Maui the Best

Maui no ka oi means Maui the best as we say on our island and here’s why we say that.image

Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian Islands and one of the most rural, beautiful places in the world. Voted the number one wedding destination on the planet, Maui is a dream come true for visitors to the islands. When planning your vacation or dream wedding and honeymoon on Maui you’ll want to explore all the beautiful farms Up Country and the road to Hana.Road to Hana

On our Half way to Hana tour you can experience lush vegetation, tropical fruit stands, ponds and waterfalls, rainbow eucalyptus, bamboo forests and gorgeous black lava formations with waves crashing all around the Ke’anae peninsula.

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Swim in a beautiful pond towards a waterfall then finish with fresh banana bread right out of the oven at Aunty Sandy’s and Roselani Ice Cream at the Half Way to Hana Store before heading back to civilization. Our most popular half day tour is the Up Country Farm Tour. You’ll love it at Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm where we have lavender coffee or tea and scones then wander into the beautiful gardens filled with lavender, proteas, orchards, vegetable gardens, native Ohia Lehua trees and views that are to die for.

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Lunch is an awesome experience on the one hundred and fifty year old Ulupalakua Ranch for Maui Cattle Burgers or delicious veggie taro burgers and wine tasting in the King’s Cottage. It’s so beautiful among the old trees. On private tours we take you behind the mountain to see magnificent lava flows formed hundreds of years ago.Lava flows

Maui has over eight hundred small farmers and one hundred members of the Maui Coffee Association. There are coffee farms all over the mountain, Haleakala and Kaanapali Coffee Farm grows on 350 acres on the West side of the island. We have the privilege of visiting Kula Beans Coffee Farm Up Country. Tama Brandeburg grows one hundred and fifty red Catuai and typicas to create her delicious award winning blend.Kula Coffer Cherries image image image

Book a tour right here in the sidebar on our website or call 808 283-9131 and speak to Marilyn

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Summertime Maui Tours

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 Aloha everyone coming to Maui and all you folks living on the island of Maui. Summer is here and it’s time to have summer fun in the islands. We love taking visitors and Kamaʻaina (locals) on adventures and Maui tours in the country to the Lavender Farm, Coffee Farms, Ocean Vodka and MauiWine. We also love to share bamboo forests, waterfalls, halfway to Hana, Hoʻokipa, Huelo, native plants and coconuts. Gardening is a passion. Farmers markets and local growers are what we love to share at Maui Country Farm Tours. We love to visit Lahaina Animal Farm, Maui Dragonfruit Farm and SimpliFresh Farm too. It’s a great West Maui adventure tour that can finish by circling the West Maui Mountains, the Blow Hole, beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, surfers, galleries at Kahakaloa, very old churches and Iao Valley.  So join us with your family and friends on a personalized educational adventure on the mountain Haleakala. Book a tour right here on the page or call to book and ask questions at 808 283-9131. We’ve been told we had the best Maui tour by guests in their twenty years of traveling. What an honor to share Maui with the world.

See tours at the tab above or the calendar or click here!

 

Are You Ready For Coffee Country?

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It’s time to go explore a beautiful coffee farm in Kula, Maui learning how coffee trees are grown, pick cherries, pulp and wash beans, prepare for drying then sample the two award winning varietals grown here on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui.

You’ll love this gorgeous two acre manicured property in Kula, Maui. You’ll hear birds singing in the trees as you gaze upon the long stretch of land down to the coffee trees at Kula Beans Coffee Farm created by Tama and Donald Brandeburg. It’s so peaceful and quiet up here off the beaten path. A privilege to visit such a wonderful place.

Walk into the one hundred and fifty red catuai and typicas planted at 2200 ft elevation. The conditions are perfect for growing this award winning coffee. Winner of the Best in Cup for the entire state 2012 and Best on Maui also. King-proteaWe’ll also see proteas, tangelos, limes, macadamia nut, pomegranate, peach, lemons and avocados which grow beautifully in Hawaiʻi Nei. (Beloved Hawaii) Fluffy free range chickens greet us as we walk on the land and learn how a backyard grower creates a business from seed to cup of delicious city and French roasted coffees. Sample fresh made delicacies and buy fresh roasted organic coffee. Tour is 2 hours at the coffee farm finishing with lunch by Whole Foods Market

Turkey-sandwichKahului, Maui, turkey bacon spinach avocado aioli, Classic Italian or veggie, then we continue to Up Country galleries, Kula Marketplace, through Haleakala Ranch, Makawao Town and Paia town for short stops to shop for souvenirs and check out our unique old country towns.

