Little Mermaid in Haleiwa this Thursday!

Aloha FarmLovers!

Here we are right smack dab in the middle of summer and finding every excuse possible to hang out with friends on the beach or grill with the family. If you are running out of good potluck ideas, scroll down… we’ve got you covered!

We are getting awfully close to our move of the Kaka‘ako Farmers Market! On July 15th we hope you will join us at our new home in the Ward Gateway Center, in the mauka parking lot of Ross at 333 Ward Ave. We are planning a full day of fun with lots of give-aways, a beautiful blessing and hula, live music, cake, and gifts-with-purchase! More details next week, so check back right here so you don’t miss out. (And if you follow us on Instagram, there’s a special promotion to look out for starting this Saturday! @alohafarmlovers)

Don’t miss out on Screen On The Green this week after the Hale‘iwa Farmers Market in beautiful Waimea Valley! Bring those blankets and low chairs, and enjoy The Little Mermaid under the stars!

A gentle reminder: Always remember to wash your produce before you prepare it!

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.

California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Asparagus

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

The amazing power of GREENS

Aloha FarmLovers!

Can Eating Kale and Other Leafy Greens Make Your Child Smarter?

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Lutein, if it’s recognized at all, is most often thought of as a vision-improving vitamin. But a new study suggests it could be much more. Lutein is a vitamin closely related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. In plants, Lutein controls light during the photosynthesis process. It’s found in high concentrations in leafy greens like kale, spinach, chard, and dandelion greens. (Interestingly, nasturtium flowers have a bonkers high level of lutein, too, and they’re also very pretty in salads.) It’s sometimes sold as a supplement in the vitamin aisle, where it’s mostly marketed as a vision booster, since it’s known to help prevent macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye-related problems. But a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that lutein might serve a different purpose, too.

After noticing that lutein accumulates in very large amounts in the brains of infants, the study’s researchers wondered if there was any cognitive value to the vitamin. They looked at the lutein levels of children between the ages of 8 and 10 years old, and measured their brain activity and performance on a “challenging cognitive task” to compare with those levels. keep reading

When & Where to find us this week:

KaMakanaAli‘i/Wed/3:30-7:30. Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-7. 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.

Asparagus Fennel Soup

Iceberg Wedge Salads with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Bacon

Vegan vanilla cake with whipped coconut cream

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Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth

Aloha FarmLovers!

A Pro Surfer-Filmmaker Casts His Camera on Hawaii’s GMO Debate

Pro surfer and Emmy-winning filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, 34, has spent a lot of time riding waves and making films about surfing and the outdoors. His latest documentary, “Island Earth,” focuses on the land rather than the sea, exploring the many complicated facets of farming in the state of Hawaii—a state that’s rich in fertile soil yet still imports the vast majority of its food.

The 63-minute documentary that took Sutton two and a half years to complete tells the story of Hawaii’s challenges involving GMOs, the food system, and the fight for who gets to determine how the land is used. The film is in part told through the eyes of indigenous scientist Cliff Kapono, who went into biotechnology with the hope of helping Hawaiians but whose beliefs were shaken up by what he saw happening in his home state.

The Hawaiian Islands are blessed with fertile lands, which has made them a prime location for the world’s biggest multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology companies, like Monsanto, Dow, and Pioneer, to test new GMO seed varieties using restricted-use pesticides. Accusations of drifting pesticides adversely affecting residents near the test fields resulted in protests beginning around 2012 that helped spur attempts to legislate GMO use on the various islands. A series of court battles between the ag companies and county governments followed ending in a federal Appeals Court decision this past November that struck down the local laws regulating GMOs.

While large swaths of land on the islands are used for testing seeds, Hawaii relies on imports for as much as 90 percent of its food, an imbalance that’s explored in “Island Earth.” The film also looks at the farmers who have been using regenerative farming techniques, including the practices of their indigenous ancestors, to try and reverse this reliance on outside food sources. Many people, including Sutton, believe these ancient growing practices may hold the key to an alternative, and ultimately better, way of feeding the world’s growing population. Continue reading

When & Where to find us this week:

KaMakanaAli‘i/Wed/3:30-7:30. Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-7. 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.

Monte Cristo Burger with Arla Muenster Sliced Cheese

Zucchini & Ricotta Fritters with Feta, Dill and Lemon

charred pineapple margarita with sage

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

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