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Collecting and Selling Black Walnuts
There is a crop of Black Walnuts this year. Less than normal, but
still enough to provide an opportunity for you, your kids, your 4-
Club, or church group to earn some cash. And of course I recommend you get a large nut wizard to help with the job.
Cleaning up black walnuts is work, and often dirty. The fall weather
is beautiful, plus we all need to get outside and away from the
worries of the world. Even though you won't earn much, you'll have
priceless moments with your family and a little cash to spend.
Black Walnut Hulling Stations:
Each year, Hammons Products Company of Stockton Missouri, provides
machines to over 200 buying stations. Check their website (url above)
for where you could sell your black walnuts.
Below is information about collecting and selling black walnuts.
What to do with Black Walnuts: Selling
ARE THERE BLACK WALNUTS IN YOUR YARD?
It is amazing how many thousands of black walnuts can grow on a tree.
When you look up into the tree and see ping pong to tennis ball size
walnuts hanging there, you know you could soon have twisted ankles,
dents in the car, lawn mower propelled nuts, or thumps in the night on
In September, October, and November look out! The Black Walnut trees
drop nuts over a 6 to 8 week period. In Indiana I’ve noticed that
October 10th is a good time to expect a heavy drop of nuts. For
about 14 years my family and I ran a Black Walnut Hulling Station.
Over that period of time we handled more than 1 million pounds of
Black Walnuts. Our smallest year was about 11,000 pounds; our biggest
396,000 pounds (that’s 9 semi-
I recommend that you obtain a Large Nut Wizard for black walnut pick
up. I love these tools because it is easier to do the work. I can
work longer and pick up more in the same amount of time. For a few to
several trees a Nut Wizard can handle the job. We have 20 trees we
pick up under with one Large Nut Wizard. It is easier to clean them
up at least once a week. For light crop years I wait until most nuts
have fallen. The Nut Wizard Large sized tool picks up the green,
black, and mushy ones. For run over “fried egg” looking ones, rock
the tool patiently or kick it out with your foot. If you need a new
Nut Wizard visit our website at www.nutwizard.com.
BLACK WALNUT SELLING AND HULLING STATION INFORMATION
Many hard working men, women, teens, and youth groups clean yards,
cemeteries, school yards, parks, woods, and farm lots to take truck
loads upon truck loads to a black walnut hulling station. It is
incredible how many MILLIONS of pounds of black walnuts there are in
the United States! The Hammons Products Company in Stockton, Missouri
has purchased 15 to 30 million pounds in a good crop year. Just think
how many more there are not picked up or picked up and used in a
different way. A link to black walnut hulling stations close to the
bottom of this note.
Want to sell Black Walnuts?
You will want to make as few trips as possible and take as many black
walnut nuts as you can in a trip. The stations are open on their own
schedules, so call before you go to get the details for hours and if
they work during rainy days. If they don’t have cover, the machine
gets wet and slippery.
Collecting your black walnuts is the first job you have to do before
going to the Black Walnut Hulling Station. You can pick up nuts by
hand, Nut Wizard tools, or Bag A Nut tools. I recommend USA made
The three best ways to store your nuts are pick-
trailers with sides, or buckets. The big difference is that you will
need to shovel, (take your own), the loose walnuts into the machine if
they are loose. The advantage is the quantity and ease. More
walnuts will fit in a truck loose than in buckets. Shoveling is
harder than emptying buckets. Bagging black walnuts and putting them
in the truck or trailer works too. The bags (depending on how heavy
they are) could be easier to unload than loose black walnuts and the
truck can hold more in bags than buckets.
Five Gallon Buckets hold in the juice and have convenient handles.
It takes lots of buckets per truck.
Plastic sacks and bags from grocery stores are a no-
flimsy to hold the heavy and messy black walnuts. You are sure to
bust the bags and get dirty.