Pick up at Whole Foods 8:45 AM

return by 2 PM

cost of tour $160.00 includes everything.

call Marilyn to book a tour 808 283-9131

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We’re having a Sale!

For a limited time we are having a sale on our Up Country Farm Tour! The regular price is $175.00 per person but you can have this great experience for $120.00 per person. We have a minimum of four to travel ~ must call before May 3, 2016 to book.

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Half Way to Hana Tours

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Half way to Hana Tour (Our newest tour) is a half day tours for those who want a taste of the wild side of Maui in the jungle and the Road to Hana. Half way to Hana Tour picks up in Kahului 8:30 AM – 2PM We journey into the jungle side of Maui exploring taro, bamboo, rainbow eucalyptus, waterfalls, farm stands, old churches, lava flows, gorgeous scenic lookouts, sampling along the way tropical local fruits, banana breads, coconut, pineapple, picnic lunch and maybe take a dip into a pond. image$160.00 per person (otherwise private) The lunch is created at Whole Foods Market.  Choose at the time of booking Turkey-bacon-spinach-avocado-aioli, Classic Italian or Veggie all on ciabattas baked at Whole Foods. image

Private tours are $250.00 per person and we customize everything for you. We go off the beaten path to small farms, foraging for fruit and veggies, visit restaurants and galleries, gift shops, boutiques, art shows, and even design birthday or special occasion for you for themed events OR lunch at a private farm. Private Chef tours are possible too. (Call Marilyn for a special quote) 808 283-9131

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 To see all our tours visit the TOURS TAB and call Marilyn to book your tour. Kamaʻāina rates For Hawaii residents only.

 

 

Maui Chef’s Table

Aloha everyone,

We had the awesome opportunity to attend a Maui Chef’s Table at The Maui Tropical Plantation last Saturday night at the Mill House Restaurant. We dined outside in the open air under an iron roof Maui style with beautiful breezes and perfect temperatures as we sampled each delightful taste of the seven course menu. It was exciting, beautiful, tasty and fun. The most amazing part of the evening was meeting people at our table, watching the prep and sharing the excitement about Jeff Scheer, Maui farms and our farm to table movement. The food was exsquisite, succulent and delicious. I don’t want to give it all away so I’ll share my photo story below.

 

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So if you’d like to try something different, meet new friends and get a Taste of Maui  be sure to check out the Mill House Maui and make a reservation for Maui Chefs Table at millhousemaui.com.  Also look up the hashtag #mauichefstable #millhouse #mauitropicalplantation to view all the gorgeous photos being posted by everyone and use them to post your photos also!

We are looking forward to offering #privatechefstable farm tours and please follow our tours tab to book a personalized farm tour with us.

We love sharing the farms and food of Maui. Call me at 808 283-9131 or book a tour right here on our fareharbor calendar.

~ Marilyn

 

The West Maui Farm Tour

LAHAINA ANIMAL FARM, MAUI DRAGON-FRUIT FARM, MauiGrown Coffee Company Store and Simpli-Fresh FARM TOUR

ripe coffee cherries at Piliani Kope Farm photo by Marilyn Jansen LopesAloha everyone, our West Maui Farm Tour has changed due to the Kaʻanapali Coffee Farms closing to the public recently.  The coffee Berry borer wiped out one third of the crop in Kona and was discovered on Oahu at the Dole Plantation and we do not want it to spread to Maui. It could be devastating to our coffee industry.

It’s so sad not to be able to wander into the coffee trees but we visit these gorgeous farms in Launiupoko and were thrilled to meet Teresa Waters of the Lahaina Animal Farm and Crystal of the Maui Dragonfruit Farm. We are offering the new tours to these locations and finishing at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store and Simpli Fresh Farm at the top of the scenic Lahaina Bypass Highway.

