Sorry, we are SOLD out for the season. Some of our vendors below may still have our chestnuts available. Thank you for all your support this year.
PURCHASE CHESTNUTS & ORCHARD VISITS
Since the harvest has ended, our time at the orchard is limited. Please call or email for scheduled visits.
You can purchase our chestnuts (and sometimes see us!) in the following locations:
NEW!! The Sundry at 17th & Baltimore, KC, MO
Checkers and The Merc in Lawrence
Whole Foods (2 locations) & 888 International Store in Overland Park
Natural Grocers (formerly Nature's Pantry) in Independence, MO
Whole Foods Wichita
They are available to the Whole Foods Stores in the Rocky Mountain region--CO, NM, UT--although we cannot be sure they are actually in the store.
Let someone else cook your chestnuts!
Limestone Pizza in Lawrence is roasting our chestnuts in a wood fired pizza oven. Pair an order with one of their wines! Yum!
The American, Room 39, Farmhouse, The Rieger, Novel and Pot Pie all in Kansas City are using our chestnuts in interesting recipes. Give them a try!
Chestnuts at your grocery
Thanks to Mel Torme and "The Christmas Song", this is time of year is when many Americans think of chestnuts. Actually, chestnuts in the Northern Hemisphere are all harvested earlier in the fall and have been stored until they hit the grocery shelf. Chestnuts are best stored refrigerated at about 32° with high humidity, and even then there is some drying and perhaps some molding. Some farmers, many shippers and even more grocers do not store chestnuts correctly. They treat them the same as walnuts and pecans, when they should be treated more like pears. Add to the problem, most U.S. suppliers are sold out of this season's crop and your grocer is likely bringing in chestnuts from Italy or Asia. So, if you are at the grocery store and buying chestnuts, we highly recommend that you cut into a few of them with the produce staff before you leave the store. We've heard story after story of internal mold and/or completely dried up nuts in late season purchases. There is no reason why you should pay for bad quality.
Prep: If you wish to use chestnuts for a holiday recipe, prepare them now. Roast (or use the boiling water method to peel) just enough to easily peel, freeze and they will be ready and perfect for your stuffing or soup or side dish.
Stuffing: My advice on chestnut stuffing is to use your favorite recipe and add chestnuts, roasted and cut in half or quartered. I like the old Betty Crocker cornbread stuffing (minus the bacon) with chestnuts added.
Vegetarians: For those of you who are considering a special treat for your vegetarian guests, try Wolfgang Puck's braised chestnuts (recipe at our website) Chestnuts have a complete protein and are a perfect meaty and filling substitute for turkey.
We appreciate your encouragement and hope that you will support tree crops, the soil-conserving permanent agriculture.
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