If you teach a man to fish… gift giving, made easy

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Farmers’ Market News
December 10, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 47

Aloha FarmLovers-

This week, we introduce you to Heifer International. Would you consider donating to a great cause in someone else’s name this holiday season? It’s a perfect gift for those on your list who have everything.

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.

And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?

That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.

“We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.”

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. Learn more

 

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday, 3-7)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

 for information on the 4000 parking spaces available for Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market & the Ward Warehouse click here.

 

HOLIDAY CORNER

 

This week KailuaTown Farmers’ Market is joined by some of our favorite artisans, to make your holiday shopping fun! Emily’s Art Glass delights with delicate beauty; Sunrise Shells Hawaii will thrill every one on your list; Mermaid’s Mirror brings custom hand-made designs to your fingertips; pick up a gorgeous hand carved and painted gourd or Menehuene Wish Pot from Tamsen; pick up some Aloha Shirts in vintage prints from Tropic Moon; Swing by Magica Hawaii for an adorable locally designed dress; visit Midori Jewelry for a lovely adornment!

If your market visits bring you to Haleiwa on Thursday you will find amazing artists there as well! Sunrise Shells Hawaii, Doug Falter Photography, Foundwood, Nilma Hunter Creations, Plumeria Sun,  Magica HI, Solomone Jewel, and Tropic Moon are ready to fill those stockings for you! Other fun gifts include Honey Girl Organics, and  LaLaNani Organic skin care for face and body.

AT THE MARKETS






EAT FRESH

Please follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages for these and many more great recipe ideas!

40 Clove Garlic Chicken Creamed Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Find the recipe here

 

Mushroom Bruschetta with Balsamic and Thyme

This recipe can be found here, at RecipeTinEats

10 of the best Christmas cookies from around the world

click here for great list & recipes at CoolMomPicks

The Power of Food

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Farmers’ Market News
December 2, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 46

Aloha FarmLovers-

We all know about the power of food… it nourishes, it brings joy, it give us an excuse to celebrate and spend time with loved ones, we bond as we share our trade secrets in a bustling kitchen full of laughter. Below is an article I came across recently about how food is changing community. I found it inspirational, and I hope you do to!

Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice-and where better to talk than over a good meal?

by Valerie Schloredt, for YES! Magazine

Artist Seitu Jones was troubled to see people relying on convenience foods because healthy shopping choices are difficult in his St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood. Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice-and where better to talk than over a good meal?

With the help of Public Arts St. Paul, funders, farmers, chefs, and 400 volunteers, Jones created a free dinner of ginger chicken, green vegetables, collard greens, beans, rice, and apple cider for 2,000 guests. Poetry and choreographed table service made the event a meal to remember. Next on the menu for Jones’ multiyear project, Create: The Community Meal, are mobile demonstration kitchens and classes on affordable, healthy cooking.

Click here to see the photo essay.

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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Art + Flea at Kakaako, a Poem, and Thanks

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Farmers’ Market News
November 26, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 45

 

Aloha FarmLovers-This week we have three markets open for your local shopping experience – Pearlridge, Kakaako and KailuaTown. Our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market will be closed this Thursday so our vendors may spend time with their friends and families. We think they deserve it… they do work hard all year ’round to feed us!Now through December, you will be able to shop KailuaTown Farmers’ Market for all your gift-giving needs! Our amazing artisans are committed to bringing unique, handmade and local items for your shopping pleasure. This week… look for Tamsen Fox, Nilma Hunter Creations, Liz Guevin Glass, Foundwood, Magica, and fine art by Paula Beltz! Support the local economy and get some great gifts while you enjoy the amazing vibe of KTFM.

If you swing by the Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market this weekend you will be in for a special treat! Our new neighbors at Ward Warehouse are bringing out their amazing lineup of artisans for a special Art + Flea event to celebrate Small Business Saturday! Join us for a super fun day, Saturday 8-12!

