We will continue to ship packages through Monday November 23rd, but we cannot guarantee arrival by Thanksgiving
Chestnuts from our on-line store. Be assured that we have a good supply of fresh chestnuts. We are a small operation and aren't quite as quick as Amazon, so please be patient with our response system. We use the US Postal Service and mail out only on Monday or Tuesday in order to facilitate the quickest delivery to your door. We will ship on Monday, November 23rd, but cannot guarantee arrival by Thanksgiving. Please let us know if you wish to wait until Nov 30th to ship.
Where we will be. We will be at Badseed Market 1909 McGee, KC, MO 4-9pm Friday November 20th for their big Thanksgiving market. We also will be roasting and sampling chestnut soup at the Whole Foods stores in KC area:
Saturday Nov 21, 11-2pm at 91st & Metcalf
Saturday Nov 21, 5-7pm in Overland Park on 119th
Sunday Nove 22, 12-2pm in Olathe on 119th.
We will NOT be at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market on November 21st.
Chestnuts are in (some) stores! The Community Mercantile and Checkers Grocery in Lawrence, Terra Health & Wellness in Independence, MO, People's Grocery in Manhatten, 888 International Store in Overland Park and all the Whole Foods stores in the KC region now have our chestnuts on their shelves. These stores are great about keeping chestnuts in good storage in the cold area of produce. Some of the Whole Foods stores in the Rocky Mtn region also carry our chestnuts. Our order page is open for those who are further away.
Visiting the orchard Our hours at the orchard are very limited so please call or email in advance if you wish to visit.
A note about sizes. Chestnut growers do not have standard sizing. One grower's medium may be another's small. For 8 years we have used our sizer with holes graduating in 1/16" increments from tiny and smaller at 7/8" to our jumbos at anything larger than 1 1/4". Our large size has always included 1 1/8" to 1 1/4". This year we are separating out the 1 1/8" nuts and setting up a new size catagory of medium large. The large size (just now added to the order options) includes sizes 1 3/16" to 1 1/4".
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