December 20, 2021
Now is when we keep hearing "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" and so many expect to be able to add that activity to their holiday gatherings. Remember that all chestnuts in the northern hemisphere were harvested this last fall. Depending upon how the grower, the distributor, the shipper and the grocer handle the chestnuts, you could have a great experience or you could be sorely disappointed. Chestnuts are perishable and if you find them in your grocery next to the in-shell pecans and almonds, be very suspicious. Even in the refrigerated section, they are at the end of their shelf life, so be cautious when buying them. That said, we hope you have a wonderful and blessed year and we hope to "see" you next season!
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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