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Chestnut Ridge Farmstay

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Web site page updated Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:25 PM

Scroll down below the chestnut photos to get to accommodation

PLEASE NOTE:

our phone # is (07) 8263648 NOT just 8263648 and NOT (09)8263648 - the 07 MUST BE dialed first

Sat 30 Apr

&

Sun 01 May

Open

10am - 6pm

THIS WEEKEND (30 APL - 01 MAY)

WILL BE THE LAST FOR THE 2016 SEASON

THE MAIN CROP NUTS ARE GETTING TOWARDS THE END NOW SO...

THE NUMBER OF GOOD FRESH NUTS ON THE GROUND

WILL BE GETTING LESS OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO THOUGH...

THE FEW TREES OF THE LATE 1002 VARIETY ARE FALLING.

WE HAD A QUIET DAY YESTERDAY AND SO...

IF YOU WANT TO GET SOME (MORE) G00D NUTS BEFORE THE END OR THE SEASON

THE SOONER YOU COME THE BETTER

OPEN 10am - 6pm TODAY

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU and YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS

RIGHT NOW, BOTH QUANTITY AND QUALITY WILL BE DROPPING SO...

MAKE THE BEST OF IT

COME & BUY YOUR NUTS NOW

BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE FORTHIS SEASON

Sat 30 Apr

&

Sun 01 May

Open

10am - 6pm

 

each day UNTIL 01 MAY

EXCEPT

CLOSED 1pm - 6pm
MON 25 APRIL

IT'S ANZAC DAY

I went round the orchard late WEDNESDAY. and can report that there are still plenty of nuts
especiallly down towards the bottom of the main orchard and in the small orchard over the dam
and especially under the late variety 1002 (or is it 1005 - one is early and the other late and I always mix them up! - derrrrr!
)
I CN CONFIRM THERE ARE STILL LOTS OF GOOD NUTS UNDER SOME TREES ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE MAIN ORCHARD AND IN TH SMALL ONE OVER THE DAM

The quality of the nuts is holding up well too. I collected 150 nuts from several of those areas and put them through the "sink or swim" test (see below) 14 floated but when I cut the floaters open only 11 were showing signs of the fungal rot phormopsis which makes then go brown inside. The other3 were stil creamy white and hard inside and and good to cook. Only 11 going "off" out of 150 is only 7.3%. Had I taken the trouble to do what I tell you and PICK THE HARD SHINY ONES I'd hafove left some of those in the orchard as being soft and that would have meant only picking about 5 % going off - not bad for this late in the season. However, with most nuts already on ths ground, it can only get worse, so......

THIS WEEKEND (30 APL - 01 MAY)

WILL BE THE LAST FOR THE 2016 SEASON

THE HEAVY RAIN RECENTLYi WILL HAVE THE EFFECT SPLITTING SOME OF THE NUTS THAT WERE PLUMP AND READY TO FALL AS THE EXTRA SHOT OF WATER PRESSURE SPLITS THE SKIN

IT'S GOOD BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM EASY TO PEEL BUT .
IT'S BAD BECAUSE THE SPLIT IS AN EASY ACCESS POINT FOR FUNGAL SPORS WHICH CAN CAUSE THE NUT TO ROT.
MOST NUTS DIDN'T SPLIT BUT A BIGGER NUMBER THAN NORMAL DID SO.....

 

ach day UNTIL 01 MAY

EXCEPT

CLOSED 1pm - 6pm
MON 25 APRIL

IT'S ANZAC DAY

 

UNLESS NOTIIFIED HERE or ON THE CALENDAR BELOW

WHAT TO DO?
PICK THEM AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

  1. SORT OUT THE SPLITS AND COOK (or freeze) A.S.A.P
  2. RINSE THE NON-SPLITS IN COLD WATER WITH A FEW DROPS OF BLEACH
    (just enough to just smell in the water and make fingers slightly slippy)
  3. DRAIN AND COOL AIR DRY SO THE WEAK BLEACH DRYS ON THE NUTS
  4. REFRIGERATE or FREEZE UNTIL USED 
    AND COOK SOON AFTER TAKING THEM OUT OF THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER

HOW TO TELL (APPROX) IF YOUR NUTS ARE GOOD
BEFORE YOU COOK THEM

1 Put the nuts you want to test into a bucket of cold water

2 If the nuts SINK they are probably OK to cook - if you've only picked HARD & SHINY NUTS AND CLEANED AND REFRIGERATED WELL,MOST WILL SINK

3 If any of the nuts FLOAT, cut the FLOATERS in half

3a If the halves stil look creamy/white they are OK to cook

3b If the halves are begining to go brown/black they're "GOING OFF" BIN THEM

THIS IS NOT 100% ACCURATE BUT IT GIVES A BIT OF AN IDEA

PLEASE GO TO, AND READ, OUR FRESH CHESTNUTS PAGE BEFORE SETTING OFF TO COME, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S YOUR FIRST TIME AT OUR PLACE, SO YOU WILL KNOW
WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT TO DO

