Over thirty years ago, Ray Capaldi and his cousin, Frank, fell in love with this property with beautiful almond trees. Frank said it reminded him of the families land in Casino, Italy. Initially, the plan was to plant grape vines, but instead they decided to keep the almond trees. And now our ranch is one of the last dry farmed orchards still harvesting.
After Daphne married Ray, she retired (30+ years as a flight attendant) and decided to raise alpacas. Ray and Daphne have continued to invest their lives into this working ranch which includes caring for the many animals who have called this place home over the years (alpacas, goats, chickens, horses, sheep, cows, pigs, turkeys, peacocks, cats, and dogs), harvesting the 500+ almond trees each season and operating two AirBnB properties on the ranch.
Although the days can be long...they wouldn't have it any other way.
Since our almonds are dry farmed, there is no guarantee a crop will be produced each year (it all depends on the amount of rain).
After the almonds are harvested (if there is a crop), they are laid out to dry for a week, then most are sent to a local ranch where they are shelled with an antique sheller run by generator. Many of the soft shelled almonds are kept in tact and sold as is.
No nut cracker needed!
Anyone can buy organic raw almonds at the store. However, ours are unique as they are unpasteurized. You can only buy unpasteurized almonds directly from a grower. Important enzymes are destroyed during the pasteurization process.
When we do have almonds, they sell out quickly so contact us if you are interested!