This past weekend, our dear friends Gail & Doug Hayden of the California Farmers’ Market Association, visited the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, and met a young woman who was writing poetry for hire on a little typewriter. They commissioned on the subject “Farmers’ Market” and this is what she wrote. It seemed a fitting addition to the Thanksgiving edition of this newsletter. Enjoy…

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Whipped Cream Madness

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Farmers’ Market News
November 19, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 44

Aloha FarmLovers-

Okay, I’ve discovered something so easy, that each and every one of you will want to make this for Thanksgiving! Pacifikool Ginger Whipped Cream! If you are prone to addiction in the slightest, please do not make this. Great on pie, pancakes, hot toddies, hot cocoa, as a dip for fruit, or just by the spoonful, this is ridiculous. Here’s what you need: heavy cream (organic is best), Pacifikool Hawaiian Ginger Syrup, metal bowl, whisk (mine is attached to an emersion blender… so easy.) That’s it. Put the bowl and the whisk in the freezer for 15 minutes or more, take it out. For each cup of heavy cream, add 2 tablespoons of Ginger Syrup. Whip it good. It should be ready in about a minute. Dollop on top of your pumpkin or pecan pie, and sit back and wait for the ooooh’s and aaaahhhh’s. Your welcome. You can pick up your PacifiKool Ginger Syrup this Saturday at Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market.

Below you will see our recipe section dedicated to side dishes for Thanksgiving. Vegetarian friendly! Have at it!

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 3-7)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

 for information on the 4000 parking spaces available for Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market & the Ward Warehouse click here.

AT THE MARKETS







EAT FRESH

It’s time to plan for Thanksgiving, and with sides like this… who needs the bird?
Please follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages for these and many more great recipe ideas!

Mushroom-and-Celery Salad with Parmesan Cheese    

Find the recipe at Martha Stewart   

 

Roasted-Parsnip Savory Bread Pudding

This recipe can be found here, at Martha Stewart

Swiss Chard Pie

We found this recipe at MarthaStewart , and so can you!

Fennel and Orange Salad

     

One more recipe from Martha Stewart!

Just add bacon… for the perfect Thanksgiving feast!

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Farmers’ Market News
November 12, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 43

Aloha FarmLovers-

With the cooler temperatures and early swells, it is finally feeling like fall on the islands. All those mainlanders can laugh all they want, but I had to pull out a blanket this week! And with fall comes my desire to accumulate fun Thanksgiving recipes, so get ready FarmLovers… this is Bacon Week. And guess where you can get local bacon… that’s right, at the market from Link. For those not yet in the know, Link is Bob McGee, King of Charcuterie. So be sure to swing by and pick up some bacon, or sausage or what have you this weekend, and scroll down for some bacon-licious Thanksgiving awesomeness. You’re welcome. And be sure to catch Bob on the KITV Morning show on Wednesday, Nov 19th at 6:20AM for a special Thanksgiving recipe!
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 3-7)
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
Kakaako Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12)
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market (Sunday 8:30-12)

 for information on the 4000 parking spaces available for Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market & the Ward Warehouse click here.

 Written by Danielle Nierenberg, Kelsey Kober, and Emma Shorr, for Food Tank

This Veteran’s Day, Food Tank brings you 21 organizations from around the world that are working to help veterans heal their wounds through farming and agriculture. These organizations are working to improve the lives of veterans and create a sustainable food system by educating veterans to be sustainable vegetable producers, providing job and skills training, and helping families rebuild their lives after civil war.

In the United States alone, there are 19.6 million veterans. According to the Independent Voter Network, approximately 3.6 million veterans have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent of veterans are unemployed, and veterans make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population. The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans finds that 1.4 million more are at risk of homelessness due to poverty and lack of support. Additionally, up to 20 percent of Iraqi War veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans have suffered from PTSD at some point in their life.

Fortunately, farming can have a positive impact on the lives of veterans around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gardens offer many benefits for both physical and mental health. Not only do they provide healthy food, but they also help people to engage in physical activity, build marketable skills, improve social well-being, and decrease violence in neighborhoods.

Click here to see the organizations using the power of food and gardening to transform the lives of veterans from the U.S. to Cambodia!

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