Please note that the on-line store will NOT be shipping October 30-November 5. Debbie will be visiting her father on his 96th birthday!
The 2017 harvest is complete. Our fresh organic chestnuts are available by mail at our "Order Chestnuts" page. Debbie and I re-inspect the chestnuts and pack orders, with part-time help from a few friends, as fast as we can get to them. Your patience is appreciated.
For Lawrence and Kansas City chestnut lovers, you may 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.
Debbie and I will sell chestnuts at the Lawrence Farmers Market on Saturdays, weather permitting, to the end of its season. The Lawrence Farmers market is from 8am to noon, Saturdays until Thanksgiving, located at the 800 block of New Hampshire Street, in Lawrence.
We do not have a retail store, office, or telephone at the orchard. Nor do we have the staff or time to handle drop-in customers.
However, due to requests from our customers, Debbie and I will be at the orchard from 2pm to 6pm on Fridays for on-farm sales.
A Message from Charlie
Thank you for making our chestnut project a success. Twenty-two years ago, when we started planting at our Lawrence, Kansas, 20 acres, we possessed only the barest knowledge and no experience of chestnut culture. We trusted that growing trees was a righteous labor and chestnuts were a healthy, sustainable food crop that could be grown organically. It was more work than we had imagined and there have been some bumps along the way. But the enthusiastic customer response to our organic chestnuts, both locally and around the country, is reaffirming. Many people miss having good-quality fresh chestnuts and are delighted to find our farm. We have received many spontaneous expressions of praise and gratitude, which is our best reward. Thank you so much!
In J. Russell Smith's Tree Crops, a Permanent Agriculture, first published in 1929, chestnuts were the prime example of a "soil-saving tree-crops type of agriculture." Since then we have also learned that trees reduce global warming by capturing and sequestering CO2. This triple benefit: soil conservation, environmental healing, and food production, motivates our continuing efforts to improve our chestnut orchard. And we are also proud that our orchard has provided supplemental employment for our local harvesters, without whom we could not bring our chestnuts to you.
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