We Pick up at Kahului Harbor 8:30 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:45 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:15 AM then we travel to Launiupoko to Lahaina Animal Farm. Teresa Waters with Kelsie and Baby DollWe start with an introduction to the gorgeous farm 500 ft. above the sea. Then we meet Ramsey the Ram, beautiful horses, Elsie Mae the young donkey, Baby doll, a miniature horse who is barefoot and pregnant all the time. (They breed horses as assistance animals because they live much longer than assistance dogs) The property is magnificent with a gorgeous guest ranch home (that people can rent) backed to the West Maui Mountains and Launiupoko Gulch. There are designer chickens, ducks, a tilapia pond with fat healthy fish, a garden, aDSC_0011 lilikoi gazebo, a seven year old tortoise named Hulk, and his girlfriend, a couple of friendly pigs, Rhode Island Reds, sweet goats and it’s immaculate. We enjoy the walk and meeting all the animals then some fresh squeezed lilikoi juice in the shade.

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We can see the blue blue sea and the island of Lanai from this unique place where they have planted the dragon fruit cactus which produces beautiful exotic flowers then fruits. They are seasonal, so eventually they will offer Dragon fruit added value products for purchase in the beautiful bamboo house where we will sample Maui Gold Pineapple year round and Dragon fruit when in season (July-November). DSC_0059 DSC_0063 DSC_0053DSC_0043We’ll explore the 26 acres from their lookout platform overlooking the dragonfruit and their zip-line and rolling ball that people adventure on other activity tours.

Then it’s off to the Launiupoko Beach Park for a picnic lunch followed by coffee and cookies at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store. You’ll learn about growing coffee beans, harvesting and the art of processing coffee, from picking, drying, pulping to roasting and tasting the fresh roasted Coffee. There are four varieties of coffee grown here.green coffee cherries Red Catuai is said to be the Cabernet of coffee by certain coffee writers. Yellow Caturra has a yellow cherry unlike the typical red coffee cherry and has spicy undertones. ripe coffee cherries at Piliani Kope Farm photo by Marilyn Jansen LopesThey grow Typicas which are from the original coffees brought to Kona, but are grown on Maui. Finally, the Maui Mokka is grown nowhere else in the world. It was originally from Ethiopia and cultivated in Yemen. The Mokka on Maui is a hybrid grown only on Maui. It is rare and wonderful with chocolaty undertones when the cherries are aged an additional six months to bring out the flavors. The wonderful picnic lunch with sandwiches provided by Whole Foods Kahului chosen at time of booking. (Choices are: Turkey-Bacon-Avocado-Spinach-Aioli, Classic Italian, or Veggie) and Fresh island fruits and juices.Kaanapali-Coffee-Farms our van

See the photo of the four different varieties of coffee growing at Kaʻanapali Coffee Farms. In the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, you’ll learn how they harvest the rare Mokka Variety which is gaining notoriety as a MauiGrown Coffee. In the past, if we were lucky we got to observe some of the harvesting process. With such a large acreage it must be done by machines that go through the rows and rows of coffee trees. Its a rich adventure.

You can shop at The Maui Grown Coffee Company Store for gifts and meet Jeff Ferguson who manages the store. (closed Sundays) You can ship coffee home directly from the store.

Then we’ll be heading up Lahainaluna Road to James and Janell Simpliciano’s Farm SIMPLI FRESH” to explore all they grow, which is just about everything from sweet potatoes, taro, bananas, papaya, ti leaves, tomatoes, lemongrass, watercress, star fruit, mango, ginger, pumpkins and so much more. They’ve found old watercress patches planted by Chinese immigrants during the sugar eras of one hundred and sixty years on Maui. Sugar cane from some the original Hawaiian Canoe crops have been discovered on these slopes of West Maui where inside this range of mountains is the second wettest place on earth. Many streams came out of these mountains supporting life for over one thousand years.

Then we cruise through quaint Lahaina Town back to the Harbor at 2PM and Kahului by 3PM. You’ll return with a memory for life. Tour 5 hours. Cost of Tour: $175.00 Call Marilyn at 808 283-9131 to book your farm tour. Lahaina pick ups are included on the West Maui Farm Tours.

