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End of Summer Sale

Hookipa lookoutBe the first to book a tour with Maui Country Farm Tours on a limited sale price of $100.00 per person for the half-day tour when you book 4 persons. BOOK NOW. This offer lasts until August 15th, 2013. (tours until December 31, 2013) Private Tours are $225.00 per person.
Our Best selling Tour is the half day tour. I know it’s because there’s so much to see and even the regular price is nice. $150.00  There are so many stops and rich experiences on our agricultural tour Up-Country Maui.
9 AM The tour begins when we pick you up in Kahului and head for Ho`okipa Beach Park (The wind-surfing capital of the world) before heading Up-Country to the farms. First we take a scenic ocean view tour passing by the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii through acres of sugar cane and the historical old town of Paia, once home to another sugar mill, then on to Ho`okipa Beach Park for some photos overlooking the magnificent surf. We often see Hawaiian sea turtles (Honu) and surfers, kite sailors, and wind surfers on the beautiful waves.
Maui Country Farm Tours Van
Then it’s on through Pineapple Country where Ricky was born and raised in Hali`i Maile the headquarters of The Maui Pineapple Company, now gone and Maui history is changing before our eyes. If not for Maui’s Winery in Ulupalakua, the pineapple would be gone. Today they lease over 1200 acres and continue to grow the Maui Gold pineapple which is used in many of their pineapple wines. They call it Hali`i Maile Pineapple Company.
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DSC_0151After traveling through the pineapple camp we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery.  We walk among the old trees taking photographs and enjoying the history of Ulupalakua ranch. There are approximately 2300 head of cattle, elk, sheep, goats and wild turkeys on the 20,000 acre ranch. Guests can do a wine tasting of either pineapple or grape wines in the King’s Cottage. Our visitors are so amazed at the diversity of the land on Maui and love to see how people actually live when we drive through Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

Next we travel to the 4,000 ft elevation to Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. We enjoy tea, coffee and scones then proceed to a walking tour in the old proteas and lavender. Now they’ve planted the edible gardens with citrus, apple, plums, cinnamon, avocado and the olives trees are flourishing. It’s an amazing experience and a highlight of our day. 20120810-220237.jpg20120810-220202.jpg

We do a wonderful lunch created at Whole Foods Kahului, Maui. Choices are the turkey-bacon-avocado-spinach-aioli, Classic Italian or Veggie sandwich, all on ciabattas. (let us know if you prefer gluten-free) We also prepare an amazing salad for large groups with local ingredients at Whole Foods. Fresh Pineapple, and other local fruits like lilikoi are served. Everyone loves the local style and fruits they have never tasted before. Turkey-sandwich

After lunch we stop by Kula Country Farms a 180 acre farm where they grow pumpkins, strawberries, squash, string beans, cabbage, onions, tuber rose, and more proteas. Guests can shop in the quaint farm stand overlooking all of West Maui. (Closed on Monday) Strawberry Patch at Kula Country Farms Pincushion-protea-closeup

9AM – 2PM (5 hours) Cost of Tour (including lunch and refreshments) $150.00 Kama Aina Rate is a 10% discount available to local residents. Minimum of four to travel so check with us to see if we have others booked. Private tours are $225.00 per person and you’ll love having the van all to yourself. 808 283-9131

Pride of America Cruise ship passengers are picked up at the Kahului harbor at 8:30 AM. All others must meet at Whole Foods Kahului by 8:45 AM. (Lahaina Harbor is a 45 minute drive to Kahului) We now pick up at Lahaina Harbor for an additional $50.00 per person. So if you want to visit beautiful Up-Country Maui, you can come with us for a wonderful agricultural and scenic tour of the island of Maui.

Afternoon Up-Country Farm Tour: Same as above but 11:45 AM -4:45 PM

Guests at Kahului Harbor can be picked up at 11:30 AM

Add Surfing Goat Dairy or Ocean Vodka Organic farm and Distillery for an additional $25.00 per person.

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~Marilyn

Call me 808 283-9131 to book your tour and take advantage of this offer.

The Tours

HALF-DAY TOURS
9 AM The tour begins when we pick you up in Kahului and head for Ho`okipa Beach Park (The wind-surfing capital of the world) before heading Up-Country to the farms. First we take a scenic ocean view tour passing by the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii through the historical old town of Paia, then on to Ho`okipa Beach Park for some photos overlooking the magnificent surf.
Maui Country Farm Tours Van
Then it’s on through Pineapple Country where Ricky was born and raised in Hali`i Maile the headquarters of The Maui Pineapple Company, now gone and Maui history is changing before our eyes. If not for Maui’s Winery in Ulupalakua, the pineapple would be gone. But today they lease over 1200 acres and continue to grow the Maui Gold pineapple which is used in many of their pineapple wines. They call it Hali`i Maile Pineapple Company.
After traveling through the pineapple camp we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery. You’ll learn the history of the 150 year old ranch along the way and be amazed at the feeling of old Maui when you arrive to see the trees planted by captain James Makee in the late 1850’s. We walk among the old trees taking photographs and enjoying the history of Ulupalakua ranch. There are approximately 2300 head of cattle, elk, sheep, goats and wild turkeys on the 20,000 acre ranch.

