Chestnuts are rich, tasty, and ridiculously hard to locate fresh. Why? During the twentieth century, almost all the chestnut orchards in the United States were wiped out by chestnut blight, leaving us dependent on foreign chestnut suppliers. And some of the only chestnut orchards left are right here in the Bay Area.

You can pick your own chestnuts at Green Valley Chestnut Ranch, says miss louella, or they will ship to your home. They’re having special open house events during the totally real “National Chestnut Week,” including tours, u-pick, and tastings of chestnut specialty products.

Skyline Chestnut Orchard also allows u-pick during the chestnut season (mid-October through November). The small American chestnuts are $5 a pound, but they’re the freshest, sweetest chestnuts you’re likely to encounter anywhere, says chilihead2006. Get them fresh while you can.

Skyline Chestnut Orchard is a bit hard to reach, so here are directions:

From the north: Take Woodside Road (Hwy. 84) west, Turn left (south) on Skyline Blvd (Hwy. 35), pass Page Mill and continue for 3 miles; the farm is on the right side of the road.

From the south: Take Hwy. 9 west, turn right on Skyline Blvd (Hwy. 35), and continue north about 5 miles; the farm is on the left side of the road.

Green Valley Chestnut Ranch [Sonoma County]
11100 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol

Skyline Chestnuts Orchard [Peninsula]
22322 Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35), Palo Alto

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