|The nearest orchard is in Livingston County, and according to the LaFever website, they have 350 trees on nearly 70 acres. We called ahead, but got only an answering machine. No one was there, but we took pictures. The chestnut burrs on the ground were all empty, and though they look like cute fuzzy animals, they are needle sharp! J. spoke to Mr. LaFever later and he said that a late frost had ruined 90% of the crop. Best to email him from the website know about next year.
Mike LaFever, 8353 Turner Road, Fenton, Michigan 48430, 810-750-5037
I did a quick search and found other chestnut orchards also had bad years:
Winkel Chestnut Farms, 10788 Garfield, Coopersville, MI 49404, Phone: 616-895-1332, Alternate Phone: 616-560-7743
DeKleine Orchards, LLC, 1887 32nd Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49426-9665, (616) 896-8453
Links to chestnut orchards in Michigan
And if the late frost wasn’t bad enough:
May 27 , 2010
LANSING – Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Don Koivisto today announced the establishment of a new plant pest quarantine against the Chestnut Gall Wasp to protect the state’s growing chestnut industry…
(the last two pictures were taken during our little adventure—just such views are so common here: an old barn and a cornfield after harvest. Perhaps some of my readers will find them of interest.