Archive for ‘farmer’s market’

August 15, 2011

Weekend Challenge

Happy Monday!  Open-mouthed smile

This weekend was glorious.  I got a little bit of everything in! 

Saturday morning was – as always – reserved for the farmer’s market.  Ben was feeling a bit under the weather, so I let him sleep in while I perused the ever-growing options [I love how much the Upcountry Farmer’s Market has grown!].  I came home with more farm fresh eggs, a couple huge bunches of kale, some onions, apple bananas, papayas, avocados, zucchini, cabbage and eggplant. 


Usually Ben and I come home after the market just to drop off our produce before heading out on some type of adventure.  This weekend we hung around the house!  It was so nice to be able to prep my veggies and cook with super fresh produce!


[spaghetti squash + veggie sauce]

Later that night, we went into town to watch the last game for our island’s baseball team, Na Koa Ikaika.  Turns out, the team they were supposed to play ran out of funding and couldn’t afford to fly to Hawai`i.  Instead, a team made of Maui County Police + Firefighters played.  It was so much fun, even if the score was 10-1 for six innings. Winking smile


Ben still wasn’t feeling so hot on Sunday morning, so Mom, our best friend Zak, and I headed to the mountains! 


[the view from Waihe`e Ridge]

We decided to kick our own bootays and do the Waihe`e Ridge hike in the West Maui Mountains.  This 2.5 mile hike is no joke – the first two times I attempted it, the switchbacks got to me and I didn’t make it to the top.  Since then, I’ve done this hike multiple times.  The views are spectacular and it always gives me a killer workout. 

Plus, it has stairs. Winking smile


The LiveFit program entails once-a-week cardio challenges, which are meant to be done on the weekend [most people do them on Saturday].  For my first week, we were challenged to walk/jog [or hike!] 2 miles + climb 300 stairs. 

Waihe`e Ridge only has about 80 actual stairs, but the hike itself climbs 1,563 feet, taking you from 1,000 ft elevation to 2,563!  I’d say that counts. 


The hike was muddier than I had ever experienced,


and I ate it three times [klutz].


[I always manage to obtain battle wounds.]

My mom was the only one who came away without a muddy booty [skills!].  We all had such a great time together! 


After the ridge, we met up with some friends at the beach, grabbed some sandwiches, and made our way home. 

Such a wonderful weekend! 

Today I started Week Two of the LiveFit program!  I bought a new kettlebell – 30lbs! – and am pretty sure you can tell how I’m feeling about it all:


Woot!  Smile 

Hope you had a fantastic weekend and are taking on this week with enthusiasm! 

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May 27, 2011

Three New Maui Favorites : Parts II + III

This is the second [and third] part to this morning’s post.  To read Part I, click here.

My two other new faves are food-related, which is why I’ve decided to do a dual-post.  In addition to supporting my local farmer’s market and buying as much local produce as possible, I’m always on the search for food products that are being made on island [we really do need to become less reliant on outside sources].   For these reasons, I am so excited to tell you about the following local products! 


Maui Preserved

Okay, so I didn’t know that pickles were made out of cucumbers until high school.  To be fair, we didn’t eat many veggies growing up and we only got our pickles from the supermarket.  Plus, because I’ve never been a fan of salt, I’ve never particularly liked pickles. 


Ben does.   

Last weekend we hit up the Swap Meet with Ben’s cousin Kimo, who was visiting from O`ahu.  We browsed the booths of jam and jelly [can’t do sugar] and smoked products [salmon from the U.S.], but I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the tent with Maui Preserved products.  Canned products that I can use?  Made on Maui

We were lucky to have met Anthony and his partner, who run Maui Preserved, that morning.  They were both incredibly friendly, down to earth, and passionate about what they’re doing [which makes all the difference, if you ask me]. 

Maui Preserved sells a variety of products ranging from hot sauces [lilikoi/hot hot] to tomato puree; from marmalades to – of course – pickled veggies [jalapenos, beets, cucumber dill pickles, etc.].  They utilize what’s fresh and local, but have a few staples that are always being produced. 


We sampled a few of their offerings at the Swap Meet and then decided that we couldn’t live without a jar of their Cucumber Dill Pickles in our fridge for a few reasons: (1) the spices looked way too fresh to pass up, (2) the ingredients list is legit [no sugar!], (3) they weren’t overwhelmingly salty, and (4) we’re supporting local!


I really love Maui Preserved’s packaging [clean and simple].  I meant to take photos of the unopened jar, but someone had gotten to it before me. 


[Pretty sure Ben really likes these – he’d already polished off almost half the jar in just four days.]

Take it from someone who doesn’t typically like pickles – these are delicious!  They were good at the Swap Meet and all, but they were 10 times better cold and straight from the fridge!  They’re bursting with flavor without being overpoweringly salty, and they’ve got the perfect crunch. 


The only downside?  This 16 oz. jar of pickles costs $6.00.  It’s quite the splurge, but boy are they ever worth it! 

I hear they’re also selling Maui Preserved products at Mana Foods in Pa`ia, Ha`iku Grocery, and at Morihara Store in Kula!  To learn more about Maui Preserved, visit their website at or email

Uma’s Spice Mix

Uma sells her delicious homemade vegetarian food at the Upcountry Farmer’s Market  every Saturday, and for the past few months Mom and I have been addicted to her incredible samosas and curry! 

A few weeks back, we asked if she’d be open to teaching us how to cook some of her recipes.  The next week, there was a sign-up sheet for a Naan cooking lesson.

And last weekend, for a mere $10 and a few spare veggies, we joined Uma and some new friends for a community cooking class. 


We got so much more than a simple piece of naan with a recipe.  Uma – who is from Malaysia, and whose family is originally from South India – took the time and effort to teach us about her beautiful culture.  Since my body is sensitive to gluten, she gave me pointers on making gluten-free naan [I’m excited to play around with the possibilities]! Using the veggies we all brought, Uma also made a pot of vegetarian curry for us to eat with our freshly-cooked naan, which we ate off of banana leaves with our fingers [my kind of meal!].


After lunch, we all looked at our calendars to set a date for our next community cooking class [we leave on our U.S. trip in a week and a half, so we’ll probably miss the next one], and then Uma brought out her highly sought-after packaged mixes! 


Uma sells saffron, chia tea mix, and both meat and vegetarian curry mixes all over Maui [you can find them at Cash-n-Carry, Mana, and the farmer’s market, to name a few].  Each curry mix package costs around $5 to $6 and will make a few pots of curry!  Seriously, check out those spices in the bag – this ain’t yo’ Momma’s curry mix [unless yo’ Momma’s from India.  Or Malaysia.]. 


Uma has lived on Maui for years, has a family and the most adorable children who are all part of our community.  More importantly, she has a heart of gold and takes the energy to teach our community about her beautiful culture through her cooking.  She’s passionate about what she does, and that’s something I can definitely support!

To learn more about Uma’s Spice Mix, or about her cooking classes, email her at or come visit her at the farmer’s market! 

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!


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