“Almond blossom, sent to teach us that the spring days soon will reach us.” Edwin Arnold
We are firm believers in knowing where our food comes from. Our food system is all too often opaque, and it’s our mission to push the food industry in a positive direction by offering transparency at every turn. We deliberately seek grower partners with a similar philosophy which is one of the many reasons we love our almond supplier, Treehouse.
Why Treehouse Almonds?
Located in the fertile Mediterranean-like climate of the San Joaquin Valley, Treehouse shares our commitment to sustainability. Sourcing almonds exclusively from their own farms and a select few family farms in the area allows them to maintain strict standards for environmental impact. These standards include water-saving techniques such as micro-irrigation systems, solar-powered irrigation systems, and Hortau field management systems which gather real-time soil, moisture, and weather data to provide precise irrigation to eliminate water waste.
Treehouse is a Bee-Friendly Farm
Treehouse is a certified Bee-Friendly Farm and a member of the Pollinator Partnership. They are committed to “raising bee-health awareness and protecting our pollinators through sustainable agricultural practices.” Pollinators provide 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat, and they are in jeopardy. (More on that here). By adhering to the principles outlined by the Pollinator Partnership such as designating 3-6% of their land to nutritious foraging land for bees and practicing Integrated Pest Management to reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals, they are doing their part to combat pollinator devastation.
Delicious Ingredients Make Delicious Food
In addition to sustainable practices, Treehouse also happens to grow some of the most delicious almonds we’ve ever tasted. We are proud to feature their Mission* almonds in our almond-based nut butters and Figgy Chai Nut Butter Bar.
* More about Mission variety almonds: The heirloom Mission variety almond, discovered in Texas in 1891, derives from a single chance seedling. Literally a late bloomer with smaller, denser buds and shorter, darker kernels than larger, more popular and “attractive” varieties such as Nonpareil, Mission almonds like a longer, slower roast time and offer a deeper, more concentrated flavor.