Black Walnut and Pawpaw drop-off location established at Chesterhill Produce Auction

Athens, OH — Beginning September 1st community members will be able to sell locally collected black walnuts and pawpaws at the Chesterhill Produce Auction in Chesterhill, Ohio. Through an agreement with Hammons Products Company, a black walnut processing business based in Stockton, Missouri, and a partnership with Integration Acres farm in Albany, Ohio, Rural Action will purchase, sort, and process pawpaws and black walnuts on site at the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

Walnuts and pawpaws will be accepted on Mondays and Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm through the end of October at the produce auction, located at 8380 Wagoner Rd in Chesterhill, Ohio. Signs will direct suppliers to a drop off point, at which time Rural Action will provide payment in the form of a check (cash?) upon delivery (include prices here).

As one of a number of “hulling locations” in the state, the Chesterhill Produce Auction is 20 miles from Athens, 16 miles from McConnelsville, 30 miles from Marietta, and 40 miles from Logan, and is well positioned to serve as a drop-off point for residents of Morgan, northern Athens, Washington, Perry, and Hocking counties.

This project builds on years of organizational experience aggregating agricultural products and producers, and furthers Rural Action’s mission to create and strengthen markets for non-timber forest products in Appalachian Ohio. Questions about the collection on black walnuts and pawpaws should be directed to Karam Sheban at 740-677-4047 or

Started by community investors with the support of Rural Action in 2004, the Chesterhill Produce Auction now serves as a key marketplace for more than 125 local farmers and more than 1,000 community members each year. The auction runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays May through October. For more information visit

Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio. For more information about Rural Action’s work in sustainable forestry and agriculture visit or For more information on Ohio’s local food systems, visit



Karam Sheban
Forestry AmeriCorps member