We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Tour Through the Grove

I posted some photos of the grove previously, but thought I'd show you more. Our grove is about 4 acres and we have 325 mature Hass avocado trees. I'm not exactly sure, but I think the grove was planted in the 1980s, when the first owner built this house.

Sometimes it seems we live in paradise - the sun, the flora and fauna. Fallbrook is quite a place. It's a small town, about 40,000 people, with lots of hills and tons and tons of groves. Fallbrook is called the Avocado Capitol of the World (not sure this is very accurate), but it does seem to be the number 1 agricultural product. There are also orange, lemon and macadamia groves and lots of flower growers. And here's why it seems like paradise:

This is the road leading to our place:

This is a sight we see often, avocados just lying on the ground. Sometimes smashed by cars and other times like this. It's much easier to pick them up off the ground than off the big tall trees. Our avocados are picked by professionals who come twice a year with big, tall ladders. The avocados go in big bins, are loaded on to a truck and taken to the local packing house where they're sized, then shipped out all over the world.

Here's a look into the grove:

After a hard day of watching the avocados grow, we can sit here amongst the roses and trees and relax:

Hope you've enjoyed the tour. I still haven't made the avocado pie, but I'm going to try it tonight. I'll let you know what happens. 


  1. What a pleasure to see these photos. I am so homesick. Sometimes I wonder what our lives might have been had we been able to buy that home with the avocado grove.

    We looked at other homes in Fallbrook back then. this was at the beginning of the recession of the late 80s/early 90s. I remember how cute the little town was. There were so many unusual homes too. One home, up in the hills, had views across the hills and terraced valley that reminded me of Tuscany.

    You two sound like you're living right.

  2. Hi California Girl,
    Wonder which house you looked at. I'd love to find it and take a picture of it for you.
    The town is still pretty cute, but we've really been affected by the economy and so many of the cute shops on main street have closed. It's pretty sad. Hopefully new businesses will replace the old ones and the downtown will retain its quaintness. You wouldn't believe the biggest change here, though. There are at least 6 or 7 tattoo parlors!! Wonder how many people have avocado tattoos. That would be a great post for future blog.