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About us and our nuts

Did you know California is the only U.S. state that grows and markets almonds?

Consumers can only purchase California, unpasteurized almonds directly from growers like us.

Located in the beautiful Capay Valley in central California, Brian and Gretchen Paddock operate a small family farm primarily consisting of organic almonds. The original orchard was planted over 75 years ago.   Recently all the children, many friends, and extended family gathered to plant a new orchard consisting of 1400 trees.  We planted 3 varieties for best pollination:  Nonpareil, Fritz, and Monterey. 

We understand people today want to know how their food is grown.  We believe in being good stewards of our land and grow our almonds using sustainable processes following organic certification criteria.  We do not use any pesticides, herbicides, or synthetically made fertilizers.  We irrigate very efficiently using a deep well and subsurface drip irrigation.
Part of our orchard stewardship strategy includes hedgerows, which provide habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife.  These insects and wildlife help keep the trees healthy.  We use large quantities of compost for soil balance and condition. 

Our farm is unique; we can offer unpasteurized almonds for customers who seek a raw food diet.  Unlike conventional orchards that harvest onto the ground, we manually harvest the trees, knocking and shaking the nuts onto tarps.  This eliminates any chance of salmonella

We shell the nuts using an organically certified machine and hand-sort them.  Don’t feel guilty.  A one-ounce, 160-calorie serving of raw almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium and an excellent source of fiber. They also offer heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and iron; our almonds are healthy nuts.

We also offer truly raw almond butter and naturally smoked almonds using almond wood on a smoker. We prepare them with sea salt then smoke them for 3 hours at medium heat.  They are a healthy alternative to processed, unhealthy snacks.

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