Finding Land to Farm

Aloha FarmLovers!

Please enjoy this article from The San Fransisco Chronicle…

New farmers’ biggest challenge: Finding land to farm

By Jonathan Kauffman November 26, 2017, for the San Fransisco Chronicle

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Gillyflower Farm in Capay (Yolo County) is so new that owner Laura Reynolds has no tractors, employees or spare cash. By late fall, she has only planted one-third of her 1-acre plot. On harvest day for her weekly customer deliveries, which focus on greens and salad-friendly vegetables, she cools the produce in a generator-powered freezer that she unplugs before ice crystals form.

The recent UC Davis grad and longtime farm intern does have good land, though, and the ear of her landlord, Sherri Wood, when problems arise. That’s because Wood is building her house a few hundred feet away.

Reynolds is not alone in farming land in, essentially, someone else’s yard — particularly in this state. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August 2017 Land Values Summary, the average price per acre of farmland in California was $8,700, among the highest in the country. Just as significant, land prices here rose 10.1 percent over the past year, faster than any other state.

“Land access is one of the most difficult issues that young farmers face across the country,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition. 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.

Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Complete Nourishing Winter Bowl

Blood Orange Champagne Mule

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

Fabulous Side Dishes for Thanksgiving!

Aloha FarmLovers!

Well, Thanksgiving is upon us and we are thrilled to set our tables with an abundance of LOCAL, delicious produce and protein! We keep our hardworking farmers and ranchers and fishermen/women at the top of our gratitude list, because… seriously, what would we do without them? The fruits of their labors show up on our plates three times a day, 365 days a year! (Plus snacks! We can’t forget snacks!) This weekend, be sure to introduce your favorite farmers to all your off-island visitors… they will be so jealous. Enjoy the recipes below, there are some great ideas for fabulous side dishes to share. We will see you on the aisles this weekend… and remember no market in Hale‘iwa this week, as our vendors will be celebrating with their loved ones.

When & Where to find us this week:

Hale‘iwa/CLOSED. 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 Fall Vegetable Salad with Kale and Brussel Slaw

Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme

Wild Mushroom Fennel Stuffing

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

Free $20 Gift Certificate to Market!

Aloha FarmLovers!

This week, FarmLovers is hosting Fieldwork, a market research company. They are conducting a selfie challenge and will be onsite at Hale‘iwa Farmers’ Market, and KailuaTown Farmers’ Market. For 10 minutes of your time you can earn a FREE $20 gift certificate to spend at the market. How will you spend your FREE $20? Old faithful favorites, or trying something new… it’s up to you! All you need to do is show up at the market, visit their space, complete the selfie-challenge, and pick up your FREE $20 in coupons, while supplies last. You may spend your coupons with any of our market vendors! We will see you there.

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.

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Asparagus

Roasted Potatoes with Thyme

Balsamic Olive-Oil Braised Green Beans

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!