Chestnuts in Bur Route 9 Cooperative

Growing Fresh Culinary Chestnuts for the Chestnut Lover

About Route 9 Cooperative

Route 9 Cooperative was formed in 2010 by the owners of five chestnut orchards in and around Route 9 in Carrollton, Ohio. This area is at the foot of the Appalachians in the east central part of Ohio and is very hospitable to chestnut trees. Our member chestnut orchards have been supplying their customers with fresh culinary chestnuts for many years. Some have also produced chestnut flour and dried chestnut kernels which are available throughout the year.

Greg Miller
Greg miller

We would like to tell you a little bit about our history and introduce the members of Route 9 Cooperative. In 1972 Greg Miller and his father, Jay Miller, planted 500 Chinese chestnut seedlings on a farm in Lee Township, Carroll County, Ohio. Based mostly on this planting, Greg has become a full-time chestnut grower since 1984, and is the owner of Empire Chestnut Company. As the business has grown, his wife, Diane, and kids, Amy, Quinn, and Collin, have pitched in to help.

In 2004 Greg began marketing the chestnuts from his neighbors, Duane and Rose Kienzle, Tim and Marla Snyder, and Carl and Stephanie Cooper along with his own production. By 2007, the production from the neighbors' orchards exceeded Greg's production. In 2009, the combined production topped 60,000lb, which greatly exceeded Greg's capacity to clean' pack, and store the crop.

Many cooperatives have formed in recent years to take advantage of economy of scale. It is more cost effective to have one storage and refrigeration area than many. Administrative and marketing costs are less because they can be spread among the cooperative members. So after the record crop of 2009, Greg Miller and his neighboring chestnut growers decided to form an agricultural cooperative in order to continue to market their crops together and keep costs relatively low. As the cooperative developed another chestnut grower and longtime colleague, Bob Stehli (and wife, Marie), expressed interest in joining the cooperative. Thus, there are now five charter members of this cooperative.

Route 9 Cooperative members look forward to working together to bring you sweet, tasty, quality chestnuts every autumn, and chestnut products, such as chestnut flour and dried kernels, year round.

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