Since the harvest has ended, our time at the orchard is limited. You may purchase chestnuts at the orchard Friday, October 10 and October 17, 2pm-6pm. We will be at the Lawrence Farmers' Market October 18th, 8am.
We are shipping chestnuts now. Order using either the standard form to select the #lbs and size you prefer and add the shipping or use the quick order form for 5 or 12 lbs of medium sized nuts with shipping included.
We have taken the small chestnuts off the order page since we are harvesting very few small nuts. A combination of years of grafting for larger sizes as well as some good rains this year. Sorry to those who really like the smaller ones!
This year's harvest
Until we started in this farming business 20 years ago, I did not truly appreciate the old sayings "make hay while the sun shines" and "don't count your chickens before they hatch". I certainly do now. We thought with the good rains and the maturity of the orchard that our harvest would grow exponentially. This year we gathered more than ever before, but not quite as much as we thought we might. But whatever we may lack in our imagined quantity, we certainly make up with quality. The nuts look great and we are keeping them in optimum storage conditions in our cooler.
We have a high demand for the chestnuts, so we recommend that you order now what you might want for the season. Remember, with a little care you can safely keep chestnuts in your refrigerator for a month and if you want to use them in recipes, you can peel and freeze them with great success.
Our harvest help
We are lucky to be close to Lawrence and have a great harvest crew. About 50 people from our community; students, families, folks interested in agriculture and many others, come out to hand harvest with us. This year a couple of Scout troops are gathering chestnuts as a fund raiser. We'd like to thank all of our helpers. Because of their consistency we are able to harvest daily, rain or shine, and get the nuts into the ideal conditions of our cooler within a day of falling.
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