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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…

The Country Christmas Connection Reveal

As the Christmas season has come to a close, it is always sad to start putting away those Christmas decorations. I always wait until Epiphany to take down my d├ęcor and it helps me drag out the Christmas spirit as long as I can. But I get to relive Christmas one more way today. I get to reveal my Country Christmas Connection secret Santa blogger.
This year I took part in The Country Christmas Connection, where a group of agriculture bloggers across the US linked up to play a little game of secret Santa, blogger style. The Country Christmas Connection was the work of Jenny from The Magic Farmhouse and Darleen from Guernsey Dairy Mama.


I submit my answers to the survey and waited for my email to come in with who I was paired up with. I got my secret Santa name in my email and my homework started; to find the perfect items for Robyn Goddard of The Ranch Wife Chronicles. I politely Facebook stalked her and did some blog reading of hers and then went shopping to buy her gifts. I was excited to see picture of sheep on her page, it reminded me of my childhood. I found the gifts, sent it off and then the real fun started,  I patiently waited for my package to arrive from my secret Santa.


When I did receive my package, I am not sure who was more excited to open the package. My little farmer really enjoyed Christmas this year and he was all over the opportunity to open a gift BEFORE Christmas! After I so gently unwrapped each little package he was right there to play with the tissue paper and roll around in it. He did however, steal one of the items...pork seasoning. He must have thought it was a musical instrument because he just wanted to shake it and run around the house.


My package came from Wanda Patsche from Minnesota Farm Living. I have followed Wanda for some time now, so I was pleasantly surprised to know who my secret Santa was. Wanda sent me a great Minnesota package containing Caribou Coffee straight from Minnesota, adorable coffee mug, great quote magnet and of course that Minnesota pork seasoning. I will admit, once I realized the coffee was made in Minnesota, I went out and got some more to gift for a coffee loving couple I know.


While the pork seasoning was a hit with my little farmer. I enjoyed all the items I received and learning more about Minnesota. The Country Christmas Connection was a great opportunity for me to connect with other agriculture bloggers and learn more from other parts of the country. I can't wait to do it again next year and see what other goodies I get to sample from another state.




Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny



Comments

  1. Happy New Year Jenny! So glad you joined in the fun this year! Looks like your little farmer had fun too! :-)
    Enjoy your new connection!
    ~Darleen

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    1. Thank so much for organizing such a fun Christmas exchange. I look forward to next year and more connections.

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  2. There is something fun about connecting with women in different areas of agriculture and from different parts of America.

    I've noticed a few common threads that a lot of ranch and farm wives share: faith, family, a passion for ag and coffee! Coffee is so fun!

    I also looked at your storm post. Prayers and good luck as you go through this challenge.

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  3. The pork seasoning is wonderful. Wanda got me hooked on it a few years ago. Enjoy!

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