This weekend we enjoyed the Grow Hawaiian Festival held at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens. In addition to enjoying the garden itself, packed full of native and canoe plants, the festival hosted lei making, poi pounding, plant identification booths, a seed exchange, and of course a recipe contest.
|Lei making at the Grow Hawaiian Fest|
The idea was to come up with a dish that included as many locally grown foods as possible. If you have hung around this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m WAY into growing, eating, and cooking with locally harvested goodies. The recipe exchange and contest was hosted by Feed Hawaii, an organization that supports food security.
|Me with recipe contest prizes (fruit!)|
Because there were only a few of us that entered the contest, we were all winners! The real prize was sharing our recipes and spreading the word that eating local matters. Particularly in Hawaii, where most people depend on shipped-in foods, and prices are extremely high because of it, we need to make an effort to buy local when we can.
And guess what? You don’t need to have a garden and you don’t need to shop at a farmer’s market to achieve this goal. Everything in the recipe below was purchased at my local grocery store. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see that there many locally grown and made items on offer at the store including produce, milk, cheese, tea, coffee, nuts, oil, and meats. Do the islands a favor and add a locally grown product to your grocery list, it’s an easy way to preserve this land we love. End rant. See recipe below.
|Big Island Green Pie|