From the Shakin’ to the Makin’!

00 What happens when the almonds leave the orchard? We talked about the shaking and drying process in our last blog post, but what happens now that the nuts are all toasty from the sun?  Our almonds have been drying for 1-2 weeks in their windrows and are now ready to be taken to our […]

Posted on September 24th, 2020

It’s Almond Harvest Time!

It’s happy harvest season here at Maisie Jane’s orchards…and there’s a whole lot o’ shakin’ goin’ on. Check out these Instagram videos of what’s happening right now. No, that’s not a tornado…it’s a shaker! We use two kinds: one is a mono boom shaker, which shakes one tree at a time from the front, as […]

Posted on September 4th, 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

The Harvest Is Coming!

Look at these sweet little nut-buds. The openings, called hull splits, ensure that these will become actual edible almonds very soon. Hull splits are the opening of the almond husks that allow the nut meats to finish developing and dry. Specifically, for all you nut nerds (we resemble that remark): according to The Almond Doctor, […]

Posted on July 24th, 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

We’ve Come So Far!

Maisie Jane's first store

Sometimes it’s great to remember how it all began. Did you know that Maisie Jane’s was created as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) project when Maisie was just seventeen in her mom’s kitchen? Yup! Maisie grew up in a family that had been growing almonds for three generations. So she heard a lot of […]

Posted on January 23rd, 2020

Join Us at the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend

Sierra Oro Passport Weekend Bracelet

Come to the party! This coming weekend is the best excuse for coming out to Maisie Jane’s gift shop (1324 Dayton Rd., Chico). We’re joining 32 other local farms and wineries to make this year’s Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend the best one yet! Did you know that Maisie Jane’s has proudly participated for […]

Posted on October 7th, 2019

Words of Wisdom from the Family Farm

Maisie Jane and Her Children

Life on the farm is such a great teacher for learning to live well in harmony with the seasons and the abundance of nature. It teaches so many great lessons for how to live life! I thought I’d share a variety of quotes and words of wisdom that put it all in perspective: “To everything […]

Posted on September 17th, 2019

It’s Almond Shaking Season!

Shaking the Almond Trees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year— almond shaking season when we knock the “l” from the almonds. (We say “ah-mond” here in Chico, with “ah” pronounced like “Sam.”) Between mid-August and October, 80% of the world’s almonds are shaken from the trees in California. Some say the season actually begins in Chico. And […]

Posted on September 5th, 2019

Home in the Almond Grove

Hurtado Family

I came across a country rock song I never heard before recently by a band named Cracker that maybe some of you might know. Cracker was formed by singer-songwriter David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven fame) and guitarist Johnny Hickman. On their most recent album, “Berkeley to Bakersfield,” is a bittersweet song called “The Almond […]

Posted on August 8th, 2019