Happy Fall, y’all!

Aloha FarmLovers!

It’s hard to believe it is already October! The days are shortening, and the temps are beginning to drop. I’m seeing an increase in kabocha squash, so it is feeling a bit autumnal on the market aisles. Adapt the ravioli recipe below to substitute kabocha for the butternut, and create a lovely local fall flavor!

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.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Butternut Ravioli in Garlic Parmesan Broth and Hazelnut Pesto

caramel and cardamom kisses

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Happy National Dog Week!

Aloha FarmLovers!

For the Love of Farm Dogs

Photography by Brown W. Cannon III

They guard. They herd. One even weeds. Meet the nine hardworking canine companions—and their humans— who wagged their way into our hearts.

Anjelica Locke relies on her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winston, to chase down runaway chickens on her California farm.

IF DOG IS MAN’S BEST FRIEND, then a farm dog is also his, or her, business partner, pest-control consultant, security guard, even sales rep. Just ask Stan Miklis, who grows organic herbs and flowers in Texas. His miniature Australian Shepherd hams it up to charm farmers market customers out of their cold, hard cash. She’s also stolen Miklis’ warm, soft heart. “I’m lucky that Trophy loves me,” he says. “I’d die without her.”

This kind of rare interspecies bond can be traced back millennia to the moment when the first curious wolf started slinking around a human camp, intuiting that a semi-friendly stance might garner more food scraps than bared teeth. From the get-go, our ancestors shared certain commonalities with canines (both were carnivores who hunted in groups by daylight) that eventually developed into a completely codependent relationship.

It’s safe to say that agriculture—hell, civilization—wouldn’t exist without dogs. They helped us figure out how to domesticate, herd, and protect large numbers of livestock. Over time, we bred Canis lupus familiaris to bring forth characteristics suited to specific tasks. The Dachshund’s long, low body lends itself to dispatching tunneling prey, such as badgers and moles. Massive Maremma Sheepdogs and Great Pyrenees guard vulnerable sheep and goats against attack. Collies, corgis, and shepherds live to corral, well, everything. Keep reading at Modern Farmer.

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.

Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto

Mustard carrots, cauliflower & lentils

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Honey Carrot Banana Bread

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

odd jobs for dogs

Aloha FarmLovers!

National Dog Week is just around the corner… so we are here to celebrate some of the doggies who are historical VIPs on the farm!

Odd Jobs: Four Weird Ways Dogs Have Earned Their Keep

Dogs have been helping out farmers for generations with tasks that humans can’t do. But even in the world of farm dogs there are some gigs that are just plain weird. Here are four odd jobs that pooches have been roped into over the years.

Milk Delivery

A late 19th century photograph from Antwerp, Belgium shows a typical milk cart pulled by dogs. Wikimedia Commons.

Up until the end of the 19th century in Europe, especially Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, dogs were commonly used by farmers to pull small carts full of milk from the country to the city in order to sell it on the street. The animals were also used to haul vegetable and bread carts, and other goods. The practice was banned in England in the mid-1800s as cruel. Around 190o, in Germany, dogs began being replaced by donkeys for this type of work. keep 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.

Loaded Bacon & Kimchi Chicken Salad Sandwich

Melt in Your Mouth Potatoes

Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

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