Join us for our first annual Chestnut Roast! We will have roasted nuts and nut oils to taste, fresh nuts to buy, nutty breads, local food and drink, live music, tours of Fox Haven’s orchard, and more.
The American Chestnut was a staple crop in the mid-Atlantic region for wildlife, Native Americans, and early settlers and farmers. Sadly, around 1900 the Chestnut Blight started to wipe out most of these magnificent trees. Today, SilvoCulture, Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, and others are working to get the chestnut back into our landscapes and our food system. These incredible trees are often referred to as the “Bread Tree” because the nuts are rich in healthy carbohydrates and low in fats; a perfect nut for producing nutritious gluten free flour.
The Roast will be held on the beautiful grounds of Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, outdoors with the option of amazing indoor spaces in the case of rain. Enjoy views of the trees, fields, and gardens. Go on a guided tour of Fox Haven’s mixed fruit and nut orchard featuring several productive chestnut trees.
Help us create a new culture around Chestnuts! They belong back in our food systems as a land-regenerating tree, a health food, and a perennial staple crop!
This year’s Chestnut Roast will include the following:
-Tastings of roasted chestnuts, smoked chestnuts, chestnut flour pancakes, and cold-pressed local hickory nut oil
-Bulk chestnuts and select chestnut tree seedlings for sale to take home
-Vendors selling nutty sourdough bread and prepared local foods plus wellness, art, & environment vendors
-Live music by The Rhizomes
-Tours of the Orchard by Fox Haven Staff
-A Chestnut Talk with Michael Judd
-Demos of nut shellers and cooking with chestnuts
-Kids free play and activity area
The event is planned to be all outdoors with plenty of space and flow. We are spacing out the various activities, setting up hand sanitizer stations, and if still required or if event moves indoors, will ask folks to wear masks.