Hammons Products

Black Walnut Harvest
Michele Skalicky / KSMU

On a recent fall day with orange and yellow leaves occasionally dropping off the trees at Phelps Grove Park, 71-year-old Kathlyn McMullin was enjoying the day and making money at the same time.

Using a long-handled nut gatherer, she picked up black walnuts that had fallen from a tree near the park’s edge, dropped them in a bucket and placed them in the back of her pickup truck before heading back to get more.

McMullin is one of many people who take advantage of what Brian Hammons, president and CEO of Hammons Products Company, calls free money laying on the ground.