Harvest is one of the busiest times of year, not only for farmers but for thieves as well. This is because once an orchard has been knocked so that all of the walnuts are on the ground, thieves will come in and pick as many walnuts as they can to sell without permission from the farmer. This can be dastardly for farmers because these are lost pounds that could have been sold for a profit. Most of the time at the end of harvest however, if someone asks a farmer if it would be okay to pick windfalls (walnuts that have fallen via wind/or what’s leftover from harvest) from an orchard, the farmer allows. This is sometimes a paid service while other times a farmer may be feeling generous and allow the person picking up the windfalls to do it for free. Unfortunately, some people still try to pick walnuts that haven’t been harvested yet without permission. This can be a nightmare for farmers with small crops. Luckily, there is now an ordinance that doesn’t allow anyone to pick a farmer’s windfalls until after November 4th. The party that plans to pick the walnuts must also register for a permit to sell walnuts that have been picked if that amount is under 2,000 pounds and must pay the farmer for these nuts. This ordinance is in affect to deter walnut theft during harvest. Another highly sought after item produced by the walnut tree is the burl. This is often close to the stump of the tree and is primarily used for woodwork because of its beautiful designs and patterns. These burls can often sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars. Due to the hefty price tag, these are highly sought after by thieves. If a farmer has taken out an old orchard, for example, the trees are usually cut into pieces to be sold as firewood and the stumps are extracted from the orchard to be sold or ground up for easy bulk removal. The high amount of stumps removed at once are hard to take care of immediately, thus giving thieves opportunities to steal the burls. Tune is next week for more information regarding Al’s Nuts! Attached below is a picture of a black walnut burl.