I love walnuts. They’re healthy, they’re just right on oatmeal and I eat them several days a week. Like most foods, the price of walnuts has been increasing lately. But when I recently paid $8.99 a lb for bulk walnuts, that turned out to be stale, in the “natural foods” section of a local grocery story I realized it was past time to look for local walnuts.
I know there aren’t many walnut farms around the valley but I had a memory of a small handmade cardboard sign advertising walnuts on
I broke out these walnuts one morning when I was cooking that awesome Christine and Rob’s oatmeal from Aspinwall’s. I cracked one open, it broke apart with ease, and I popped a half in my mouth. It was entirely different from any walnuts I’ve ever eaten. It was crisper, light and kind of delicate. Most importantly, it was sweet.
I took the other half to my boyfriend and said “here taste this.”
“What’s on it?”
“Nothing, I just took it out of the shell.”
A quizzical look came over his face.
He thought that walnut must have been sugar coated.
Not long after this we set out to find the farm with the sign I’d remembered to see if we could buy more walnuts direct. East of
The more I eat these walnuts and learn about growing them the greater appreciation I have for the farmers who grow them. They’re so good I’ll be stocking up soon so that I’m never stuck with stale, expensive, grocery store walnuts again. I’m also looking at walnut trees, they take lots of room and often don’t produce a crop for the first 10 years. Imagine the commitment of a farmer who plants a few acres of these and then makes nothing from them for 10 long years of watering, weeding and pruning. I reflect on it and think “I should have paid him extra.”
For those to the North here is the walnut page from tri-county farms.
and their list of farms