The Nut Company
● By Enjoy Magazine
Store Front | Walnut Avenue Ranch, Margo Lynes
Margo: We are celebrating our 80th anniversary this year! The ranch is owned by Helmuth Meyer and his son, Melvin, who still live here. Helmuth started the business in 1934 by building a black walnut cracker. They later moved it to Walnut Avenue in Chico, but in the 1970s they moved it back to the ranch. In 1997, they opened a retail store. Now we do chocolate, brittle and many other items. We don’t grow anymore, but we lease out the areas that produce, and we process almonds, walnuts and pistachios. We specialize in custom roasting.
ENJOY: Who are your customers?
Margo: We have lots of local people, and some very, very supportive people come all the way from Magalia. We have shipped to Washington, D.C. People come here on tours, and then continue to stop by. They like the ambience – it’s very homey looking, and the first thing you smell when you walk in is chocolate and nuts. We also have cactus gardens that people like to wander around.
ENJOY: Describe your retail store for us.
Margo: We have a kitchen and a chocolate room in the back, where we make chocolates, nut clusters and creams. There’s another room where we make all our brittles. We have sample tables for our chocolates and almonds, and we expand our product lines during the holidays.
ENJOY: What do you sell in the store?
Margo: In addition to our premium chocolates and hand-pulled nut brittles, we have flavored almonds, black walnuts, roasted nuts and much more. We have almond meal for gluten-free cooking, and four different nut butters – almond, cashew, pistachio and mixed nuts. We make something like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but we make almond and pistachio butter cups. We have gift packs and gift baskets, but if you want to just buy one truffle, you can.