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THE WEEKEND OF 30 APL - 01 MAY WAS THE LAST ONE OF 2016 CHESTNUT SEAS0N

THE 2017 SEASON WILL START ABOUT 15 -20 MAR2017

WE THANK ALL OUR REGULAR CUSTOMERS,

BOTH FOR BUYING FROM US AGAIN AND FOR RECOMENDING US TO THEIR FRIENDS.

WE WELCOME THE MANY NEW CUSTOMERS AND ASK THEM TO SPREAD THE WORD TOO.

THE LARGE NUMBER OF NEW CUSTORMERS EACH YEAR HAS ENABLED US TO KEEP OUR PRICE DOWN.

THANKS ALSO TO SARA AT KOREA POST AND LEXIE & ANNA AT EPOCH TIMES,

THEIR HELP & ADVICE WITH ADVERTISING HAS BEEN GREAT.

THE CHESTNUT SEASON MAY BE FINISHED FOR THIS YEAR BUT OUR

Chestnut Ridge Farmstay B&B

OFFERS PLEASANT, QUIET, RURAL ACCOMODATION YEAR ROUND.

THANKS TO FREE-LANCE JOURNALIST ROXIE FU AND HER PHOTOGRAPHER /PARTNER

FOR NICLUDING US IN AN ARTICLE ABOUT NZ HARVEST TIME AND AUTUMN COLOUR

IN THE HONG KONG TRAVEL "U MAGAZINE".

Thanks also to David Klinac, New Zealand's "Mr. Chestnut"
(what David doesn't know about chestnuts in NZ isn't worth knowing),
for coming to give information for a visiting Chinese delegation
and to Tony Jolly, who has developed chestnut peeling and flour making machinery
and hires it out, for coming with David and for sharing his ideas.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THANKS TO OUR 13 YR OLD GRANDSON, JORDIE,

FOR HIS ENTHUSIASTIC HELP INFORMING NEW CHESTNUT PICKERS WERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO

AND WEIGHING NUTS AND COLLECTING PAYMENT AT WEEKENDS AND SCOOL HOLIDAY DURING THE SEASON.

JANET AND I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO MAKEING THE 2016 SEASON ANOTHER SUCCESS.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING Y0U, YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR FRIENDS AND MANY NEW CHESTNUT PICKERS IN THE 2017 SEASON.

BUT WHY WAIT UNTIL NEXT MARCH? WHY NOT BOOK IN FOR A QUIET PEACEFUL WEEKEND,

ONLY AN HOUR AWAY FROM NOISY, BUSY AUCKLAND, AT

Chestnut Ridge Farmstay B&B & Orchard

We offer the same friendly hospitality at all times of year

Bye for now - keep an eye on this website for periodic bits of news, especially as next March approaches, and if you want to share a comment or suggestion,

CLICK HERE AND SEND US AN E-MAIL

Janet, John & Jordie - the crew at Chestnut Ridge Farmstay, B&B and Orchard

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Web site page updated Monday, May 30, 2016 4:38 AM

Please check when we are open HERE before leaving home

Hello, this is your one stop information page on FRESH CHESTNUTS

YET AGAIN there is NO INCREASE in OUR chestnut price in the 2016 season-

WE WOULD RATHER YOU

BRING MORE FRIENDS TO ENJOY OUR PLACE AND OUR CHESTNUTS.

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....... Please read the following notice ......

WHAT TO BRING

WHEN WE ARE OPEN

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN BAGS TO PICK THE CHESTNUTS INTO

(SUPERMARKET BAGS OR PLASTIC "CHOOK FOOD" SACKS ARE OK)

READ ON TO REACH THE

OPENING TIMES CALENDAR BELOW

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS SOON AS THERE IS FRESH INFORMATION

Last Updated Monday, May 30, 2016 4:38 AM

Why not BOOKMARK it (or ADD IT TO FAVOURITES)

But firstly ...

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO CAME AND PICKED CHESTNUTS in 2015

WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THEM AND ENJOYED COMING HERE TO PICK THEM.

If so, please tell your friends.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN THIS SEASON

Last tear's harvest was the best we've had

The nuts were big and there were plenty of them

HOPEFULLY,this year's crop will be as good or even better than last.

THERE SEEMS TO BE PLENTY ON THE TREES (FROM GOOD WEATHER AT FLOWERING)

and we've had a good mix of sun and rain since Christmas

IT SHOULD BE A GOOD SEASON

with plenty of good sized nuts - I'll keep you informed when they begin to drop

THERE IS NO POINT IN COMING TOO SOON AFTER THE SEASON STARTS

UNLESS YOU ARE JUST CRAVING FOR A FEW FRF OUR FRESH NUTS.

2/3 OF OUR TREES ARE THE BEST PRODUCING 1015s AND THEY ARE MID SEASON TREES.

ONLY 1/6 OF THE TREES ARE THE EARLY SEASON 1005s

THE OTHER 1/6 ARE THE LATE SEASON 1002s

So the number of nuts falling increases slowly in the first week and then there is a glut of nuts in the middle 4 weeks before tail ling off (or going off - if on the ground fore a long while) in the sixth week - well that's the theory but it varies a lot.

