Blossom Season Is Here!

As you may have noticed driving around Chico or the surrounding areas, everything is a’bloom! It’s our favorite time of year.  Almond blossoms come from the deciduous tree in the rose family known as Prunus dulcis. They are relatives of the apricot, cherry, peach and plum families.  Our trees will keep producing blossoms until about mid-end […]

Posted on February 20th, 2021

The Buzz on Bees

You may not know this, but almond trees only blossom in California about three weeks of the year in the month of February. Guess what? It’s almost February!   We thought we’d take a moment to share with you why this short time frame would be impossible without the help of our friends, the bees. […]

Posted on January 21st, 2021

Wildfires, Agriculture and Water Wisdom

What you’ve heard on the news this week is true: California is burning again. Historically high temperatures along with lightning strikes (rare for us in NorCal) have created chaotic conditions. Thankfully, the 34 Butte County Lightning Complex fires are being contained as of this writing and pose no threat to the community. So we at […]

Posted on August 25th, 2020

Farm to Table, Now More Than Ever

  Once upon a time, I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in a neighborhood dominated by apartment houses, asphalt and concrete. As such, I never thought about how we got food (other than going to the supermarket), or what food looked like in its natural state. As far as I knew, […]

Posted on August 6th, 2020

Why Squirrels Are Nuts About Nuts…and Other Nutty Fun Facts

At my home, we have—well, I won’t call it an infestation of squirrels, but many uninvited furry guests. They’re cute and entertaining, but they don’t clean up after themselves, and my potted deck garden is where they like to live it up. Which got me wondering about why squirrels are as nutty for nuts as […]

Posted on July 14th, 2020

This Independence Day, Celebrate Family Farms

Family farms are so important! In fact, according to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the USDA, more than 90% of farms in the U.S. are classified as small family farms. That’s a lot of family love grown into our food supply. But due to factors that include climate change, giant agribusiness and […]

Posted on July 2nd, 2020

Three Reasons to Choose Organic Almond Butter

Woman with spoon in mouth

I love organic almond butter because I care about the environment and I care about my family’s health. At Maisie Jane’s we have a strong philosophy regarding sustainable agriculture.  That means we farm without depleting the earth’s resources or polluting the environment. But we also deeply care about family—we’re family farmers, after all— and our […]

Posted on August 27th, 2019

More Crop Per Drop—Water-wise Family Farming at Maisie Jane’s

Maisie Jane and Her Children

At Maisie Jane’s we are committed to sustainable family farming. That’s why we have put practices in place that will save 22% more water, our most valuable natural resource. Using holistic land management and new technology we’re joining other water-wise family farmers across the state of California in a quest to respond to changing weather […]

Posted on June 27th, 2019

Why Do Organic Farming?

Organic Orchard

Is “Organic” just a buzzword to make more money? Well, it is a healthy way to make a living but it’s healthy in many more ways than one! It’s healthier for the planet, it’s healthier for the local environment, it’s healthier for one and all. And it’s healthy in ways you might not expect. The […]

Posted on May 23rd, 2019

Making the Most of Every Part of an Almond Crop (Almond Coproducts)

Almonds Cracking Open in July and August

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe in using every part of the almonds we harvest. Did you know that almond orchards actually produce four different coproducts? There’s the kernels we eat, the almond hulls (frequently used to feed livestock), the shells (used for livestock bedding and as a fuel source) and the trees themselves when they are […]

Posted on February 26th, 2019