May 24, 2020

Orchard del Sol and the 2020 harvest found us without Virginia, the matriarch.  She is Ramon's wife, my friend and mentor.  In the past 25 years she had never missed a pepper harvest.  Stepping aside, she is letting her daughters and granddaughters fill her shoes.  She...

September 26, 2019

2018 season was a busy one.  Hot! Dry!

Heat affects the maturing of the peppercorns.
The harvest started slowly but progressed rapidly as the intense heat ripened the fruit of the 2018 growing season.  A once a year harvest, the picking begins in January and is usuall...

August 18, 2018

For me August signals a time to prepare for my departure down back to Costa Rica.  2018 is the mark of a complete 25 years. 

Orchard del Sol has been a remarkable adventure.  For those who have had the opportunity to visit the comments are often the same.  " Oh wha...

October 27, 2017

Tamales are a tradition in many parts of the world.  Usually made for the Christmas season.

Each family takes pride in their own special way of making them. 

The ingredients in these are as follows:

corn mush (consistency of cream of wheat)

rice (cooked)

peas & carrots (coo...

October 26, 2017

While only a tropical storm when in Costa Rica it certainly did a lot of damage here in the southern zone.  It moved north and also played havoc in Nicaragua.  Nate was blamed for more than 22 deaths in Central America. 

The rains caused rivers to rise and maj...

March 30, 2017

What is new at Orchard del Sol?  
We harvested our first batch of ecologically and ethically produced Turmeric.  No Not certified organic!  Ecologically and Ethically produced.
For those who know me they know I am trying to make a point.
So lets see.  
If you are...

July 3, 2016

Thanks to everyone who has been patient with us.  Finally we have a functioning online shopping page or two. 

If anyone finds errors, hey, I will reward you.  I was never the best speller and now I am worse.  Send me a quick email.

Thank you to my editors, Joan...

June 5, 2016

Hi. Lets discuss this phenomenon that just played out in the winter of 2016 at Orchard del Sol.

The last BIG El Niño was in 1997 -1998.  That would be the year Orchard del Sol began the quest to earnestly grow black pepper.   Having to learn from the ground up and havin...

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Hi. Lets discuss this phenomenon that just played out in the winter of 2016 at Orchard del Sol.

The last BIG El Niño was in 1997 -1998.  That would be...

El Niño

June 5, 2016

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