This was our first ever hazelnut picking. We had no idea what to expect. It turns out there are no ladders involved. You just pick them off the ground. In half an hour we picked 8.5 lbs and had a great time. We had a taste test in the store and bought some Hazelnut Honey - oh, my - Yum. We got them home, cleaned them, and partially dried them in the oven. Now they are hanging in nylons on my bedroom door. We will do this again next year. The kids love having a bowl of nuts on the counter. They sit at the bar while I cook, crack nuts, and we talk. I really do love having my kids home with me.