Oh, we are definitely doing that again.

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Farmers’ Market News
August 19, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 32

Aloha FarmLovers!

Boy did we ever have fun at the Chile Pepper Festival. We are marking our calendars for next year, when we will do it all over again with even more spicy fun! We love a good party, but even more importantly, when we celebrate a crop it shows the farmers how much demand there is, educates the public on varieties and uses, and encourage growth of a whole industry. So expect us to the raise the heat on this agricultural product!

Big thanks to all the people behind the scenes making this event possible, especially Pearlridge Center’s Marketing Director extraordinaire, Kelly Kauinana. We love you Kelly! Big mahalos to Nikki, Amelia, Crystal and the whole Pearlridge team, Ryan and DK for handing out birthday cake, Kazu & Lawaia for roasting chiles, Tessa for demo’ing the FoodSaver, Rolando Sanchez and his band for great music, the fine folks from Straub Burn Unit, the team from CTAHR, Rick & the Master Gardeners, and our amazing chefs who made enormous pots of fabulous flavor! … And our dedicated vendors who showed off their talents by creating all kinds of tasty chile pepper treats! You can find them every week on the market aisles.

Rolando Sanchez brings the heat with his Salsa music!

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Chile FEST this Saturday!

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Farmers’ Market News
August 12, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 31

Aloha FarmLovers!

Are you ready for some Sizzlin’ Fun? Chile Fest is this Saturday at Pearlridge Farmers’ Market, and we are busy coming up with fabulous ideas to make the fest smokin’ hot! Need a teaser? Rolando Sanchez will rock the house, so bring your dancing shoes; Three chefs ( Chef Bob McGee, Chef MamaT, & Chef John Memmering) will be vying for top honors in the Chili Cook-off; Master Gardeners are helping you plant Hawaiian Chile Peppers; we are roasting Hatch Chiles; Free face-painting for the kiddos; ancho chile chocolate birthday cake! (did i mention it’s our second birthday?); free gift with purchase courtesy Pearlridge Center; veggie animal crafts for the keiki; and more! The vendors are going all out too! Be sure to come hungry so you can eat your way through the market… ChocoChili Latte from Nic’s Coffee, Hawaii Chili Empanadas from Papi’s, Chile Rellenos from Santacruz Tacos, 5 Pepper jelly or Lilikoi Habanero Jelly from Made in Hawaii, Instapressed Hawaii Chili Watermelon juice, Sriracha Fromage Blanc from Naked Cow Dairy, Hawaiian Chile Pepper Braised Beef from Link, spicy cayenne maple lemonade from WowWow, pork-green chile cheddar crepes from Paradise Crepes… and so much more to choose from! And of course the farmers are bringing hot things, too. And don’t forget to register for a chance to win your very own FoodSaver, amazing way to seal your food and keep it fresh longer.


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THURSDAY IS SCREEN ON THE GREEN!


Join us in Waimea Valley after the market on Thursday for Screen on the Green. This week’s movie is Jungle Book! Grab a blanket or chair, kick back on the lawn, and enjoy the bare necessities of life!

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.

 

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Cooling off and Bringing the Heat!

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Farmers’ Market News
August 5, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 30

Aloha FarmLovers!

We are gearing up for Chile Fest! Saturday, August 15th at Pearlridge Farmers’ Market we are getting spicy and celebrating our two-year anniversary! We are firing up a Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off. The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. through 12 noon during regular farmers’ market hours aims to educate the public on one of our island residents’ favorite fiery foods – the chile pepper.  The Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off is free and open to the public with complimentary parking available at Pearlridge Center. “We’re so proud to celebrate two years of providing Pearlridge shoppers access to fresh local food, products and produce,” said Kelly Kauinana, marketing director, Pearlridge Center. “Our Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off is really bringing the heat, providing a morning of fun, food and family activies.”  Pearlridge Farmers’ Market vendors, including Baker Dude, Wow Wow Lemonade, Santacruz Tacos and Link, will incorporate the chile pepper into at least one menu item, adding an extra sizzle. Whether it is the spicy hot flavor or simply the delicious taste of products like chile relleno, spicy salami chili with black beans, and chile lemonade mouths will definitely be watering throughout the event.

MARK THOSE CALENDARS!
Saturday, August 15th at Pearlridge Farmers’ Market

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Potlucks, Cute Aliens and Herbs

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Farmers’ Market News
July 29, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 29
Aloha FarmLovers!

Every month farmers and friends of farmers gather to talk story and share information about farming in Hawaii, at the monthly meeting of Hawaii Farmers’ Union United. There’s always a fabulous potluck, a tour of a farm, and great company. This month the host farm was Naked Cow Dairy. Guests were treated to a tour of facilities, butter & cheese, and an introduction to their newest member… a little cutie calf less than a week old.

Photo above: Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Simon Russell (Legislative chair for Hawaii Farmers Union United), Pamela Boyar (Pres of Oahu chapter of HFUU) and Sean Anderson (from Green Rows Farm, and VP Oahu chapter) at HFUU monthly meeting at Naked Cow Dairy
THIS THURSDAY IS SCREEN ON THE GREEN!

Pack those blankets and chairs into  the car… it’s movies time! Film starts at 7:30pm, Thursday in Waimea Valley, after the market.
MARK THOSE CALENDARS!

Saturday, August 15th at Pearlridge Farmers’ Market

5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow in Your Backyard

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THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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Our special guest from 7500 miles away

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Farmers’ Market News
July 22, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 28

Aloha FarmLovers!

We are honored that our own Pamela was selected to mentor one of the fantastic women who is visiting our islands as part of the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar at the East-West Center.

Earlier this week we had an opportunity to sit down to breakfast with Ms. Kobra Dastgirzada, who traveled all the way from Kabul, Afghanistan to take part in the two-week program. Kobra is a true entrepreneur. Her business, Farah Farhat Faizi Agricultural Products, utilizes the abundance of in-season produce through the creation of value-addeds such as jams, chutneys, and pickled vegetables. This allows her community to enjoy the local flavors all year round! Hmmmm, that sounds like a familiar passion! Additionally, Kobra has created a cottage industry where woman create adorable baskets, which are then filled with fruits and veggies and sold in retail stores. She shared about some of the problems she is facing as a woman in business, as well as some of her hopes for the future of her business. We were happy to offer possible avenues for solution and growth. We were both quite inspired by Kobra, and her ability to create a vibrant business that she uses to empower her daughters and many other women. Pamela will have a chance to connect with her (and the other fifteen 2015 recipients) at the #galswithLEIforum on Thursday. Learn more about Changing Faces here.

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