AT: Godfrey and Jackie’s – Gordonton Road at 1:30pm on Sunday March 16
Godfrey and Jackie Larsen (long-time chestnut growers) specialise in running a “pick-your-own” orchard.
‘Chestnuts at Gordonton’ – will be an opportunity for people to walk around and see chestnut trees, some harvest equipment and grading facilities. Those who want may also be able to do some “pick your own” as the season may have already started.
There will also be some samples of chestnut flour, crumb and other products on display and a talk about the various R&D trials taking place this year. Some NZTCA members may like to be involved with (if only as a taste panel!).
For those that are especially interested, we can then go to the “factory” we use for our chestnut research trials at Gordonton Rd (about 5 mins drive away). This is where we have the various shelling and crumbing machines and the fig block described in a recent TreeCropper “Help wanted” article.
We may not have all the machines set up and running but we can show you some of them and photos of them in action along with samples of the products they produce, some of which you can take away with you and experiment with yourselves.
(NB: parking is limited at the factory site, however, so depending how many people are interested we may “car pool” from Godfrey’s)
Others who may not be so interested in the factory side of things (its very basic…don’t get too excited) might like to head on down the road another 5 minutes and visit the Zealong Tea Company, a very impressive NZ-run asian-style tea growing and processing operation. It is well set up for visitors with good catering facilities, tea rooms, food etc as well as a “statue garden”.
Nearby to both Godfrey’s orchard and the factory, at Gordonton township itself, is “The Farm Shop” which will also be of interest to treecroppers. It’s like a farmer’s market selling locally farmer produce exclusively but in a shop format.