We can arrange tours for up to 75 guests when transportation is not included. Special events with beautiful luncheons overlooking the sea can be designed for your large groups. (Please call for quotes)

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Let’s Talk Story

Chinese at Ocean VodkaWe’ve had an exciting couple of weeks sharing Maui’s Agricultural beauty. I was honored to have fourteen guests from Hong Kong China on a special Farm Tour. I received the urgent call from Hong Kong. The lady wanted to book my tour for her guests to be picked up at Andaz Wailea and said they would like to do tastings, see lots of flowers, have a sit down lunch in a restaurant, see pineapple, taste pineapple and then be dropped off at Lahaina Harbor Pacific Whale Foundation for shopping. I customized a tour for them. As you can see we had a wonderful time. Andaz WaileaUpon arrival at the beautiful Andaz Hotel in Wailea, I met the spokesperson for the group in the lobby. Andaz provided beautiful water bottles for the guests. This was an incentive tour for a Company providing their top achievers with a trip to Maui, Oahu and Korea. They were wonderful. A staff member traveled with us and he said his job was “to keep everyone happy” which he did. The laughter was infectious. I would talk about Maui in short segments and he would translate into Chinese. He said their island home in Hong Kong had a population of seven million, so when I mentioned Maui has a lot of cars, he laughed as we live on such a rural and beautiful island. Chinese Group ShotOur first stop was the Ocean Vodka organic farm and distillery. I had booked a short tour as I was told that Hong Kong people like a fast paced tour. We also had to fit in a lot of places so timing was very important. Everything was perfect. At Ocean Vodka, the guests loved sampling sugar, meeting the rooster, (pest control), walking out to the sugar and into the beautiful barn for a tour of the bottling and distilling areas. China girls with me at Ocean Vodka Barn They love to take pictures so I shared many a photo opportunity with my sweet and kind guests from Hong Kong. This was a young group of Chinese aged twenty five to fifty. They were so much fun. Some spoke English but it was great to have my Chinese speaking assistant on the team. He purchased Shot glass souvenirs for each guest at Ocean Vodka. The VIP (Owner of the company and his escort) actually caught up with us on the tour. We continued on to Surfing Goat Dairy for a delicious sampling of cheese. photo(63) photo(62)They surfed on the surf boards, took photos with the baby goats and really enjoyed the farm.photo 1 photo 2 photo 3  Then we headed to photo 5 photo 5 photo 4 photo 4Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm where they fell in love with the beautiful Lavender, Proteas, hydrangeas, and enjoyed more photo opportunities together. They were so amazed at the beautiful boutique, the view from AKLMAUI, and the feeling you get just being in that gorgeous place surrounded by flowers, trees, succulents, olive trees, herbs and the scent of lavender. Some enjoyed lavender lemonade, lavender tea, lavender coffee before we headed to a delicious lunch prepared at Kula Lodge. Lunch at Kula Lodge Chinese Guests Parting shotWe ordered in advance and called ahead as we departed the Lavender farm. Upon arrival everything smelled wonderful. It must have been the baby back ribs, and the kiawe in the pizza oven down below in the gardens. They loved it. After lunch we wandered the gardens and when everyone was coming back to the van I provided a platter of fresh cut Maui Gold Pineapple to sample as I played ukulele. They each took a photo with me. That was great fun. We finished off our fun day by stopping by Maui Pineapple to meet Ricky who had several pineapples for us. We all cheered and departed for Lahaina, arriving in perfect time give or take a few minutes for their shopping trip. Aloha Oe, I had a wonderful day with all my Chinese guests. Look forward to sharing Maui’s Agricultural beauty again and again. Next time we go to the Dragonfruit farm, Lahaina Family Farm, Lahaina Animal Farm and Kaanapali Coffee Farms. Call Me 808 283-9131 or email info@mauicountryfarmtours.com

#EHIFarmDay Tour 2014

Hey everyone,

Saturday May 24, 2014 Maui Country Farm Tours is doing the “Farm Day” Tour of three Maui farms. As part of the Edible Hawaiian Islands farm day #EHIFarmDay photo(61) We’re offering a one day only Up-Country Farm Tour for the special price of $49.00 per person (kids and adults).  This wonderful morning up country tour will begin at Whole Foods Market Kahului 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. in the center court of the Maui Mall. Maui Country Farm Tours will be the transportation as a benefit for Hawaii Agri-Tourism Association (HATA). All proceeds go to HATA so we can help support farmers statewide to increase their sales of Added-Value products. The tour begins at 8:30 AM and returns to Whole Foods by 2PM. Our first farm is the beautiful Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm on the slopes of Haleakala Crater. We’ll have lavender tea or coffee and lavender sconesMaui Country Farm Tours 467 and a walk in the lush protea and lavender gardens. We’ll shop in the gorgeous lavender boutique for lotions and creams, tea and jellies, honey, essential oils, soaps, sachets, gourmet seasonings, artwork, jewelry and more… Everyone can agree that Ali`i Kula lavender is a highlight of our tours.

