

Christmas Giveaway #3

By this time you should all be in the Christmas spirit! Have you finished decorating yet? We just put our lights up on the house last night and finished the tree this morning so I think I am as ready as I am going to be. I even have most of the presents wrapped and under the tree.




I have more Christmas Giveaways to spread my Christmas cheer to you all! So the last two giveaways where over Facebook and Instagram...this time I am switching it up a little!


But first, what's in Giveaway #3
20- 1 oz. Mariani California Almond snack packs, Roasted and Sea Salt
"Stirring up Inspiration" Almond Cookbook
Grey California Almond T-shirt, size large
2 almond snack tins- each tin holding the perfect 1 oz. portion size






Each giveaway has had different rules and different qualifications to win! This time I want you to enter right here on the blog...


To enter:
Comment on this blog postDon't worry if it doesn't appear right away, I will moderate to make sure there is no inappropriate…

Christmas Giveaway #2

You all were so fast and quick to enter the first giveaway! I am glad so many of you were eager to play along. So this week, I am switching it up and having an Instagram Giveaway...
This is my chance to say "Thanks" and give back a little something to you and your families during this holiday season. The first giveaway was on Facebook and I thought it would be fun to highlight other aspects of social media. So this time you need to follow along on Instagram to be eligible.

So what's in Giveaway #2:
40- 1 oz. Mariani California Almond snack packs, Roasted and Sea Salt
1 pair work gloves
Grey California Almond Tshirt- size small
2 almond snack tins- each tin holding the perfect 1 oz portion size


Giveaway #2 Qualifications; Follow Almond Girl Jenny on Instagram Like this post on Instagram Comment with your favorite nutty treat! I will pick a random winner on Sunday, December 11th and announce on INSTAGRAM.


Good Luck and Merry Christmas!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny


Disclaime…

Christmas Giveaway #1

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Thanksgiving has come and gone and advent has begun in our household. While it seems like it's already been the Christmas season if you have gone to any store in the past month, it is NOW officially the Christmas season.


Last year, I did a Christmas giveaway to my followers and readers and I am back at it again! I value each and every one of you and appreciate you all who read my blog and follow me on social media. Without you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do. To show my appreciation I will be having a series of giveaways for the next few weeks until Christmas.


This is my chance to say "Thanks" and give back a little something to you and your families during this holiday season.


So what's in Giveaway #1:
20- 1 oz. Mariani California Almond snack packs, Roasted and Sea Salt
1 pair work gloves
Grey California Almond Tshirt- size small
2 almond snack tins- each tin holding the perfect 1 oz portion size






Each giveaway wi…