Vanilla Almond Butter Cake

It’s the end of September and we all know what that means…fall is officially here! We love fall not only because it means harvest time, but also sweaters, crunchy leaves, crisp air, and all the wonderful autumn recipes our hearts desire. Even better, almonds go with just about any fall recipe in our humble opinion. […]

Posted on October 1st, 2020

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

A “Souper” End of Summer Meal: Almond Gazpacho

Three digits in the valley today, sigh. But soup is still on the menu. Heirloom tomatoes are now in season and I can’t stop buying or eating them! When they get too soft to slice, I make gazpacho, the Spanish cold soup that’s like a salad in the blender, but better. The addition of ground Maisie […]

Posted on August 17th, 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

Certified Kosher? What’s That?

With summer coming to a close, it’s almost time for people around the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish new year. It’s a holiday marked by special prayers, family gatherings, festive meals and—yum!—sweet foods like eggy challah bread and apples dipped in honey. Nuts and fruits are nearly always present […]

Posted on August 4th, 2020

HOT Summer Sale Alert!

For your summer snack attacks, fun family gatherings or houseguest gifts, Maisie Jane’s is having a SALE! Show your gratitude to your sister-in-law for her hospitality and the use of her cool pool with beautifully packaged nom-noms everyone will appreciate. Put a stop to “Are we there yet?” syndrome with some healthy road trip snacks […]

Posted on July 31st, 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

DIY Trail Mix for Back to School and Beyond!

I love to make my own trail mix. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought trail mix, except…there’s often just one ingredient in the mix that doesn’t agree with me or that I don’t truly love. And I know from working with kids over the years (and from being one) that they can be allergic to all […]

Posted on July 17th, 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