The Fraser Valley has long been the ideal place to grow hazelnuts…until the Eastern Filbert Blight wiped out roughly 95% of the local hazelnut trees over a decade ago. After this happened, Fraser Valley Hazelnuts took over a local production facility in Chilliwack to give BC growers a place to ship their crops to. From there, the local hazelnut industry has been able to get back on its feet, but it’s still not where it used to be. However, there are still more than enough hazelnut growers to support the entire BC market.
We bring our hazelnuts in from Fraser Valley Hazelnuts, who have been growing and processing BC hazelnuts since 2016. They’re a family-owned and operated business with a family tie to Lepp Farm Market (Char’s son-in-law Jeff’s family owns the farm). Since 2016, they’ve worked hard to revitalize the hazelnut business by giving farmers the option to work with them to help eliminate stress & allow them to sell more to local consumers (which also helps reduce end-of-season waste, too).
We carry hazelnuts in the shell, unshelled natural or roasted, and milk or dark chocolate covered.
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