We have reached the final crop to harvest on our farm for 2015!!! Hazelnuts (filberts) have been falling from the trees for weeks now and we have headed out to pick them up off the ground.
Unlike some other nuts, filberts fall naturally from the trees, no shaking needed. We then use a sweeper machine to put them into rows, a harvester to pick up the rows and totes to move them to the truck to transport them to the processor.
We grow a lot of crops for seed on our farm, so it’s always fun to have a crop you can harvest and have a snack or two while you’re driving through the field!
I have some good videos of harvest that I will post next week and explain the actual process a bit more. Until then keep eating those hazelnuts, we have more coming down the line!
The Filberts (aka Hazelnuts) fall naturally on to the ground. No need to shake the “L” out of them (Almond Joke)
The nuts are put into rows between the trees, using a sweeper.
The harvester drive right over the rows while making lots of dust to pick up the filberts.
Dirty view from the side, that mess is being made by a large fan that cleans the nuts as they go through the harvester.
Really dusty view of the harvester, looking back from the tractor…
More pictures to be posted with the rest of the story later today!