The nuts are falling! 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 likely to be a lighter harvest this year, but first indications are that the nuts are quite nice.
We will open for retail sales at the orchard 4-6pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays September 28-October 13th. After that point chestnuts will be available locally at the Merc and Checkers as well as at the farmers' market.
On-line sales will start shipping on October 3rd. You can order using the Quick order form for a 5 or 10lb order with shipping included or the standard form which allows more flexibility. NOTE: We will not be shipping the week of October 30th.
As soon as we can, we will open for pick your own. It is likely to be scheduled the first and/or second weekends in October. Look here for a notice or add your name to the contact list below. We ask that pick your own customers schedule a time with us in advance.
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