I'll keep you informed day by day on this web site

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AND DON'T FORGET

OUR FARMSTAY B&B ACCOMODATION

IS OPEN ALL YEAR

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READ ON FOR CHESTNUT PICKING INFORMATION

THE FIRST DAY OF THE 2016 SEASON

MIGHT be Sunday 20 March

BUT IT MAY BE LATER

WE SHOULD THEN BE OPEN FOR ABOUT A 5-6 WEEK SEASON

TO MAKE IT WORTHWHILE YOU COMING - WATCH THIS SPACE

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PICK YOUR OWN CHESTNUTS

THIS SEASON (2016) THEY ARE

STILL only $2.00c per Kg (inc GST)

WE'VE HELD THAT PRICE FOR FIVE YEARS

We can only do that if more people come

and buy more nuts at the $2/kg to cover extra costs.

So please bring your friends & family.

If we don't sell more nuts at $2/kg

THE PRICE MUST GO UP IN 2017

 

A visit to Chestnut Ridge to pick chestnuts WILL STILL BE great value for money.

No charge for use of facilities for a family picnic, church service or club or group function held here

as long as the main function of being here is to pick & buy our good quality, good value chestnuts

*Free* recipe leaflet and chestnut care instructions with purchase

Opening times for 2016 NORMALLY BE 10 am until DUSK

Any changes to that will be updated below

If you would like to receive e-mailed details, please click here,

send us your e-mail address, ask to be kept informed

and we will e-mail a newsletter when there is information you need to know

WE WILL NOT SHARE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WITH ANYONE

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( X = Orchard Closed, O = Orchard Open for picking, ? OR O/X? = Not Sure Yet)

(am = 10 a.m. to 12.30 pm, pm = 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. OR 3:30pm 'til dark - see calendar)

You need to be here at least AN HOUR before closing time

in order to finish picking and weigh-in by closing time

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THIS CALENDAR IS FOR THE 2016 SEASON

- SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN START DATE, OPENING TIMES AND CLOSING TIMES AT SHORT NOTICE -

EITHER LOOK HERE OR PHONE US

(07)8263648

NOTE: MUST BE (07)

BEFORE COMING

THIS WEEKEND (30 APL - 01 MAY)

WILL BE THE LAST FOR THE 2016 SEASON

 

Sat
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Date
19 March
20 March
21March
22March
23 March
24 March
25 March (G F)
am
X (few nuts) O/X (but few nuts) O/X (but few nuts)
O
O
O
O
pm
X (few nuts) O/X (but few nuts) O/X (but few nuts)
O
O
O
O
Date
Saturday, 26 March Sunday, 27 March Monday, 28 March Tuesday, 29 March Wed 30 March Thursday, 31 March Friday, 1 April
am
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
pm
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Date
Saturday, 2 April 16 Sunday, 3 April 16 Monday, 4 April 16 Tuesday, 5 April 16 Wednesday, 6 April Thursday, 7 April 16 Friday, 8 April 16
am
O
O
O
X
X
O
O
pm
O
O
O
X
X
O
O
Date
9 April
10 April
11 April
12April
13 April
14 April

15April

am
O
O
O
O
O
X
O
pm
O
O
O
O
O
X
O
Date
16 April
17 April
18 April
19 April
20 April
21 April
22 April
am
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
pm
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Date
23 April
24 April
25 April
26 April
27 April
28 April
29 April
am
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
pm
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Date
30 APRIL
1 May
 
am

O

O

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON AT 6 pm ON SUN 1 MAY

OPEN 2017 - MID MARCH - WATCH THIS SITE or

click HERE and send us your e-mail address and we'll contact you a week or so before the season. You can also leave feedback on this season

THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME AND BOUGHT NUTS THIS SEASON

pm

O

O
Sat
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri

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Please phone first

to make sure we will be open when you want to pick

(07-826-3648, 027-2500-372 or 027-2500-941))

PLEASE NOTE: THE PHONE NUMBER IN RED ABOVE (and elsewhere in this site)

07 is an (Waikato) Area Code NOT an 09 (Auckland) Area Code

IF YOU ARE DIALING FROMOUTSIDE WAIKATO OR FROM A CELL PHONE ANYWHERE (INC IN THE WAIKATO

YOU MUST DIAL 07 8263648 NOT JUST 8263648 OR 09 8263648

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Interactive map and directions to get here on Map Page

Why not bring the family for a picnic in the orchard, or on the lawn, and get them all picking afterwards

A great way to spend an afternoon

Please bring:

Your own bags (supermarket bags will do if you don't have any stronger)
Strong shoes (burrs on ground can go through jandels or crocks)
Garden gloves (burrs are sharp when removing nuts)
Long tongs to pick up nuts if you don't want to bend
Your own food and drink if having a picnic

A rubbish bag to take your empty cans, lunch wrappers etc away with you

Cash, as we don't have an EFTPOS terminal

A stop at the public toilets, in the nearby Te Kauwhata Village, before arriving, is a good idea

as we have only our own limited toilet facilities in our house, not in the orchard

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Commercial Sales

We have probably got 7 - 8 Tonnes or more available THIS season

Buy the whole crop in 2015 season. Contact owner to negotiate price.

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Autumn sunrise over the chestnut orchard -

- another glorious start to a day in paradise