As Tim wrote in his blog, we had a very nice crop of Pistachio nuts this year and for that we are very thankful.
One thing about being a farmer is that you never know what will happen and how the crop is going to turn out until you actually harvest.
One of the best things about this year’s crop is the size and quality of the nuts. Almost all were the largest size (called “Colossal”) and very little stain or insect damage. Also, there are usually quite a few “blanks”, shells that haven’t filled with meat, but this year there were very few of these.
Most of the farmers think the wet winter and spring we had was the reason for this but no one is really sure. Like I say, you never know. The longer I farm, the more I learn. But it all added up to a great crop and happy faces here at SLO Farm. In a couple of weeks we will start pruning and begin the whole cycle all over again. For now, like I do after every harvest, I’m off to Canada to go fishing!!