and all your favorite
chestnut mixes are
ready for you
out our fall harvest and processing
You'll see how your chestnuts got from us to you.
Need a Truly Unique Chestnut Gift That
Doesn't Have to Be Refrigerated?
If you need a gift for
someone who is "new" to chestnuts, consider our
Basics Gift Pak. And yes, we also have a gluten
free sampler box.
If you would like to share a recipe with us
it would be greatly appreciated. We're always looking
for new and creative ways to use this truly unique food.
have a licensed commercial kitchen here at the farm and
in addition to our fresh nuts in season, dried chestnuts,
chestnut flour and our chestnut mixes -- chestnut bisque,
chestnut 'n honey cornbread, gluten free chestnut
bread mix, gluten free chestnut pancake mix and gluten free
chestnut buttery biscuits are available. They're
really tasty and aren't available at any supermarket.
We've also put together a combination of our chestnut bisque
and chestnut 'n honey cornbread that makes a nice
"chestnut supper" gift box -- a great hostess gift
that's truly unique.
LOW IN FAT -
HIGH IN FIBER - GLUTEN FREE
Chestnuts are the ultimate in
a healthy gourmet food. Did you know that 3 of our chestnut
buttermilk pancakes contain more fiber than a serving of oatmeal?
Learn more about
fiber in chestnuts
Food Safety at Allen Creek Farm
Food safety is
important at Allen Creek Farm. We're picky here about how things
are done. Remember, we eat our products too. You've probably read
about salmonella being found in some nuts, though so far it's not
been found in chestnuts in the U.S. So how do we prevent the
problem of contamination?
First, we have deer
fencing around the entire orchard and our dogs have their own fenced
yard. This minimizes the possibility of animal contamination of the
nuts. During harvest we sweep the orchard floor clean of nuts every
other day. The nuts are taken to the processing barn and sorted and
sized within 24 hours. From there they go to the commercial
refrigerator where they wait for shipment.
The day they are
shipped the nuts are sanitized with a USDA-recommended chlorine
bleach solution (200 ppm) that disinfects them and kills Listeria,
Salmonella and E. coli, should they exist.
So you ask, what do
you do about the nuts you dry? As you know, we dry only the small
nuts -- those that are 1 1/8" in diameter or smaller. When they go
through the sizer they fall through the holes and go into a "tote"
box. The receptacle for the small nuts is a specially-constructed
aluminum tote. When it's about half full it is taken to a stock
tank that contains the recommended bleach solution and dipped for a
few minutes. Those nuts are then placed on the dryer where they
will remain until dry.
As to our
commercial kitchen, items used there are washed, rinsed and
sanitized with the recommended bleach solution and then air dried.
The counters are cleaned and sanitized prior to each use.
We're proud that
since we established the orchard in 1999 there has never been a
problem with food safety from our nuts. We care about the products
we ship to you.
We're proud to be members of Chestnut Growers of America, Inc.
(c) Allen Creek Farm 2000-2013
Artwork (c) Dankwardt Ink, Inc. 2000 -2013
Why Buy From
Allen Creek Farm?
-- The best chestnuts are sold directly from the orchard,
not in the market. Our chestnuts are grown and
processed under the strict regulations of the Department of
Agriculture. Our licensed commercial kitchen guarantees that
all our processed products meet strict Washington state
standards. You cannot buy a healthier chestnut.
-- Our fresh chestnuts are harvested nearly every
day and refrigerated immediately to assure freshness.
Our commercial fridge has a volume of 1536 cu. ft. We
maintain temperatures of 33 deg. F and humidity levels
No middle man. You're dealing directly with the
-- At Allen Creek Farm we expect to provide you with a
Recipes from Tuscany
looking for authentic Italian recipes using chestnuts, dried
chestnuts and chestnut flour make sure you take a look at
from Tuscany" under our "Cooking" section on the menu.