Kula Fields | Produce Delivery February 12-15, 2014 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields Produce Box 02-12-14

The sun is shining in Kula today and believe me when I say that it is truly something to smile about. February is always the coldest month of the year up here and the recent rains have made harvesting tricky, if not impossible, and have completely demolished some crops. If you are hoping to get strawberries any time soon I wouldn’t count on it. They turn to complete mush after the rains and the farmer scrambles to fulfill his larger corporate accounts first before us. Lettuce took a beating too and the cold weather makes the irrigation water icy cold and shocks the plants, thus reducing their growth.
I haven’t even attempted to do a “What’s In The Box?” post because I place my orders but may never get what I order due to the weather conditions. We never really know until we pick up from the farmers. We work harder November – March every year to make sure we have a wonderful selection of items to send out.
From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Tangerines – (S)
Bananas – (S)
Green Onions – (S)
Napa or Chinese Cabbage – (S)
Zucchini – (S)
Curly Kale, Rainbow Chard or Collard Greens – (S)
Baby Spinach  – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Thyme – (S) * Be sure to dry out what you don’t use for later cooking purposes.

On OAHU
Tangerines – (S)
Bananas – (S)
Green Onions – (S)
Beets – (S)
Zucchini – (S)
Curly Kale, Rainbow Chard or Collard Greens – (S)
Baby Spinach  – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Thyme – (S) * Be sure to dry out what you don’t use for later cooking purposes.

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Extra Citrus, Lilikoi, Avocado, Green peppers, Yellow beans, Pineapple, Eggplant, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Kula Sweet Onions, Cucumber or Sweet potatoes

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.

Kula Fields Kale and Sausage Soup

Kula Fields Kale and Sausage Soup

I recently took this simple hearty soup to a Slow Food Maui  convivium to celebrate Terra Madre Day and it was all the rage.  Perfect for our “chilly” Hawaiian winter weather as of late.  Soups are so nourishing to the soul.  This recipe will serve a crowd or provide for some tasty leftovers for lunch the next day.  Feel free to substitute or add extra veggies.

Kula Fields Kale and Sausage Soup
Serves a crowd

1 pound mild Italian sausage – casings removed
2 medium onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 jar Kula Fields Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 – 1/2 pounds kale, rough chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
Salt and pepper

In a large soup pot, brown sausage, onions, & garlic in olive oil.  Add mushrooms and sauté.  Add zucchini, tomatoes, red pepper flakes , and cayenne and stir until veggies are soft.  Add chicken stock, water, and tomato sauce stir and let come to a boil.  On medium heat, add chickpeas, fresh herbs, and kale. Let simmer until kale is tender.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Kula Fields | Produce Delivery Dec. 18-21 2013 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields Boxes 12-18-13

Happy Winter Solstice!  It is the  changing of the seasons from Fall to Winter on Saturday.  The shortest day of the year and colder temps.  I bet some of you have even pulled out extra blankets for sleeping at night.  I enjoy this time of year because it allows for reflection on the past year and time to make plans for the New Year.  We’ve had another fabulous year at Kula Fields and we are planting the seeds for our  big dreams for the upcoming year.  We hope you’ll do the same.

These are our last Kula Fields box deliveries of the year.  We are grateful for your continued support of our local farmers.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Pineapple – (C)
Citrus – (O)
Green Beans (double normal amount)– (S)
Shredded Cabbage – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Curly Kale – (S)
Carrots  – (S)
Sprouts – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Avocado – (S)

On OAHU
Pineapple – (C)
Citrus – (O)
Turnips – (S)
Green Beans (double normal amount)– (S)
Beets – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Curly Kale – (S)
Sprouts – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Parsley – (S)

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Extra Citrus, Bananas, Starfruit, Lilikoi, Avocado, Cabbage, Butternut Squash, Kabocha Squash, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Green Onions, or broccoli

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.

New Products Available From Local Artisans in our Farmshop

Just in time to make your spirits bright, we’ve added lots of new, fabulously delicious, artisan products to our Kula Fields Farmshop!

