I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new program we kicked off at Foodland earlier this week! Our Take the Bag Challenge invites customers to join us in committing to use only reusable bags when they shop over the next six weeks and our hope is that we can change habits, help protect Hawaii’s environment and reduce our plastic bag usage by 50%! It’s a big goal, but one we are confident we can achieve with your help!
O ka pono ke hanaʻia a iho mai na lani.
The phrase – which when translated means “Continue to do good until the heavens come down to you” – is displayed prominently at our Aina Haina store. And it was these words that Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii, quoted at our annual Give Aloha celebration today as she conveyed the importance of the Give Aloha program to PBS Hawaii and other non-profits throughout the state.
There are certain flowers and plants that really evoke a specific season or time of year. For winter, Poinsettias sing candy canes and Happy Holidays. Poinsettias are blooming plants that start with deep green leaves. The top leaves of the Poinsettia are called bracts and these are the leaves that turn red, orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or even marbled. So, it is an interesting notion that what we would think are vivid colored petals of Poinsettias are actually special leaves.
It is always very exciting to feature a new locally grown floral item. This Upcountry Statice Bunch comes to us from a grower in Kula, Maui.
The Upcountry Statice Bunches come in a rainbow of lavender, fuchsia, purple, copper and yellow. Statice is a long lasting flower that can not only be enjoyed as a fresh cut flower in water but it can also be dried and enjoyed out of water too.
Pictured here to the left is an Upcountry Statice Bunch simply arranged in a mason jar with ... more »
No Labor Day picnic would be complete without a sweet, juicy watermelon. We buy our watermelon from Sugarland, a local farm owned by the Jefts Family with more than 3 decades of local production. Sugarland’s goal is to produce fresh, quality local fruits and vegetables that are food safe and delicious. At Foodland, we are proud to support local farmers who share the same vision in bringing great quality products to your table. So be sure to stop by your nearest Foodland to pick up ... more »
Exotic fruits always remind me of refreshing summer drinks, but did you know that the tropical Dragon Fruit is actually a type of cactus? Its beautiful armored exterior is reminiscent of the top of a dragon's head, but the flesh of this fruit can be as soft as a ripened kiwi. In fact, it's pretty easy to cut into one of them and scoop the fruit out like a papaya. This nutritional wonder comes in dramatic colors of reds, fuschia and white, which make for amazing desserts and smoothies. ... more »
A number of years ago, I remember sitting at lunch with our produce supplier, Mark Teruya of Armstrong Produce and a couple of local farmers. Our purpose was to find out how we could build better partnerships with them. What I remember about lunch was how much I enjoyed their company and learning about their businesses. What Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Country Farms tells me he remembers is that I ate my salad with chopsticks! Richard claims he had never seen anyone eat salad like ... more »