The Central Appalachian Rural Products (CARP) Center in Weston
(formerly the Weston Farmers Market) will buy and hull black
walnuts for state growers beginning October 1 and continuing for
approximately a month.
This is exactly the type of service I envisioned when the
Department leased this property to the CARP directors, said
Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. The facility
already incorporates such a wide variety of uses including
retail space, a restaurant, a farmers market and exhibit areas
that Im very optimistic that the CARP Center will have
an outstanding first year in business.
The hulling station renews a tradition once kept by the WVU Extension
Service and private enterprises, which has fallen by the wayside
in recent years. The CARP Center is the only location in the state
buying and hulling black walnuts, and will offer 9 cents per pound
of hulled nuts, according to CARP Center Manager Terry Mathews.
The Center will make a deal with anyone wanting the
leftover hulls, said Mathews. The hulls can be used as fertilizer
(with lots of lime) and are used to manufacture stains and varnishes.
The hulling machine is provided by Hammons Products Company of
Missouri, which will also take the nuts. The CARP Center must provide
fuel for the machine and the labor to keep it operating. Mathews
predicts that at least 50,000 pounds of nuts will be processed.
The machine will go into operation just before the October 8 start
of the annual West Virginia Black Walnut Festival, held in Spencer
In 1954, Roane County resident Henry Young sold 2 million pounds
of black walnuts, prompting local officials to develop them as a
cash crop. The Festival was born the following year. For more information,
visit www.wvblackwalnutfestival.org, or phone 304/927-5616.