From Christina: I’d like to thank Janice Seagraves for sharing a little bit of her life with us today. Almonds…so good! Thanks, too, for the photograph, Janice.
Harvest Season in the Central Valley
By Janice Seagraves
Living in California along HWY 99, the agricultural corridor in the Central Valley, I’ve seen the harvest season is in full swing all my life. I actually live in the middle of an almond orchard, which is across the street from raisin grapes. And down the road is a packing shed for peaches and nectarines.
Early each spring the almonds put on blooms. And they are beautiful.
As soon as the blooms are pollinated by bees they start turning into nuts.
Then the harvest begins. First the shakers come and I hear at five in the morning: zoom, zoom, ratatat, shush. The noise is the wheeled machine, clamping on the truck of the tree and shaking the living daylights out of it until the nuts fall off.
Next the blowers come, making a great deal of dust, and blow the nuts into a neat row, and then the sweepers come and sweep up the nuts, place them on a convers belt where they are deposited into semi-trucks. The trucks take them where they are processed, so you can purchase them at the store as a healthy snack.
Janice’s latest release, Matrix Crystal Hunters, is now available. It includes a harvest scene. You can find it Amazon. Readers can find Janice online at her website, Janice Seagraves, on Twitter @JaniceSeagraves, and on Facebook: Janice Seagraves. She is an author, blogger, artist, and photographer.
- Dr. Nut Cracker’s Guide to Nut Cracking Season (drnutcracker.wordpress.com)