Category Archives: Food

Kula Backyard Farm Tours

Kula Backyard Farm Tour is a beautiful hands on experience at Aina Lani “Maui Fresh Herbs, Kula Beans Coffee Farm and Greenleaf Organic Farm.

Kula Backyard Farm Tour is our brand new tour

First Stop is Kula Beans Coffee Farm with Tama Brandeburg award winning coffee grower for a seed to cup experience on her gorgeous property and learn the art of coffee growing, processing from seed to cup. Taste delicious coffee and pastries or banana bread and wander into the one hundred and fifty trees learning how they are planted, cultivated, pruned, coffee cherries are picked, pulped, and beans are washed, dried and prepared for roasting. Crack macadamia nuts grown on the farm. Photograph proteas, orchids, papaya trees, pomegranates, greenhouses, coffee, citrus and avocado and more on this beautiful farm. Coffee beans

Next stop is Michael McCoy’s Aina Lani Farm. Immerse yourself in the trees and gardens, where Chinese greens, baby carrots, peas, edible flowers, lettuces, micro greens, hibiscus, gingers, herbs are grown.

Meet the beekeeper and taste the honey, citrus, avocado, clove and spices. Finally, we meet the Greenleaf Farm for an amazing education about compost, fertile soil and a farm lush with organic vegetables, coffee trees, ice cream bean, exotic plants, aquaponics and so much more.

 

Call Marilyn to book this personalized private farm tour. 808 283-9131  $160.00 per person for this amazing experience on three private farms includes sampling coffee, pastries, exotic fruits, and honey. (Minimum of six for this tour) otherwise book a private tour ($300.00 per person) and we’ll go to lunch at Kula Lodge too!)

 

Michael McCoy's Aina Lani (Fresh Island Herbs) Farm

Beautiful Aina Lani Farm

We have a 72 hour cancellation policy.

Flowers and Farms of Maui

On Maui you’ll see so many types of flowers! Tropical flowers, orchids, hibiscus, gingers, Proteas from South Africa and Australia and of course lavender in forty five varieties at Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm. Bromeliads are everywhere on the island. We love to share them with you on our tours. Plumeria scent the air and tuberrose, gardenias, puakenikeni, Pikake are just a few of our favorites of Hawaiʻi. Coffee blossoms are in the gardenia family. Book an Up Country farm tour if you love nature, flowers, photography and a taste of Maui. 808 283-9131 
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We love our Maui Farmers Markets

 

 

Hi We love our Farmers Markets on Maui.

Every Saturday morning 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM we shop for organic vegetables at the Up Country Farmers Market in Pukalani. It is bustling with energy and abundant veggies, flowers, delicious food, coffees, artisan breads, jams, honey, kombucha and exotic fruits of the islands. Chefs, tourists and kamaʻāina love to hand pick from the freshest ingredients grown on Maui. We’re keeping it local for sure!

Making the most of Maui

We’re making the most of Maui sharing all the agricultural beauty of our island. KenaioOur guests love the experience at Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm, MauiWine, Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Kula Country Farms with us. English LavenderThey say it’s so much nicer having an experienced local guide to share the history and all the behind the scenes information about life on Maui rather than driving themselves and worrying about where to turn. We have private tours, large groups and wedding parties take the whole family together on our adventure and they have a blast. MauiWineIt’s fun to see everyone enjoy the gorgeous gardens, the tea and scones, the walking tour into the gardens and taking photos among the old trees at Ulupalakua Ranch after their wine tasting is a treasure for life. Travelers love the feeling of old Maui and our Up Country Lifestyle and we love sharing our island over and over again. It’s an honor to have guests from China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Midwest, California and all the guests cruising on the Pride of America Norwegian Cruiseline.Half Way to Hana We’re hooking up with Carnival Corporation and soon you’ll be booking our newest tours specializing in the rare and beautiful things to do on Maui. See you soon on a farm tour. Call Marilyn to design a custom tour for you 808 283-9131 or book right in the side bar here on our calendar. If you love a Kula Coffee tour, Half Way to Hana Tour, Up Country Farm Tour or Deluxe Up Country Farm Tour, please click on the calendar for all our tour descriptions. 
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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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Half Way to Hana Tours

Half Way to Hana

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image Experience the wild side of Maui on our halfway to Hana tour. We’ll pick you up at Whole Foods Marketplace (directly across from Kahului Harbor) 70 Kaʻahumanu Ave in the Center Court then head towards the jungle side to visit bamboo forests, lush scenery along the Road to Hana and return by 3 PM with time for a sunset dinner.
We stop at Hoʻokipa the amazing lookout point to watch the surfers and search for sea turtles in the ocean and on the sand.
Into the jungle we trek visiting Twin Falls Farm Stand, enjoying tropical bananas, coconut candy, and other exotics taking photographs in beautiful thick bamboo forest.
We visit off the beaten path Kaulanapueo Church where it’s peaceful and so quiet you can hear the palm trees sway as we crack a coconut and weave to leaf lei for you.
Paint a watercolor or sketch the plants and trees and squeeze awapuhi ginger to condition your hair after a swim in a tropical pond under a waterfall.
We enjoy our picnic lunch along the way at a beautiful lookout point. We can choose either from Whole Foods sandwiches or opt to purchase at Aunty Sandy’s famous banana bread stand in Ke’anae. Choose when you call to confirm the booking.
We love the black lava formed in ancient times where the ocean is crashing and blow holes magnificently in giant sprays perfect for your Hawaiian jungle experience photographed and a collage created of your journey! Get wet or just enjoy the gorgeous peninsula by the sea. Bring towels and bathing suits 👙and change of clothing.
Lastly, we visit the lookout above the taro patches and halfway to Hana store for Roselani Maui Ice cream 🍦and head back to civilization with a memory for life. Perfect way to spend a half day on Maui with experienced local guides. Leave the driving to us so you can enjoy your adventure. We provide juices, waters and snacks, too. Look forward to sharing the wild side with you. Call 808 283-9131 with any questions. $160.00 per person minimum of four to travel otherwise private tour price $300.00 per person (includes everything)

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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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Mill House

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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.

photo 3(3)Everyone wants to stay and stay but we give our aloha to all the animals and head on our way to the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm

 

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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)

(Private tours $225.00 per person will be customized for you.) 2012-09-03 11.35.072012-09-02 10.21.40

The WEST MAUI FARM TOUR

LAHAINA ANIMAL FARM, MAUI DRAGON-FRUIT FARM 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.

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.

photo 3(3)Everyone wants to stay and stay but we give our aloha to all the animals and head on our way to the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm

 

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photo 4(3)

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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

This is a 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 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.

(Private tours $225.00 per person will be customized for you.) 2012-09-03 11.35.072012-09-02 10.21.40