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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…

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 post
    •  Don't worry if it doesn't appear right away, I will moderate to make sure there is no inappropriate language
  • Be an active follower of Almond Girl Jenny, If you aren't currently just follow these easy directions below
    • Enter email in subscribe box on right side of screen
    • Follow email prompts to be an active follower and receive email updates from Almond Girl Jenny

I will pick a random winner on Sunday, December 18th and announce on the blog.


Good Luck and Merry Christmas!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny






Disclaimer: The items in this almond Christmas Giveaway were donated generously by Mariani Nut Company and the Almond Board of California.

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  1. We love your blog and Twitter account! They always have great, interesting information!

    Kelsey at Hilltop Ranch

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  2. Keep it up!! Great to see AG blogs..

    Merry Christmas ��
    Mz Maya

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