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Chestnut Picking?

Melanie Wong | Sep 30, 2006 07:11 AM

Last year RWCFoodie posted about U-pick chestnuts -

Any information on whether this continues this year?

Here's what was published in ChowNews 11/11/05 -


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

Hidden in the hills above Palo Alto, Skyline Chestnut Orchard is a delicious secret if you like to roast your own chestnuts. Nearly all chestnuts we see in the US are imported, as most American chestnut groves were wiped out by blight early in the twentieth century. This century-old old orchard survived, and during the harvest season (mid October through late November) you can pick your own. Navigate a dirt road, collect your five-gallon bucket and heavy gloves, and go to town. These are smaller than Italian chestnuts, and hardly cheap at $5/lb (with discounts for 30 lbs or more), but they're very tasty, and the freshest you'll ever find, says *RWCFoodie*. (For roasting instructions and other tips, see CHESTNUTS, in General Topics, below).

The place is a little tough to locate; here are driving 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.

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