The Black Walnut crop comes from the Midwest and East-Central United ­­­States.

Black Walnuts are one of the few crops still picked by hand today. Harvesting occurs every fall when the wild nut crop is hulled, bagged and sold to a network of buying stations, or “hullers,” for Hammons Products Company. Each year, millions of pounds of nuts are purchased from approximately 215 buying locations. From start to finish—planting, harvesting and final processing—Black Walnuts are a hands-on product, making them all natural and fully sustainable. As the popularity of this wildly delicious nut continues to grow, we will continue to dedicate the time and research to make sure our supply meets the ­­­demand.

How to Gather and Sell Black Walnuts

Many generations of Americans in the Midwest and East-Central states have enjoyed harvesting Black Walnuts during the fall. Memories are made, values are passed down and money is earned, and you too can be part of this long time tradition.

  1. Find a tree or several trees with Black Walnuts. Be sure to get permission to collect nuts that aren’t from your yard (many folks are happy to let people have them).
  2. Gather the nuts soon after they fall and while the hulls are mostly green. Collect them by hand or with our Nut Wizard – a handy nut-gathering tool with a long handle and barrel-like end that picks Black Walnuts up like magic! You do not need to remove the hulls.
  3. Put collected nuts in bags or a truck bed for hauling.
  4. Take the nuts to the nearest Hammons hulling location within a couple of days of collecting. The operator will run the nuts through a hulling machine to remove the outer green hull. You’ll be paid for the weight after hulling.
  5. Enjoy extra spending money and memories made picking up Black Walnuts with your family and friends.