Perennial crops are a core component of accomplishing our goals at Chestnut Creek Farm. Perennials eliminate tillage, sequester carbon in the soil, prevent soil erosion, and promote microbial activity
Hazelnuts are a very new commercial crop in the Northeast. As a result of extensive breeding programs blight resistant cultivars are now available to regional growers. We planted our first 2 acres in April of 2020, and another 1/3 acre in November. Any tree crop is a long term investment. While we had a few handfuls of nuts this fall we expect to begin significant harvests in the fall of 2023. For more information on hazelnuts in NY check out the New York Tree Crop Alliance
Chestnuts are unlike any other tree nut. While most nuts are high in protein chestnuts are primarily a carbohydrate. They are delicious roasted and eaten whole, but can also be ground into a gluten free flour for baking. Chestnut flower allows us to enjoy delicious baked goods without the harmful affects of annual grain production.