May 20, 2017 marks the 4th Annual Farm Day, a statewide movement to honor farmers and encourage families to visit and thank those who work hard to grow our local produce. This statewide effort is a collaboration of over 30 farms and 50 farmers markets with support from Edible Hawaiian Islands, FarmLovers Market, Kohala Village Hub, Ocean Vodka and RedBarn Farmstand. The organizers of Farm Day hope to bring family and friends together statewide to celebrate local producers by shopping at a farmers’ market, taking a farm tour or visiting a farm then sharing their experience though any form of social media they prefer using the hashtag #eHIFarmDay17.
Whether you tempt your senses with local, farm-fresh cheese, chocolate, honey, herbs, macadamia nuts, mangos, aquaponic fish, avocados, exotic orchids or your favorite local treat the goal is to have fun, snap a photo and join in this statewide celebration of those growing our food in Hawaii.
To encourage families to get out and to make it easy to connect to participating farms and markets Edible Hawaiian Islands created a simple pull-out guide in their Spring Issue which hit stands and mailboxes statewide at the end of March. This tearout Farm Guide is organized by island farm tours and farms that are open to the public. On the reverse side of the pamphlet is a complete farmer’s market guide listing over 50 markets that meet the criteria of sourcing 100% locally grown fruits and vegetables and value added products, been open at the same location for more than one calendar year, can be contacted through a manager and are in excellent standing with the community in which they serve. Each participating Farm Tour has also agreed to do something special in honor of Farm Day on Saturday, May 20th.
“The 4th annual Farm Guide is a great resource for shopping local, and supporting the hard-working agricultural community of Hawai’i. In this Farm Guide you can find farmers, ranchers, food producers, and supporters. As a chef folks are always asking for my advice and this guide is such a great reference to share,” explains Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi.