Made in small batches to ensure freshness, our Oregon-grown hazelnuts are lightly roasted then ground into a smooth and delicious nut butter.
Our local Organic hazelnut grower, Jim Birkemeier of Meridian Orchards, has been growing hazelnuts his entire life; as a boy he hand harvested nuts from his family’s one-acre orchard.
When we visited his farm, Jim toured us through his beautiful 80-acre Organic orchard filled with tall, old, regal hazelnut trees, and shared with us his unique natural methods for attaining high-quality, Organic hazelnuts and for strengthening the disease resistance of his trees.
Jim feels his most effective strategy against disease is to keep his orchard healthy. He’s worked for years to perfect his own compost tea (made with cured manure) which he uses as a natural fertilizer around the base of the trees. He also sprays his trees with kelp to nourish them through foliar feeding.
Jim’s hazelnuts are harvested from the ground around the end of October, then shelled and dried down to 10% moisture, so they will store for one year.
Jim is an exceptionally bright, innovative, and dedicated organic farmer, one of a very few local organic hazelnut growers.
We use Jim’s Hazelnuts to make our Organic Roasted Hazelnut Butter.
Hazelnuts are exceptionally rich in folate, an excellent source of vitamin E; and a rich source of minerals, including manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Nuts are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous phyto-chemicals.