Aloha Oahu Fresh Members! This is a week full of great things and your bag is no exception! First, you’ll be receiving lovely tomatoes from Green Growers, collard greens from Ho Farms, japanese cucumbers from Pacific Gateway farmers, organic mixed keiki greens and organic plantains (NOT bananas!) from Kahumana Farm, and an avocado and 2 Tahitian limes from Uluwehi Farms (Kama`aina Land and Plant Rentals). We’re so happy to have the opportunity to buy fruit from Tina and Bernie again. And more good news–Bernie will be showing his art at the Haleiwa Arts Festival this weekend! If you’re around North Shore, stop by and say aloha. Also this week, Hawaii Conservation Conference is going on Wednesday & Thursday at the Convention Center.
Finally there’s a great fundraiser happening Thursday through Sunday for GreenWheel Food Hub at R/D in Kaka`ako. Utilizing local produce, several artisans will showcase their craft in preservation of meats, cheeses, and produce! Don’t miss the opportunity to either attend an event or a demo (or both!) and also come buy products. You can even attend a Tsukemono demo (Japanese Pickled Vegetables) and learn how to easily pickle your japanese cucumbers (or other veggies) at home! Your support means continued EBT acceptance at certain farmers markets, making it easier for low income residents to eat healthy local produce.
So for this week’s produce, here are a few recipes you can try:
Tokyo Kaikan Gimlet Use your fresh local Tahitian limes for a nice pau hana drink–maybe while you’re making dinner!?
Oven Roasted Flounder with Bok Choy, Cilantro, and Lime This may require an additional lime, but looks so good, and it’s healthy!
Sunomono Japanese cucumber salad–easy!
Plantains–this week we have a first in the bag for us–plantains, or what many people call cooking bananas. These are organic and grown in Waianae. They cannot be eaten raw, and are a bit more difficult to peel than bananas.
Mashed Plantains with Bacon can’t wait to try this one!!