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September 18, 2009

Almonds and Olives Farm Tour Slideshow

CUESA took a tour of two farms growing crops that are quintessentially California. See the photo tour of G.L. Alfieri Farms and Sciabica and Sons.

First we visited G.L. Alfieri Farms, where Gary Alfieri grows grapes, almonds, pecans, walnuts and pistachios, among other things. We caught up with Gary just in time for almond harvest and got to watch as the almonds were literally shaken from the trees. It was a once-in-a-lifetime farm moment!

We also had the opportunity to tour the shelling facility where Gary sends his almonds and watch a batch of nuts go through the whole process – from a dusty pile in their hulls to a stream of beautiful shelled almonds.

The next stop was Sciabica and Sons, where we got to hear about the Sciabica family history, taste several of their varietal olive oils and see a small orchard of olives growing behind the family home.

All in all, we had a blast and learned a lot (even in the 100 degree heat). Take a farm tour of G.L. Alfieri Farms and Sciabica and Sons.

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All farm tour photos by Barry Jan

 

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