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May 10, 2005



Sigh, yes Penina, I know and you are correct. I feel for them and do understand their pain. It's just that at $20 a bottle, it's my pain too. I usually purchase fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate at my local co-op and health food stores. It's expensive but worth it. If you haven't come across them yet, http://www.transfairusa.org/ is a good way to find and purchase fair trade items. I also purchase locally grown produce, honey and other farm produced goods. A good way to support small sustainable farming is through www.localharvest.org. There's a great article in Today about small farms. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-05-11-farm-share_x.htm check it out!


The vanilla market is bad because of a confluence of disasters the last few years.
Many of the plants were killed a few years back by storms, and they take many many years to grow new plants to maturity.
Then a couple of years ago the government warehouses (where all Madagascar vanilla must go through) had a hugh fire.

This little country depends mightily on their vanilla crop, and I know that the prices have been astronomical, but if you keep all that has happened in mind, perhaps remaining a loyal customer will held this little country stay on its feet.

mary in Cincinnati

Hi, I love your blog. I own a deli/catering business and buy vanilla a lot.I paid $180.00 a gallon about 6 months ago(yikes!!!) and last week paid $56.00 so the price is going down. I guess the stores have to clear their shelves first. Mary

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