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YOUR LOCAL INSIDER

Week of May 6, 2019

Thanks for being a Local Inside® member!

WHAT'S IN THE BAG

We want you to get the best of what O‘ahu has to offer. Our seasonal bags are filled with different fruits and vegetables each week. Enjoy this week's selection from our network of farmers! 

From Farms in Leeward Oʻahu

From Farms in Central Oʻahu

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: 
ALOUN FARMS WATERMELON

Watermelon is perfect as the weather starts heating up for summer! It's packed with water and nutrients, contains very few calories, and is exceptionally refreshing. It's also a good dietary source of vitamin C, citrulline and lycopene, two powerful plant compounds. Watermelon is the richest known dietary source of citrulline, which gets converted to the essential amino acid arginine in the human body. Both citrulline and arginine play an important role in the synthesis of nitric oxide, which helps lower blood pressure by dilating and relaxing your blood vessels. Watermelon is also the best known fresh source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that gives the fruit its red color and gets converted to beta carotene and vitamin A in the body, which is essential for optimal cell function. Source: Healthline
 

TLC FOR YOUR VEGGIES

Lemons - Uncut lemons can be left out on the counter. Once cut, place inside a zip-locked bag, squeezing out as much air as you can. In this state, the lemons may retain most of their juice and flavor for as long as four weeks.

Collard Greens - Put the bag of collard greens in the crisper of your refrigerator. Keep them there until you are ready to use them. They should be used within 5 to 7 days of storage. The amount of time your collard greens stay fresh will vary.

Tomatoes - Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to two weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness, place in a paper bag with an apple.

Thai Watermelon - Watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (sometimes as long as three). After cutting the melon, wrap the cut side in plastic and store in the fridge for up to three days. The plastic will prevent the watermelon from absorbing the flavors of other foods in the fridge and will keep its flesh moist.

Sweet Potato - The best way to store sweet potatoes is to select an area that is dry and cool.  Some recommend washing and rinsing potatoes prior to storage. This could easily lead to rot, with too much moisture left on the sweet potatoes. If the dirt on the sweet potatoes is an issue with storing, use a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt. Importantly, do not store your sweet potatoes near certain other vegetables as the sweet potatoes can cause the others to ripen more quickly than preferred.

Cucumber - Wrap in a moist towel and place inside the fridge. If you’re planning on eating them within a day or two after buying them, they should be fine left out in a cool room. Lasts up to a week in the fridge.

Luau Leaf - Store the leaves inside the vegetable drawer for one to two weeks (max).

Kale - Wash kale dry and store your kale in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The less moisture possible is best.

Lettuce - Lettuce is best stored in a dry package and kept in the crisp drawer for five to seven days.

Swiss Chard - To store, place unwashed Swiss chard in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag. It will keep fresh for several days. If you have large batches of chard, you can blanch the leaves and then freeze them. 

WHAT'S COOKIN'

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SO ʻONO

SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH US!
Are you getting busy in the kitchen with the ingredients from your Local Inside® bag? There are two ways you can share your creations with us and be featured here in our weekly newsletter!

1. Post a photo and description to Instagram and tag @HiAgFdn with #LocalInsideCSA in your post

OR

2. Email your submission to Local Inside® Manager Kacey kacey@hawaiiagfoundation.org

 
Thank you for being a Local Inside® member! 
We are proud to be the largest CSA in the state of Hawaiʻi. Mahalo nui loa for your support. As a Local Inside® member, your contribution helps safeguard our community's food security and sustainability today and for future generations to come!
 
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Local Inside Manager, Kacey Asagi
(808) 721-7655
kacey@hawaiiagfoundation.org

 


 
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