 

DON'T FORGET TO GO TO THE RECIPES PAGE TOO FOR INFO ABOUT HOW TO KEEP CHESTNUTS AND SOME DELICIOUS RECIPES

UNLESS NOTIIFIED HERE or ON THE CALENDAR BELOW

PARKING

PLEASE NOTE THAT MOORFIELD ROAD ENDS AT OUR DRIVEWAY

AND THE TWO DRIVEWAYS WHICH CONTINUE ON

AND THE LONG TRIANGULAR PIECE OF GRASSED AREA BETWEEN THEM IS PRIVATE PROPERTY AND

PARKING ON IT IS NO LONGER ALLOWED

YOU SHOULD PARK EITHER INSIDE OUR PROPERTY

OR ON EITHER SIDE OF MOORFIELD ROAD AS YOU APPROACH OUR PROPERTY BUT

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DON'T BLOCK ACCESS TO ANY DRIVEWAY, GATE OR MAIL BOX

 

We will let you know via this site, each day, what the weather and nut conditions are.

Here are some photos of the first variety (1005) to fall in our orchard in 2015 - taken on 17 March

Look good? - they were - and 2015 was our best season ever. This year looks to be a good one too..

(Click this link chestnut page for advice)

Click here to go to the information page on FRESH CHESTNUTS
Please read what to bring before coming
YET AGAIN NO rise in OUR chestnut prices in 2016 - WE'D RATHER YOU

BRING MORE FRIENDS TO ENJOY OUR PLACE AND OUR CHESTNUTS.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR

AVAILABILITY AND BOOKING PAGE

40 Moorfield Road, PO Box 34, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand

Ph/Fx: +64-7-826-3648

Mobile: +64-27-2500-372 (John), +64-27-2500-941 (Janet)

e-mail: janetandjohn@chestnutridge-nz.com

web: www.chestnutridge-nz.com


Our Place

Our small 6 Ha (16 acre) farm/orchard has around 400 mature chestnut trees and we run a few steers and calves, ewes & lambs and chooks. Guests are welcome to look around as long as they leave things as they find them. We have large gardens and, being on a ridge, have extensive views over the gardens, orchard, farmland, Whangamarino Wetlands, Lake Waikare, surrounding hills and Te Kauwhata village. Petanque and croquet sets are available for guest use.


The accommodation is flexible:

The Super-King room can either have a massive super-king bed or two king-single beds. A comfortable single trundler bed is available too. This room has an en-suite including a spa bath with shower. TV, radio and tea/coffee making facilities are also included.


The Queen room, as well as a queen bed, has a comfortable single trundle bed. It now has it's own en-suite bathroom with toilet, vanity and shower. The room has TV, radio and a small desk and library of interesting books. Tea and coffee making facilities are always available in the kitchen across the hallway.


Both rooms have exterior doors so that you can come and go as you please. Garage parking is available.


Continental breakfast is included in the tariff and can be upgraded to a full cooked breakfast for a small extra cost.


A three (+) course dinner (nibbles and a drink before, entrée, main course with a glass of wine or beer, dessert and tea/coffee) is available for an extra NZ$45 per person if notified in advance.


Meals are also available nearby at Rangiriri Tavern (every night), Te Kauwhata Tavern (Thurs to Sun nights), Muddy Waters Irish Pub* at Mercer and the small "food hall" attached to the petrol station there (every night) and the Old Court House* in Huntly (Wed to Sun nights). *Reservations may be necessary on busy days - we can do it for you if you wish.

Attractions
Close by are Te Kauwhata Village, Rangiriri historic site, Whangamarino Wetlands, a beautiful golf course, the Hampton Downs Motorsports Park and Showfields and Goldfeilds Equestrian Arenas.


Your hosts, Janet & John Free have lived in the district for more than 25 years (John being originally from England and Janet from The States) and have a wealth of knowledge of the area (and New Zealand in general) which we are happy to share with you, if you are interested. You are welcome to join us at our table for meals (we hope you will) but we also will respect your privacy if you wish to keep to yourselves and eat out or on your own. The decision is yours.


Our home is a smoke-free environment but there are covered, sheltered outdoor areas for those who wish to smoke.


We look forward to hearing from you.

Janet & John

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BEING ONLY 45 MIN DRIVE SOUTH OF AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WE ARE AN IDEAL FIRST OR LAST STOP FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS. A QUIET PIECE OF RURAL NEW ZEALAND TO GET OVER YOUR FLIGHT HERE OR TO RELAX BEFORE THE FLIGHT HOME.

 

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