Pono Infusions

Pono Infusions Loose Leaf Teas

We’ve added new products from Pono Infusions…wonderfully unique custom blended teas using certified organic and fair trade teas, herbs, flowers, and spices, inspired by the people, plants, and animals of Hawaiʻi.  Each unique blend tells the story of different ecosystems within an ahupuaʻa – the traditional Native Hawaiian system of land management along the watershed from the mountains to the sea.  Sip Aloha…

  • LANI – Lani means sky or heaven in Hawaiian. The essence of Lani is captured as a crisp, bright infusion of fruity citrus and tangy hibiscus notes, evoking the sensation of sun, sky, wind and clouds sweeping over the Hawaiian Islands. Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients, Lani is a perfect way to invigorate and energize your senses without caffeine.
  • MAUNA – Mauna means mountain in Hawaiian. The power of Mauna is brought to you with a bold infusion of black tea and spices, capturing the heat and energy of lava flowing from Kīlauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients, Mauna will invigorate your spirit and warm your soul.
  • NAHELE -Nahele means forest in Hawaiian. The essence of Nahele is brought to you with a sensual infusion of Pu-erh tea, raw cacao and wholesome botanicals, capturing the richness of Hawaiʻi’s biodiverse, sub-tropical forests. Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients, Nahele will provide you with a strong, earthy flavor and grounding energy.
  • WAI – Wai will refresh you with a tranquil infusion of herbs & botanicals, inspired by breathtaking waterfalls, streams, and fresh water pools, all preciously vital to life in Hawaiʻi. Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients and caffeine-free, Wai immerses you in a marriage of mint & berry. Wai means fresh water in Hawaiian—a precious resource in Hawaiʻi’s fragile ecosystems.
  • KAI – Kai means ocean in Hawaiian. We bring you the exhilaration of Kai with an infusion of green & white teas and herbs—plunging you into the deep, blue world of the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) and of water birds such as the aeʻo (Hawaiian stilt), both featured on this package. Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients, Kai will energize you with mineral and vegetal notes of the powerful ocean that surrounds our Hawaiian Island chain.

Aloha Nola

Aloha Nola Granolas

Created in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, this granola is not your ordinary granola. Itʻs not too sweet and definitely not too dry. Baked in small batches to make sure that every handful will satisfy your craving for a healthy snack. Aloha Nolaʻs secret recipe is packed with an abundance of natural ingredients such as oats, nuts, grains, and fruits. Sweetened with a touch of locally grown honey and baked to a golden brown perfection.
Available in 3 flavors:

  • Blueberry Vanilla – Rolled oats, blueberries, almonds, flax seed, honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  • Toasted Coconut – Rolled oats, coconut, almonds, flax seed, honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Vanilla Almond – Rolled oats, almonds, flax seed, honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

Monkeypod Jam

Monkeypod Jams

Monkeypod Jam uses copper pots and old fashioned recipes to make their unique line of fruit spreads. All spreads are handmade using locally grown fruit and contain no more than five ingredients. Simple and delicious from Kauai.

  • Spiced Tomato Jam – the perfect balance between sweet and savory. For a little extra kick, they’ve added organic Kauai ginger and chili pepper.
  • Banana Foster Jam – Kauai’s sweet apple bananas create the loveliest foundation for this decadent jam. This jam boasts loads of cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla.
  • Meyer Lemon Curd – Lemon Curd evokes memories of proper English teas. Pure in taste and smooth in texture, you will want to enjoy this curd with good friends over scones and a pot of hot tea. Contains dairy & eggs.
  • Tahitian Lime Curd – This Lime Curd is for those who crave tart. This creamy, decadent spread is lovely dolloped on cheesecake, stirred in your yogurt or used as an ice cream topping. This curd can also be used as a tart filling or a layer in layer cakes.Contains dairy & eggs.
  • Lilikoi Curd – Lilikoi Curd has the tartness sought by those who enjoy lemon curd with the floral nuances loved by those who have had the pleasure of tasting tropical passion fruit. Enjoyed right off the spoon. Contains dairy & eggs.

Hashimoto Persimmon Farm

Hashimoto Persimmon Products

Nestled on the beautiful slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui at 3,300 feet elevation, comes a delightful array of value added products from the Hashimoto Persimmon Farm, a multi-generational farming farming dating back to the 1920ʻs.

