Hazelnuts are harvested from an orchard at Aman Brothers in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

Hazelnuts are harvested from an orchard at Aman Brothers in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

David Davis and Kelly Jordan/Statesman Journal

Drive almost anywhere in the Willamette Valley and you’ll pass hazelnut orchards.

Laser-perfect rows fill the Mid-Valley landscape, more plentiful than wine grapes, berries or hop bines. 

If hazelnut orchards already seem to be everywhere, get used to it.

Some 70,000 acres of Willamette Valley farmland are planted in hazelnuts trees and farmers are expected to plant 8,000 more acres each year. The 2018 harvest yielded about 47,000 tons, but by 2025, the yield is expected to be 90,000 tons annually.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.