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Farmers’ Market News
February 2, 2012 – Vol. 4 Issue 5

Aloha Market Friend!

A big MAHALO to all 4500 who came out to celebrate Hawaiian Cacao this past weekend! We had a blast having so many chocolate lovers, growers and makers all in one place. We hope you enjoyed the visit with Mike Conway at Waialua Estate Cacao; meeting the creators and tasting treats of Sweet Paradise, Manoa, Malie Kai, Waialua Estate, Koka and Madre Chocolates; indulging in Ben Tabois’ Chocolate Cake with Waialua Estate Ganache; learning a little something about cacao from the Master Gardeners and Ola Loa Wellness; and chatting about health with the adorable and energetic Patricia Bragg! See you next January for our 4th Annual Cacao Fest! And remember February is Hawaii Grown Cacao Month (thanks Rep Corinne Ching and Amy Hammond!) so there are many more chocolate events to look forward to, including the Hawaii Chocolate Festivalat the end of February!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, remember to treat your sweetie (and yourself!) to some great LOCAL chocolates!

We will see you this weekend at Ala Moana Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12), Hawaii Kai Farmers’ Market (Saturday 9-1) and Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Sunday 9-1)!


Rep. Corinne Ching introduced us at the legislature
as we ring in February… Hawaii Cacao Month! Let’s eat.


Naked Cow Dairy goes IndieGoGo for Cheese! 

Naked Cow Dairy is a women-owned, family run cow dairy on the island of Oahu whose mission is to keep the art of caring for dairy cows alive and well in Hawaii and to bring Island-made signature local fresh-churned butter and artisan cheeses to the table. Hand-crafted dairy products ensure the health and happiness of the cows as well as the high high quality of the product. This campaign’s goal is to raise $15,000 to equip the kitchen with a heating element for their 230 gallon cheese vat & low-temp pasteurizer. This part costs about $7000 to purchase and install. In addition they need to build and outfit a cheese aging room that will keep the delicious cheeses at the right temperature and humidity until they go to market. The equipment and buildout of the space we need is estimated to cost about $8000. With these parts of the puzzle in place they will be on the way to making Hawaii cheesy!!  click here to learn more

Plastic Free Schools Hawaii

Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s Plastic Free Schools program provides resources, tools and trainings to educate school communities on the environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize the consumption and pollution of plastics in our schools and islands. The Plastic Free Schools program aims to reduce single-use plastics on school campuses by encouraging students, faculty, and parents to make plastic free commitments to use reusable water bottles and tote bags and pack waste free lunches. Learn more.

Legislative Updates

This week we found our selves down at the Capitol to give testimony for a few bills that interest us.

NEEDS ACTION: HB1947/Food Safety Bill will be heard again February 8th, 8AM. We are opposed to this bill, and feel it is overreaching and will eliminate the ability of small farmers to be able to continue growing food for us. If you agree, please click here to submit your testimony, by pushing the OPPOSE button.

GMO LABELING: For updates please join GMO-Free Oahu Facebook page. There is much hesitation from the committee chairs to allow these bills to be heard. What happens is they just keep referring them from committee to committee, never getting a hearing until time runs out. A call or email demanding so would be of great benefit. Do you think you have a right to know what you are eating?

  • SB 2443 and HB 2034are comprehensive measures which would require labeling of all foods and/or raw agricultural products which contain or were produced with GMOs.
  • SB 2891  is similar to SB 2443
  • SB 2448 and HB 2031would require labeling of all food products containing GMOs, but not those produced with such (like meat), similar to the CA labeling initiative.
  • SB 2279 and HB 2746would require labeling of GE whole foods.
  • SB 2190 and HB 2101would require labeling of GE fish.
HB2430 Creating an agricultural development and food security program within the Department of Agriculture passed with amendments.
HB2431 Amends objectives and policies for the economy to support the purchase and consumption of locally grown products. Passed with amendments.
HB2421 Awards a grant to the Oceanic Institute for the construction of the feeds research and pilot production facility. Passed with amendments. (Remember when Haleiwa Farmers Market and Hawaii Farmers Union brought in Jerry Cunningham from Coyote Creek Farm a couple years ago to share his knowledge of feed mills and chicken production? Those conversations helped get this ball rolling. Thanks Jerry!!)

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