Growing our own almonds and walnuts allows us to be fully integrated in every process from plant to plate. Through Turkhan Orchards, we are able to not only grow, but also offer our expertise through farm management services to investors who want to get into California agriculture as well as insure a viable sales outlet for their crop.
California’s San Joaquin Valley is considered the most productive agriculture region in the world. Often referred to as the “food basket of the world,” the valley soil is among the most fertile known, having been deposited from rivers that once flowed throughout the state. The world’s largest patch of Class 1 soil is found in the valley, measuring up to a mile deep in some locations.
The Central Valley boasts a unique, Mediterranean climate consisting of historically hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The temperature changes only about 25 degrees between day and night and offers sunshine 80 percent of the year. This allows for an unusually long growing season resulting in over 230 diverse crops and unmatchable yields. California is able to produce over 80 percent of the world’s almonds and 99 percent of the United State’s walnuts and three quarters of the world supply.
Year after year our orchards are focused on quality and environmental stewardship. We follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and are proud of the sustainable crops we produce. Harvest runs from late July through October. During the winter the trees lose their leaves and are dormant until spring. Blooms begin to show towards the end of February, lasting about a week. Eventually a kernel and shell form. The nuts mature throughout the summer until their hulls start to crack in July and harvest begins again.
Located in the heart of the central valley, the Chowchilla Ranch grows almonds including Nonpareil, Carmel, and Monterey types.
The Marysville Ranch grows walnuts. This diverse orchard produces seven different varieties including Chandler and Tulare.