Treat yourself to something fresh!

February 14, 2017

Aloha FarmLovers!

Happy Valentine’s Day! What a great excuse for us to treat ourselves to something fabulous & local. Let’s each commit to showering some of that abundant love on ourselves, as well as each other and the beautiful planet we call home. Need an example? How about add one meal every week that’s 100% locally-grown to your menu! It’s a great way to support your local growers, decrease your carbon footprint, guarantee that you are eating in-season foods, explore new recipe ideas and reduce your carbon footprint. How fun would it be to start a little weekly “all local” potluck with friends for inspiration! Seriously, guys… send me photos and menus, this needs to happen. We are so very #LuckyWeLiveHawaii where we have year-round growing seasons and farmers’ markets. Let’s take advantage… and make some bundled-up folks super jealous with our photos of amazing meals served outside on the lanai! Who’s going to join me?

Last week I linked incorrectly to our fresh new website! (Face palm.) Try again!

As many of you have likely heard by now, plans for the next phase of Ward Village are underway! We are currently working with the awesome folks at Howard Hughes, to make certain the transition to our new Kaka‘ako location this summer is smooth and effortless. We are looking at three possible sites, and will update you as soon as we have more details. In the meantime, we will continue to serve you at Ward Warehouse!

Where/When to find us this week:

KaMakanaAli‘i/Wed/3:30-7:30. Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-6. Pearlridge/Sat/8-Noon. Kaka‘ako/Sat/8-Noon. Kailua Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more




Follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages, for these and many more recipes using fresh, local ingredients! Click each photo to be directed to recipes.

Grilled Opah & Papaya Salad

Crispy Crunchy Sea Salt & Rosemary Taro Root Rounds

Pineapple Sorbet



From small plots… big rewards.

Farmers’ Market News
January 17, 2017 – Vol. 9 Issue 3

Aloha FarmLovers!

We are inspired by the passion and commitment of farmers all over the globe!  Meet this farmer from Georgia who took a small space and a lot of love, and now feeds beautiful organic produce to her community.
Meet the Modern Farmer: Jamila Norman
By Jessica Leigh Hester, for Modern Farmer Magazine

Patchwork City Farms
Atlanta, Georgia
Her initial plan for this acre in the predominantly African-American West End neighborhood-leased from the city’s public school system-involved supplying students with fresh-grown produce. But, says Norman, “I wasn’t able to get food into the cafeterias because of bureaucracy and red tape.” Continue reading this Modern Farmer article.
Ka Makana Ali’i  Wednesdays 3:30-7:30 in Kapolei
Haleiwa Thursdays 2-6 in Waimea Valley
Pearlridge  Saturday 8-12 at the Pealridge Center
Kakaako  Saturday 8-12 at Ward Warehouse
KailuaTown  (Sunday 8:30-12 at Kailua Elementary)


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

Click the photos to be directed to recipes

Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk with Brown Rice and Lentils
Celery, Fennel and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts

Lavender Panna Cotta


Bringing local produce into public schools

Farmers’ Market News

January 10, 2017 – Vol. 9 Issue 2

Aloha FarmLovers!    

Here in Hawaii, we have many advocates for sourcing local food in our public schools including the Farm to School Program. With Program Coordinator Robyn Pfahl at the helm, this initiative is dedicated to student health, an educated agricultural workforce, local food procurement, garden and farm-based education, and expanding relationships between public schools and agricultural communities. We have a long way to go… but each step forward is a step closer to the goal. Read below about a very successful program in Brazil.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations

by Chris Arsenault, for YES! Magazine

At an elementary school in Brazil’s capital, students are not too concerned about who has produced their food as they bite into an afternoon snack of pineapple and watermelon.

Nevertheless, they are among 45 million students benefiting from the world’s biggest universal school feeding program, whose meals are helping keep Brazil’s small farmers on their land.

Family farmers and cooperatives have seen their fortunes rise as a result of the program, which guarantees them a local market and has helped to expand formal land rights nationwide. continue to Yes! article

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