It all began back in 1975 when my parents acquired land in a small, beautiful valley located in Northern California. After a few years of country living, they figured what better way to utilize their land, than to grow something on it. They also had two young, rambunctious children they wanted to put through college. One of them being me. Hence, a walnut farm-college fund was born.
After college graduation, I moved to NYC and launched my interior design firm and began hosting those popular home renovation design shows. During holiday trips home, I would haul back bags of our freshly harvested organic walnuts to stock up for the year. I always had them as a handy snack on job sites and roaming the city. My clients, friends and local chefs always begged me for them. Immediately after tasting, I'd always hear how incredible our walnuts were and that they'd never tasted walnuts like these before. I appreciated the love, though never quite understood the impact.
My "a-ha" moment came the first time I shared our organic walnuts with my husband, Eric. When we first started dating, he so kindly bought a bag of organic walnuts from a popular natural food chain as a thoughtful gesture. I ate one walnut and had to spit it out. It tasted old, dry, and bitter. Sound familiar? I had never purchased walnuts from a store because I didn't have to, as I always had access to fresh ones. The look on Eric's face when I spit out his "thoughtful gift" was quite comical.
This obviously was not such a nice gesture on my part. However, it was during this moment I realized, most of the general public does not have access to freshly harvested organic walnuts. That is, unless you know a walnut farmer. Well, now you do.
Over the past 39 years, I've watched my father, Corky tend to his trees and the land as if they were his own children. There's a lot of love and care which goes into growing our organic walnuts. CORKY'S NUTS was created as a way to honor him and to provide people, like you, access to the amazing tasting organic walnuts I've spent all my life enjoying.
- Nicole (the farmer's daughter)
That's me sitting in a pile of almonds before we put in our walnut orchard.
Did you know when you purchase organic, or even non-organic, walnuts from a store or large online retailer, that bag of walnuts could be up to 1, or even 2 years old? After their fall harvest, most walnuts are stored in various conditions until an order is placed or put on store shelves. The only visible information on a package of walnuts about their age, is the expiration date. There's really no way of knowing how old those nuts are or when they were harvested.
Do you want old nuts? We certainly don't.
Here in the US, all walnuts are harvested between September and October. That's why our certified organic (CCOF) walnuts ship directly to you in early December right after we harvest, crack out and hand-pack with care.
CORKY'S NUTS is committed to providing you with fresh, seasonal organic walnuts. Sweet, creamy, buttery, delightful golden morsels. Sounds delicious, right? We want you to be "wowed" by our walnuts.
As we like to say on the farm, "You haven't tasted a walnut until you've tasted CORKY'S NUTS."