"American Grown Fresh Chestnuts From Our Family Farm to You"
Our harvest of the 2022 crop of Italian Marroni
chestnuts began on September 26th and we started taking
orders on October 6th. Because of some extremely hot
weather (up to 118.9F one day, according to our weather
station) and because of effects of the continuing drought,
our crop yields were down this year and we
sold out on October 21st.
A special message to our customers: We have many long-time customers. Some will be very disappointed this year as they will be unable to order chestnuts from us. Some messages we have already received are disturbing to us so I ask you to consider that we are a small family farm doing the best we can. Many people have ideas on how we should change the way we take orders but have no firsthand knowledge of what we are working with. To put it simply, demand is much greater than supply, particularly this year when our yields are down considerably. We've raised prices as our expenses keep going up but this won't compensate for the lower yields. With nut sizes running smaller this year, our harvest labor is costing us about twice as much but income will be down by half. We are getting older and still working seven days a week and long hours and doing the best we can. Our one full-time employee tragically died in May at the age of 36 from an aneurysm. We were finally able to hire a full-time replacement who we are still training in irrigation, harvest, shipping, etc. but this has also created more work for us. We have had some tough challenges this year but aren't going to give up and will hope for better success next year. We have become friends with many of our long-time customers and try to treat everyone with courtesy. We ask that customers also try to be courteous and understanding, especially during this difficult year.