No joke… eating locally grown is better!

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Farmers’ Market News
April 1, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 13

Aloha FarmLovers-

It’s April Fool’s Day, but we’ve got no jokes about the benefits of eating locally grown! Not only is it fresher, and therefore more nutrient rich, but it supports our small family farmers, and keeps them on their land… so they can grow more food for us! If you want to improve on our state’s crazy average of importing 90% of what we consume… you gotta vote with your food dollars. No joke. We make it super easy… see you at the market!
And if you want to take an extra step… The Sierra Club asks for your assistance…

A quarter of all food grown in Hawai’i is grown on farmland where DR Horton wants to plant 11,750 homes in a new suburban town called Ho’opili.

The project will dump thousands more cars on the H1 freeway impacting every commuter from the west side, Mililani and the North Shore.

For years, we at the Sierra Club have fought to ensure that the new housing we desperately need goes into places where we have already built, so as to minimize traffic, preserve our best ag lands and protect the beauty of our island. This project belongs in Kapolei – not on the best farmland in all of Hawai’i. Click to sign petition.

Big mahalos to Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, for coming out on Saturday to the Kakaako Farmers’ Market, and sharing the beauty of a macrobiotic lifestyle. Seriously, click here and get the recipes. That Okinawan Sweet Potato/Banana dish was so flavorful and comforting. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and it was grounding at the same time. Everything was so colorful and delicious! Please Jin… come back soon!


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Oops, we were a little over excited!

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Farmers’ Market News
March 25, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 12

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Don’t panic if you thought you missed our special guest, Jin Hirata, last week. We were so excited that we imagined him coming a whole week early! So you can meet him THIS SATURDAY, March 28th! Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, a website dedicated to sharing macrobiotic lifestyle, will be sharing his talents with us at Kakaako Farmers’ Market!

He will  be honoring us with a demo entitled “Add yin-yang balance to Hawaiian local & seasonal food” and he will teach us to make Easy bean salad with tahini-ume-lemon dressing; Quick pickles; and Sweet potato and banana pudding. He will be on hand from 8-12, and there will be recipe cards so you can easily make your own at home!

Jin, from Japan, is currently living in NYC. While he works as a holistic counselor, healing chef, & Shiatsu-Reiki practitioner, he is also a self-proclaimed “Miso Missionary”, who works to spread the power of miso and taught how to make miso soup to hundreds of people in USA. His practice is based on Macrobiotics, a principle of yin-yang balance, with which, he strongly believes, “you can turn your health and life around!”

So swing by Kakaako Farmers’ Market and find the Demo booth, this Saturday!

 

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Add a Little Yin & Yang to Your Plate!

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Farmers’ Market News
March 18, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 11

Those of you planning to spend some of  Saturday, 3/28 with us at Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market will be in for a special treat! Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, a website dedicated to sharing macrobiotic lifestyle, will be sharing his talents with us!

He will  be honoring us with a demo entitled “Add yin-yang balance to Hawaiian local & seasonal food” and he will teach us to make Easy bean salad with tahini-ume-lemon dressing; Quick pickles; and Sweet potato and banana pudding. Jin, from Japan, is currently living in NYC. While he works as a holistic counselor, healing chef, & Shiatsu-Reiki practitioner, he is also a self-proclaimed “Miso Missionary”, who works to spread the power of miso and taught how to make miso soup to hundreds of people in USA. His practice is based on Macrobiotics, a principle of yin-yang balance, with which, he strongly believes, “you can turn your health and life around!”

So swing by Kakaako Farmers’ Market and find the Demo booth, next Saturday!

 

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Favorite weekend ritual… care to join me?

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Farmers’ Market News
March 11, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 10

Aloha FarmLovers-

What’s your favorite weekend ritual? Can you guess mine… going to the farmers’ market, of course! I love meandering my way through the vendors, discovering new things, watching the seasons change as fruits and veggies make their first appearances, laughing with the vendors, seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and of course, making sure all samples are up to par. Thanks for making FarmLovers a joyful weekly adventure. We appreciate you sharing your favorite farmers’ market with your friends and family, and we are grateful to be part of your weekly ritual.

Here’s Pamela at the California Small Farms Conference! She was the hit of the tasting event with all the flavors from Hawaii that she shared. While there she visited farms and markets, talked story with many market managers and exchanged great ideas. I think she’s ready to come back to the land of Aloha though, and she is looking forward to seeing you all in the aisles this weekend.

NEW MARKET HOURS: Haleiwa Farmers’ Market is now open 2-6pm every Thursday. Come play with us!

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On Learning and Sharing…

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Farmers’ Market News
March 4, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 9

Aloha FarmLovers-

Here at FarmLovers we strive to bring the freshest, locally-grown ingredients from the fields to the market. We also like to take advantage of opportunities to learn as much as we can from other market managers, who have so much to share. So, this week, Pamela will be heading to the California Small Farms Conference where she will mix & mingle, catch up on the latest trends, brainstorm, and share the bounty of Hawaii with some lovely mainlanders. They will be treated to Hawaii-grown Coffee, Pineapple, Chocolate, Macademia Nuts and Aloha. Lucky them! And Pamela will get her fill of Almond, Date, Peach, Plum, and Apple Orchards. While I do miss stone fruit, I wouldn’t trade my little corner of paradise for anything… #luckywelivehawaii.

 NEW MARKET HOURS: Haleiwa Farmers’ Market is now open 2-6pm every Thursday. Come play with us!

 

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