Meriage Farm Pecans is a small family-owned orchard located in Falls County, Texas. We planted about 50 of our pecan trees in 1985 shortly after moving to this location. We chose Choctaw, Cheyenne and Desirable varieties for our first planting. There are also 90 younger pecan trees that are not yet in production.
Though we have not yet completed the steps to be certified organic, we do not use chemical insecticides on our trees. We have sprayed our trees with zinc to insure healthy growth. We maintain the orchard by frequent mowing and removal of dead wood. The result is a large, well-filled pecan free of chemicals, although not yet certified organic.
In the past, our crop was machine harvested but we were not happy with the damage done to our trees so we now hand harvest our entire crop. After harvesting, the pecans are washed with a mild bleach solution to remove dirt and clean the outer shell. The pecans are then air dried on a screen rack to remove excess moisture.
All the processing is done by hand. At this time, our operation is not large enough to support the cost of equipment. Hand processing is more labor intensive and time consuming, but it results in a quality Texas in-shell pecan product that you will be glad to use yourself or give as a gift to your friends, relatives and acquaintances.
This summer has been extremely dry and our trees are not irrigated. As a result the 2012 crop has a higher than usual occurance of small kernals.