Lake County has always been a predominantly agricultural county, shifting from generalized farming to large Bartlett Pear orchards, Walnut orchards, and some livestock. Now, almost everything has been converted to the harvest of wine grapes, with just a few walnut and pear orchards left. Visitors can experience and learn about the process and influence of walnut agriculture at several locations throughout Lake County:
Alex M. Suchan Nursery-
Paradox hybrid walnut seedlings available. Educational information: everything you need to know about walnuts. Modest prices.
Open: 8am-6pm, Mon-Fri. By appointment only.
Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), home of Walnut Central, By Cracky It’s Jackies Farm Fresh Eggs, and Clucky Plucky Poultry. Certified organic walnuts, chicken eggs, Guinea fowl eggs (seasonal), meat chickens, Guinea fowl, and pheasant. Available at Nature’s Bounty in Lakeport, Darling’s in Kelseyville, the San Rafael Farmers’ Market, St. Helena Farmers’ Market, and Napa Downtown Farmers’ Market. http://www.barrettfarms.com
Dancing Tree People-
Organic orchard and garden that embraces the ethics and principles of permaculture and organic growing. The 11-acre orchard is certified organic and has been producing walnuts for more than 50 years; organically since 2000. Organic vegetable and herb garden, greenhouse and organic starts, honey bees, solar energy, and permaculture design elements. Pygmy goats and chickens help with soil fertility, mowing, and weed control. Natural and green buildings are being constructed, including a straw and cob cottage. Workshops are offered on natural building, solar energy and permaculture techniques. Online walnut sales. 1445 Pitney Lane, Upper Lake, CA 95485, (707) 275-8892, http://www.dancingtreepeople.com
Produce Stand, Direct Sales. Several varieties of Lake County pears, dried Bartlett Pears and shelled Lake County Walnuts. Modest prices. Open: (approximately) Aug-Dec, 9am-6pm
Directions: Merritt Rd off Hwy 29, Kelseyville.
Lake County Walnut, Inc.-
Online sales of certified organic walnuts.
4825 Loasa Drive/PO Box 308, Kelseyville, CA 95451, (707) 279-4204, http://www.lcwalnut.com
Certified organic (CCOF) 40-acre farm. The property boasts a 100-year old dairy barn and 60-year old walnut trees, in addition to the vegetables, flowers, and other produce such as figs and pomegranates. Farm stand open daylight hours or call for appointment year round. Directions: From Hwy. 29, turn south onto Highland Springs Road (towards Lampson Airport), then left onto Argonaut Road. First drive on the left; at the “T” turn left. 1010 Argonaut Road, Lakeport, CA 95451
Walking tour of typical Konocti Hills country small walnut orchard; ranch is nestled in a Black Oak/Ponderosa Pine ecosystem surrounded on the south and west by rolling vineyards. Nature walk descends along riparian habitat into dryer Blue Oak and Grey Pine woodland. Diverse, abundant collection of birds and wildlife typical of oak woodland habitat. Learn about Perini Hill history and find Lake County Diamonds. Modest rates. PO Box 297, Lower Lake, CA 95457
(707) 696-8626, http://www.periniranch.net
Top of Konocti Farms-
Guided hikes to top of 4,300-foot Mount Konocti on old road through walnut orchards past original homestead cabins built in 1903. On one of the peaks Native Americans dropped notched sticks into air vents that would later mysteriously appear in Clear Lake. Much of Mount Konocti is privately owned and maintained; your visit helps support efforts to keep it pristine and development-free. Bring you lunch; children welcome. Modest rates.
Open: Sundays by appointment only; times vary by season. For groups of four or more, special dates and times may be arranged. PO Box 281, Kelseyville, CA 95451, (707) 245-7322, http://www.topofkonocti.com
For More Information, Contact:
Alex M. Suchan Nursery
P.O. Box 304, Upper Lake, CA 95485
707-275-2461 · fax 707-275-3201
P.O. Box 151, Finley, CA 95435
707-263-4211 · fax 707-263-1143
8989 Adobe Creek Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451
707-279-2375 · fax 707-279-1818
3360 Merritt Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451
707-279-4761 · fax 707-279-0231
Lake County Walnut, Inc.
4545 Loasa Drive, P.O. Box 308, Kelseyville, CA 95451
707-279-1200 · fax 707-279-1212
P.O. Box 297, Lower Lake, CA 95457
Top of Konocti Farms
P.O. Box 281, Kelseyville, CA 95451