MA’O CSA (might be) coming to UH Manoa
I don’t think this is a secret or anything, so I’ll tell you the scoop on what I heard: MA’O might be adding another CSA drop off on Wednesdays at UH Manoa if they can get 20 subscriptions or more. This would be in addition to their Monday CSA pick up spots at Ala Moana and Leeward Community College. Subscribers are entitled to one box of local organic-ness for $32 a week, which I hear contains enough for 2-4 people, and subscriptions are paid for in 8-week increments. I’m guessing that if you’re interested in signing up for this, send in a request to email@example.com.
And aside from getting healthy, organic fruits and vegetables, supporting MA’O enables them to continue with the educational programs hosted on their farm in Waianae, Oahu. Learn more about MA’O, their CSA program and what they’re doing in the Waianae community at http://maoorganicfarms.org.
Things to look forward to: a peek into a MA’O CSA box. (Thanks maona.net)
A Little More on CSAs
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and refers to a way that consumers can buy local food directly from producers. Basically, a farmer offers a specific number of subscriptions to the public. A subscription entitles the purchaser to a box or basket of vegetables, herbs, fruits and other seasonal goodies (via Local Harvest).
Several Hawaii farms offer CSA subscriptions, including the following farms and others. Most offer some combination of vegetables, fruits and herbs at varying prices and others offer specialty items, as noted below. You can look up more information on most of these at Local Harvest, but otherwise a link is included.
- Adaptations, Inc. in Kealakekua
- Ginger Ridge Farms in Mountain View
- Island Goode’s in Papaikou
- Kanalani Ohana Farm in Honaunau
- Kona Biodynamic Farm in Kealakekua
- Lions Gate Farm in Honaunau (Kona coffee, macadamia nuts)
- North Country Farms in Kilauea
- Ohia Fields Farm in Ookala
- Ailani Gardens in Waianae
- Just Add Water in Waimanalo
- MA`O Organic Farms in Waianae
- Maili Moa in Maili (eggs)
- Meleana’s Farm in Haleiewa
- Oahu Fresh in Honolulu (CSA delivery service)
- Otsuji Farm in Hawaii Kai
- Kauai Farmer’s Coop in Kilauea
- Kauai Kunana Dairy in Kilauea (vegetables, fruits, cheese and maybe honey)
- South Shoreganics in Kalaheo
- Mali’o Farm in Kapualei (vegetables, fruits and salsa)
- Molokai Meli in Kaunakakai (honey)
- Sanctuary Farm in Kula
Subscribing to a CSA is a great way to directly support local producers and add a few exotic ingredients to your daily diet. And speaking of exotic ingredients — if all goes well with the MA’O arrangement at UH Manoa, I’ll be spliting a CSA box with a friend. This is totally a first for me, so I’ll let you know how it goes and feel free to share any recipes or meal ideas you might have for kale, radishes, turnips or any other vegetables.