‘Grown on Maui, Home-Cooked Meals Matter’ contest underway
KULA — What do you often cook for, or with, your family?
Tell your story and include a photograph for the “Grown on Maui, Home-Cooked Meals Matter” contest.
Open to residents and visitors, the competition is centered around families that prepare meals together featuring local produce and products. Ingredients may include fresh veggies, fruits, proteins (beef, eggs, pork, fish, tofu) and locally produced agricultural products, such as jams, jellies, honey, salts, cheese, sugar, sauces, ice cream, gelato and sorbets.
Two families will each win a two-night stay at a Maui resort known for “locavore” choices — The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa — plus a cooking class and a Grown on Maui breakfast or lunch at the hotel.
The contest runs throughout September, and the winners will be announced on Oct. 3.
“We’re doing this contest to raise awareness of the power Maui families have to support local agriculture through everyday purchases,” said Warren Watanabe, executive director of the Maui County Farm Bureau.
“We want to promote local farmers and food producers, and show that fresh and local matter. We also want to draw attention to the added benefits that come with supporting local agriculture, including the cultural values shared and preserved when meals are prepared together.”
Participation is easy. Go to facebook.com/mauifarms and click “Like.”
Upload a photo of your dish to the wall, and in the post describe what you cooked and your experience. Use produce you grow in your garden, purchase at Grown on Maui-friendly grocery stores or buy direct from farmers, ranchers and food producers at farmers’ markets.
Entries should include some verification of local ingredient sources (names of stores, etc.) and at least 100 words in the descriptions.
Entries are due by noon every Monday in September and by noon on Sept. 30.
Five finalists will be selected each week and contacted on Facebook in the comments under their posts. All finalists are eligible to win one of the two night-stays.
For those who aren’t on Facebook, e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Grown on Maui, Home-Cooked Meals, 2099 Wells St., Wailuku, HI 96793. Remember to include a photo!
This month, Grown on Maui products will be hard to miss. Farmers, ranchers, local food producers and friends of agriculture are teaming up to celebrate what Maui grows.
Purposefully planned to raise awareness during the year’s slowest sales month, the Maui County Farm Bureau is working to make local agriculture “top of mind.”
In addition, the Maui County Farm Bureau is offering a jam-packed schedule of events targeting Maui residents and visitors, schools, and restaurants and grocery stores. Visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org for details of events and participating outlets.
“We do this campaign because we believe that agriculture matters on Maui,” said Watanabe.
“We continue to drive the message of Maui ag’s important role to Maui’s economy, culture/heritage and everyday lifestyle.”