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Ants in the biscuits

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This is me the morning after arriving at Lime Tree Farm for the first time, the year is 1993. My geographical knowledge was zero, I booked a flight from Miami to – Montego Bay, wrong end of the island! I hired a small motorcycle in Negril and had an ‘ interesting’ ride to the Blue Mountains. I believe everything happens for a reason, and looking back now with the standard issue rose tinted glasses, I now realise it was the first piece of the gigantic puzzle that has become the Lime Tree Farm experience which has dominated our lives for 26 years. Little by little it is all starting to make sense – to me anyway. PS The ride back to Negril was equally  ‘ interesting’.

 

Looking good on the bush.

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It’s that time of year again, the coffee is ripening on the bush and we have started picking. The crop looks good, fingers crossed that we get a fair price for it and no last minute farming type disasters. This is our busiest time of year, along with the crop we host a lot of guests. A coffee tour – bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions and is complimentary to guests.

 

Ants in the biscuits.

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Another little ditty re life (and living) in Jamaica.

Recently followed an interesting conversation on the radio, where Jamaica was described as a ‘cultural superpower’.  Jamaicas’ problems are many and few people here will disagree. But I  felt that this sums up Jamaica and its people perfectly. Jamaica and Jamaicans can, above all else be proud of their culture and their out going and friendly nature. In my opinion – one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic cultures in the world. Big up yourself Jamaica.

 

Which way is best? A Blue Mountain adventure.

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Another question often asked by guests is – which is the best route to Lime Tree? The easiest and shortest journey time is to pass through Kingston, (Papine) on to Gordon Town and follow the road to Mavis Bank. Traveling from the West  or the North coast, this is the most logical route. From Portland there are other options. Taking the B1 from Buff Bay and cutting through the mountains via Irish Town is a very pretty drive, though very twisty and will take longer. From Portland, driving around the Eastern tip of the island and along the south coast there is access turning off at Morant Bay or Yallus. This is the adventurous route,  you will need a vehicle with good clearance, preferably 4 wheel drive and it is a much longer journey time. Beware of GPS or  Satnav ‘advice’, this can be a little misleading. We are always happy to answer any inquiries re routing or travel times.

 

Not an easy road.

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There has been some concern from prospective guests regarding the condition of our road. While not unjustified, this does require some clarification.

From Kingston to Mavis Bank Coffee Factory the road is, while not in great condition, still easily driveable in any town vehicle.

The road from the factory to the farm (around 20 minutes) is rough, best to have a vehicle with good ground clearance ,preferably 4 wheel drive.

We offer a complimentary return transfer from the factory to the farm. Vehicles can be safely parked at the factory.

Over the years many guests have driven to the farm, and enjoyed the adventure and experience – pretty well summing up a stay at Lime Tree Farm.

Here in the blue mountains – at the end of every bad  road you will find unspoiled beauty, peace and quiet.

 

 

Late coffee crop.

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Due to our ever changing climate, each year is different regarding all or crops – plantain, banana, citrus, pears, vegetables etc. In particular, this year, our coffee crop. We appear to be having a last minute rush! The crop is very late, and due to the decision last year to ‘cut back’ under productive coffee bushes and replanting to replace old coffee bushes the crop will be small. Still, enough for us to process and roast for guests staying at the farm. Our Blue Mountain coffee is complimentary in all rooms and is served with meals.   Our coffee tour, also complimentary to guests, from bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions. Brave the road and savor a unique experience at Lime Tree Farm.