It's All About the Nuts
Posted on February 20, 2019.
Food allergies are a scary reality for many in our society. According to the CDC, over 50 million Americans suffer from them, with nut allergies being the most common. Nut Allergies are also among the most common food allergies related to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs your breathing and sends your body into shock.
Over the last few years, we have become aware of these facts and maybe more significantly, we have learned that farms that grow and process nuts that are not cross-contaminated with other nuts are few and far between. It took our customers, reaching out in hopes of finding safe nuts, for us to realize this somber reality.
Pearson Farm is proud to be able to offer pecans that have not been cross contaminated with other nuts so, as calls increased, we saw the need to develop an Allergen Test Kit to offer customers looking for nuts to use in food challenges. The ½ pound of in-shell pecans are a sufficient amount to be used in the testing process, the nut cracker makes getting into the nuts easier and the price point is affordable for our customers at only $7!
Recently we reached out to a number of customers who had purchased the Allergen Test Kit. We wanted to get a follow up on their food challenges, and also see if the kit had been helpful with their test. We honestly were overwhelmed with the response. Pearson Farm is proud to have been growing premium pecans for over 135 years; learning that their value goes beyond quality and taste is the cherry on top. We are blessed knowing that the fruits of our labor are helping others during a frightening process, and honored to provide safe nuts for their consumption once they have been cleared.
We would like to share a few of these product reviews in hopes that these customer’s experiences will be helpful to others who find themselves facing similar situations. If you or someone you know is facing a scary food allergy and getting ready to participate in a food challenge with nuts, we encourage you to give us a call. Our customer service representatives are always happy to talk with you about our pecans and offer reassurance for what we understand can be a very intimidating time.
** Loved the nut allergy package. We used it to successfully do a home pecan challenge with our son (under the advice and direction of his allergist). I didn't want to order a huge quantity in case we weren't able to use them and I needed pecans that weren't processed with other nuts. I also didn't own a nut cracker, so the fact that it came with that, was a bonus. Since my son's successful challenge, we have gone on to order more pecans from Pearson's. The quality of the nuts is great and the flavors are wonderful. Thank you for providing this service! Katie from Minnesota
** We were thrilled to be able to order the Allergy Test Kit for pecans! Talk about convenience! It gave us the reassurance that our child’s pecans would not have cross-contact with any other nuts during his pecan challenge. We are thankful for companies like yours for going the extra step to help customers like us!! He passed the challenge, having overcome his pecan allergy, and he is now enjoying his new food! Paulette from Texas
** The allergy test kit was exactly what we needed for my daughter’s food challenge! There were plenty of nuts for the test. The allergist and nurses were amazed. They have never seen an allergy test kit before! It made things much easier for them and the prep time was cut down. I would definitely recommend this kit! The nuts, themselves, were delicious. We will be purchasing from your farm again in the future! Thank you, Beth from Georgia
** Hello, I am happy to report that thanks to your Allergy Test Kit my son passed the pecan challenge! He is still allergic to peanuts, so your test kit was really the only way we could do a pecan food challenge, as any other pecans I can find in the stores have been processed on shared equipment or may contain peanuts. It was fun for my kids to get to experience cracking open the pecans - something they have never done before! And since he passed the pecan challenge we are happy Pearson Farm customers to order pecans that we can feel safe about him eating. So I am happy to thank you not only for the test kit, but also for having pecans that are peanut free for our enjoyment! You can feel free to share my comments with anyone you would like - it's the least I can do to help spread the word, as finding peanut free pecans isn't easy! Susie from Virginia
Posted on December 7, 2018.
Last week, Pearson Farm attended the Taste of Southern event a few miles south of the farm, in Perry. We were privileged to be in the company of many great restaurants and caterers, along with 800 of our closest friends. We served our Buttermilk Pecan Pie and just as expected, the response was overwhelming.
The night was truly festive... all the attendees were dressed in lovely holiday attire, the room was elegantly decorated for Christmas, and each vendor creatively dressed up their booth with twinkle lights, poinsettias, and other holiday adornments.
I was honored to share the booth with 3 of the most amazing women: Maria (Mary's Kitchen's head baker), Carmelita, and Silda (or as we lovingly refer to them, The Sisters). These ladies spend countless hours inside Mary's Kitchen roasting, mixing, stirring, coating, and baking delicious flavored pecans, crunchy pecan cookies, sweet peach preserves, yummy peach and pecan cakes, along with this delicious Buttermilk Pecan Pie. They rarely meet our customers face to face, so it was exciting to have them help greet the attendees and serve this wonderfully delicious pie that they had created.
