October 30, 2014
The Black Walnut Harvest is nearing a successful completion!
For the past week, beautiful fall weather in Missouri and the 11 state buying region has led thousands of people to get out and pick up wild Black Walnuts. Over 15 million pounds have been delivered at 215 hulling stations through October 29th. Heaviest activity is around the Springfield, MO area. Many operators report that activity has peaked and begun to slow. but with the nice (though cool) weather this weekend, we expect a strong finish on Monday, November 3rd. That will be the last day all locations will receive nuts.
Thousands of people will be out in yards and pastures, picking up the "cash" lying on the ground and sharing the experiences with friends and relatives. Many will participate in the Black Walnut Harvest for the first time, while others will continue a tradition. All will build lasting memories!
We still expect that the Harvest will total around 20-22 million pounds. That will be enough to assure customers continued availability through 2015 of bold-flavored Black Walnut nutmeats, and also ground nut shells for industrial uses.
Stay tuned in early November for a season wrap-up of Black Walnut Harvest 2014!