Now isn't that a well stocked refrigerator? Almost everything you see in there is a local, Big Island grown product. It's not my refer, I live alone and it would take me weeks to eat all of that food. The owner will remain anonymous because some things should remain sacred.
While the Eat Local Challenge has enlightened my awareness of the foods grown locally, it's also given me an appreciation for a Big Island supermarket chain, KTA Superstores. Many of the items in their produce section are grown on the island and their own Mountain Apple Brand specifically labels locally grown produce and food products.
I used to make the health food store my first stop, choosing from their small selection of organic fresh vegetables and fruits before moving on the the supermarket. Many times, the organic offerings were limp and lifeless, just the way I would feel after traveling for days to reach Hawaii. The Eat Local Challenge has led to a few conscious choices for me through such suggestions as:
If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic. If not ORGANIC, then Family farm. If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business. If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.
This month, I'm finding myself at the Farmers' Market first and KTA second. The health food stores here in Kona are wonderful providers of organic and natural but still processed and packaged foods. They have a long way to go in providing us with a large and consistent supply of produce. I'm sure there are economic reasons for that, but I'm a simple consumer and will go where the grass is greener!