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027 (2)Silver leaf Protea viewAfter this breathtaking farm, we’ll travel down a country road to The Surfing Goat Dairy for a delightful tour of the farm famous for its 18 award winning cheeses. Their plain chevre is poignantly named “Udderly” delicious. We sample a delicious flight of cheese after a visit into 2013-02-26 14.44.39the fields to meet the adorable herds. Lots of babies and mamas to make cheese year round. Surfing Goat Dairy has transformed 42 acres of dry land to a grassy haven 037 (2)for Goat Cheese lovers and animals to play. Everyone loves the rustic buildings that house the picnic areas and the little metal roofed boutique where guests check in for their tours. They can sample cheese at the window or go inside to buy goat cheese truffles, hand-made goat milk soaps, stuffed goats, t-shirts, postcards and of course Cheese! My favorites are the Mandalay (an apple banana and curry flavor) and the Men’s Challenge (horseradish). Another chevre is the Ole’ mildly flavored with jalapenos. Try the Tzatziki, a refreshing mix of quark, cucumbers, fresh garlic and dill. Aged cheeses like Feta’s are stored in olive oil for over 5 months. 2012-08-28 13.26.11 There’s so much variety and even smoked salmon panini’s with Men’s Challenge Goat cheese melted into a delicious sandwich. I love them with an espresso in the morning.  You’ll learn everything you wanted to know about goats from history of the farm, to how they stagger the pregnancies to keep the goat milk abundantly flowing into the cheese making factory year round. One weekend in December there were twenty seven new babies born. Recently there were a lot of new baby goats. It’s fun to video tape the babies when they’re frolicking to catch them in action and enjoy their antics.

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 After a fun and delicious time at the Goat farm we travel on down for the finishing touch of the day to the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. Its a gorgeous new farm on eighty acres of land with over ten acres planted in thirty varieties of organic sugar cane. It is harvested sustainably by cutting only what is needed for the production of the vodka, and fermented with desalinated sea water to produce a delicious vodka that tastes of a hint of the sea. You’ll enjoy a sampling at the end of your tour of the sugar, the distillery and the beautiful barn that houses the bottling operations and distilling apparatus. Kyle, Dianna and their son Shay have accomplished so much.photo 3photo 3photo 1

They drilled a well for water to irrigate the farm and have photo voltaic panels that provide all the power to the farm. It’s a beautifully manicured grassy martini garden filled with herbs and plants perfect for martinis like lavender, thai basil, mint and lemon grass. The sugar has a wonderful sound when the wind blows and you walk up close to it to see the ancient varieties from some of the original Hawaiian Canoe crops. You’ll taste some sugar cane upon arrival in the gift shop as we prepare for the tour. Afterwards you can shop for souvenirs, t-shirts, vodka goat cheese truffles, and beautiful bottles of Ocean Vodka. The bottles are made in France from recycled materials and a soy-based ink is used for the Ocean Vodka design. They’re beautiful. So come along with us for a Grown on Maui tour and get enthused about the farms on Maui. We totally enjoyed the #mauiag festival on Saturday April 5, 2014 at The Maui Tropical Plantation. It was so exciting and almost too much to handle but you gotta see it and feel it and taste and buy what the farmers and chefs of Maui have to offer on the one day they all come together to share the abundance of the land. Sharing Maui's Agricultural BeautyCome next year and celebrate the chefs and farmers of our island. Visit the farmers markets weekly throughout the year. Check out the Edible Hawaiian IslandsFarm guide for all islands of Hawaii.

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Hope to see you on the tour.

 We always serve a Maui Gold Pineapple and lilikoi (Passionfruit) juice.

We love sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty and you’ll go home with a memory for life from three of our beautiful farms.

Aloha,

Marilyn