Direct Trade vs. Fair Trade

You’ve probably seen the term Fair Trade a lot on product packaging.  When you see that label you probably assume that people all along the supply chain, from farmers on up, are receiving a higher price for their product than they would otherwise.  But, that’s not always the case.  For example, with cacao it’s possible…

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The Power of Small Business

We’re a small business, and we actively search out and support other small businesses in our community.  We’d like to share why the concept of small business is so important to us. First, we should define what a small business is.  The US Small Business Association defines it as an independent business that has less…

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Halloween Haunted Barn

halloween haunted barn

It’s that time of year again!  Time for all the ghosts at our 200 year old farm to once again haunt our historic barn. Considering they wait all year for this it’s understandable they go all out for the occasion.  In addition to our ghosts we think neighboring specters show up as well.  💀💀💀 Although…

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It’s a Busy Fall on the Farm

it's a busy fall on the farm

Fall is finally here, and apples and pumpkins are everywhere!   We’re happy to report that our pumpkin patch is a tremendous success.  This is the first year we grew pumpkins, and we ended up with dozens of large, healthy ones.  You’ll notice that some of the pumpkins are slightly different colors, and that’s because…

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A Note on Difficult Times

The current pandemic is hitting everyone hard.  Especially hard hit are many small businesses, who rely on a steady stream of customers to keep the doors open.  We urge you to support your local small businesses in any way you safely can. Although we’ve closed our Boston Public Market shop we’re still making chocolate in…

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We’re a Finalist for the 2019 ICA World Finals!

We’re very proud and excited to announce we’re a Finalist in the International Chocolate Awards World Finals Competition.  Each year the International Chocolate Awards holds regional competitions, and we were honored with several awards in the Americas region.  Regional winners are eligible for the World Finals, in which the best bars from around the world…

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The cost of quality

One of our goals when we started was to make great tasting, ethically sourced craft chocolate available to as many people as possible.  Most high quality single origin bars were priced in the low-to-mid teens, which was more than many people wanted to spend to try something new.  After all, what if they didn’t like…

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Back from Ecuador & Peru!

We just returned from a very successful (and warm!) sourcing trip to Ecuador and Peru, where we visited two amazing producers: Costa Esmeraldas Cacao in Ecuador and Ucayali River Cacao in Peru. Our first stop was Costa Esmeraldas. Freddy Salazar and his family have more than two hundred acres of cacao trees on their farm…

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