Avocado Paradise!

Aloha FarmLovers!

AVOCADOS IN HAWAI’I

WRITTEN BY KEN LOVE
INTRODUCTION AND EDITED BY SARAH SCHULTZ

Nature’s butter. Brunch’s best friend. Toast’s trendy topping. Guacamole’s be-all, end-all. The good kind of fat. Whichever way you slice (or smash or spread) it, this melt-in-your-mouth fruit is good for you, and good on virtually everything. This is an ode to the avocado.

AN EARLY HISTORY

Early explorers, whalers, sandalwood traders, and assorted adventurers stopped in Central and South America to pick up supplies, which included copious amounts of the alligator pear—a scaly, oval fruit we now know as the avocado. When they arrived along the coasts of Hawai‘i, they threw out their garbage—and it grew. (You know what they say about another man’s trash.)

Conventional belief is that avocados were first brought to the Hawaiian territory in the very early 1800s by Don Francisco de Paula Marin, Kamehameha the Great’s interpreter and confidant. Marin, known for cultivating new crops, also grew Isabella grapes—then sold the resulting wine to sea captains, off what is now Vineyard Avenue in Honolulu.

The 1902, Bulletin 51 of the Hawai‘i Experiment Station referred to Marin’s introduction of the avocado, and reported on additional sightings of large trees in 1825. Additionally, there are reports from 1853 and 1895 of trees from both Central America and the West Indies, which is quite the long legacy for the state that produces, arguably, the worlds’ finest avocados. Over the years, it has grown into hundreds, maybe even thousands, of varieties. (Only about 200 are grown in Hawaii today, though.) keep reading!

Seed-heads Unite!

Hawai’i SEED and Slow Food O’ahu are organizing a 2nd “Seed Exchange & Gardening Fair” in Waimea Valley on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 8:30am until 2:00pm.  learn more here

When & Where to find us this week:

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.

Avocado Fruit Toast

Avocado Steak Poke

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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17 Great ideas for Halloween!

Aloha FarmLovers!

Happy Halloween, to all the goblins and ghosties out there! I found a fun article on the blog Brit + Co that is full of fun ideas for celebrating with the little ones. Please enjoy!

17 Silly-Crazy Halloween Activities That Will Make Kids Howl With Laughter

Halloween is coming (wha, wha, whaat?!). That’s right — time to get those costume ideas ready while you plan out the *perf* Halloween bash. Take those Halloween yard decorations to the next level this year with a reminder of some of the top pinned pumpkin ideas. Then check out those no-carve painted pumpkin ideas which are just perfect (and perfectly safe) for little makers in the making. Speaking of little kids, if you’re looking for Halloween-themed fun and games, we have 17 crazy Halloween activities that will have the little monsters on your block howling with laughter. Continue reading full article

When & Where to find us this week:

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.

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Browned Butter

Pumpkin Soup – Classic and Easy

Pumpkin Drop Cookies

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Herb Garden Magic

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How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs in a Container Garden

Not everyone has access to a lovely yard full of rich soil and abundant sunlight. For those of us in cities, container gardens—growing plants in individual pots—is often the only option. But there are special considerations for container gardens. We spoke to Meredith Sheperd, founder of urban agriculture firm Love & Carrots, about how to get the most out of a container.

Most urbanites, and many suburbanites, are restricted to containers when planting a garden. Containers have a lot of advantages: they’re portable, cheap, and can be placed in awkward places, from yards to fire escapes to roofs. But they have special needs, too, and many home gardeners make some key mistakes that can prevent their fruits, vegetables and herbs from delivering home-grown deliciousness. So we’re going to walk you through the basics of setting up an expert-approved container garden. continue reading…

When & Where to find us this week:

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.

Vegan Mushroom Wellington

Roasted Cauliflower Detox Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Vegan Snickers Cups

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

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