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It's time to go nuts at West Kelowna’s nut farm despite COVID-19

Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park
October 04, 2020 - 7:00 AM

COVID-19 can be blamed for lots of bad things but one thing it can’t do is stop ripe nuts falling from trees.

Walnuts are in season right now and falling to the ground at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park in West Kelowna. Because of COVID-19, there won’t be any volunteers on site to collect money from those who want to pick them up.

That doesn’t make them free.

Nut lovers are invited to bring their own bags and collect their own nuts then leave the money in an honour box near the Wentworth Drive entrance. The cost is $5 for a small bucket and $10 for a large one.

And, while people have become used to tapping their credit cards and giving up on cash, that’s not an option at the farm as they are taking cash only.

Money goes to the non-profit Gellatly Nut Farm Society to help maintain and improve the park.

Nuts fall from the trees when they’re ripe so no one should be climbing the trees trying to collect them.

And, of course, people are asked to keep two metres apart to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

While walnuts are ripe now, chestnuts will be falling soon.

Since the nut store is closed, anyone who wants to buy bowls or cutting boards made from orchard wood is asked to call 250-470-0999 or 250-768-5960.

And, if anyone is thinking of sneaking away with a bag of nuts under their arms without paying, the fine is $500 if you’re caught.

READ MORE: West Kelowna's nutty roots are unique to the Okanagan, and due to the Gellatly family

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