The Black Walnut harvest is winding down and the last of the nuts are coming in to the
plant. Most hullers finished buying last week as the weather turns much colder – even
with snow today in much of the harvest area.
Total purchases through Monday Nov. 12 are almost 12 million pounds, which is a little
below where we thought it would be. With several operators yet to turn in all their
receipts, we expect to end between 13 and 14 million pounds. We believe that several
cool and damp days in October, along with nuts in some areas staying on the trees until
late in the month, all contributed to a smaller harvest than expected. Like much of
agriculture, we’re dependent upon factors that we can’t control – particularly the weather.
Still, in this month of Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the thousands of people in 15
states who enjoyed the fall weather, made memories and harvested the wild black
walnuts. While the total is below average, when added to last year’s abundant crop we’ll
have enough nuts for our plant to process most of the year until next fall’s crop is ready.
And there should be enough nuts to meet the growing demand for wild, natural, hand-
harvested and bold-tasting Black Walnuts as a unique food ingredient.
Now, on to the holiday baking season where Black Walnuts really shine in favorite dishes
— both traditional and creative.
We very much appreciate all those who are part of our Black Walnut family this year!