Chestnut Trees-Dropping Nuts From Great Altitudes

February 15, 2019 in Blog

The above image shows a young fawn going back and forth from a protected cove on the neighbors property filled with lush vegetation to our rather open property on a hillside planted with hybrid oaks and chestnuts.  Even the turkeys like this area.  When we started planting chestnuts we never knew how long it would take to establish our forest of chestnuts. During this time, we saw the chestnuts grow and fail until finally we finally gave up. That is when the orchard did the best and we ...

Farm to Table Part IV: Roasted Sunchokes

November 27, 2017 in Blog

Usually I do my own thing with fresh fruit and veggies, but for the sunchokes, I was curious to know what others had attempted. As usual, I aim to keep things simple. A quick google search instantly pulled up a simple recipe and I decided to give it a try. This recipe from only had five ingredients and took a total of thirty minutes. Love the sunchokes? Tell us which variety you like the most and how you cook them.

Farm to Table Part II: Thimbleberry Scones

July 12, 2016 in Blog , Recent Articles

Thimbleberries are interesting to harvest. You have to have very light fingers to not smush the fruit. The proper picking motion is almost like peeling a sticker off a bowling ball. After an hour, it will seem like you hardly have any in the bucket, but the fruit is dense. I was happy to harvest almost two cups, which is enough to make something delicious….like scones! I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, mostly because of the consistency of the berry. It was obvious they ...

American Chestnut Wood Bowls: The Celebration of Wood

July 11, 2016 in Blog , News from the Farm

American Chestnut Wood Bowls can be created using both diseased older trees and larger prunings from standing trees.

Farm to Table Part I: Raspberry & Mulberry Syrup

July 8, 2016 in Blog , Recent Articles

Is there any greater joy than harvesting fresh fruit or veggies, making a delicious dish and enjoying it with friends? Last week we harvested a batch of Japanese Mulberries, Northern Red Raspberries, Wild Black Raspberries and Yellow Black Raspberries at the farm. Picking Japanese Mulberry It was a hot day, and the bees were out, but we enjoyed  marveling at what was produced over the growing season. 3 types of raspberries (left), Japanese mulberries (right) We had a small harvest of about ...

Shining a Light on Blight: PART 2

July 8, 2016 in Blog , New Plant Discoveries , Recent Articles , Tips for Healthy Plants

More on the people behind the plants and the origins of blight… (To read Part 1, click here). The Plum Guy The Story Behind the Plant:  Ralph loved the idea of a tree crop farm. Having worked in the paper industry his whole life, he purchased 30 acres of land and began planting large amounts of heartnuts, butternuts and English walnuts, all of which he purchased from Oikos Tree Crops. He planted over 10 acres of walnuts alone.  He also planted a few types of Japanese plums from ...

Shining a Light on Blight: PART 1

June 27, 2016 in Blog , New Plant Discoveries , Tips for Healthy Plants

Chestnuts: Immune to Blight In 2010, we received an email from a long-time customer who conducted some research he had done on our trees. The research used a group of hybrid American Chestnut trees from our farm, (namely Timburr American Hybrid Chestnut and Ken’s Select Hybrids), to determine the amount of blight resistance and cold tolerance. From his control group he knew that if blight had struck the tree, it was usually within the first few years of growth. After studying over ...

In praise of discovery and the spirit of sharing

June 24, 2016 in Blog , New Plant Discoveries , Recent Articles

Recently at Oikos Tree Crops we have been reflecting on some inspiring stories of plants and people we admire for various reasons. Here are three short stories we think you will enjoy. Mirabelle Plums represent one of the most widely distributed and highly coveted plums throughout the world. Part of the mystique is its label as an ‘illegal’ plum with a Protected Geographical Indication, meaning the fruit is protected in the French region of Lorraine. Despite the PGI, Mirabelle can also be ...