  • Persimmon Butter – a blend of ripe persimmons and fragrant spices create this lavish spread. One taste and youʻll be hooked. Great on scones, whipped into butter, or as a decadent dessert topping.
  • Persimmon Jam – A delicious and unique jam made from ripe persimmons grown at 3000 ft. elevation in Kula, Hawaii.
  • Persimmon Syrup – a blend of local persimmons, cane sugar, lemons, & water. Fabulous for beverages, pancake or dessert toppings or blended as a salad dressing.
  • Persimmon Scone Mix – Make your own light and flakey scones at home with this delightfully easy to prepare mix. Made with 100% Maui Grown Persimmons.

Kula Fields Artisanʻs Reserve

Kula Fields Strawberry MacNut Bread

Our delicious Strawberry Mac Nut Bread that was featured in Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, Summer 2011 issue should be your very own special treat. Itʻs way too good to share.  Only available to our produce subscription customers.

Kula Fields | Produce Delivery Nov. 20-23 2013 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields Boxes 11-20-13

Are you ready for feasting?  I know I am.  We’ve already made turkey once.  Can you believe it?

This week’s box (and next week’s too) is heavy on veggies that you can use for you own Thanksgiving meals.  Very little fruit is going out this week…only citrus to Oahu folks, which will be great when fresh squeezed into your homemade cranberry sauce.  Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board for yummy Holiday recipes that utilize items from your boxes. Since we will not see our Oahu folks again before the holiday, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Just a reminder…

Please remember to login to your accounts and check your calendars to be sure there are not any delivery days that you may need to place on hold due to traveling or other outings and events.

With that in mind we have a couple of calendar announcements to make:

  • If you are scheduled for a delivery on Thursday, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day), we have changed your delivery day to Tuesday, 11/27 so you can have goods in time for the holiday.
  • If you are scheduled for a delivery on Friday, 11/29, we are sorry to inform you that there will be no deliveries that day and you will not be charged.
  • In December…we will have no deliveries 12/23 – 12/31. We will be enjoying time with our families. Service will resume on New Year’s Day!

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have.

From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Crimini or Portabella Mushrooms – (O)
Curly Kale – (S)
Green Beans (double normal amount)– (S)
Purple Sweet Potatoes – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Turnips – (S)
Sprouts – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Poultry Herb Bundles – (S)

On OAHU
Citrus – (O)
Crimini or Portabella Mushrooms – (O)
Carrots – (S)
Green Beans (double normal amount)– (S)
Purple Sweet Potatoes – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Turnips – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Poultry Herb Bundles – (S)

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Extra Citrus, Bananas, Starfruit, Pineapple, Avocado, Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Kabocha Squash, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Green Onions, Cucumber, or Zucchini

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.

Kula Fields HI-Five Box Subscriptions at the Grown on Maui Market

Kula Fields HI-Five Box Subscription Who doesn’t like surprises? Who doesn’t like to treat themselves or be known for giving the coolest gifts? Just in time for the holidays, we proudly make you the savviest gift giver around! Check this out… In keeping with our subscription produce delivery model, Kula Fields has created a subscription box called the HI-Five Box .  Once a month you’ll receive a box of goodness with five different items to discover from local artisans in Hawaii.  Each month the selection changes.  We get to sample new products all the time and we add only what we love to our Farmshop.  We proudly share the story of the artisans or producers behind the products in your box so you can easily find and purchase the product for your future enjoyment.  Items from local artisans may include gourmet goodies, luscious body care products, or groovy items from local artists like music, art &/or housewares.

Kula Fields HI-Five Box Subscription

If you are regular produce delivery customer of ours, you can easily add the HI-Five Box to your standing order once a month. Simply log in to your account and add it to your subscription produce delivery. If you are new to all of this, fret not. You can order the HI-Five Box as a surprise gift for yourself (because you totally deserve it) or you can order the HI-Five Box for someone else and that will make you the coolest. Available as a one-time delivery or in 3 month, 6 month, 9month and 12 month subscriptions. For more information, check out the details and FAQ’s on our HI-Five Box subscription page.   We will be spreading the joy and cheer at on the Grown on Maui Market at the Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali on Saturday, November 16th 7:30am-11:30am.  We will have plenty of items for gift giving as well as fresh baked goods, healthy snacks, and product samples.  We will have our famous strawberry bread too!

