The annual Black Walnut Harvest is complete, with a total of over 12 million pounds of wild nuts picked up by thousands of people in 13 states. The pace for the first 3 weeks was slow, as most nuts stayed on the trees. Then it picked up a bit with nice weather in early November.
Many hulling station operators in states east of the Mississippi River turned in good crops of nuts, whereas the normally-strong states of Missouri and Arkansas were much shorter than average. The Midwest is the only place in the world where Black Walnuts are collected and sold on a large scale, so it’s something that is very unique and special to our rural communities.
We also saw some great media stories about the special people who pick up Black Walnuts, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper (Sunday Oct. 27 front page), Garden & Gun magazine (Dec./Jan. issue), and Iowa Public Television. Lots of interest in our social media posts too.
As we finish this harvest, we’re thankful for all the people who have been part of it. This season of Thanksgiving and Christmas are blessed, and we look forward to spending much of the coming year shelling these nuts for our many customers who count on them. And we’re already looking ahead to next fall, 2020 – it could be a big one!
Thanks for your interest in this unique, natural, sustainable and renewable gift of God – wild Black Walnuts!