Why it’s better to eat in-season & local!

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What’s better than a keiki entrepreneur? A whole BUNCH of them, plus lemonade! This Saturday, adjacent to the Pearlridge Farmers’ Market you can check out the culmination of a whole lot of hard work! At its core, Lemonade Alley is just a lemonade stand contest. K-12 students build stands. They sell lemonade. But the “twist” is that they do it for charities of their choice. This makes Lemonade Alley an all-in-one innovation challenge, entrepreneurial contest and charitable giving program. For youth, it’s about empowerment and finding the hero within. For adults, it’s a chance to play like a kid again and strengthen family, professional and community relationships. Click for more info

Why Eating Seasonally and Locally Is Better for You (and Your Wallet)

by Alan Henry, for LifeHacker

Health experts and chefs both often say you should eat “seasonally,” or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you eat them. For example, that means squash in the summer and fall, and artichokes in the spring. Eating seasonally is important, and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet. Here are some of them.

At first glance, eating seasonally may seem simple—you eat foods that are “in season,” or being grown and harvested at the time of the year when you buy and cook them. That’s true, but there’s more to it than just being a trendy food movement. There are real benefits to eating foods that are available at their peak right now.

Perhaps the biggest tangible benefit of eating seasonally is that you’ll save money on food. When you buy what’s in season, you buy food that’s at the peak of its supply, and costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your grocery store. It may seem like common sense, but it’s one of those things many of us ignore when we’re shopping. keep reading

When & Where 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. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

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

Miso Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Aioli

Tropical Avocado Salad

Sunshine in a Bottle Lemon Smoothie

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

Artists & Chefs join forces to curb hunger

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We are so lucky to be able to walk down the aisles of the markets and fill our bags with produce to take home and prepare for our families and friends. So many people spend the day hungry and unsure of where the next meal will come from. Please consider supporting the Empty Bowl Project this year, to make life a little bit easier for someone less fortunate.

Empty Bowl Hawai‘i is a unique event where potters and chefs get together to help support food security and end hunger.

Each ticket purchase includes a soup, bread and a bowl. Select from thousands of beautiful bowls created by local potters, high school students and community members.

Each bowl is meant as a keepsake to remind us of the reality that each day someone goes hungry and a bowl is left empty. You’ll also be able to choose from a variety of gourmet soups made by local Chefs.

When & Where 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. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

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

Roast chicken with celery, anchovy and white bean salad

Crack Broccoli

Gluten-free almond cake with chocolate fudge frosting

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

Farming: a force for good

Aloha FarmLovers!

The power of small scale farming is a force to be reckoned with. It may very well be what saves us all from starvation! Please enjoy this article from Yes! Magazine.

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural areas of the Midwest, South, and West on the road trip that resulted in the book The Revolution Where You Live.

Many of these are the same areas that famously voted for a loudmouth New Yorker. For some, he better represented conservative, rural values than Hillary Clinton did. These devastated regions, where opioid addiction is at epidemic levels, are places that ran out of hope.

The cynical and bankrupt answers offered up by the 45th president will not bring prosperity to these regions. But neither would the corporate-friendly policies of a President Hillary Clinton and others in her wing of the Democratic Party.

So what actually would bring about rural prosperity?

I found some hints on my long road trip. The relatively prosperous small towns I stumbled on often turned out to include large Amish or Mennonite populations. These groups have been spreading quietly, buying up land and bringing back small-scale farming. Continue to Yes! article

When & Where 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. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

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

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs in Lemon Pesto

Roasted Red Cabbage Wedges with Za’atar

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

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