Your vote could mean more local food on your plate!

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Farmers’ Market News
October 22, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 40

Aloha FarmLovers-

The election is hot on our heels, and there are two issues coming up that would benefit from your vote. The first is a statewide amendment that frees up bond money for farmers. This is at no cost to the state. Learn more about Amendment 2, and why you should vote YES, here. And if you have questions, swing by the #YesOn2 booth this Saturday at Kakaako Farmers’ Market, or next Sunday at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market.
The other opportunity is only for those registered to vote in Maui County. The citizens initiative for a moratorium on GMO crops requires an Environmental Impact Study before additional genetically engineered crops can be planted. Over 9000 Maui citizens requested this be put on the ballot, in the hopes of reining in the indiscriminate use of herbicides in research field trails by biotech companies with stronghold in Hawaii. There has been a considerable amount of biotech money spent on advertising in an effort to confuse, or create fear, in the public. Learn more about the initiative here. As for us… we believe in Local Food for Local Consumption, and sustainable growing practices that revitalize the soil so it can feed us for many generations to come. We also like to breath deeply, without harm from pesticide and herbicide drift, and believe that all Hawaii’s citizens and visitors deserve the same.


Food Tank’s Fall Reading List:
20 Great Books About Food

Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative methods that are creating a better, more sustainable food system while educating and informing eaters and consumers.The authors and editors that have contributed to this list make up some of the world’s leading experts on food justice and sustainable eating. Food Tank hopes the facts and information in these books will not only inspire people already involved in the food movement but also encourage readers to share and educate others. Here is the list.

 

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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AgroEcology and small farmers… how to feed the world

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Farmers’ Market News
October 15, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 39

Aloha FarmLovers-

Please check our FaceBook (Kakaako, Pearlridge, KailuaTown, Haleiwa) pages and Twitter (@farmlovers) account as we approach the weekend markets. We are carefully watching the activity of Hurricane Ana and will post on our pages should we cancel any upcoming markets. Until notification… we will be open. We are hoping Ana loses steam and veers off!

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food.

by Nafeez Ahmed, for The Ecologist

Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, water, and resource availability. The stark warning comes from the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, in her first public speech since being appointed by the U.N. in June.

“Food policies which do not address the root causes of world hunger would be bound to fail,” she told a packed audience in Amsterdam.

One billion people globally are hungry, she declared, before calling on governments to support a transition to “agricultural democracy” which would empower rural small farmers. continue reading

What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal

  THIS WEEK’S MARKETS

Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 3-7)
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.

 HFUU FUNDRAISER

  JAM TIME

 

Here’s your chance to learn how to make delicious jams and jellies to share with family and friends this holiday season.  Certified Hawaii Master Food Preserver, Kalen Kelekoma will be coming from Kauai to teach this special class and is bringing an assortment of locally grown fruits. This is a hands-on class and each student will bring home three jars of jams and jellies. Space is limited.

Instructor Kalen Kelekoma is a certified Hawaii Master Food Preserver and is the special programs manager with the Waipa Foundation on Kauai. Kalen runs the weekly Waipa Farmer’s Market, Thursday Poi Day and coordinates workshops, events and festivals for the foundation.

Date & Time: October 25, 2014 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Click for more info

AT THE MARKETS

 

 

 

EAT FRESH

please follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages for these and many more great recipe ideas!

Sausage & Cornbread Salad

click for recipe from Food52

Goat Cheese Caesar Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Crisp

 click for recipe from Food52

Lemon Basil Sherbet

click for recipe from Food52

Why are the BEES dying? (Don’t we need those guys?)

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Farmers’ Market News
October 8, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 38

Aloha FarmLovers-

Mahalo to the The Center for Food Safety for this message!

What’s All The Buzz About?

Many of the foods we need for healthy diets require bees for pollination, including many of our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts. We have honey bees to thank for one out of every three bites of food we eat! But over the past decade we have witnessed alarming declines of honey bees. In fact, the number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. has dropped from over 5 million in 1940 to less than 2.5 million today. And while the honey bee is the primary pollinating species our food crops depend upon, native species of other bees and insects are also essential – without these species 70% of plants would be unable to reproduce or provide food. Unfortunately, these native pollinators are also in trouble. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now lists nearly 40 pollinator species as threatened or endangered, and several more are currently being considered. It goes without saying that healthy bee populations are directly linked to our food security. But we don’t just need bees for food. Bees are also an indicator species – meaning their presence, absence, and well-being is indicative of the health of our environment as a whole. So the plight of the bees is our plight as well. Keep reading, please, and sign the petition to save the bees. Listen to Moby talk about bees!

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Time for CAKE, FREE Market Bucks & Booth Giveaways!

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Farmers’ Market News
October 1, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 37

Aloha FarmLovers-

Come celebrate with us as we turn ONE!

It’s hard to believe a year has already passed since Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market opened for business at Ward Warehouse… but it is true! And because of all the fabulous farmers and foodies, musicians, non-profits, artists, our friends at Ward Village, and YOU it has become a fun gathering place where folks can shop, relax, have a bite to eat, enjoy live music and meet their neighbors every Saturday morning… all the while supporting small farmers and keeping their dollars in the local economy. Big mahalos! So I guess its time to PARTY! Please join us this Saturday October 4th for FREE Market Bucks Giveaway to the first 500 customers (swing by the Kakaako Farmers’ Market Booth across from the café); live Tahitian Performances from 9-11am; pick up free raffle tickets at the KFM booth, then register at your favorite booth for market giveaways every 15 minutes (from honey to flowers to fruits & veggies to cold drinks to sweet treats… and more!); and it wouldn’t be a FarmLovers Birthday Celebration without Waialua Estate Dark Chocolate Cake with Haupia and Kona Coffee Cream Cheese frosting, made by our adorable (and cancer-free!) Wendy of Waialua Sweets and Savory! So come early, bring a friend, and hug a farmer. See you there!

FarmLovers visiting Kaka’ako and KailuaTown Farmers’ Markets this weekend will have the opportunity to partake in some great local charcuterie! LINK is local artisan-handcrafted Grass-Fed beef sausages and salami. Also featuring locally sourced Pork Sausage and Bacon. From the Island for the Island … check them out!

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Click to Support New and Young Farmers

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Farmers’ Market News
September 24, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 36

Aloha FarmLovers!

A word from our friends at Nourished Kitchen…

HEY THERE!

When I shop at the farmers market, or through our CSA, I know my money is supporting a local farm.  I know you value supporting family farms, too, which is why I wanted to reach out to ask you for your support for new and young farmers.

Small family farms are on the front lines, alleviating hunger, providing food security, and protecting the environment around the globe. But with a population of farmers that’s aging rapidly, it’s vital that we work to encourage more young people to consider agriculture as a profession.

And you can help. Read More