Trash bags are iffy. If you use heavy duty bags, (no kitchen light
weights!), only put in 5 gallons or about 25 pounds. Too much weight
will bust out the bag.
Feed sacks made from burlap are sturdy and heavy. They are good,
except that the juice from the black walnuts will ooze out and
handling them is messy. Filled up, they could weigh 100 pounds or
Feed sacks made of nylon or plastic are good. They can still leak,
but not as much as burlap. They can be heavy also.
Dog and animal food sacks are sturdy and frequently have a plastic or
coated liner that will prevent the juice from soaking through—but only
for the short term! As the black walnut husk breaks down, the
sack will get wetter and wetter. After a while the bottom can break
out—with mushy black results.
Plastic milk style crates work okay. As the sides are not solid,
leaks and loose walnuts could occur.
HOW DOES THE BLACK WALNUT STATION WORK?
When going to the Black Walnut Hulling Station, please check the
dates and times the station is open. If there is a large crop of
black walnuts, be prepared for a line and wait. Each vehicle will
take a turn backing into the machine area. You could find the station
in a field, barn, or business parking lot. There might not be a
restroom, drinks, or shade. Remember this is a seasonal business.
Take with you; a shovel if the walnuts are loose, waterproof or vinyl
covered gloves to help keep you clean, wipes to clean your hands off
or for primitive bathroom facilities, drinks, and maybe a snack. Plan
to enjoy visiting with fellow walnut collectors and sellers. It will
feel like a community or family event. I encourage you to do this at
least once. It is something you will likely always remember.
Black Walnut hulling stations have big machines that remove the soft
outer green or black husk. The machine separates the nuts from the
husk using a tire or chain driven system. There is a short conveyor
that pulls the nuts into the hopper or drops them into the cleaning
mechanism. Then the chain or tire removes the husk from the nut. It
is surprising how clean they come out! The nuts are bagged and
The hulling station will pay for the weight of the nuts only. On
average 60 percent of each walnut is husk. Forty percent is the shell
and nut meat. How do we know? I weighed and tested it when we ran a
black walnut buying station—many times. We needed the information to
help our customers know how much weight they were putting into their
500 pounds of Black Walnut nuts, you had approximately 1,250 pounds of
whole black walnuts in your truck to start with. I saw many
I haven't found the 2020 price, for 2017 you could be paid as much
as $15 per 100 pounds of Black Walnut nuts (not the husk). For the
example above, you would be paid $45 for the 500 pounds of husked
nuts. On average it takes 2 walnuts to make one ounce of shell and
nut meat. So, 32 nuts could make one pound, or $0.15 worth at the
hulling station. A full 5 gallon sized bucket has a gross weight of
about 25 pounds and nets 8 to 10 pounds of nuts, worth approximately a
dollar to $1.50 after hulling. It doesn’t take long to add up to a
significant amount. Especially when earning some extra income. You
could charge for cleaning up a yard then sell the walnuts.
It is common that you will receive a check after the black walnuts
are husked and weighed. You might need to provide ID or a driver’s
license. You could get a hand written check or cash. If you sell more
than $600 of walnuts, you could be asked for more information to
comply with tax rules for a 1099 form.
Prices can change depending on supply and demand. Don’t
Black Walnut Hulling Stations:
Want to keep the Black Walnuts? Some stations will husk the walnuts
for a reasonable charge. It is much easier and quicker than husking
them yourself. Then you will be ready to dry and crack them. Black
walnuts have a stronger flavor than soft-
Black Walnuts are delicious in baked goods, ice-
favorite, chocolate fudge. (Yummmmy)
ANOTHER PLACE TO SELL BLACK WALNUTS:
STATE AND LOCAL NURSERIES AND DEPARTMENTS OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Many state nurseries will contract with local citizens to provide
Black Walnuts for tree seed. You should contact your local office and
ask for details. They will issue permits or contracts to individuals.
Each group will have their own rules. Sometimes it will take awhile
before you are paid.
Office hours by appointment.
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