Located near the village of
Holualoa in Kona, Hawai'i, this
small but busy farm is known for its
products. All of our delectables are grown,
packaged right here on the farm.
Sunny mornings, midday cloud
cover, gentle breezes, and rich,
volcanic soil make ideal growing
conditions. Dedication and
hard work of owners Phil and Clare Wilson, and their
exceptional team of farm hands come together to make our
available to you.
We have a hunch that you will
delight in the intense flavor of our 100% Kona coffee, the crisp bite of our
Hawaiian macadamia nuts, and the wonderful aroma of our Hawaiian vanilla beans that we are so
very proud of. You may purchase our goodies individually or bundled in a
gift box. For more details about, and pictures of our products, go to
links on the left of the screen. If you already know what you want, you
can go straight to the secure order site.
This new website is up and running now and so much easier to edit. We will actually be changing it again in the next few weeks, and would love your feedback - please send us your suggestions and comments.
May 27, 2015
Yesterday I processed the last batch of vanilla beans from the crop that began blooming way back in January 2014. The total count for that season is over 400 but a large percentage are too short to be classified as Grade A. So we will again offer Grade B beans - all of them between 5" and 6" in length. Although some articles about grading vanilla beans indicate that Grade B beans are drier, our beans weren't listening - the Grade B beans are just as plump and oily as the Grade A beans. So we will again be offering Grade B beans and the price will be $8.00 for two beans. Shipping will be the actual shipping cost.
No news yet on the pig roundup. We have decided to wait till we have a few more people here to help. Our older golden retriever, Nani, has let us know that some of them are hiding during the day in a brush pile that was made when the wind blew down a macadamia tree and the downed tree was cut and stacked with all the leaves on it. Just clearing the several brush piles on our property may solve the pig problem.
May 20, 2015 Around the farm, Clare attends to the daily duty of checking the vanilla vines and pollinating any of the vanilla orchids that are in bloom. There are only a few buds left to bloom in this season so this doesn't take long, leaving time to do general cleanup of the vines, some pruning and relocating on the trellises.
The coffee beans are green and plentiful. Sometime this week or next we will be back in the coffee orchards pruning away the sucker growth so the trees can put their energy into producing coffee.
Macadamia blossoms are everywhere. The trees produce nuts throughout the year but until July, there aren't enough on the ground for the wild pigs to share with us.
Pigs! We have been plagued with a growing number of wild pigs since we bought the property in 1998. Although there is a freestanding rock wall surrounding the 10 acres, pigs just climb right over, knocking the rocks down. We have spent many hours repairing the wall. This year we gave up and began installing a fence, completing the necessary areas last week. Sunday, Phil hung the 10' wide gate across the driveway and we were hoping to be pig-free. Monday Clare took the dogs for a walk past the vanilla shadehouse and found that during the night pigs had rooted up all the soil in a large area of macadamia trees. So either we have pigs staying on the property or they have found a way past the fence. Discouraging but just another challenge. The wild pigs sleep through the day and feed at night, so our gate is a night gate only. Will let you all know about our pig roundup.