Is Organic Food Really Better for You?

Organic Orchard

There once was a time when organic food was the same as “food.” Nowadays, the label “organic” is a special one. It requires USDA certification and strict adherence to not only sustainable organic farming practices but also regulates how a product is produced and stored. Products labeled “100% Organic” cannot be made or allowed to […]

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Summertime in the Almond Orchards

Almonds Cracking Open in July and August

One of the nice things about living in Chico, CA is how closely connected almost the entire community is to the lifecycles of our local produce. Nuts, of course, are a big deal in this area and the almond orchards draw people out to the countryside throughout the year. One of my favorite times is […]

Posted on July 10th, 2018

What’s Organic at Maisie Jane’s?

USDA Organic Seal

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe that you deserve to trust the food you buy to be as healthy as possible for you and your family. Our family has been farming for four generations and we place a great deal of importance on delivering food in the same pure and natural way it was always […]

Posted on June 28th, 2018

Celebrating World Bee Day

Bees

Guess what? Yesterday was the first annual World Bee Day! The holiday is about spreading awareness of the significance of bees and came about as the result of a recently adopted UN resolution. It will be on May 20th every year which is also the birthday of Anton Janša, a teacher of apiculture and pioneer of […]

Posted on May 21st, 2018

Making Almond Products is a Zero Waste Business

Almond Shells

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe in using every part of the almonds we harvest. Luckily, processing almonds is a very efficient system, leaving zero waste with all the by-products and creative uses of them. Ever since the early 60’s there has been a stable market for almond hulls to the dairy industry.  This is where the […]

Posted on May 8th, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day! 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people banded together in the United States to demand clean air, clean water, and a healthier approach to how we as a nation treated the environment. Smog had become deadly, our waterways were so polluted some rivers actually caught on […]

Posted on April 20th, 2018

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

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

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