Wasting Food

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Farmers’ Market News
January 6, 2016 – Vol. 8 Issue 1
Aloha FarmLovers!

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard- fresh out of the ocean and ready to shop for local fruit and veggies-  and health crusader Patrica Bragg enjoy a moment at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market this week. Two amazing women, working hard for all of us! Mahalo!
Can We End America’s Massive Food Waste Problem?
Almost half of America’s food is thrown out every year. Despite the popularity of things like local markets and farm-to-fork initiatives, the U.S. food system remains a heavily industrialized, wasteful business
By Karim Chrobog, for YES! Magazine
In downtown Washington, D.C., sits Union Market, a warehouse turned chic artisanal marketplace. It’s home to many pop-up stores selling things like organic produce, grass-fed beef, chemical-free soaps, and chef-grade kitchen knives. Here, anyone can aspire to cook like a chef or eat like a food critic.
The Florida Avenue Market complex, where Union Market is located, is one of D.C.’s last wholesale food markets. Part retail, part restaurant supply, Florida Avenue Market is emblematic of America’s conflicting relationship with food. We want our food cheap, high quality, and organic. We want all types of food regardless of season, beautifully displayed, and free of cosmetic imperfections.
Few of Union Market’s hip clientele who flock here every weekend to eat, drink, and shop venture into its back alleys. In the narrow passageways between these giant warehouses, food is transported to the market’s eateries and sent out to many of Washington’s small restaurants. Anyone daring enough to explore the gloomy alleys would find dumpsters overflowing with produce, much of which is still edible. Most of these customers are blissfully unaware of the amount of food waste it takes to offer up the produce they’ve come to expect. continue reading


THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-6)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

AT THE MARKET



EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages, for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!
Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Pecans + Balsamic Citrus Dressing

Top Ten (+1) FarmLovers Moments of 2015!

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Farmers’ Market News
December 30, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 51

Aloha FarmLovers!
Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market will open New Year’s Eve 12Noon-4pm! Those will be our only holiday changes for all FarmLovers Markets, so plan to bring your holiday guests to the markets to show off all your favorite vendors!

THIS WEEKEND!
Patricia Bragg will be hanging out and sharing her wealth of knowledge at both Kakaako and KailuaTown Farmers’ Markets this weekend… be there, or miss the fun.
As 2015 draws to a close, we are reminded of all the amazing customers and vendors who are part of our FarmLovers family! I don’t usually like top ten lists…but here are some of my favorite market related moments from 2015, in no particular order:
1st Annual Chile Pepper Fest at Pearlridge Farmers Market was a hoot! We danced to the musical stylings of Rolando Sanchez, roasted fresh Chili Peppers, watched the chefs compete for top honors in the Chili Cook-off.. it was a blast!
Screen on the Green at Waimea Valley… the only way to spend Thursday evenings in the summer is to bring the family, and a blanket and  head over to Waimea Valley for the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market and stay for the film!
Chef Mama T and Down To Earth bringing the vegetarian goodness to KailuaTown Farmers Market, sharing samples and recipes. So Ono!
2nd Annual Coffee Fest at Kakaako Farmers’ Market… Coffee growers from across the state gathering to share about that magic elixer, taste-testing recipes from amazing chefs, learning about brewing methods. Fabulous celebration!
3rd Annual Cacao Fest at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market… Chocolate Walking Tour through Kailua, sampling all the award winning bean-to-bar, confection and inclusions from some of the finest makers in the islands, enjoying all the vendor creations using local chocolate! Delicious!

Macrobiotic Chef Jin Hirata visits us from NYC and taught us to make Easy bean salad with tahini-ume-lemon dressing; Quick pickles; and Sweet potato and banana pudding. Scrumptousness!
Food52 and Cooking Light Magazine honoring our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market with Top Ten & America’s Best Markets status… Many Thanks!
When Hale’iwa Farmers’Market and Les Dames d’Escoffier hosted First Lady Dawn Ige to celebrate Food Day. What a lovely and gracious woman!

