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Grown on Maui Farmers Market returns to Ka‘anapali Resort
February 5, 2014 - Carla Tracy
The public is invited to come check out the Grown on Maui Farmers' Market at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants in Kaanapali Resort from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Meet farmers, food producers and chefs, who will demonstrate their wares and answer questions.
"It's important to present this market," says Shelley Kekuna, the longtime vivacious executive director of Kaanapali Beach Resort Association. "As the local food movement grows nationwide, our farmers market grows too."
The market features west Maui growers such as Hoopono Farm, SimpliFresh, NapiliFlo, The Neighborhood Farm, and MauiGrown Coffee as well as farms from Hana, Kula, Haiku, and Waikapu.
While the market is quarterly, residents and visitors have an opportunity to learn about buying local everyday with produce box delivery services offered by participating vendors such as Kula Fields.
"At Kula Fields Farmshop, we connect Island residents and visitors with local farms and food artisans," says Roxanne Tiffin, owner. "Kula Fields delivers produce boxes on Maui, Oahu and Lanai. We would love to work with vacation ownership and condo owners, human resources departments and its employees as well as local residents to bring local, fresh and when available organic fruits, vegetables and products to island homes."
All products offered for sale at the market are "grown on Maui." The market brings together the resort and agricultural communities and highlights the important role they both play in Maui's economy,
"Home to over 800 farms, Maui grows a stunning variety of nutritious, flavorful foods, plants, and flowers," says Warren K. Watanabe, executive director, Maui County Farm Bureau. "With its multiple climates, Maui can grow foods year-round, and just about any crop. We encourage the community to come to the market to meet the farmers who grow the food for Maui's restaurants and grocery stores."
Whalers Village will extend free parking for attendees with validation.
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