“My father’s a great fisherman, and he always says that in crabbing, there’s the quick and the dead,” says Rock, 38. “There’s only so much crab out there, and they’ll all be caught up. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it.”
This thirty-five acres is part of a bigger story that puts Oregon and the nation at the forefront of hazelnut production globally. Oregon produces an average of 35,000 tons of hazelnuts annually, virtually all the nation’s crop, making the United States the second-largest producer of hazelnuts in the world behind Turkey, according to the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board.