And the winners are….

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Farmers’ Market News
May 27, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 20

Aloha FarmLovers-

A good time was had at the Hawaiian CacaoFest at KailuaTown Farmers’ Market this past Sunday. There were walking tours through Choc-Kailua to Madre Chocolate, Manoa Chocolate and Kokolani Chocolate, where guests learned all about cacao from tree-to-bar-and-beyond! There was a cafeteria full of all your favorite confectioners, bean-to-bar makers and growers! There were amazing judges sampling delicious entries and choosing the award winners! There was Chef Jason from The Food Company sharing his fantastic polenta with local pork and chocolate ragu! The crew from Lanikai Juice was onhand sampling cocoa-filled smoothies! There were vendors with chocolate creations to tempt the tastebuds! A big thank you to everyone who helped make this day such a treat- I’m talking to you Nat Bletter, Lori Wong, Maria Gallo, Chef Jason Kiyota, Corinne Ching, Jolene Oshiro, Janice Yap, Michelle Ramos, Phillipe Padavani, Abi Langlas and Cynthia Manley. Thank you for coming out, learning about Cacao, loving on our farmers, foodies and artists, and for allowing us to celebrate in such a delicious manner. And now, a drumroll, please…

Hawaii CacaoFest 2015 Award Winners:


Bean to Bar Winner Derek Lanter with Judges Lori Wong, Abi Langlas, Maria Gallo 

Best Bean-to-Bar:

1st Place- Derek Lanter, Waialua Estate

2nd Place- Madre Chocolate

3rd Place- Manoa Chocolate

 

Representing Inclusions Winner Virginia Douglas, with judges Jan Yap and Jolene Oshiro. (Corinne Ching not pictured) 

Best Bean-to-Bar with Inclusions:

1st Place Kokolani, Toasted Coconut

2nd Place- Madre Chocolate, CocoGing

3rd Place- Manoa Chocolate, Pineapple

 

Best Truffle Winner Melania Boudar with judges Michelle Ramos, Philippe Padavani, Chef Jason Kiyota and Abi Langlas

Best Truffle/Confection:

1st Place- Melanie Boudar, Fruit of the Cacao

2nd Place- Kokolani, Passionfruit

3rd Place- Melanie Boudar, Coconut Crème Brulee

 

It’s time for SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…

THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-7)
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 CACAOFEST









EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages, for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!
Creamy Avocado, Artichoke and Kale Dip 
 

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Chunky Portobella Veggie Burgers

Honey and Lemon Thyme Roasted Carrots
     
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CacaoFest this SUNDAY! Get your chocolate on.

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Farmers’ Market News
May 20, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 19

Aloha FarmLovers-

This week we switch to SUMMER HOURS for our Haleiwa Farmers’ Market. By popular demand we will be staying open till 7pm… so that gives you an extra hour to play with us in the valley! See you there Thursday, 2-7pm…


THIS SUNDAY, we will be having the 4th Hawaii Cacao Festival at our
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market! We had so much fun last year, and no doubt 2015 will bring an equally delicious celebration. Lots of local chocolate makers- both bean-to-bar and confectioners will be on hand, there will be a Walking Tour through Choc-KailuaTown (order tickets here!) , and awards for the best professional Bean-to-Bar, inclusions, truffle/confection and raw cacao. (Enter competition here!) Lots of sampling, cacao plants for sale, educational components and more! See you sunday!
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Thursday 2-7)
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.

 
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, click above! You don’t want to miss a single weekly special offered by our fabulous vendors. Once you become a FarmFan, you will receive weekly specials from your favorite market vendors. These specials are exclusive to FarmFans, so be sure to sign up!

And of course, we want to reward you for your loyalty to FarmLovers… so remember to check in each time you come to the market, and we will gift you with market swag on your 12th check in!
AT THE MARKETS





EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages,
for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!

Chocolate Banana Cake with Caramel & Cacao Nibs 
   

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Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies

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Supernatural Brownies
 
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Haleiwa Farmers’ Market named one of America’s Best!

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Farmers’ Market News
May 13, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 18

Aloha FarmLovers-We are honored that Cooking Light included our Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market as it’s pick for Hawaii in their top 50 Farmers’ Markets! Read on to find out why Chef Ed Kinney gives HFM the favored nod! Then be sure to head up to Waimea Valley on Thursday to see for yourself!

