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.
November 9, 2014 - Selection a Chestnut Cultivar
The perfect chestnut tree for one chestnut producer may not be the perfect
chestnut tree for someone else. How does someone just starting out with their
initial planning a commercial chestnut farm get started? This article titled
"Chestnut Tree Perfection: The Selection of a
Cultivar" is a great place to start.
October 10, 2014 - Evaluating a New Cultivar
We propagate so many chestnut trees one would think we would come across a
chestnut tree that produces better chestnuts than the parents. Almost all the
cultivars we have in our inventory are "large and sweet" so to get a chestnut
that is better than what is already available is a long shot. This year we do
have a new tree worth giving more attention to. While evaluating this new tree
we will give it a name of Aywonko (A 1 ko). Beyond the sweet and large, this
chestnut has a great traditional European texture and a great chestnut flavor.
On the down side, this year the nuts are difficult to peel. We will keep
Aywonko around for a few years to see if the difficulty in peeling goes away
with the age of the tree.
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
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
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.
Nursery Update - Nov 29
The weather turned from raining and 45 degrees yesterday evening to 20
degrees and 50 MPH arctic winds freezing our ground. So yesterday the answer
to when we would start shipping trees would have been this coming Monday Dec 1.
But, today the answer is, the weather forecast does not show a change back
to our normal raining patter for about a week. So it looks like we may not
start shipping trees until Dec 7th if the ground thaws by then.
Chestnut burrs nearing harvest time
Chestnut Harvest Update - Nov 14
Here is a list of local stores now stocking our fresh chestnuts. Please
consider purchasing from them. We deliver fresh chestnuts to them once a
Haggen - Mount Vernon
Haggen - Marysville
Haggen - Stanwood
Haggen - Lake Steves
Haggen - Snohomish
Haggen - Meridian
Haggen - Fairhaven
Haggen - Ferndale
Haggen - Woburn St
Dodson's IGA Everson, WA
Bellingham Community Food Co-op
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.
Washington Chestnut Company
6160 Everson Goshen Rd.
Everson, WA 98247
Ph: (360) 966-7158
Fax: (360) 966-7994