Oklahoma Pecans in Afton, Oklahoma
This week I was prepared to replenish our pecan supply for our Bourbon Pecan Toffee. Rather than letting UPS deliver our pecans from Miller Pecan Co as usual I decided it was time to make the trip to Afton to meet the family behind the company and learn more about where our pecans come from. My passion for using Oklahoma sourced ingredients in our confections increases--especially after building friendships with our suppliers. There is something special about knowing exactly where the ingredients you use come from--you get to know their story on a deeper level and how much your business means to their business and ultimately our state's economy. It also allows our customers to have a deeper understanding of where their food comes from. After spending the better part of today learning about Miller Pecan Co with Jared & Carrie Miller I have a deeper appreciation for our relationship and feel as though I left their place with two new friends.
Carrie graciously welcomed me into their retail location and gave me a tour of their front end of operations (the smell of the fresh fudge and warm sugary roasted pecans she makes immediately makes your mouth water). Jared then gave me the grand tour of their sparkling facility they are currently expanding--let me just stop right here to tell you--their facility is not only state of the art but it's obvious they take great pride in rising above the operation requirements set forth by government entities--it will truly knock your socks off! Walking through their ever growing facility I was completely in awe at the technology made available for the pecan growing/processing industry. Jared walked me through the step by step process from shaking the trees for pecans in the fall, to the initial cleaning, sizing, cracking, sterilizing, packaging, shipping and storing. What a beautiful Oklahoma day it was to also take a tour of their 2,000 acres of pecan trees that isn't far from their retail/processing site--their farm features multiple varieties of native pecan trees--many that Jared has grafted himself over the years (of course as a horticulturalist by trade I'm a nerd about these things). Their property is in a bend of the Neosho River and is enjoyed by their families who live on their property, friends and features an abundance of wildlife. It was an inspiring day to hear about their business from conception between two brothers and their late father all the way to the growing pains and vision for the future.
If you're ever near Afton, Oklahoma on Route 66 (between Vinita and Miami, OK near I44) I encourage you to stop by Miller Pecan Co. You'll likely be greeted by Carrie Miller (wife of Justin Miller) with a warm smile and exceptional customer service. Their retail store front offers a wide variety of Made in Oklahoma products including many products they produce and produced by other companies who use their pecans. Until you're able to make it to Afton, please know that the Bourbon Pecan Toffee you enjoy from our company is made with the pecans grown and processed with the love of the Miller family.
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Bourbon Pecan Toffee- 6oz box
Your new addiction! This is our contemporary yet masculine spin on toffee. The bourbon adds a smooth rich flavor to this classic confection. Loaded with smooth buttery goodness, molasses and pecans you won't be able to put this package down! Our toffee has the perfect texture and bite as toffee should. Cooked in small batches with many Oklahoma sourced ingredients and packaged by hand.