ATTENTION: The store is now open for chinkapin seed orders and chestnut seedlings.
Due to a light seed crop and prior commitments, we are not offering other seed nuts at this time. If seed becomes available after harvest, we will open the store and offer it.
We will open the store for CULINARY NUT pre-orders on Oct. 1, 2023.
Seed nuts are for planting, Culinary nuts are for eating.
Fresh peeled chestnuts, dried kernels, and chestnut flour will be available during the November-December holiday seasons in 2023.
Check here, our Facebook page, or our phone message for updates.
Our Culinary Chestnuts
Route 9 Cooperative was formed in 2010 by the owners of five chestnut orchards in
eastern Ohio, located on land once occupied by native American chestnut trees. Our
member chestnut orchards cover over 100 acres and have been supplying their
customers with fresh culinary chestnuts for many years. The need for a larger
packing facility and unified marketing led to creation of the co-op. Prior to the
co-op, Greg Miller had produced and sold chestnuts and chestnut trees under his
farm, Empire Chestnut Company. The co-op now markets the chestnuts and trees grown
by Empire Chestnut Company. Greg Miller serves as president of Route 9 Cooperative
and remains an active chestnut farmer. See our more detailed story under history.
Over the years, we have grown several species of chestnuts and their interspecific
hybrids. We found that the Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) is the
best in terms of its sweet flavor, ease of peeling, and adaptation to our growing
conditions. We continually plant new trees and remove inferior trees. In the
process, we evaluate new germplasm and constantly improve the genetic quality of the
chestnuts and nursery stock that we sell.
We sell three sizes of chestnuts: small (60-75 per lb; good for snacking), medium
(48-53 per lb; good for roasting) and large (34-39 per lb; good for cooking). All
sizes have the same quality and flavor. They are carefully cleaned and graded to
ensure more than 95% sound chestnuts at shipping time. Fresh chestnuts are
available only during October and November.
When you receive your chestnuts be sure to refrigerate them right away. Otherwise,
they can become moldy. Be sure to read our pages on storage and preparation of