We are sold out of chestnuts for 2017. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you next season.
For Lawrence and Kansas City chestnut lovers, you should still find our fresh organic chestnuts at Whole Foods Markets, 888 International Market, Checkers, and The Community Mercantile. Whole Foods Market also sells our chestnuts in its Rocky Mountain region stores.
The most common question is "how long will these keep in the refrigerator"? If you keep the nuts in a paper bag or open plastic bag, you should be able to store them for another several weeks. But our best advice is enjoy them, don't store them!
The task at hand
The loss of America's chestnuts to an introduced blight was the ecological disaster of the 20th century. We cannot soon restore the wild chestnut forests but with farm-grown trees we can now restore chestnuts to the American dinner table.
Our chestnut tree farm in Kansas is outside the native range of chestnuts. As a result, we are spared some of the usual pests, such as weevils, that infest chestnuts in eastern states. On the other hand, our climate is harsh and our soils are more alkaline--nobody knows which chestnut trees will prosper in the long run. We grow and observe trees from different seed sources and many different grafted cultivars--every chestnut tree has an identity and a record. We remove inferior and bad-tasting chestnuts as we find them. Our Chinese species and Chinese hybrid trees prosper the best and produce good chestnuts. We are always on the lookout for the exceptional tree that may become the go-to cultivar for the next generation plantation.
Our customers, by their enthusiam for American-grown organic chestnuts, are participating in the restoration of a near-lost food culture. It is our hope that once again there will be tens of thousands of acres of chestnut trees across our continent saving soil, sequestering carbon, cooling the earth, and feeding our children's children. Thank you, chestnut lovers, for your encouragement.
Contact us if you wish to receive an e-mail when chestnuts are available or when the pick your own harvest is ready.
We are proud members of the Chestnut Growers of America