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About Us

Our Culinary Chestnuts

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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.

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS: We are experiencing some delays in opening our online store. We hope to resolve these issues and have the store open by the end of the day today. We apologize for the delay! Keep checking for updates. ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

Route 9 Cooperative
Updates for everyone!Attention Online Customers: Our store will open Sept. 20, and we should have a big enough crop that we won't sell out immediately. We will ship in October. Attention U-Pick customers: U-pick will be by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment by sending a Facebook message or emailing us at [email protected]Attention Pickers: Harvest will begin later next week! Come pick chestnuts starting Sept 22-Oct 18. Bring all your friends and family and spread the word. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Route 9 Cooperative
The burs are sizing up, and so far it looks like a nice crop this year. Let's hope for some nice weather as we get into harvest season! Our current plan is to open the online store on September 20 and begin shipping culinary chestnuts during the first week of October. As usual, we will ship seed nuts later in the season. We'll keep you updated as things move or change! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Route 9 Cooperative
Hello Route 9 Co-op followers! I know things have been quiet here and on our website recently, but we're gearing up for the fall season. Some important notes:1) We are not currently taking any orders. We are renovating our online store and will have a pre-order option for seeds, trees, and culinary nuts shortly. Stay tuned!2) We will have trees available for fall 2021 and spring 2022 and will announce here, on our website, and on our phone message when the trees are available. Lots of positive changes happening behind the scenes here, and we're looking forward to sharing them with you! ... See MoreSee Less
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