San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner Tim Pelican has declared, after consultation with the walnut industry, that the walnut harvest has been completed in San Joaquin County. This established the beginning of San Joaquin County’s official “Walnut Buying Period.”
The buying period runs from Nov. 4, 2020 through April 30, 2021.
San Joaquin County Walnut sellers can obtain a Proof of Ownership Certificate by contacting the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Certificates are provided at no cost.
Any person selling less than 2,000 pounds of walnuts must possess a Proof of Ownership Certificate approved by the Commissioner. Any persons possessing less than 2,000 pounds of walnuts which will not be sold are exempted from this Ordinance.
The Announcement made by Commissioner Pelican is directed by the Purchase and Sale of Walnut Ordinance passed Sept. 9, 2014, by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
As outlined in the Ordinance, non-processing walnut buyers may begin purchasing walnuts following the declaration of the Walnut Buying Period. Non-processing buyers must register with the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner prior to commencing the purchase of walnuts.
The San Joaquin County Purchase and Sale of Walnuts ordinance can be found on the Agricultural Commissioner’s website, http://www.sjgov.org/agcomm/.