Saturday, July 9, 2016

Kiawe Harvest Camp 2016

Sunny Savage, a wild food plant expert, is hosting a series of kiawe harvesting camps in July on Maui for the week-long International Crop Biodiversity Festival (ICBF) in late August.

Kiawe (pronounced “kee – ah – vay”) is the Hawaiian word for mesquite, Prosopis pallida, and grows wild throughout the south and west sides of Maui and other dry and hot locations on the island. It is found throughout Hawaii.

The pods are edible, delicious, and naturally sweet. Participants will learn how to select kiawe beans properly and how to prepare them for grinding. Bucketfuls of kiawe pods will be gathered and cleaned so they can be milled during the ICBF.  As part of the festival, a team from Oahu’s kiawe harvest group will bring a professional mill to Maui to grind the kiawe beans into flour.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Finally, An Evening Farmers Market on Maui

Maui has a lot of farmers markets – in the morning, or through the afternoon, at which point, pickings get slim. So if you’re not an early riser, too bad for you.

But now, Maui has a night time farmers market. Hurray!

The Upcountry Market in Pukalani, although many would say it’s in Kula, since it’s on the edge of both places, is getting evening hours.

Tuesday evening Farmers Market on Maui, 3 pm to 7 pm.

Tuesdays 3 pm to 7 pm – in the area across Longs Drugs or Longs Pharmacy, there will be farm stands with fresh, locally grown produce.  Some of it is organic and some is conventionally grown, but the produce is usually labeled, and you can always ask. So get your green fix. More info in the email from Haiku Helen.

Another tip: there’s a store, which is very much like a farmers market called Rowena’s Produce in Kahului. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 or 8 am to 6 pm. I’ve even gotten there after 6 pm and they’ve still been open. It’s like a farmers market but in a store. Prices are reasonable.  
Location: 230 Hana Highway
Phone: (808) 419-1987

Rowena used to have a booth at one of farmers market on Puunene Road, but last year, moved her produce business to a store. The advantage is that she has refrigeration. If you can’t make it to other farmers markets, her produce is very similar and has a good selection, and is usually local. Just like other farmers markets, the selection varies from week to week, and she can be sold out of certain fruits or vegetables, or not have any due to the weather. But, Rowena does not have organic produce, so if you shop in the evenings and need to buy organic, the Tuesday Upcountry Market is your best bet. 

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