The Black Walnut Harvest is here!
Beginning tomorrow, October 1, over 200 hulling stations throughout Missouri and 10 other Midwestern states will open to buy freshly-fallen Black Walnuts harvested by hand from thousands of people in rural areas.
The opening price is the highest ever — $16 per hundred pounds (after hulling), and $15 per hundred pounds in areas east of the Mississippi River. The price could change later in the season, so harvesters are encouraged to get their nuts in soon. There is no minimum amount – hullers will take nuts in one bucket, three sacks, or a trailer load.
As wild Black Walnuts fall to the ground, local people have “money on the
ground” – literally. Our goal for the harvest is 20 million pounds, which will require a lot of work and nice fall days. We hope and pray that the weather cooperates so folks can get the nuts in. Many hulling station operators in Missouri report lots of Black Walnuts on trees, with nuts already falling. So it looks like the first week could be better than usual, especially with beautiful weather forecast for the area. It’s money on the ground, jobs for
the economy, and food for great recipes. 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 these rural communities.
Buying will continue through October and into early November — so there’s
plenty of time to get out, enjoy some healthy fall air, and be part of this fall tradition!