Getting directions to visit local farmer Ryan Earehart’s Oko’a Farm in Kula, Maui doesn’t include any street names or address numbers but is instead a list of agricultural references: “Drive until you see a tractor on your right. Keep going until you see a monkeypod tree and take a right, you’ll pass a herd of goats on the left soon. Keep going until you see a pineapple field on the left and you see sugarcane on the right.” If you couldn’t tell by his directions, Ryan is pretty preoccupied with farming and a quick glance around his 4-acre property shows you that his focus is paying off.
This month the Love Life! Team will be focusing on eating local and will be sharing recipes in our cooking classes that focus on local ingredients. Our menu for Oahu will be a savory raw pie featuring local tomatoes and Ko Farm kale, tumeric-garlic fried rice, and raw cacao macaroons with local coconut. If you will be joining us on Maui (don’t forget times have changed: every 3rd Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm) you will be able to learn how to make a raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce made with local tomatoes, raw local Hamakua mushroom soup, and local mint cacao cookies, also raw.
Happy summer from the Love Life! Team. Hope you are having a blast and have been able to enjoy some of the workshops we are offering.
Our Kapolei store is having a Night Market and you're invited! Join us for an entertaining evening Tuesday July 15th 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. It'll be in the parking lot and will feature 20 vendors and a great sale inside the store, where you will receive at least 35% off on ten great-selling items. All to the tune of live Hawaiian music by the Keanu Boom Kanani Band. Our Love Life! Community Outreach Team will be sampling yummy goodies from recipes we make in our free cooking classes.
We are pleased to announce an exciting new series of paid cooking classes that will be taught by local chefs in our beautiful Kapolei Community Kitchen. Each month we will invite a guest chef to share delicious plant-based recipes. This month, we are delighted to welcome chef Fortuna Arai to our Kapolei Community Kitchen on June 30th from 6:30pm-8pm.
A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to visit MA‘O Organic Farms, which is a 25-acre organic certified farm in Lualualei Valley on the western coast of O‘ahu, near the town of Wai‘anae. The trip was just one of the many events I had planned as part of a three-day meeting that Down to Earth hosted for members of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, who were visiting Hawaii from the mainland.
Although Earth Day is officially April 22nd, Down to Earth will be celebrating it on Sunday April 27th with a special day of fun and music. Proceeds from tickets sold will go towards supporting an awesome new sustainability charter school in Kaimuki, the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS). Here's a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause and have fun doing it! For details click here.
Tucked into the beautiful Lualualei Valley on the leeward coast of Oahu, are dozens of family farms growing a range of produce for the island. One of the newest in the valley is Ili’ili Farms, a certified organic aquaponics farm which we recently had the pleasure of visiting. Aquaponic farmers typically grow vegetables in water, instead of soil, where they place fish to nurture the plants.
I'm very excited to introduce Life Foods, Inc., one of our favorite new brands in the store. Life Foods is a Maui-based company that makes wonderfully delicious superfood products including veggie burgers, condiments, hot sauces, salad dressings and vegetable ferments. Life Foods was founded on Maui in 2013 and continues to expand throughout the islands (and soon mainland distribution!).
For our second Talk Story with the Love Life! Team newsletter feature, we are thrilled to share the story of Ko Farms, a local grower that has been providing organic produce for Down to Earth for almost 30 years.