Saying Goodbye to Sam

Sometime in March, 1999 a remarkable cat named Sam was born. We’re not sure of the exact date, as Sam was adopted from the Hawaii Humane Society as part of a BOGO (that’s a “Buy One, Get One Free”) special. A friend wanted a cat, and convinced Scott to take advantage of the BOGO special […]

The Last Time It Rained This Much…

The Last Time It Rained This Much, Noah built himself a boat! (paraphrasing Wilfred Brimley‘s line from Absence of Malice — if you haven’t seen that movie, you really should. But we digress…) This year, February came in like a lamb, and is going out like a very ornery (that is, a very windy, rainy) […]

Garden Update July 2018

The greenhouse is looking amazing these days, if I do say so myself. We’re growing many different types of green leafy vegetables, and these just do so well in the aquaponics system. The roots on them are absolutely amazing, and we can keep harvesting from around the edges of the plants for weeks and weeks. […]

Playing with Pesto

I finally got around to making pesto with macadamia nuts instead of pinenuts. What was I waiting for? I found the flavor and texture both amazing. I love pesto, always have, and I love to play around with the herbs that I use when I make it. To be able to brighten it up even […]

Macadamia Nuts and Dogs

Be careful before you share your macadamia nuts with your dogs! In some dogs, it can cause serious side effects, like back leg paralysis. “Ingestion of macadamia nuts by dogs has been associated with a non-fatal syndrome, characterised by vomiting, ataxia or weakness, fever, muscle tremors and depression. Dogs are the only species in which signs have been reported. … The mechanism […]

Lilikoi Butter or Curd

When I first got here and was in awe at the amount of passion flower fruit we can produce here in Hawaii, everyone started talking to me about lilikoi butter. It took me a while to figure it all out! Passion flower fruit is called lilikoi in Hawaii, and what they are calling butter is […]

A delicious fruitcake with macadamia nuts recipe

The holidays mean that we bring out one of our favorite old cookbooks: The 1934 Methodist Ladies cookbook from Hallettsville, Texas, where Scott is from. Recipe: 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder Mix all ingredients well and then add: 2 boxes cut seedless dates 1 pound […]

Macadamia Pie Recipe

I started today’s baking experiments with a very simple recipe found in Scott’s family recipe book, a place where all sorts of fabulous recipes are found. I didn’t find out much about Mrs. A Fink in 1934 from google, oddly enough, but the recipe is similar to one that supposedly Dear Abby published, so it […]

Farmstand renovations are still in the works

We’ve been so busy, and have had so many visitors to the farm stand lately, that we haven’t been able to make much progress on our farm stand expansion and renovation efforts. However, we were VERY fortunate to have been able to finish the majority of the roof replacement efforts before we were hit with […]

Nut and gluten allergies

origins of macadamia nuts

We’ve noticed lately that we are getting quite a number of calls and email inquiries wondering if we process any nuts other than macadamia nuts. For someone with a specific tree nut or peanut allergy, it’s really important to know whether or not our products could be contaminated by exposure to other nuts. The great news […]