We are on the homestretch of harvest for filberts, also known as hazelnuts. The weather is changing into fall here on Oregon, and while we have had pretty good weather this harvest, I’m sort of ready for the rain.
Here is a video of me harvesting a younger orchard of Jefferson hazelnuts.
Right now you can buy our hazelnuts in all Wilco Farm Stores, and come November in Albertson/Safeway and Bi-Mart! Oregon orchards is the brand and here are my personal favorite ones!!!
They are soooooooo good!!
This also wraps up harvest for all our crops here on the farm. We have a little more ground to work but other than that we will be starting to put things away for the winter.
It’s always a good feeling to wrap up another year on the farm!
One of the most common questions I get asked about our hazelnuts…why don’t we shake our trees to get the hazelnuts down????
Well, the time of year that we harvest, in the fall, we often get nice blustery rain and wind storms. The goal of course is to get the nuts knocked down and out of their husks.
The goal is also for this kind of weather to last a few days and then settle down. Which leaves us with a nice lovely window to make some dust and not mud with our harvesters. This doesn’t always happen, but a girl can dream right??!!
Here are a few photos of the ground beneath the trees after one particularly stormy day.
And here’s to hoping (or praying) that the weather straightens right out next week and we get to do some good dusty (not muddy) harvesting.
****Update: I wrote this post yesterday. Then I woke up last night to pouring buckets of rain. So….now that I’m so happy the nuts fell down I am also praying that they aren’t floating away! For some reason Mother Nature didn’t seem to get my very specific request for the type of weather I was needing (haha!). And that my friends is, how do they say it, oh yeah…”that’s farming for you”!!!
Hey everyone, some exciting news! Last fall I hosted the FarmHer team out on the farm and the episode they filmed will be airing this coming Friday April 12th, 6:30pm! Below is the press release from the FarmHer team….
FarmHer Follows Women in Agriculture from Washington to Louisiana in the 2nd Half of Season Three
(NASHVILLE, TENN. — Apr. 5, 2019) FarmHer is back with new episodes on RFD-TV. Meet a helicopter pilot who crafts Artisan cheeses, head to the hops capital of the U.S. and witness a woman who thought she would never walk again, ranch with all hermight. The network’s original series highlights another powerful group of women in its 3rd season with host Marji Guyler-Alaniz at the helm. FarmHer airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. EST on RFD-TV.
Season 3: Episodes 19: Oregon FarmHer Harvests Piles of Grass Seed & Hazelnuts Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. ET When dust settles on Brenda Frketich’s farm, there are piles of hazelnuts. Take in this year’s harvest in Oregon while learning about another top Pacific Northwest crop:turfgrass.
Here are also a few sneak peak videos to check out while you’re anxiously (at least I am anxious) waiting for the episode this Friday.
We had a wonderful time showing this great crew around the farm here in St. Paul. I have always said that our doors are always open and this was a wonderful way to bring the farm into living rooms across the US. It airs on RFDTV, click the link below to find that channel in your area! http://www.rfdtv.com/link/649370/find-us-in-your-area
Don’t have RFD-TV? No problem…..
On demand service can be found a bunch of different ways including Roku and Amazon Fire. The apps are either “RFD Country Club” or “Rural TV”.
Some of those apps allow you to sign up for a specific category “Rural Lifestyle” for just $2.99 a month and that’s where you can find FarmHer. You can cancel anytime.
Or you can sign up for full on demand service RFD-TV Country Club at rfdcc.com. It has a monthly fee, but with no contract, so you can cancel anytime.