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Fresh Chestnuts For Sale Direct From the Farm

The Washington Chestnut Company offers fresh chestnuts for sale right from the farm in northwest Washington State. Orders can be shipped to anywhere in the USA. Chestnuts grown in Northwest Washington experience a cool growing season resulting in sweeter chestnuts, just like the chestnuts from the mountains in France and Italy. The cool growing season also has the chestnut trees hold on to the nuts much longer than warmer growing areas. Later falling chestnuts is good for you because the chestnuts will not have been in cold storage for weeks, giving you the freshest chestnuts possible.

We use best practices methods to manage the orchard and the delivery of the fresh chestnuts to you. Our most important best practice is to help you enjoy chestnuts to their fullest. We look forward to being your chestnut farm of choice when you are in the market for fresh chestnuts.

Enjoying fresh chestnuts in your diet is a great choice. Chestnuts are low in fat, gluten free, high in fiber, and they taste great. It is hard to find a better tasting food item than fresh chestnuts. Chestnuts are also a very versatile ingredient for many types of dishes aside from just eating it fresh from the roaster. From soups to salads, main dishes, and even deserts, chestnuts can be a part of each and every one. To get started using chestnuts in your culinary dishes, order some chestnuts right from the farm where the chestnuts are grown by placing your order today. This is our order form or you can call us toll free at 1(877) 966-7158.

Chestnut trees for sale directly from the grower. Thinking about growing your own chestnut trees? It takes from 3 to 12 years for a chestnut tree to start producing chestnuts. Also, chestnut trees require at least 2 pollen producing trees to produce nuts. So plan on having at least 2 chestnut trees. You will also need a little room. Each chestnut tree needs about 30 feet from any other tree or shade producing structure. And one other thing, do not plant chestnut trees in clay soil. We currently have chestnut seedlings of American chestnut trees and European hybrids for sale. Grafted chestnut trees are availalbe for sale for these chestnut cultivars: Bisalta #3, Belle Epine, Colossal, Marigoule, Marival, and Precoce Migoule (see our products page for more info). If you wondering which chestnut trees are best for you, our chestnut cultivars page has a write up discussing many of the chestnut trees that can be grown in the Pacific Northwest.


Chestnut News

October 30, 2013 - USDA export compliance for Chestnut Tree Sales
We are always working to become the best propagator of chestnut trees in North America. This time we requested the USDA to test our nurseries for clearance to export our grafted chestnut trees outside the USA. The testing is complete and we are now in compliance for exporting from our nusery. There is a lot to this so in a few weeks we will post an article discussing what all the fuss is about. Until then, rest assured we will not rest with this achievement.


August 10, 2013 - Making Super Star Chestnut Trees
Remember those days when we were kids, we would say things like, "I want to be a movie star", "I want to be a fireman", "I want to be a model", "I want to be anything as long it is something special". Most chestnut trees are born from a seed resulting in what we call a seedling. Being called a "seedling" doesn't sound like something special, especially when we call some of the super stars... Read the entire Making Super Stars article


June 12, 2013 - Nursery tree production tops 5,000 chestnut trees
This year Washington Chestnut Company completed propagation of over 5,000 chestnut trees. For those people who have been waiting for the Marrone chestnut trees, the trees look good this year and we will be able to ship your trees late this fall. We are already working on our propagation plan for 2014, since we have to pack away enough chestnuts this fall to start the new trees. Our current plan is to increase production in 2014 to 8,000 trees.

Starting in 2014 we will begin research into clonal propagation of rootstocks with the hopes to find chestnut rootstocks well adapted to many chestnut tree cultivars and growing conditions. Even though we have several candidate rootstocks to start working with, the process of trialing and monitoring results will take many years. The reason why there are only a few commercial nurseries producing chestnut trees is because of the low yields on grafted chestnut cultivars. With a clonal rootstock the yields should be able to be get closer to the yields achieved by the apple tree nurseries.


January 13, 2013 - Grouping and Sorting Chestnut Tree Cultivars
Selecting chestnut trees for your orchard can be a daunting task with so many different chestnut tree cultivars to choose from. This article might help you find the perfect selection for your orchard by grouping chestnut trees by some of the characteristics chestnut orchardist use to select their chestnut trees. Grouping Chestnut Trees


December 1, 2012 - Read My Leaves
Chestnut trees can't talk to us to tell us what is ailing them, we have to take a look at the tree to find the signs and symtoms. In a simple way these signs and symtoms are going to help us to determine what is wrong. The leaves are one of the best sources of signs and symtoms, so let's take a closer look with this article How Chestnut Trees Talk to Us


July 29, 2012 - Just added, 8 more acres of chesnut orchard
Washington Chestnut Company completes adding 8 acres to the chestnut orchards. Field work is never easy, especially in the hot sun, and in the dirt. This additional 8 acres of chestnut trees increases the planted orchard acreage to 21 acres. At 21 acres, the chestnut farm is now the largest by acreage in Washington. The production cultivar was selected for the high quality nut based on consumer preferences and the ability of the cultivar to produce nuts consistently year after year.


June 1, 2012 - Considering propagating your own chestnut trees
Ever consider propagating your own chestnut trees? There is a lot to consider when evaluating the time and money need to make grafted chestnut trees out of nuts and scion wood. It realy is a by the numbers sort of discussion. This article "Propagating your own chestnut trees" helps work out what is needed, by the numbers, and some hints and tips for the grafter or soon to be grafter of chestnut trees.


Washington Chestnut Company is a producer of fresh chestnuts from its orchard operations and chestnut trees from its nursery operations. The nursery operations offers over 30 named chestnut cultivars to commercial chestnut producers, retail garden and nursery stores, and direct sales to the public.

 
 
Fertilizer Update - Aug 14, 2014
We have just returned from the Northern Nut Growers Association's annual meeting. One of the presenting scientists discussed application rates of nitrogen in chestnut orchards. The new recommendations is 125 lbs of N per acre. The last application of N should be no later than the first week of July. The application of N should be done twice each year with the first application done at the start of the growing season once the trees have leafs. The second should be done at or just after the bloom.

Blight Resistant American Chestnut Trees
Over the years people have called asking if we have the kind of American chestnut trees that is blight resistant. After consulting with the experts we have decided we will not propagate these trees. The primary reason is the seed and plant tissues would have to come from the Eastern USA where there are bad bugs, blight, and a few other things we never want to see in our orchards. The only place to get these trees is from the American Chestnut Foundation.

Taking Chestnuts into Canada
Residents of Lower British Columbia are allowed under NAFTA to bring fresh chestnuts produced in Washington state to Canada. We work closely with the Ag inspectors to make sure our chestnuts meet all requirements to allow you to enter Canada with fresh chestnuts. If you would like to pick up some fresh chestnuts from us please call ahead so we can have your order ready for you when you arrive. Our phone number is (360) 966-7158.

What to do with chestnuts
Chestnuts are an incredible food item. Some people eat them raw, but most eat them cooked, kind of like potatoes. We all have heard of people who will eat a potato raw. Well there are people who eat chestnuts raw too. Chestnuts must be stored properly between the time the chestnuts are harvested to the time the chestnuts are consumed. For details about the important handling, preparing and cookng of chestnuts see our page on storing and preparing chestnuts.

Chestnut trees with large burrs
Chestnut tree with burrs.


Contact Information:
Washington Chestnut Company
6160 Everson Goshen Rd.
Everson, WA 98247
Ph: (360) 966-7158
Fax: (360) 966-7994
Email: chestnuts.wa@gmail.com