Sunday, January 31, 2010

Maui Alii Kula Lavender and Organic O'o Farm

One of our many excursions took us to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. They grow over 100 varieties of lavender. A beautiful setting and the gift store includes wonderful treats made with lavender such as sconces, lemonade, chocolate, creams, and gifts.

Down the mountain from the lavender farm is the O'o organic farm. This farm supplies the vegetables for 2 of the local restaurants, Io and Pacifico. Everything that is harvested that day is delivered in boxes to the restaurants. That is as fresh as it gets!

This is our guide Steve. He is cutting our lettuce for the lunch salad. The farm grows vegetables, fruit orchard, and a newly constructed beanry for roasting coffee beans.

We were allowed to sample the vegetables right from the ground. This is a kohlrabi - sweet like a cabbage!

After walking the farm, the chef served us a fabulous organic meal - red carrots, kohlrabi, radishes sliced raw on salad green, beets and onions sauteed with grilled tofu, grilled fish, crusty homemade bread, homemade chocolates and our course organic wine!

This is group gobbling it up.

If that wasn't enough, that evening we went to IO for a 5 course dinner: a bottle of Conundrum to start, calamari ( big fillets), broth based fish , pink snapper, those wonderful vegetables from the farm, and a glass of champagne to end. The chef sent out a sweet dessert as a thank you for the whole farm experience. A memorable excursion in Maui!

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