To our customers: Thursday, September 10, 2020
For the time being, we will be restricting access to the farm to employees only.
Check this website for further information for the opening for retail sales, both on-line and on-farm. We will update sales information on the home page of our website every Thursday through our chestnut season.
In this time as Covid 19 reshapes our human lives, you may appreciate that chestnut trees are trying to recover from the chestnut blight, which wiped out American chestnut forests from North America in the 20th century.
We are guardedly optimistic Chestnut Charlie's will be able to sell and ship chestnuts this year. However, our harvest is just beginning, weather has been unusually challenging this year, and quantities and quality of our chestnuts are still literally "up in the air" until the nuts actually fall.
In addition to the weather challenges, we and many of our chestnut harvesters, inspectors, and packers are among the Covid 19 "vulnerable." And the virus is currently on the increase in our college town, so we are taking it slowly and making our decisions foremost for everyone's safety.
Thanks for your understanding.
Charlie started planting chestnut trees on the 20-acre field in 1995, following organic practices from the beginning. Chestnut Charlie’s has been certified organic since 1998. Being organic is Charlie’s uncompromising condition to farming—that he contribute no synthetic chemicals to the environment. The tree project is surrounded by conventional corn/soybean farms so we planted and maintain a buffer/shelterbelt of mixed tree species around the perimeter boundary. Our tree project now has approximately 1500 nut trees under organic culture within the protective buffer.Our Tree Project