Celebrating our Local Farmers: the Eat Local Challenge

Photo from OnoFarms.com

In honor of Kanu Hawaii’s “Eat Local Challenge”, we’d like to take an opportunity to share with you the local farmers who nurture their produce with aloha and deliver their fresh goodness to our café on a regular basis.

It is an important part of our mission to make our menu as locally-sourced as possible. Being nutritious begins with a healthy, sustainable source of fresh, organically grown food, and when it comes to produce, it’s important to eat it while fresh – before the nutrients begin to disappear. Produce that has traveled thousands of miles to get here is usually missing important nutrients because it is no longer fresh. (To read a great post that lists 10 reasons to eat local, click here.)

Living here in Hawai‘i, it is crucial for us to seek out locally-sourced food for many reasons. Being in the most isolated place on the planet means growing our own food – and supporting local businesses who supply our islands with products that are made here. Café Prana Nui takes this a step further by dealing almost exclusively with Maui-based farmers.

Here are some of the regulars:

Coca Farms: kale, bok choy, eggplant, basil, green beans
Ono Farms: papayas, apple-bananas, mangoes, lilikoi
Okamura Farms: cucumber, zucchini
Kahanu Aina Sprouts: pea sprouts, radish sprouts, sunflower sprouts

We also visit local farmer’s markets and regularly welcome nearby farmers/gardeners to bring in what they have. We are so grateful for the abundance on our beautiful island, and for the generosity and hard work of our local farmers! Thanks to them, we have locally grown and well-nurtured food to serve.

And for you, our readers: stop on by this week to take part in the Eat Local Challenge!

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