Natural or Organic Almond Butter?

If you visit the nut butter section of our online store you’ll notice that you often have a choice between natural or organic. People sometimes say “Natural is good, right? Is something labeled “organic” really any better for you?” But we know what they really mean: “Is organic worth the price?” Great question! And, of […]

Posted on April 5th, 2018

Almonds — The Early History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Foods

Did you know that almonds are probably one of the first domesticated nuts? I think the history is pretty fascinating so I thought I’d share a little about that today. Almonds originated in Western Asia (most likely, Persia) but the type that originally grew there —bitter almonds—are too poisonous to eat. However, sometimes a sweet […]

Posted on March 20th, 2018

Update on How the Honey Bees Are Doing

honeybees on honeycomb

About 10 years ago beekeepers began to report unusually high losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. Worker bees would suddenly leave the hive, leaving the queen and the young behind, and without the workers the rest of the hive would eventually die. The phenomenon was called Colony Collapse Disorder and it became a very troubling […]

Posted on March 8th, 2018

Celebrating the Almond Bloom Season With Maisie Jane’s

Almond Tree Sapling by Vincent Van Gogh

Bloom Season is a glorious time of year in Chico! The air smells like honey and trees light up in blossoms of pink and white. I thought I’d share a peaceful sweet video of almond blossoms in bloom made by cinderellalifestyle and offered on Youtube. I especially love the starry centers of this variety of almond. Some […]

Posted on February 28th, 2018

Maisie Jane’s First Annual Bloom Sale!

It’s Almond Bloom season and we’re celebrating with our first ever Bloom Sale! It will be at our country store in Chico starting March 1 and running through March 3rd.  We plan this to be an annual event and it’s going to be BIG!  There will be super deep deals on lots of great gift ware, […]

Posted on February 22nd, 2018

Celebrating Almond Blossom Season with Vincent Van Gogh

Almond Tree in Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh

It’s getting to be almond bloom season here in Chico—one of my favorite times of year. It’s certainly absolutely glorious to see the trees decked out in pink and white, and paired with the sweet smell of honey makes it all the more divine. I was recently reminded that one of the most famous people […]

Posted on February 13th, 2018

Almond Growing and Sustainable Farming

Hurtado Family

Maisie Jane’s is very proud to be part of an industry with a strong focus on healthy and sustainable farming practices. At the 45th annual Almond Conference put on by the Almond Board this past December, Almond Board Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Gabriele Ludwig introduced a new and interesting publication called Growing Good. It showcases the fine […]

Posted on January 9th, 2018

Thankful to Be Family Farming!

Hurtado Family

At Maisie Jane’s, farming is definitely a family affair—we’ve been at it for four generations!  And as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, we can’t help but be thankful to be family farming together. What’s great about family farming? Where do I begin?!! According to a United States Department of Agriculture study and a variety of […]

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

It’s Almond Harvest Season!

roasted almonds

We’ve been in almond harvesting season here in Chico, CA and that means it’s time to shake those nuts from the tree! At harvest time, we use mechanical shakers to get the nuts to fall. And you better stay out of the way when it happens because as you can see in the above video made […]

Posted on September 20th, 2017

Honey Bees Are in Danger and it Could Leave Us Hungry for Almonds

bee collecting pollen on almond blossom

When you think of almonds, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t bees, but bees are an essential part of the almond-growing process. Almond trees need bees for cross-pollination. Actually, approximately 70% of our food and plants depend on bees, as well as help avoid the need to spray harmful pesticides in the […]

Posted on March 31st, 2017