Walnut stands open in Tulare County
Tulare County Ag Commissioner announces opening of walnut buying period
TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita announced that the walnut-buying period would begin on Sunday, Nov. 1 as the County’s nut theft ordinance continues to be enforced.
“Commercial production and handling of walnuts constitute an important industry here in Tulare County,” Kinoshita said. “Unfortunately, some people steal them from orchards and attempt to sell the walnuts illegally on the streets. County staff has been actively enforcing the nut theft ordinance by conducting compliance checks at places where walnuts are sold to ensure that this practice stops.”
In 2012, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved amendments to an existing nut theft ordinance to assist with an issue that has long plagued the walnut industry. Walnuts are typically shaken from the trees and left unattended until workers can gather them up, making them prime targets for overnight heists.
One amendment to the ordinance mandates that walnut-buying stands shall not operate within the boundaries of Tulare County until a “Walnut Buying Period,” as established by the Agricultural Commissioner, is in effect. Kinoshita said that consensus was reached amongst walnut growers to determine the appropriate start date.