As delightful as the event was, the real beauty was found in the eyes of these 3 wonderful ladies. Only a handful of our Pearson Farm "FAMILY" have the opportunity to speak with customers, so to witness these ladies interacting with the guests and hearing the compliments and accolades bestowed upon them was truly magical. It was such a blessing to see them having their "Red Carpet" moment and shining like the true stars they are!
Posted on November 2, 2018.
Whether you're preparing a simple meal for a few or a feast for many, we are certain that the Thanksgiving menu is at the top of your To Do list. Recently, we were discussing our Thanksgiving traditions during lunch and it got us to thinking..... how could we use pecans in more ways on our Thanksgiving tables? As you know, we LOVE pecans around here, and we try to use them as much as possible, so we were surprised to find that other than desserts, nuts (especially) pecans are an underused ingredient in most Thanksgiving eats.
We made the decision right then and there that Pearson Farm needed to change that fact. Quickly, this simple idea turned into a challenge for our Mail Order team. We shared family recipes and favorite dishes. We checked out cooking websites and shared special traditions. Our break room turned into a perpetual Thanksgiving test kitchen as we experimented with sweet potatoes, cornbread, and LOTS of green beans. Our goal was to create traditional, Thanksgiving-inspired dishes that contained our crunchy, buttery Pearson Farm pecans.
After 2 months, the menu is finally complete. Along with a few already found on our website, we have created a THANKSGIVING RECIPE Section that highlights 12 of these delicious, inspired, and in some cases, clever holiday recipes that will be savored by all your holiday guests. We have truly enjoyed every minute of searching, inventing, cooking and especially eating these dishes, but our favorite part of the whole experience was spending time together, sharing delicious food, making wonderful memories, and creating new ones to talk about for years to come. Our little challenge turned into an early Thanksgiving celebration at Pearson Farm. We invite you to try these wonderful dishes, and if you do, please make sure to send us a picture and leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page. We hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Posted on October 17, 2018.
Pearson Farm is proud of our history and love to share stories of life on the Farm told by Mr. Al and his sisters. Today, we are doing just that with a video from Ms. Peggy Pearson Jerles.
THE NUTTY FINGER
When I was in the second grade 72 years ago at the Zenith School, there was an accident that occurred during recess. The old school house had indoor bathrooms but the access to them was outside. On this particular day, a boy in my class went to the bathroom and upon leaving, slammed his finger in the bathroom door, cutting off the tip-end of his finger. In 1946, the appropriate actions taken were very different from today. The child was hurried off to the doctor but the finger was left behind, coming to rest on a Kleenex in the hand of Miss Lillie Maude Andrews, the first and second grade teacher. Since everyone in the school, grades 1 though 5, heard about the accident and were curious, Miss Andrews held the finger on the Kleenex while all 5 grades filed by and looked at it. After the viewing, all of us trooped out to a big old pecan tree behind the school to bury the finger and say a prayer for the injured student.
And now, just think, Pearson Farm is now selling "Nutty Fingers!"
Peggy Pearson Jerles
Posted on April 25, 2018.
I’m not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it is definitely starting to feel like spring out on the Farm. The peaches are beginning to bloom in preparation for the new season. We’ll tell you more about that in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to share a story about a different kind of new beginning.
So yesterday Frank called to see if I wanted to come watch him move a pecan tree. I’m always up for a farming lesson especially, if it involves a field trip so I said yes, grabbed my keys and headed up the road. I found Frank with a particularly interesting piece of equipment at the edge of an old orchard. He pointed out the spot he would dig the hole for the tree he was moving. I stood mesmerized as I watched this VERY LARGE machine with what looked like 4 HUGE shovels dig the hole. I’m sure I looked like a nut with my mouth hanging open, but this was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and it took less than 5 minutes to dig this massive hole!! Frank let me ride with him in this giant contraption to another orchard where he dropped the dirt before heading over to the tree he was going to move. As soon as we made our way down the row, I immediately knew which tree was being relocated. You see when you are transplanting trees, it is imperative that you prepare it to the very best of your ability to ensure its survival in its new home. You must crop the top so it only stands about 18-20 feet tall. Then the limbs are cut to make the top balanced with the bottom, and finally the roots are clipped to keep them from tearing when it is lifted out of the ground. This particular tree, despite its straggly appearance, stood tall awaiting Frank and this massive machine coming to uproot it from its current home and take it to a new one. The removal was just as quick and equally as impressive as the hole digging had been earlier. As we drove back to make the transplant, I couldn’t help but be concerned about this tree. Frank assured me that right now the tree is dormant so it will recover quickly from the move. They have prepared it well, and it’s only needs are fresh dirt and water to acclimate to its new environment. However, I know that there will be watchful eyes on this young tree for many weeks to come ensuring that it is adjusting to its new home I am constantly captivated by the parallels I find between these trees and children. They both need preparation for changes that are coming their way, and they both need a nurturing, loving, caring home to thrive and become bountiful …… happy moving day!!
