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The Vanillery is Temporarily Closed for Renovations

We’re doing some major upgrades here and dur­ing con­struc­tion, we won’t be open for tours. We’re sor­ry if this means you have to skip vis­it­ing, we love it when peo­ple come by to see what we’re doing, and we’ll miss shar­ing that. We expect to be open and ready for farm tours by May…things got off to a late start.

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Construction at the Vanillery

Things are build­ing over here at the Vanillery! These pho­tos are of our new “Vanilla House” which now serves as our pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty for cur­ing vanil­la and for our choco­late making.

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We’re Finally Getting Back to Scotland

photo of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh

On a per­son­al note, Lisa and I are going to Europe for sev­er­al weeks this year. We have strong ties to Scotland, and it’s been too long since we visited.

The Store Will be Closed While We’re Gone

In the spir­it of vaca­tion, we won’t want to wor­ry about get­ting orders filled while we’re gone.

If you want to order, plase come back after November 8, we’ll be open and ready to ship vanil­la products!

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Potting Up Vanilla Seedlings

A few weeks ago, when I was in the vanillery doing a gen­er­al prune, I came across sev­er­al seedling deep under a dense sec­tion of vines. I took note of the loca­tion with the inten­tion of mov­ing the seedlings to pots so they can get a bit big­ger before I plant them out in the new vanillery.

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It’s the Peak of the Vanilla Flowering Season

Lisa and I spent a good part of the morn­ing out in the vanillery pol­li­nat­ing the flow­ers. We’ve been out there every morn­ing for sev­er­al weeks already, but today was dif­fer­ent. It seemed like the entire place was ablaze with the pale blos­soms: every­where you looked, flow­ers beck­oned as if to say “come taste my sweet nec­tar” but of course, we were not there for that. Pollinating a vanil­la flower takes del­i­ca­cy, a steady hand and a famil­iar­i­ty with the anato­my of the orchid’s bloom. After a while, you can do it quick­ly, which is good, because there are sev­er­al hun­dred of them ready to go today. There’s no wait­ing for these flow­ers, they’ll be closed for busi­ness by noon…it’s like… (read)

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Harvesting & The Vanillery is Getting Ready to Flower

Out in the vanillery, we’re start­ing to see the fresh flower buds emerg­ing on the mature vines. Always an excit­ing time of the year as we antic­i­pate the begin­ning of a new cycle. These lit­tle guys will be sprout­ing flow­ers in a cou­ple of weeks!

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