Kula Fields | Produce Delivery Nov. 13-16 2013 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields Boxes 11-13-13

 

The Holidays are officially here! It’s wonderful to be able to visit with family and friends at this time. There are so many events and gatherings going on that I”m glad I get to enjoy the benefits of running Kula Fields. The biggest one…I get leftovers at the end of the week, which is excellent, because my calendar is packed with no time to shop. Hope you are able to benefit from the convenience as well and that you impress others with your amazing culinary skills . <wink>

Please remember to login to your accounts and check your calendars to be sure there are not any delivery days that you may need to place on hold due to traveling or other outings and events.

With that in mind we have a couple of calendar announcements to make:

  • If you are scheduled for a delivery on Thursday, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day), we have changed your delivery day to Tuesday, 11/27 so you can have goods in time for the holiday.
  • If you are scheduled for a delivery on Friday, 11/29, we are sorry to inform you that there will be no deliveries that day and you will not be charged.
  • In December…we will have no deliveries 12/23 – 12/31. We will be enjoying time with our families. Service will resume on New Year’s Day!

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have.

From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Citrus – (O)
Apple Banana – (O)
Avocado – (O)
Cucumber – (S)
Japanese Eggplant – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Baby Bok Choy – (S)
Curly Kale, Collard Greens, or Rainbow Chard – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Thai Basil – (S)

On OAHU
Apple Bananas – (O)
Citrus – (O)
Strawberry Papaya – (S)
Avocado – (O)
Japanese Eggplant – (S)
Cucumber – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
Curly Kale – (S)
Baby Bok Choy – (S)
&
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Extra Citrus, Pineapple, Papaya, Butternut Squash, Kabocha Squash, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Curly Kale, Kula Sweet Onions, Mizuna or Green Bell Pepper

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.

Kula Fields | Produce Delivery Nov. 6 – 9 2013 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields 11-06-13 boxes

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “cooking with fire”.  That’s what today has been like for me.  My internet has been sooo slooow for three and a half weeks, if it evens connects at all. It is painful. I had the internet company come check everything out and they said, “it must be your router.” I went out, bought a new router, only to get overly excited and simultaneously disappointed because there was no change and my new router wasn’t exactly cheap. I called the cable company to relay my internet woes yet again…only to be told that it would take a week and a half to get another technician out and that I should come swap out my cable modem. I did as instructed but with no luck.
Trying to answer emails, and run a business from your cell phone or ipad is not fun at all and the backlog of work that needs to be completed is great. I waited patiently for my appointment and when the blessed day arrived I get a phone call to tell me that everything should be running fine from what they can see on their end. Huh? So I check it out, and yep, everything seems to be running smooth for the time being. Still no explanation of what the problem was and it seemed to be an isolated incident.
At the moment…I feel like I’m cooking with fire. I’m not on a cell phone, I can clearly see my screen and I’m working through the backlog of emails and requests that had previously gone undone. Internet running full throttle!
I’m able to get all of my messages too! With that, I was able to see that Longan was available if I wanted it as well as organic crimini mushrooms. I’d be crazy to turn those items down. It’s great to have some variety! Hope you enjoy them!
We also have an extra special surprise item for you this week….just because!

From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Strawberry Papaya – (S)
Apple Bananas – (O)
Citrus – (O)
Longan – (O)
Crimini or Portobella Mushrooms – (O)
Zucchini – (S)
Green Bell Pepper – (S)
Curly Kale – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
&
Green Onions – (S)

On OAHU
Red Cuban Bananas or Apple Bananas – (O)
Citrus – (O)
Longan – (O)
Crimini or Portobella Mushrooms – (O)
Green Bell Pepper – (S)
Zucchini – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
Collards, Chard or Kale – (S)
&
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley – (S)

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Citrus, Lililkoi, Starfruit, Pineapple, Papaya, Butternut Squash, Kabocha Squash, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Curly Kale, Kula Sweet Onions or Cucumber

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.

