What do you do with too much of a good thing?

Dell Lawrence

Dell Lawrence demonstrates nut-cracking on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Winter Gardening Fair at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Dell Lawrence of the Iowa Nut Growers Association is looking for an answer. I met Dell at his group’s booth at Saturday’s Winter Gardening Fair in Cedar Rapids. He grows and harvests black walnuts at his place near Marion, where he turned the past season’s decent crop into a bumper crop, with the use of new equipment.

Dell has sold his walnuts at farmers markets and has tried other places, but with such a niche product, he needs another outlet where he can sell.

These are great nuts for baking, and I like to eat them raw, though they have a stronger taste than the English walnuts to which many people are accustomed.

With about 100 pounds of walnuts, Dell has 400 or so heaped cups to sell, at just $3 each. They are locally grown, fresh, individually cracked walnuts. If you’re interested, Dell can be reached by phone at (319) 854-7430.