Connecting Farmers, Movers & Shakers, and FarmLovers via the Hawaii Farmers’ Union United Pot Luck series where we toured a different farm each month!

The introduction of Farm Meets Fork… a groovy way to introduce new recipe ideas for your market purchases!

 
…and one to grow on. Lychee Season... you know it was a good one. So many weeks of me with sticky fingers. I perfected the art of one-handed lychee eating.
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 12Noon-4)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)
AT THE MARKET




EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages, for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!
Heirloom Tomato Salad Flatbreads with Pepperoncini-Tahini Dressing
 

Open this weekend! Happy Holidays!

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Farmers’ Market News
December 16, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 49
Aloha FarmLovers!

Wishing each of you a fabulous holiday! Our Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market will be closed on Thursday, but we look forward to seeing you on Saturday and Sunday in Pearlridge, Kaka’ako and KailuaTown!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (CLOSED)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

 Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market will be closed 12/24, Christmas Eve, and open New Year’s Eve 12Noon-4pm! Those will be our only holiday changes for all FarmLovers Markets, so plan to bring your holiday guests to the markets to show off all your favorite vendors!

AT THE MARKET





EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages, for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!
Marinated Beet Salad

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Parmesan Cheese Crisps Laced with Zucchini & Carrots

TONIGHT: Dr. Sandra Steingraber to speak on Oahu

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Farmers’ Market News

December 16, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 49

Aloha FarmLovers!
Acclaimed ecologist, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, is just back from Paris climate talks.
She is presenting Lessons From The Front Lines of our global environmental crisis at  Honolulu Theatre for Youth, TONIGHT, Wed., Dec. 16th at 6:30pm.

The stakes for the future of our planet have never been higher. With world leaders from 150 nations currently gathered in Paris to address climate change, we are at a time of great opportunity.

To help us move the conversation forward in our community, Hawai’i Center for Food Safety is proud to host one of America’s leading anti-fracking voices and distinguished scholars Dr. Sandra Steingraber in Honolulu for a public lecture and book signing on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

A world-renowned biologist, poet, author and advocate, Dr. Steingraber earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan and is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in New York. Heralded as “the new Rachel Carson,” Dr. Steingraber has been a tireless champion for environmental and public health, authoring acclaimed books like Raising Elijiah and Living Downstream, and leading a successful campaign to ban fracking in New York state.
Fresh from the Paris climate negotiations, she visits Hawai’i at a time when thousands of citizens are demanding safer food and cleaner energy. By building bridges between climate change, clean energy and sustainable food movements, Dr. Steingraber empowers all to work together to create a healthy, resilient planet.
You won’t want to miss this landmark lecture. Reserve tickets today.
Event Details
What: For Our Keiki: An Evening with Dr. Sandra Steingraber
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: Honolulu Theater for Youth, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu HI 96813
Fee: Free Admission. To register visit: Hawai’i Center for Food Safety (Book  Signing to Follow)
Free parking on first come basis in HTY parking lot
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)

 Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market will be closed 12/24, Christmas Eve, and open New Year’s Eve 12Noon-4pm! Those will be our only holiday changes for all FarmLovers Markets, so plan to bring your holiday guests to the markets to show off all your favorite vendors!

AT THE MARKET





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

 

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The 50 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes This Season

Hula, Lights, Ice Skating & Markets…

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Farmers’ Market News
December 9, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 48
Aloha FarmLovers!
Fun is in the air! Not only at the markets… where you can pick up some amazing gifts for your favorite people on your shopping list but, fun activities to share with your loved ones! Honolulu City Lights is up and running! you can enjoy a holiday performance by Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha, A Hula & Performing Arts Studio at Pearlridge Downtown Center Court this Saturday at 2pm! And you can experience some winter wonderland at the Ward Winter Village Ice Rink! Something for everyone…
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)

AT THE MARKET 





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