It has been raining at our place.
Not the kind of rain that stereotypes the Pacific Northwest. We haven’t seen that kind of rain since early June.
This week, it has been raining nuts. Lots of them. Filberts here. Filberts there. Filberts everywhere.
Filberts – aka Hazelnuts.
We just completed our first of two harvests so I thought I’d share a few pictures to answer that age-old question….
“So, just how DO you harvest a nut?”
Well, we slap a hard hat on Joey, give him a bucket and a peanut butter sandwich and send him on his way to pick those nuts up. One by one. Acre by acre. Shaking each tree as he goes.
Ok, maybe I’m not completely accurate.
Let’s start over…
Once enough nuts have fallen and are ready to harvest, the first step is to sweep the orchard floor and push everything – debris, nuts, etc.. into a long pile that runs the length of each orchard aisle.
Then, using one of these crates…
The pile is sucked into the conveyor as it drives over the nuts and debris…
…and then the “cool” part begins.
The conveyor separates the nuts from the debris by rolling the nuts into the crate and shooting the debris out to the side.
By the time the harvest is complete, these crates, and more, will be filled with filberts and ready to be processed.
We are expecting about 60,000 pounds this year.
That is a whole-lotta-nuts.
Yep – we will now wait for the remainder of the nuts to fall and do another harvest all over again. Most likely in about two weeks.
These turkeys are just waiting for the leftovers!
Did you know Oregon produces 99% of all filberts in the United States?
Who knows, when you are doing your holiday baking this year, you might just be using a hazelnut from our property !
Be sure to let me know how it tasted!