We are pausing our on-line sales until we can catch up with orders and determine the quantity of chestnuts we still have available. We will have more information about the order page on Tuesday, November 2 and (if we have more to sell) new orders will ship on November 7th. Thanks again for your patience with our system and our management of the reduced harvest.
Local Retail Sales
The Community Mercantile and Checkers in Lawrence have our chestnuts. Also Whole Foods and 888 International Store in the Kansas City area and Terra Health and Wellness in Independence.
We expect to be at the Lawrence Farmers' Market on Saturday November 5th, 8am-12pm.
Pick your own chestnuts
Pick-your-own chestnut season is over now.
Thanks to all of you who made reservations and enjoyed the orchard. Because of the popularity of orchard visits, next year we will be managing admission by reservation-only.
A reduced harvest
We had a severe wind/rain/hail storm the last week in August which knocked out a large number of burrs too early and damaged some trees in addition to losing some of our oldest trees to heavy standing water last year. So, it is a lighter harvest this year--about half of what we picked last year, but the nuts are quite nice.
At Chestnut Charlie's we have made a commitment to hand harvesting our nuts. Besides providing jobs in our community, we avoid having to maintain yet another piece of heavy equipment! We are able to harvest daily rain or shine without compressing the soil and are able to leave prunings and other organic material on the ground. A win-win-win for us, our helpers and our customers.
Enjoy this glorious fall weather!
Contact us if you wish to receive an e-mail when chestnuts are available or when the pick your own harvest is ready.
Charlie started planting chestnut
trees in 1995 on old farm ground north of Lawrence, Kansas. Following
organic practices from the start, the orchard has been
certified organic annually since 1998.
Growing up around wild black walnut trees in eastern Kansas, and being inspired by the visionary economist J. Russell Smith, author of Tree Crops, a Permanent Agriculture, Charlie has always been driven to plant trees that produce food. Whether talking about erosion, water quality, dead zones or global warming, trees are part of the solution. "The more we learn about modern petrochemical-based agriculture,
the more convinced am I that tree crops offer a lifesaving, sustainable
path to the future."
Since cancer rates began to increase in the 1950s and '60's,
and pesticides and other synthetic farm chemicals showed up in ground
water and were implicated in the the poor health of farmers, it has
been Charlie's bedrock conviction that we would farm organically or not at
all. Chestnut Charlie's is certified organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).
We are proud members of the Chestnut Growers of America