Notes from the orchard. The chestnut crop at Chestnut Charlie's looks to be light this year. Our area suffered from an early hard freeze last October and last April 23 we had an unusually cold spell, temperatures below freezing for 8 hours, down to 26F, killing tender new foliage. Much of the fruit and nut crops in our area orchards was lost. However, chestnut trees are somewhat resilient and we see some chestnuts growing high up in some trees. With recent rains, we just might have some late flowering on many trees, as sometimes happens. If warm weather lingers long into fall, we could have late chestnuts.
To our customers: We will not know how many chestnuts we have to sell until we collected most of the harvest by early October. We cannot accept reservations or pre-orders before harvest.
Check this website for more information at chestnut harvest time, being late September and early October.
OTHER NEWS: We have just returned from a joint meeting of Chestnut Growers of America and the Northern Nut Growers Association. These groups are reporting on the renewed interest in growing chestnuts as an alternative to conventional and chemically dependent annual crops. Some projects are ambitious and are planting trees on significantly large acreages. All growers are uniformly optimistic about growth in chestnuts. Chestnut Charlie's remains a leader and advocate for organic chestnuts in our region. We remain chestnut weevil-free; our nuts are wholly natural and not heat treated.
Our History: 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