Are you wondering what's in store for the 2017 hickory season? Looking back at 2016 as being an 'off' year, we expect 2017 to an average or above average year.  


Hickory trees have a long and colorful history in Wisconsin.  The people who have established the Wisconsin Hickory Association founded this state-wide association to promote knowledge and use of this indigenous tree.

Come learn more!  

​​​Did you know? Hickory is a versatile tree and was used extensively by Native Americans in the region.  In addition to using the nuts for food and wood for heating and cooking, Native Americans made bows from the saplings and used the inner hickory bark to line birch-bark canoes and to finish baskets.

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 Sunday, October 8th, 2017 

11:30 am to 2 pm

The Wisconsin Hickory Association proudly announces that its 3rd annual Hickory Feast will be held on Sunday, October 8th, at the scenic Old Hickory Golf Club in Beaver Dam, WI.  Attendees will enjoy a sit-down 4-course meal featuring the natural unique flavor of Hickory:

  • Crisp mixed-greens salad topped with Hickory nuts, bleu cheese and cranberries
  • Ogwissimanabo (a Native American yellow squash soup with Hickory)
  • Pork Porterhouse steak covered in a rich Hickory bourbon glaze
  • Side dishes of buttered parsley potatoes and green beans
  • Hickory nut turtle cheesecake
  • Hickory mesquite-smoked coffee

        The featured guest speaker will be Hickory nut entrepreneur Linda Schaalma of Juneau, WI, who sells Wisconsin Hickory nuts worldwide.  WHA will provide an update on the feasibility study being conducted for WHA by the UW-Whitewater Fiscal & Economic Research Center (FERC), as well as discussion of the Hickory harvest.  Also new this year at the Feast is a variety of valuable raffle prizes available for attendees to bid on.  Golf enthusiasts may also take advantage of reduced golf fees on the day of the Feast by contacting the Old Hickory Pro Shop.

        You may register for this event by contacting the WHA at  The deadline for registration is September 30th, 2017.  Cost of the Feast is $37.50 for non-members and $30 for WHA members.  We encourage you to join us in this annual tradition as we expand the reach of WHA activities that sustain the historical and cultural legacy of Hickory and its potential as a growing Wisconsin industry!

Hickory in children's literature

The image to the left comes from a 1914 children's book authored by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by M. T. Roth.  The illustrator was an early co-worker of Walt Disney.  The book, ​Mother Earth's Children:  The Frolics of the Fruits & Vegetables​, provided pictures and verses for a variety of fruits and vegetables (and nuts).  This picture  is another testament to the enduring power of hickory in our national imagination.

Do you love cooking with hickory, but don't have the time (or patience) to pick out the nut meat?  Take a look at this site for some great tasty ideas for fast and easy hickory hunger help:

Pickin' for WHA

Did you know that the WI DNR Reforestation Program purchases seed (including Hickory nuts) from private collectors?  As a fan of Hickory and supporter of the WHA, you can help raise funds for WHA Hickory promotion efforts by collecting Hickory nuts and contacting WHA to pick them up and deliver them to the DNR, thus securing additional funds for the Wisconsin Hickory Association.  Contact WHA @

Wisconsin Hickory Association

How can you share in building Wisconsin’s Hickory legacy and industry?

There are a number of ways to participate in preserving the long Hickory tradition and restoring

Hickory as a thriving industry in Wisconsin (and beyond):

  • Share Hickory stories, pictures and experiences with WHA, children and friends
  • Attend WHA and other Hickory-related events and organizations
  • Join the Wisconsin Hickory Association (annual individual membership -- $25; family membership -- $45)
  • Advertise Hickory-related products and services on the WHA website
  • Provide space or land for use in developing the Hickory industry
  • Create a Legacy lasting several lifetimes by planting Hickory
  • Donate to the WHA (donations are tax-deductible). 

To support WHA in any of these ways (or others you can think of) contact WHA at:

  • Wisconsin Hickory Association, Box 261, Brandon, WI  53919

Learn more about common diseases and pests of hickory in Wisconsin.   Click here.