Earliest Harvest in 17 Years
We began harvesting 9/16/16. The good news is that the weather is cooperating -- at least so far. There seems to be an abundance of medium-sized nuts and a lack of large. As to Jumbos, in the first 1000 lbs there were only 26 jumbos -- that's 26 nuts, not 26 lbs.
We're taking orders now for shipments beginning the week of Sept. 26.
Check out our fall chestnut harvest and processing videos. You'll see how your chestnuts got from us to you.
If you need a gift for someone who is "new" to chestnuts, consider our Basics Gift Pak. If you would like to share a recipe with us it would be greatly appreciated. We're always looking for new and creative ways to use this truly unique food.
We have a licensed commercial kitchen here at the farm and in addition to our fresh nuts in season, dried chestnuts, chestnut flour and our gluten free chestnut pancake mix.
If you're looking for authentic Italian recipes using chestnuts, dried chestnuts and chestnut flour make sure you take a look at our "Recipes from Tuscany" under our "Cooking" section on the menu.
LOW IN FAT - HIGH IN FIBER - GLUTEN FREE
Talk about the ultimate in a healthy gourmet food! You can't beat chestnuts. And since they're not a true nut they aren't associated with allergies of tree nuts. Did you know that 3 of our chestnut buttermilk pancakes contain more fiber than a serving of oatmeal?
Food safety is important at Allen Creek Farm. We're picky here about how things are done. Remember, we eat our products too. You've probably read about salmonella being found in some nuts, though so far it's not been found in chestnuts in the U.S. So how do we prevent the problem of contamination?
First, we have deer fencing around the entire orchard and our dogs have their own fenced yard. This minimizes the possibility of animal contamination of the nuts. During harvest we sweep the orchard floor clean of nuts nearly every other day. The nuts are taken to the processing barn and sorted and sized within 24 hours. From there they go to the commercial refrigerator where they wait for shipment.
The day they are shipped the nuts are sanitized with a USDA-recommended chlorine bleach solution (200 ppm) that disinfects them and kills Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli, should they exist.
Why Buy Chestnuts
Freshness -- Our fresh chestnuts are harvested nearly every day and refrigerated immediately to assure freshness. Our commercial fridge has a volume of 1536 cu. ft. We maintain temperatures of 33 deg. F and humidity levels exceeding 90%.
Value -- No middle man. You're dealing directly with the growers.
Personal touch -- At Allen Creek Farm we expect to provide you with a quality product.