Chestnuts from the 2017 harvest will not be mailed to growers. Growers will come and pick their own nuts or arrange to get nuts from a nearby designated ACCF member who volunteers to pick for others. Growers will have to process their own chestnuts in the hot water bath at 120F for 20 minutes to kill weevil larvae. All who share in future crops must submit a new Grower Agreement Form including a pledge to have the number of planting holes and cages ready for October planting and permission to pass your email address to others for the purpose of chestnut distribution. In September, we shall email, to all growers who have submitted the new form, the dates of open harvest mornings, which will probably be Mondays and Wednesdays, with a Saturday thrown in if nuts are dropping when there is no home football game. We hope you may be able to cooperate with this new arrangement.
We have received request forms from 15 states; eleven of which have at least one harvest volunteer (VA, OH, PA, TN, WV, MA, NY, KY, IN, MI, WI). It may also be possible for growers from other states who are unable to attend harvest to get their burs from a harvester in the vicinity of Knoxville (TN), Rochester (MA) or Whitesburg (KY).
The NY volunteer lives out East on Long Island. On reading the summary above, perhaps some additional growers may note a possibility to acquire chestnuts; you may ask for the new Grower form via email and should mail it to us by mid-August.
Open harvest days will be September 12, 16, 19 & 26 and October 3, 7 & 9. We shall accept no more than five volunteers on each of the first two dates, because we have just a small number of chestnuts that crack burs and drop nuts early. If you choose Sept. 12 or 16 send early notice firstname.lastname@example.org, to be sure to get your desired date.
I shall verify your date choice via e-mail and everyone who plans to participate will receive a sheet of directions to the Airport and the Big Field on Mt. Lake, along with what to wear and complete chestnut processing information. We start at 9 a.m. at the Airport, then move on to Mt Lake.