We Use Happy Almonds
You may have heard some rumors about how much water is wasted in almond farming. Well, almonds have received a bad rap, but it’s not all untrue either. There are many farmers that utilize a flooding technique to water their almonds, which does in fact waste a lot of water. But these are not those almonds.
Instead, we use HAPPY ALMONDS. We source our almonds directly from the farmer— a hand-picked, third-generation, almond farming family based in the rolling hills of Modesto, CA. Because we’re pals, they even let us come check out the farm first-hand to see what it was all about… here’s what we learned:
These almonds are grown with on-site water wells that were dug specifically for these almond groves. This means that they are sourcing water as direct as possible, thus preventing water waste.
Our farmers utilize a “dual drip line” watering system… that's a fancy way of saying that they have hoses lining each row of almond trees, which serve the perfect amount of water directly to the root of each tree, giving it exactly what it needs to thrive and grow our happy almonds. Cool, huh?
We also learned that most organic pesticides used to keep bugs off of almonds aren't systemic. What does that mean? It means that it won't reach the meat (insides) of the almond. So our farmers use an effective, clean pesticide that prevents bugs from destroying the plant the first time. Many organic pesticides are much less effective, and therefore require multiple sprays, more resources and therefor becomes less sustainable in the long-run.
Lastly, let's talk about potassium. Almonds love it and need it to thrive. Organic potassium isn't as "available" to the almond as non-organic, therefore causing the almond meat to shrivel inside of the shell because it isn't able to absorb the water as well. We want our almonds to be hydrated, plump, and... happy! So, three cheers for the non-organic, more hydrating potassium!