While you are visiting Hawaii, you will no doubt want to try some of our many tropical fruits and veggies. Most of you will be familiar with such fruits as pineapple, banana, mango, or papaya, but there are many more that you will find worthy of sampling, like starfruit, lychee, lilikoi, breadfruit, Okinawan (purple) sweet potato, and, of course, taro! What you may not be aware of is that out on the North Shore we offer you some unique ways to get a “taste of Hawaii” through environmentally-friendly, community-based, sustainable agriculture programs. Locally grown, farm fresh produce is offered at many restaurants, and in absolutely delicious ways! You can also look for “locally grown” produce in stores, but an excellent place to check out the variety of produce available is at the North Shore’s Haleiwa Farmer’s Market. There you can often sample fruits and veggies, as well as meet the growers face to face. The Farmer’s Market is dedicated to the local grower and does not allow any produce from the mainland, China, or anywhere else to be sold at their market. There are even festival days celebrating seasonal or cultural crops, such as Taro Fest in October, and they often have chef demos, book signings, and nutritional demos!. If you are curious and adventurous, then we would suggest you actually make a visit to the farms themselves! Some small local farms offer the community fun ways to enjoy the beauty of our island and get a taste treat as well. One of these, Kahuku Farm, nestled at the foot of the Koolau Mountains, is one of the most beautiful farms on the North Shore. In addition to wagon-ride tours, they have a café which is open Fri-Mon with an array of farm fresh treats such as Lilikoi Sorbet, Haupia/Pineapple Smoothies, and Grilled Veggie Paninis. Hawaii is obviously a beautiful place to visit, but it is a delicious place too! Come experience and enjoy something new and different and try a taste of farm fresh Hawaii on the North Shore!