Let’s Help Create More Farmers

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Farmers’ Market News
June 24, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 24

 

Let’s Help Create More Farmers

New York Times

The Opinion Pages, by Mark Bittman   

Just about everyone agrees that we need more farmers. Currently, nearly 30 percent are 65 or older, and fewer than 10 percent are under 35. The number of farmers is likely to fall further with continuing consolidation and technological innovation.

But displacement of farmers is neither desirable nor inevitable. We need to put more young people on smaller farms, the kinds that will grow nourishing food for people instead of food that sickens us or yields products intended for animals or cars.

The problem is land, which is often prohibitively expensive. Farmland near cities is prized by developers and the wealthy looking for vacation homes, hobby farms or secure investments. Many farmers have no choice but to rent land for a year or two before being asked to move and start all over, because the purchase of even the smallest plot is out of their reach. continue reading (and be sure to read the comments section!)

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Nothing says Fathers’ Day like BACON!

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Farmers’ Market News
June 17, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 23

Aloha FarmLovers!

Nothing says “I love you dad” quite like bacon. There, I’ve said it. Be sure to swing by the Link booth at the market this week to pick up your fresh local bacon so you can shower dad with all things bacon. Our recipe section features some perfect ideas for a great celebration, so be sure to check it out!

Free yoga for your Dad!

Did you know that Aloha Yoga Kula holds class on the lawn at 9:00AM each and every Sunday? They rotate teachers so you can try out all the fabulous instructors. Come to yoga Sunday morning at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market and bring your Dad for FREE! What a fun way to celebrate Fathers’ Day.  Click here to check out all the classes and instructors at Aloha Yoga Kula. Mahalo.

 

 IT”S MOVIE TIME!

Bring your lawn chairs, or blankets… and head over to Waimea Valley this Thursday for the screening of THE GOONIES, following the market. Come hungry, oh heck, come thirsty, too! Lots of great food and drink. This is gonna be a great summer tradition, so don’t miss it!

It’s time for SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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10 flavorful ways to cool down

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Farmers’ Market News
June 10, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 22

Aloha FarmLovers!

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner we are looking for delicious ways to cool off. And what’s better than tasty homemade popsicles with freshly picked fruit? Scroll down to find ten great recipes you can make at home, after a fun trip to the farmers’ market!  Bananas, coconut, mac nuts, cucumber, lime, mint, pineapple, lychee, mango, lemon, honey, rosemary, coffee… we got ya covered!

 Coming soon:

It’s time for SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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Elbow deep in sticky goodness

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Farmers’ Market News
June 2, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 21

Aloha FarmLovers!

It’s June! How do I know this? Because I spend a good part of the day standing over the sink, sticky from fingertips to elbows, enjoying my bag of lychee or ripe mangos. Oh the sweet, sweet taste of summer! Do you have a favorite summer treat made out of locally grown fruit? Do tell! I wanna hear all about it.

Some of my most fun memories of childhood include trips to the drive in with friends and family. We would get there early, play on the playground, pick out our favorite treats and head back to the car to hook up the speaker. Drive-in movie theaters seem to be long gone, but Waimea Valley is starting a great family movie series called Screen on the Green… so bring the whole crew, set up on the lawn and stock up from your favorite foodie vendors. The event start June 18th, with The Goonies (OMG!) and runs every other Thursday evening throughout summer. Mark those calendars, we’ll see you there. No charge, but donations are gratefully accepted to cover the cost of the event. Oh, and the bar will be open for those wanting to partake in cold adult beverages.

It’s time for SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-7)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

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And the winners are….

2015CacaoFest 3

Farmers’ Market News
May 27, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 20

Aloha FarmLovers-

A good time was had at the Hawaiian CacaoFest at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market this past Sunday. There were walking tours through Choc-Kailua to Madre Chocolate, Manoa Chocolate and Kokolani Chocolate, where guests learned all about cacao from tree-to-bar-and-beyond! There was a cafeteria full of all your favorite confectioners, bean-to-bar makers and growers! There were amazing judges sampling delicious entries and choosing the award winners! There was Chef Jason from The Food Company sharing his fantastic polenta with local pork and chocolate ragu! The crew from Lanikai Juice was onhand sampling cocoa-filled smoothies! There were vendors with chocolate creations to tempt the tastebuds! A big thank you to everyone who helped make this day such a treat- I’m talking to you Nat Bletter, Lori Wong, Maria Gallo, Chef Jason Kiyota, Corinne Ching, Jolene Oshiro, Janice Yap, Michelle Ramos, Phillipe Padavani, Abi Langlas and Cynthia Manley. Thank you for coming out, learning about Cacao, loving on our farmers, foodies and artists, and for allowing us to celebrate in such a delicious manner. And now, a drumroll, please…

Hawaii CacaoFest 2015 Award Winners:


Bean to Bar Winner Derek Lanter with Judges Lori Wong, Abi Langlas, Maria Gallo 

Best Bean-to-Bar:

1st Place- Derek Lanter, Waialua Estate

2nd Place- Madre Chocolate

3rd Place- Manoa Chocolate

 

Representing Inclusions Winner Virginia Douglas, with judges Jan Yap and Jolene Oshiro. (Corinne Ching not pictured) 

Best Bean-to-Bar with Inclusions:

1st Place Kokolani, Toasted Coconut

2nd Place- Madre Chocolate, CocoGing

3rd Place- Manoa Chocolate, Pineapple

 

Best Truffle Winner Melania Boudar with judges Michelle Ramos, Philippe Padavani, Chef Jason Kiyota and Abi Langlas

Best Truffle/Confection:

1st Place- Melanie Boudar, Fruit of the Cacao

2nd Place- Kokolani, Passionfruit

3rd Place- Melanie Boudar, Coconut Crème Brulee

 

It’s time for SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-7)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

 for information on the 4000 parking spaces available for Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market & the Ward Warehouse click here.

AT THE CACAOFEST









EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages, for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!
Creamy Avocado, Artichoke and Kale Dip 
 

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Chunky Portobella Veggie Burgers

Honey and Lemon Thyme Roasted Carrots
     
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