Farm Market Spreads Seed Of Knowledge
Sugar Mill and North Shore Cattle Co. Owners will give tours on site and explain their day-to-day operations. Tours end with a complimentary meal of burgers (made of grass-fed beef, of course), Kahuku corn, salad with May’s Hydroponic Lettuce and Hawaii’s Special Salad dressings, Dole Pineapple wedges and Hawaiian Sun juices served family-style.
Coming later this spring are tours of Dole Hawaii Diversified Agricultural Program’s Waialua Estate Cacao Orchard (with complimentary coffee and chocolate tasting, and samples to go) and North Shore Farms with a five-course tasting of homemade mozzarella, pasta and tomatoes. A third set of sites is also in the works.
Boyar said she would like to include the sugar mill site and all of its businesses as a permanent fixture on all future tours. “A lot of people overlook Waialua Sugar Mill, but it is relevant to what’s going on today and to the history of the North Shore. I also think it is just so fun to go to.
“Everybody’s welcome to come on these tours. (We) try to promote local farmers and local agriculture, which is why they also go hand in hand.
“Hawaii needs to get back to mono-diversified agriculture, and the farm tours bring added income to these farmers and help keep diversified ag in business, which is so important to us.”