Orchard in winterWinter on the farm is a time when our trees are at rest. Temperatures are cool from November through the bloom in February and this is the dormant season for almonds. Without the nightly frosts, the trees would not go dormant and wouldn't experience the regeneration necessary for their yearly production.


Glenn AndersonThe winter is also a time for us to rest. After the intense activity harvest brings us each fall, we welcome the cooler temperatures and time away from hands-on work in the orchard to reconnect with our customers. Throughout the winter, we continue to examine the trees for damage from storms and use the trees dormant season to do our annual pruning.



Winter cover cropWinter brings much-needed rain to the Central Valley, producing dense cover crop in the orchard. Our nearly constant winter fog also brings moisture to the trees. When walking through the orchard in winter, it feels as though our trees sleep beneath a cool blanket with moist air above and damp grass below.



Bird's eye view of Wertzba Place during February bloomFebruary usually means time for the trees to awaken and bloom. This is the most dramatic transformation on the farm. Almond blossoms are a joy to behold. They have a delicate fragrance that wafts on gentle spring breezes. Bloom typically lasts for about two weeks, during which we hope for warm sunny days. Almonds require pollination by bees. And bees don’t like to work in the rain (who could blame them?), so we keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates.


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