Posted on April 25, 2018.
Since we had such a huge response from Mr. Al's videos last week, we thought we would share a few more pictures of the pecan harvesting process here at Pearson Farm. Once the wagons are filled with pecans from the harvesters, they are pulled by tractor over a pit where the nuts, sticks, dirt, and rocks are dumped to begin the pre-cleaning process.
After the nuts are separated, they travel through a series of belts and conveyors to continue the cleaning process. They are separated by variety, size and weight. Eventually, the pecans make their way to the grading belt. Here a group of ladies hand grade the nuts to ensure only the best make it into the super sacks.
Each super sack holds approximately 1650 lbs. The super sacks are housed in one of our warehouses until they are placed on trucks to be shipped to nut shellers, grocery stores, and other vendors all over the world.
We do save some for us to shell and bag for sale in our Farm Store and on our website. Many will find their way into Mary's Kitchen where they will be roasted, toasted, and coated with deliciousness or baked into cookies, cakes and pies.
We hope you have enjoyed this mini trip through our pecan harvest......
Please check back with us next week, as we begin to share some special thoughts about Thanksgiving from our Pearson Farm "FAMILY"
Posted on April 25, 2018.
Pecan season has officially arrived at Pearson Farm. The ground is quaking from the vibrations of the pecan shakers, and the orchards are full of dust created by the sweepers, as they sweep the pecans into rows for the harvesters to pick up. Once the harvester's hopper is full, the nuts will be dumped into a red wagon and brought to the cleaning plant where they will be weighed, sorted, sized and graded before they are placed in bags to be shipped, shelled, or turned into delicious treats from Mary's Kitchen. Mr. Al spent some time this week following our tractors, shakers, sweepers and harvesters. He was able to capture these up close and personal videos of our farm equipment in action. We hope you enjoy his videos allowing a little peek into the harvesting process.....
Posted on April 25, 2018.
When my children were younger, one of our favorite games was, “I Spy…….” We would sit all snuggled up in a chair on rainy afternoons and on more road trips than I could begin to count. We would take turns spying, giving hints, and guessing. We’ve used car windows while sitting in traffic, our favorite story books, the doctor’s office waiting rooms, and even public restrooms!! This minor amusement afforded us hours of entertainment in environments where merrymaking is usually discouraged. Using hints like letters of the alphabet, “sounds like” clues, and descriptive words also allowed opportunity for just a little education as well. My children are grown up now (or think they are) and games like this are a thing of the past. In fact, I haven’t even thought about that beloved game in a long time. However, as I was driving to work this morning, I looked up at the big, majestic pecan trees that line the road to our Farm, and that sweet little game we played all those years ago came to mind……. so, let’s play, “I Spy with My Little Eye………………….
Posted on December 5, 2017.
All of a sudden, I looked at the date and it’s December.
I am not sure if you feel the same way, but this year seems to have flown by here at Pearson Farm. I can’t help but wonder how time goes by so fast. That may be the reason that so many of us use this season to reflect over the past year and start making new plans to move forward. This is the time of year when we like to recognize and show gratitude to those who have made a positive impact on us.
If our shipping department is any indication, there are many of you who are very well appreciated this year. We have been working hard preparing and shipping corporate gifts these past few weeks. It is too soon to tell for sure, but it looks like we may have set a record for the number of corporate gifts people are sending to their important clients, employees and colleagues this year.
No matter who you are recognizing this month, Pearson Farm wants to be a part of your Holiday Season. If it is pecans for baking you need or the perfect gift for family, customers or friends, Pearson Farm has got you covered……and the best news is there is still time to get your order in and shipped before Christmas!!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Pearson Farm.