Our selection of fresh produce (particularly fruits) varies seasonally, as do many of the farms we work with. The majority of our produce is grown in East Hawai'i, but we are slowly establishing sources all across the island, and even inter-island. We buy from certified organic farms whenever possible. All of our produce suppliers are small-scale and, if not certified organic, are implementing similar practices and are strictly pesticide-free in their growing spaces. Many of our farmers are hobbyists and backyard-growers, sharing their carefully-crafted abundance in small, but high-quality batches.
Hawai'i is home to four of the world's five major climate zones, which creates a wide array of ideal growing conditions for a long list of crops. The tropical conditions provide an impressive selection of the many varieties of fruits like avocado, mango, banana, and papaya. It also provides some interesting and unusual abundance of exotic fruits, like chico sapote, jackfruit, breadfruit ('ulu), durian, mangosteen and many, many others. In addition to these, we also enjoy familiar crops like strawberries, spinach, broccoli, and corn.
As purveyors of fresh food, we are aware of and concerned about the presence of the Rat Lungworm parasite on the island. Leafy-greens, that are consumed raw, are a particular area of concern. As a precautionary measure, all of our greens-growers actively implement preventative measures and treatments, to control the slug population and potential contamination in their areas. These actions are combined with regular inspections of their produce by the growers and ourselves. These criteria are meant to help safeguard your family, as well as ours.