Our Ranch Manager, Garrett Gundersen, showed us some harvest adventures in one of our fields. He explained when the hull starts to break or crack, showing the walnut, then the orchard is ready to harvest.
Another way to tell when a walnut is ready is to see how easy the hull removes from the shell. Below we see Garrett peeling away the hull and cracking the shell. Inside the shell was a beautiful light colored walnut half.
His crew are incredibly hard workers. Walnut harvest means working around the clock and they do it with a smile on their face. Here you will see walnuts getting picked up off the orchard floor.
Emma was feeling Fall festive yesterday, so we ventured to the kitchen to our hand at pumpkin bread inspired by Melanie Makes – One of our favorite food bloggers! We encountered a problem when the pumpkin bread started to split down the middle and fall apart. Emma decided to improvise by grabbing a fork and smashing the bread to make Chocolate Chip Walnut Pumpkin Bites instead! Delicious to taste and her little sisters couldn’t get enough!
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- Brown sugar to top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and sugar
- Cream together on medium speed until combined and fluffy
- Add eggs and pumpkin puree to bowl
- Mix on medium speed until completely combined
- Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to bowl
- Mix together until combined
- Add walnuts and chocolate chips to mixing bowl
- With a spatula, fold in walnuts and chocolate chips
- Grease a standard bread pan and pour batter in the pan
- Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes
- Once baked, remove the loaf and place in a brownie tray
- Use a fork to mash the bread into an even layer
- Top with brown sugar and bake for an additional 10 minutes
- Let cool and Enjoy!