Sometimes when you experience something on a daily basis, you start taking it for granted. Watching news casts about recent winter storms and the incredible amount of snow fall in the continental USA has made me think about how blessed we are here in Hawaii. Last week we were the only state in the nation that didn’t have snow fall! Another issue that you also start taking for granted is- we have crops coming to fruition all year long. When I was chairing an Ag-tourism Ass. I was asked by a travel agent magazine “what is unique about Hawaii when it comes to Agriculture.” My answer, which they printed was “there isn’t a single day in 365 that you can not see, touch, taste or smell something coming to fruition in Hawaii.”
One of the questions I am always asked on my orchard tours [we give comlimentary, educational orchard tours to guests] is “when is the harvest season for Macadamia Nuts?” Most folks are surprised to learn it is year round. Now we do have a high season when we produce more Macadamia Nuts, and that is about the middle of July through the middle of January. However, Macadamias are always in production, and if you would like to arrange to pick some Macadamia Nuts yourself while you visit- simply ask. A bonus is- we charge 1/2 price for Macadamia Nuts you pick yourself [note we only offer this chance to folks who stay on our farm].
All the above leads me to share with you two great photos I took on February 25, 2010. Sierra [5 yrs old] and her brother Nathan [7 yrs old] were a joy to have on our farm- and did a fantastic job of picking them selves some Macadamia Nuts to take home . Nathan hand husked the shells [very impressive- and if you want to know what that means come visit us and I'll show you what he did]. The photo on the left is of the two of them picking nuts- and on the right is part of the rewards of their picking- 3 bags of nuts- all wrapped up in netting- topped off with ribbon- and ready to go.