Why Greens are Great!

Winter Greens Swiss Chard Kale Collards

Farmers’ Market News
January 28, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 4

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How Leafy Greens Boost Activity of Vital Immune Cells To Prevent Disease

Leafy greens are likely the number one food you can eat to regularly help improve your health. They’re filled with fiber along with crucial vitamins, minerals, and plant-based phytochemicals that may help protect you from almost every disease known. Immune cells play an essential role in protecting intestinal health and could be boosted by consuming leafy greens, say researchers.

Phytochemicals may be as important as any single nutrient in supplemental form. Phytochemicals are some of the most biologically active substances found on Earth. They give fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains their rich colors, flavors, and aromas. But phytochemicals also detoxify the body by neutralizing free radicals, inhibiting enzymes that activate carcinogens, and most of all boosting immunity.

The new study in the Nature Immunology found that dietary factors, and in particular consumption of cruciferous leafy greens, control the activity of vital immune cells through the activation of a particular gene known as T-bet.

These immune cells, known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), play a vital role in protecting the body from infection by ‘bad’ pathogenic bacteria in our gut – and have also been suggested to play an important role in controlling food allergies, inflammatory diseases, obesity, and even bowel cancers, say the researchers writing Nature Immunology.

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Author, Karen Foster, is a holistic nutritionist, avid blogger, with five kids and an active lifestyle that keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.

 

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What is is the foundation of agriculture and food production?

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Farmers’ Market News
January 21, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 3

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Thanks to Food Tank for this week’s article about SOIL! Small family farmers play a vital part in this story… just another reason to thank one today!

It’s All About Soil

by Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small

Soil is vital to the health of both people and the planet. Unfortunately, it is often the most overlooked of all agricultural inputs. The U.N. General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) to increase awareness and understanding of the many important roles of soil.

According to The Land Institute, soil is every bit as non-renewable as oil, and it is essential for human survival. Healthy soil is the foundation for food, fuel, fiber, and medical products, and is a vital part of ecosystems. It stores and filters water, provides resilience to drought, plays an important role in the carbon cycle, and is the foundation of agriculture and food production. continue reading

 

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What do the State Lege & Your Dinner Have in Common?

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Farmers’ Market News
January 14, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 2

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What do the State Legislature and your dinner table have in common? YOU! Here we are at the beginning of another legislative session… hopeful that bills encouraging sustainability in agricultural practices make it all the way through both houses and gain the signature of our new governor. Here are a few items to be on the lookout for: Taro Land Bill, Farm to School Bill, Farm Mentoring bill, Hawaii State of Origins bill, Cottage industry bill, Home Rule bill for pesticides and buffer zones, GMO labeling bill, and Industrial Hemp bill. You are encouraged to come to the state capitol on Wednesday, January 21st, to celebrate the start of the new session. From 9-2 you can participate in Ku’i at the Capitol. At 11:30 The People’s Hale brings a great line up of guest speakers to the Rotunda. We also encourage you to visit Rep. Clift Tsuji, Chair of the House Ag Committee and let him know you are interested in the future of small family farming and the production of local food for local consumption; and Sen. Russell Ruderman, Chair of the Senate Ag Committee to let him know he has your support in improving agriculture in Hawaii through policy. We will see you there!


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THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-6)
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.

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EAT FRESH
Please follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages for these and many more great recipe ideas!
Winter Chicken & Kale Salad

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Heirloom Tomato Tart

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Gluten-free Citrus Almond Cake

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What does ‘local-grown’ mean to you?

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Farmers’ Market News
January 7, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 1

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Big thanks to TakePart for the following article “What does it mean for food to be Local?” At FarmLovers Farmers’ Markets we are quite stringent about having only locally-grown produce. To us, this means grown in Hawaii. The overwhelming majority is grown on Oahu, but things like Mac Nuts, persimmons, sea salt, some grass fed beef, and a few other things come in from neighbor islands. What do you consider local?

 

What Does It Mean for Food to Be ‘Local’?

The term means different things in different places-and some retailers may be using it misleadingly.

by Steve Holt, for TakePart

If potatoes are grown in Colorado, shipped to Texas for distribution, then shipped back to Denver, should they be marketed as local? Should a store hang a sign lauding its support of local farmers if it only carries one product grown within the state? Is it “local meat” if the animal was born and raised far away but slaughtered closer to market?

As we wrestle with the pervasiveness of industrial food, the realities of climate change, and the counter-movement of consumers seeking something different, many Americans find themselves trying to determine what, exactly, constitutes “local food”-for good reason. Savvy marketers are already capitalizing on what has become a buzzword and using varying standards for what it means. continue to full article.


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We are ready for 2015… are you?

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Farmers’ Market News
December 31, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 50

 

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Start your New Year with a trip to the North Shore! Check out the surf spots, take a walk through Waimea Valley, and spend some time at Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. Come hungry! Special market hours for Thursday, January 1st are 2-6PM.
As 2014 comes to an end and we look toward 2015, we take this moment to recommit to Eating Local! How many of your weekly meals utilize an all local menu? With great veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs, grass-fed beef, freshly caught fish, pa’i’ai, nuts, honey, and more available each and every week at the market, it’s easy to eat local. We challenge you to increase your dependence on the local bounty in 2015. Not only does that mean you get fresh, delicious ingredients for your plate, but you help the farmers through increased demand…. so they plant even more. We all know that the percentage of food we import is crazy ridiculous, and wouldn’t it be amazing if at the end of 2015, we could say we made great strides toward grow a higher percentage of the food we eat? Who’s with me? Support your small family farmer, and make real change in 2015!
We are thrilled to see the return of two of members of the FarmLovers family this week! Tin Roof Ranch comes back to Haleiwa with their fresh lamb! They have taken these past months to nurture their new lamb operation, and they are eager to be back at the market! On Saturday, you will find Paradise Tropicals vast array of unique tropical fruits back on the aisle… welcome back!

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