ATTENTION: We are CLOSED for U-Pick for the season. Thanks for coming, and see you next year!

ONLINE ORDERS: We are filling these as fast as possible. Fresh chestnut orders should be complete by early November.

Note: We CANNOT ship fresh chestnuts to CA, OR, or WA because of agricultural quarantines.

Alaska customers: Place your orders for 10 lb or 15 lb boxes. We cannot ship 25 lb boxes to Alaska.

About Us

Our Culinary Chestnuts

What's New

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 chestnuts.

3 days ago

Route 9 Cooperative
ATTENTION U-PICK CUSTOMERS: We are closed for u-pick for the season. Thanks for coming, and we hope to see you again next year! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Route 9 Cooperative
We’ve been busy processing chestnuts and are expecting to ship out many orders this coming week. 🌰🌳Pickers, there are still chestnuts in the orchard that need to be harvested! The recent weather knocked them all on the ground, so the picking is great! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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ATENTION U-PICK CUSTOMERS: Today (10/16) is a really rainy day. Stay home. If you want to pick this weekend, tomorrow (10/17) is a better day to come. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Update! Our cooler is quickly filling up with fresh chestnuts, and we will be shipping a LOT this coming week! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Route 9 Cooperative
An amazing amount of chestnuts have fallen from the trees in the last couple days. Come pick this week and weekend! ... See MoreSee Less
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