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How to get kids excited about local produce!

 Farmers’ Market News
May 14, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 19

Aloha FarmLovers!

With Spring in full swing and harvests coming in, now is a great time to get our keiki excited about fruit and veggies! The following article was found on the Nourished Kitchen blog, and offers some hands on opportunities for little ones to get up close and personal with their food. It’s never too soon to Know Your Farmer!

How to Get Kids Excited about Fresh Produce This Growing Season

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How do you get your kids to be so good about eating fresh fruits and vegetables?

I sure to get that question a lot. And while I think a lot of their acceptance of fresh food starts with how food is introduced while they are very young, I think my girls have a respect for garden produce because they get to be a part of pick out the food for the week.

It is absolutely possible to get kids super excited about eating real food when they get to be a part of the process. Here are a few things to keep in mind this growing season. go to full article 

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Make Mom’s Day… at the Farmers’ Market!

Farmers’ Market News
May 7, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 18

Aloha FarmLovers!

Hopefully every day is spent celebrating the Mothers in our lives… for all the nurturing and love poured out in abundance… and this weekend is just an added bonus! To all the moms out there – we salute you! Thanks for cleaning up those skinned knees, encouraging us through troubled moments, and calling us out on our insanity. And if you are looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate, come on out to the weekly party that we call KailuaTown Farmers Market! Paul Izak will be playing his great tunes in the cafe, fresh baked pastries and brunch-y goodness will fill the aisles, and our local artisans will be on hand with their lovely creations. And bring those reusable shopping bags to fill up with freshly picked produce… there’s plenty of it! Sunday 8:30-12.
Monday night there was standing room only at the Hawaii Farmers’ Union United meeting at Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo. Director of the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture, Scott Enright fielded questions from 60 small farmers and local food enthusiasts about everything from agricultural leases to invasive species. The potluck was a feast of local treats. HFUU is working to create a monthly series of these potlucks, in effort to encourage healthy dialog around Local Food for Local Consumption. We will keep you posted on the next one!

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Ma’O Farm Returns, and Free Market Bags from Kokua Foundation

 Farmers’ Market News

April 30, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 17  

Aloha FarmLovers!

This week we welcome Ma’O Organic Farm back to Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market, so be sure to fill those bags with your favorite organic greens!

GO PLASTIC FREE & GET A FREE BAG!

Through a grant from the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation  Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai’i program has been distributing FREE reusable tote bags featuring Plastic Free Hawaiʻi artwork by Heather Brown in anticipation of Oʻahu going plastic bag free in 2015.
With the support of FarmLovers Farmers’ Markets and other community partners, Plastic Free Hawaiʻi volunteers have distributed approximately 4,000 Plastic Free Hawaiʻi bags at outreach events since February. That means 4,000 commitments to bringing your own reusable bag when shopping. These shoppers can prevent over 2 million plastic bags from entering Hawaii’s waste stream in the next 5 years by using just one reusable bag each trip to the store or market. More importantly over 1300, or one quarter, of the total commitments made are from FarmLovers Markets attendees.

Catch up with the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi team in May at these market dates to get your free bag:

Saturday, May 3 – Pearlridge Farmers’ Market
Thursday, May 15 – Haleiwa Farmers’ Market 
Sunday, May 18 – KailuaTown Farmers’ Market
Saturday, May 31 – Kakaʻako Farmers’ Market
 

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