Saturday, February 16, 2013
Located next to the old-timey tourist attraction of Maui Tropical Plantation just south of Wailuku on Maui, Kumu Farms is a leap to a healthy future, when organic fruits and veggies come straight from the garden and into your hands. This is no roadside fruit stand. Kumu is certified for a long list of organic crops (with differing harvest times): apple bananas, arugula, awa, basil, beans, beets, cabbage, carrot, chard, cilantro, coffee, cucumber, dill, eggplant, fennel, kale, leeks, lemongrass, lettuce, mixed salad greens, onion, oregano, papaya, parsley, pepper, radish, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, squash, taro leaf, thyme, tomato and turnip. Much of the produce comes from the adjacent 20-acre garden.
Manu Vinciguerra (pictured) is the market's marketing manager, overseeing the operation, which is just three months old on Maui, but carrying on a 30-year history of success from its 120-farm on Molokai. Some 20,000 pounds of papaya are harvested weekly on Molokai——they are the Mainland's biggest supplier of this orgainic fruit. Kumu Farms has received raves from Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine and was recognized by Maui County as an exceptional small business. Produce not sold is delivered to local food banks.
Kumu Farms also supplies herbs to celebrity chefs throughout the Mainland, and delivers products to health food stores on Maui. The farms are a trendsetter for supplying sustainable healthy foods to consumers through a variety of channels. But the key to their success is as old as the hills: they produce superior products at a competitive price. The farms themselves, extending below the palm-studded green fields of the West Maui Mountians, are also a relaxing stop for tourists and locals alike.
For more information visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kumufarms
Kumu Farms 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI (808) 244-4800