I try to buy local & in-season vegetables and fruits as much as possible. They sometimes cost more than out-of-state produce, but they just taste better (& last longer in my fridge).
Other benefits of buying local are NUMEROUS. To list a few;
* Less environment impacts - transportation, packaging, etc.
* Less preservatives.
* Support local economy.
* Promote self-sufficiency - this is especially important for isolated islands like Hawaii.
So what's in season in Hawaii this month?
Vegetables & Fruits in PEAK Availability
* Chinese Cabbage
* Head Cabbage
* Sweet Corn
* Ginger Root
* Heart of Palms
* Leaf Lettuce
* Green Pepper
* Sweet potatoes
Source: Buy Fresh * Buy Local by College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
* For a complete chart of Hawaii Seasonality, download this wonderful poster.
Where can we find local vegetables & fruits?;
* Supermarkets - look for labels such as "Island Fresh," "Buy Local," etc. The best supermarket to find local (& organic) produces is Whole Foods.
* China Town - the price there is normally the best, but a little hard to find out where each produce is from. Look for hints on cardboard boxes the produces are in... You can also ask sales people...
* Framer's Markets - Refer to a list of Farmer's Market in Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, Maui. My favorite is KCC Farmer's Market - a wonderful selection of vegetables, fruits, meat, honey, snacks, flowers and more. Another farmer's market is opening in Haleiwa on 4/5. Also, Mayor Hannemann also proposes opening "a premier farmers market" at the Blaisdell Center parking lot - I totally support his proposal!!
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UPDATE: www.epicurious.com has a wonderful map that shows what's in season for each state in the US. Thank you, Lissa
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