I was very lucky to return last week to Reppun Farm a place that seems somewhat like heaven on earth (land which is stewarded by the Reppun brothers, who are much more than local organic farmers)!
I was there learning about the chocolate making process with Dave of Madre Chocolate. It was wonderful to gulp in all the fresh air while simultaneously marveling at the 70+ types of fruit growing there. The chocolate making process is fascinating. Check it out some time!
Getting out in nature is just a fabulous thing to do to restore one’s natural balance and learning from others is truly so much fun.
And here are a few more photos from my recent trip:
For more amazing photo’s and info about Reppun Farm, here’s a post that I wrote when I went two years ago:
Earlier this morning, I went to my favorite health food store to purchase all the necessary ingredients for my cooking class, Refreshing Summer Dishes. One of the items on my list was polenta, and so I browsed the bulk section in search of it. I go to the bulk section first because I can find better prices there as well as cutting down on environmentally unsound packaging. Upon looking, to my dismay, it wasn’t there. Since we live on an island, there are bound to be things that may not be in stock from time to time. Often, this store keeps them on the next aisle (or so I thought), but in pre-packaged bags.
When I got to the next aisle, there was still no polenta, but there was a woman who I assumed was a store clerk because, well, because she looked like someone who would work at this health food store, and she was also wearing a colorful name tag necklace (along with a Wonder Woman t-shirt). She appeared to be talking to another customer, and I thought since she was there, I’d ask her if she knew where to find it.
“Excuse me” I said, “There doesn’t appear to be any polenta in bulk or here on this aisle either. Do you know if there is any available?”
“Oh that’s strange” she said. It’s usually in bulk. The other customer said, “I’ll go look for you.”
“Hmmm… that’s strange,” I thought to myself…. why would another customer go look. Did she work in the store too?
We were wandering the aisle while the other person was looking back in the bulk section. She suggested we move over to the baking section where Bob’s Redmill products were carried. We searched high and low only to discover corn meal (for baking corn bread). I was just about to throw in the towel when we turned around and found it a bit higher up on one of the shelves. At this point, she said something like, “I don’t work here, but I really like the polenta too.”
My mouth dropped open. I was so embarrassed!! She really paid it forward for me today! Thanks Wonder Woman!
Come out on Sunday to the new Haleiwa Farmer’s Market and check out my booth, Macrobiotic Hawaii, by Leslie Ashburn for information about how macrobiotics provides a comprehensive and effective approach towards establishing and maintaining improved physical, mental, and spiritual health. Eat delicious, happy-to-be-alive vegan macrobiotic bentos that help you live your “great life”.
If you want to “be green”, macrobiotics is a great way to go!
Here are some reasons (from the Organic Consumer’s Association) to eat more plant based food:
Food accounts for 13% of all Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household.
Replacing red meat and dairy with chicken, fish, or eggs in your diet for one day per week reduces emissions equal to 760 miles per year of driving. (Imagine how eating more whole grains, beans, and vegetables would improve this number!!)
Switching to vegetables one day per week cuts the equivalent of driving 1160 miles per year.
Support local farmers and small businesses:
I’m using Ma’o Organic Farm produce like salad greens, kale, parsley, and basil as well as Mrs. Cheng’s nigari tofu. Yum!