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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 Peach Cobbler Muffins

It isn't quite summer without fresh peaches! Growing up my Dad always had a row of fresh fruit trees along the house and when those trees got ripe, it meant summer was officially here. Well my Dad still has those trees and when my mom came to visit the other week guess what she brought with her, a box of those fresh peaches from Dad's orchard. You could say I was a little excited.


But a whole box of peaches for our little family, what was I to do with a whole box? Well of course I eat my fair share, but you can only eat so many fresh peaches. I froze some. My sister made me a fresh peach cobbler and I still had some left. So I decided to make some peach cobbler muffins with an almond twist.




I can add almonds to just about anything I bake. If almonds aren't your favorite to bake with, you can always use normal flour and vanilla extract. I of course, love almonds to bake with so these are a yummy addition to me recipe book.




These muffins are very moist, they keep best in …

Harvest is in full swing

Harvest is in full swing on the farm. Some farmers around us started a good week or two before us, but we finally started shaking last week.


Harvest starting all depends on soil type, water moisture in the nuts, weather and tree variety. These factors could vary throughout our state making the start of almond harvest vary throughout the state. But on our family farm, we are shaking.

Harvest is full of long hours, busy schedules and hot weather! So anytime we can find our favorite almond farmer to have some family time, we get excited. I consider it a huge blessing that between chaos of harvest we can take a few minutes to have some family time. We of course had to take a family selfie to celebrate our little girl's first almond harvest




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Before we could start almond harvest, we had to give the trees one last drink. After the trees are shaken they will lay on the orchard floor for 7-10 days before being swept, picked up and taken to the huller. These trees could go a fe…