OREGON COUNTY -- With fall and cooler weather comes the annual black walnut harvest in the Ozarks. Oregon County is famous for the amount and quality of walnuts harvested each October, and Hammons Products Company of Stockton, Mo., anticipates another large walnut crop this year. A Hammons spokesperson said walnuts grow wild throughout the Ozarks.
Hammons will be sponsoring three different walnut hulling locations in Oregon County. They started accepting walnuts Oct. 1 and will continue through Nov. 1.
Mills Feed at Alton located at the junction of Highway 160 and P Highway will offer walnut hulling Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays until noon.
At Myrtle, Indian Country Junction, located at Highway 142 and E Highway, will hull walnuts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Between Thayer and Koshkonong, Tom and Mary Marcum will hull walnuts at the Old Mid Way Truck Stop located two and one-half miles north of Thayer on Highway 63. The Marcums will hull walnuts Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hammons representative said hulling stations will start paying at $10 per 100 pounds of black walnuts. She said the price could change during the hulling season.