America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets

Cooking Light magazine

Produced and compiled by Grace Elkus and Tim Cebula

With more than 8,000 farmers’ markets nationwide and counting, it’s clear we love them, and everyone is raving about them. Here’s what top foodies around the country are saying about their favorites. Right now is the best time to visit farmers’ markets: They are alive with their biggest bounty of fresh produce-gloriously juicy, crisp, and fragrant. These green markets do more than supply us with colorful fruits and vegetables; they reflect and shape our culture, reinforcing our community spirit and connecting us on a grassroots level to the people who grow the food we feed our families. And that, by extension, inspires us to be better cooks. Here are our picks for the top markets in America, as named by renowned chefs, cookbook authors, and food notables from every state. read

Coming up May 24th, we will be having the 4th Hawaii Cacao Festival at our KailuaTown Farmers’ Market! We had so much fun last year, and no doubt 2015 will bring an equally delicious celebration. Lots of local chocolate makers- both bean-to-bar and confectioners will be on hand, there will be a Walking Tour through Choc-KailuaTown (order tickets here!) , and awards for the best professional Bean-to-Bar, inclusions, truffle/confection and raw cacao. (Enter competition here!) Lots of sampling, cacao plants for sale, educational components and more! So mark those calendars for Sunday, May 24th! And we will keep you posted as things develop!
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS:

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Prescription for Mothers’ Day Success…

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Farmers’ Market News
May 6, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 17

Aloha FarmLovers-Oh FarmLovers… It is almost Mother’s Day! And what better way to spend the day than doing exactly what mom wants all weekend long. (This is my fantasy, can you tell?) Here’s what you do: Wake mom up on Saturday morning and bring her to Pearlridge or Kakaako Farmers’ Market for breakfast; fill the bags with ingredients for an all local dinner, fresh flowers, and sweet treats; drop her at the day-spa for a full mani-pedi-massage-extravaganza while you prep everything for dinner.  On Sunday morning, bring her to the KailuaTown Farmers’ Market for fresh pastry & coffee; let her pick out some fun gifts from our local artisans; then head to the beach to relax in the sun and play in the ocean… that sounds good, yes?

COMING SOON
Coming up May 24th, we will be having the 4th Hawaii Cacao Festival at our KailuaTown Farmers’ Market! We had so much fun last year, and no doubt 2015 will bring an equally delicious celebration. Lots of local chocolate makers- both bean-to-bar and confectioners will be on hand, there will be a Walking Tour through Choc-KailuaTown (order tickets here!) , and contests for the best professional Bean-to-Bar, truffle/confection and raw cacao. Lots of sampling, cacao plants for sale, educational components and more! So mark those calendars for Sunday, May 24th! And we will keep you posted as things develop!

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.

 FarmFam Begins this Saturday! 

 
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, click above! You don’t want to miss a single weekly special offered by our fabulous vendors. Once you become a FarmFan, you will receive weekly specials from your favorite market vendors. These specials are exclusive to FarmFans, so be sure to sign up!

And of course, we want to reward you for your loyalty to FarmLovers… so remember to check in each time you come to the market, and we will gift you with market swag on your 12th check in!
AT THE MARKETS





EAT FRESH
Please follow our FARMLOVERS Pinterest pages,
for these and many more great ideas for cooking with fresh, local produce!

Traveling Noodles 
 

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Green Goddess Salad

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Wild Strawberry & Whipped Ricotta Tartlets
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Countdown to Cacao…

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Farmers’ Market News
April 29, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 16

Aloha FarmLovers-

Coming up at the end of March we will be having the 4th Hawaii Cacao Festival at our KailuaTown Farmers’ Market! We had so much fun last year, and no doubt 2015 will bring an equally delicious celebration. Lots of local chocolate makers- both bean-to-bar and confectioners will be on hand, there will be a Walking Tour through Choc-KailuaTown, and contests for the best professional Bean-to-Bar, truffle/confection and raw cacao. Lots of sampling, cacao plants for sale, educational components and more! So mark those calendars for Sunday, May 24th! And we will keep you posted as things develop!

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