Chestnut Partnership Project Developing Value-Added Products

Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative is partnering with four farmers from the Route 9 Cooperative and two local mills to develop value-added products, including a fine chestnut flour made from Grade B chestnuts. Through a partnership grant from North Central SARE, the project is researching and developing fine flour and other products from chestnuts that aren’t suited for the fresh market. After milling days at Shagbark Seed & Mill and Walnut Creek Seeds, collaborators distributed chestnut flour to bakers, chefs, and brewers, so that they could experiment with it. Project participants are interested in growing the network of chestnut growers, culinary leaders, and researchers in the Ohio/Appalachian region. To learn more, contact Rural Action.