farmer’s market finds

this week we were able to go to two farmer’s markets here in town.

on wednesday there is a market in makawao town, just a five minute walk from our little house. and today (saturday) there is a new ‘upcountry farmer’s market’ in pukalani, just about ten minutes drive away. i have to admit that the lack of vendors (leading to a seriously limited supply of  vegetables) is pretty disappointing, especially since the kapiolani farmer’s market on oahu set my standards pretty high (regardless of all those tour buses, that’s not so cool).

but from only a handful of actual farmers selling their wares, we were able to find the following beautiful veggies in makawao: a bunch of leeks and purple pak choi from kumulani farms, white and purple carrots from cocoa farms, and local eggs and honey from another vendor. oh yes, and passion fruit and bananas for a ‘donation’ of only three dollars!

the veggies are soaking in water to make them more crisp and sturdy- it's an important step to keeping your veggies in great shape

 

today, from a similarly small group of sellers we got: a drinking coconut for me, unsprayed pineapples, and some cilantro, pretty purple kale and hefty golden beets (from cocoa farms again).

this was right when we got home: the kale and beet greens look much sturdier now!

and what did we make? the foods included baked carrots with parsnips (from whole foods), caramelized leeks with soft-cooked polenta, lots of steamed kale, and i made some banana bread with teeccino… the recipe is coming soon.

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