For Anuhea, going to the farmer’s market on Kauai with her mom was always part of their weekend routine. “We would get there early and my mom would give me money to buy a bag of mixed greens from the lettuce vendor while she bought other vegetables at another booth. We’d huddle around our favorite vendors until the bell rang signifying the start of the market so that we could make our transactions and browse the rest of the farmer’s market goods.  I loved getting honey straws and sampling the different exotic fruits!”

Going to the farmer’s market is still one of our favorite ways to support small local businesses today. It is actually a place where we have found many of the businesses we partner with through My Aloha Post. We wish we could send you a large bag of hydroponic organic lettuce, fresh lychee and homemade banana bread but instead we curated a box that is inspired by our weekly farmer’s market outings. And, in continuing with our summer of sustainability, these companies also strive to be eco-friendly!

Market Tote:
“We believe in loving our world, so we make reusable shopping totes for a better future.  Use, Use, & Reuse.” Hello Happy Town makes their totes out of the highest quality of ethically sourced 100% recycled cotton canvas with fair wage and fair labor practices.  Owner, Tamar has recently relocated to Los Angeles where she continues to promote reusable living to a larger market.  Although she’s now away from home her roots are still here in Hawaii.  We hope you join Hello Happy Town in their movement to change the world one step and one tote at a time with your new To Market tote bag.

Shopping List:
A boutique stationery and gift brand based in Honolulu,
Nico Made’s goal to share her vision of island style living – cheery, breezy, with a touch of lighthearted whimsy. “Inspired by life in the Pacific, we take our love for all things island-related and transform them into unique goods we hope will bring delight to all.”  After having twins, Nicole, owner of Nico Made, found she had a serious need for note pads “I can’t remember anything unless I write it down!” Recognizing her own needs, her design studio has evolved to offer products that stay true to herself and her customers. Even if your memory is better than Nicole’s and ours we hope your new island inspired notepad keeps you organized and efficient

Soap:
Filthy Farmgirl Soap believes that “being good to the earth starts with being good to ourselves, and our friends.”  They work hard to make sure every single bar of soap is made with love and care. Soap is not just about getting clean, it’s about loving your body and the earth.  Filthy Farmgirl grows and harvests many of their herbs and spices and go out of their way to support local organic farmers whenever possible.  Although we can’t send you fresh flowers, we hope your new soap reminds you of the smells of Hawaii.

 

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Summertime adventures: Shopping at the Local Farmer’s Market