Kula Fields | Thanksgiving Made Easy

By far, my most favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving.  The smells, the favorite dishes, the comforting flavors, friends and family and the gentle reminder to take time to just be grateful for all you have.  I have to admit, since starting Kula Fields, I have been way too busy to slow down and truly enjoy the holiday. I guess that’s just being in business for yourself. I don’t foresee this year being any different but I’m going to make a conscience effort to try. I’ll have several opportunities to spend time dining and feasting with friends and family this year.

Persimmons

First, if you aren’t in the mood to cook, but want to enjoy a feast of locally sourced culinary delights and you’re on Maui this year, I encourage you to join me for a special dinner that is very dear to me. Early this year I introduced you to a “pop-up” farm to table dining experience called Kupu Maui. They would pop-up at various farms around Maui for al fresco dining using locally sourced ingredients and included a farm tour. Kula Fields often helped to source ingredients for these dinners. Well, I loved the Kupu Maui experience so much that I bought Kupu Maui and have been laying the groundwork to turn it into a non-profit organization for the benefit of our local food system. Kupu means to sprout, grow, germinate, increase; to occur. Our mission is to support local farmers by providing an agricultural awareness to our community through the education and celebration of food. Proceeds will be donated to local farmers to help them Kupu!
We have assembled an awesome Board and good changes are in the works! Our dinners will serve as educational opportunities for our community to learn where their food comes from and how to savor the seasons. With this in mind, our dinners will be held on the third Saturday in the months of March, June, September, and December to coordinate with the changing of the seasons.
However, we decided that Thanksgiving would be the perfect opportunity to showcase the glorious bounty available to us locally in Hawaii and would be a great time to encourage folks to be thankful for our local farmers.
We decided to showcase fruits of the seasonal harvest so I am very pleased to announce our very first Thank-a-Farmer Thanksgiving Feast at the Hashimoto Persimmon Farm in Kula on November 23, 2013 at 3:30pm – 6:30pm. If you want to skip the headache of cooking but still want to enjoy being surrounded by a great community of patrons then I encourage you to join us for an evening of localiciousness prepared our very talented Culinary Advisor, Chef Lyndon Honda. Tickets are on sale now so get yours at http://KupuMaui.org
While there check our who we are and sign up for the newsletter as that’s where we announce future events before announcing to the public.  We’d love for you to join us!

 

Kula Fields Thanksgiving BoxesSecond, if you are like me and have to cook a feast anyway, then I suggest you make it super easy on yourself and order our Thanksgiving Essentials Box. Local goodies and some non-local essentials that you would run out to stores for anyway. Pumpkin pie, Kula Fields coffee, eggs, dinner rolls and loads of fresh veggies all delivered to your door. Everything but your protein. Yours is now available in our Farmshop

Kula Fields | Produce Delivery Oct.30 – Nov. 2, 2013 | What’s In The Box?

Kula Fields Boxes 10-30-13

Fall is certainly the time to dust everything with cinnamon and spices.  It’s my new secret ingredient in my chili. Looks like the cat is out of the bag now. It’s great on my pineapple, papayas, bananas, squash, coffee, oatmeal…I could go on and on. I mention this because half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has previously been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. With all this Halloween candying being enjoyed and the next few months of Holiday indulgences…I just wanted to throw out a healthful tidbit that might make a difference in how you feel. Hope it helps!

From the farms to your table, here is this week’s gourmet goodness produce delivery.

On MAUI
Papaya – (S)
Bananas – (S)
Butternut or Kabocha Squash – (S)
Kula sweet Onions – (C)
Carrots– (S)
Curly Kale – (S)
Zucchini – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Tomatoes – (S)
Sage – (S)
&
Sprouts – (S)

On OAHU
Papaya – (S)
Citrus – (S)
Avocado – (S)
Cantaloupe – (S)
Japanese Eggplant – (S)
Zucchini – (S)
Lettuce – (S)
Kula Sweet Onions – (C)
Tomatoes – (S)
Collards, Chard or Kale – (S)
&
Rosemary– (S)

(C) – Conventional (S) – Sustainable/Non-Sprayed (O) – Certified Organic

Possible substitutions this week include:

Citrus, Lililkoi, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Butternut Squash, Kabocha Squash, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Curly Kale, or Sprouts

***Note that these items are never guaranteed until picked up from the farmers. Weather, pests, & other natural occurrences could mean that some items on this list are unavailable.