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Fall is full of family traditions that involve food and fun and one of the favorites has become Forrest Keeling Nursery’s Great River Road Chestnut Roast, an annual family event.

This year’s event will be held, Saturday, October 24, from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.  The event is sponsored free of charge by Forrest Keeling Nursery, www.forrestkeeling.com in cooperation with The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, www.centerforagroforestry.org.

“Our family and staff love the Chestnut Roast and always look forward to welcoming families from across the region,” remarked Kim Young, Forrest Keeling Nursery vice-president. “Our festival will be again feature delicious local food, artisan vendors, live music and lots of activities for families to enjoy.”

The Roast will showcase a broad variety of popular Chinese Chestnut selections used in agroforestry project including Chinese, Japanese-European hybrids. “These species are among our best-selling specialty crops and fast becoming one of the most valuable nut trees in the United States. It is prized in a variety of ethnic dishes, especially those of Asian cuisine.,” said Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling president and developer of the RPM-technology.

Forrest Keeling originated the patented RPM-production technology, which is scientifically proven to help all plants grow faster and be more productive throughout their lives.  FKN offers over 500 species, and specializes in native plants.

"The event is a great time to pick up some trees, shrubs and perennials for fall planting," said Wayne Lovelace Young, Forrest Keeling CEO and  president. "We like to remind folks that when you ‘plant in fall, you gain a year’.  With that planting jumpstart in mind, we’ll have specials on select trees at the Chestnut Roast giving folks savings on a wide selection on a still-great variety of plants in all sizes."

Among other offerings, Forrest Keeling offers Chinese Chestnut trees produced from seed collected on Senator Kit Bond’s chestnut orchard near Mexico MO.  Bond Orchard Selections are available for purchase as well as several grafted cultivars recommended by the Center for Agroforestry. 

Roasted chestnuts will be available through the day as well as vendors offering local cheeses, wines, apple butter and more.  There will be a variety of fun activities for children and adults, including author and performer, Brian Fox.