After Ulupalakua we travel to the 4,000 ft elevation to Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. We enjoy tea, coffee and scones then proceed to a walking tour in the old proteas (planted on Maui in the 1970’s) from South Africa and Australia, now planted with lavender, edible gardens, citrus, avocado and olives. It’s an amazing experience and a highlight of our day. 20120810-220237.jpg20120810-220202.jpg

We do a wonderful lunch created at Whole Foods Kahului, Maui. Choices are the turkey-bacon-avocado-spinach-aioli, Classic Italian or Veggie sandwich, all on ciabattas. (let us know if you prefer gluten-free) We also prepare an amazing salad for large groups with local ingredients at Whole Foods. Fresh Pineapple, and other local fruits like lilikoi are served.

Everyone loves the local style and fruits they have never tasted before. Turkey-sandwich

After lunch we stop by Kula Country Farms a 180 acre farm where they grow pumpkins, strawberries, squash, string beans, cabbage, onions, tuber rose, and more proteas. Guests can shop in the quaint farm stand overlooking all of West Maui. (Closed on Monday) Strawberry Patch at Kula Country Farms Pincushion-protea-closeup

9AM – 2PM (5 hours) Cost of Tour (including lunch and refreshments) $125.00 Kama Aina Rate is a 10% discount available to local residents. Minimum of four to travel so check with us to see if we have others booked. (Otherwise private.)

Private tours are $225.00 per person and you’ll love having the van all to yourself.

Pride of America Cruise ship passengers are picked up at the Kahului harbor at 8:30 AM.

All others meet at Whole Foods Kahului by 8:45 AM. We now pick up at Lahaina Harbor for an additional $50.00 per person.

So if you want to visit beautiful Up-Country Maui, you can come with us for a wonderful agricultural and scenic tour of the island of Maui.

Afternoon Up-Country Farm Tour: Same as above but 11:45 AM -4:45 PM

NEW OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM AND DISTILLERY

Deluxe Up-Country Photo Farm Tour:

~ Scenic Ocean View Tour of Ho`okipa Beach Park

~ History of Sugar Cane on Maui ~ Old Town Of Paia

~ Pineapple Country

~ Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

~ Lavender Farm for Tea or Coffee and scones

~ Lunch created by Whole Foods Kahului. Maui.

Surfing Goat Dairy walking tour, cheese sampling where you’ll see the goats up close, learn about the dairy and cheese making process and you’ll love the many chevres flavored with herbs from the 42 ACRE farm. They have 18 award winning cheeses. Feeding-the-goats

FINISH AT THE  New Ocean Vodka Organic Sugar Farm and Distillery and bottling operation. (open for tours April 29, 2013) where we’ll experience the organic sugar farm plantings and learn how Ocean Vodka is created from Sea water, fermented with the sugar and the distilling and bottling process. The barn The sugar cane

~ Gift shops at each location and plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the view. The all day tour begins at 9:00 AM but pick up times are ~ 8:30 AM from Kahului Harbor, varies at Lahaina Harbor depending on the ship schedule, ~ 8:45 AM from Whole Foods 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

We return to Kahului by 4 PM and Lahaina must add 45 minutes. If your ship departs that evening from Lahaina harbor, it’s best to book a morning tour (1/2 day). The tour is $175.00 per person    Private tours are available for $225.00 per person.

WEST MAUI COFFEE TOUR

Pick up at Kahului Harbor 8:00 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:15 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:00 AM then we travel to Launiupoko to Piliani Kope Coffee Farm. We start with an introduction to the farm where we taste delicious fresh roasted Piliani Kope coffee overlooking beautiful West Maui at 600 ft. above the sea. Then it’s into the coffee trees to learn about growing coffee beans, harvesting and the art of processing coffee, from picking, drying, pulping to roasting and tasting the fresh roasted Coffee. Imagine smelling the roasting beans. You’ll love the views of the valley and mountains behind the farm and the ocean views from Piliani Kope Farm. The barn is a gorgeous place flooded with light from the French Windows over the coffee bar. Beautiful woods, and unique coffee processing machines are a work of art. Guests can shop for t-shirts, coffee, and art-work in the barn while we prepare for our picnic lunch.We have a wonderful picnic lunch with sandwiches provided by Whole Foods Kahului chosen at time of booking. (Choices are: Turkey-Bacon-Avocado-Spinach-Aioli, Italian Sub, or Veggie) and Fresh island fruits overlooking the magnificent view.

Piliani Kope Farm

Then we explore the Ka`anapali Coffee estates where 500 acres of coffee are grown and four varieties of coffee trees, thanks to James (Kimo) Falconer who resurrected the Coffee Trees and created the MauiGrown Coffee brand. Kaanapali-Coffee-Farms our van

You’ll see four different varieties of coffee growing and learn about how they harvest the rare Mokka Variety which is gaining notoriety as a MauiGrown Coffee. If we’re lucky we’ll get 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. Then we hop back in the bus for a scenic tour to shop at The Maui Grown Coffee Company Store for gifts and meet Jeff Ferguson who manages the store. (closed Sundays) We’ll samples fresh roasted Mokka and Peaberry or Catuai. You can ship coffee home directly from the store. 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. (Private tours $225.00 per person) will be personalized for you) Cost of Tour: $150.00 Call Marilyn at 808 283-9131 to book your farm tour. Lahaina pick ups are included on the West Maui Coffee Tours.

SHORT TOURS

 

THE SUGAR EXPRESS TOUR Have a short time and want to see some of Maui’s agricultural beauty? Take The Sugar Express Tour. We take you up into Iao Valley, a lush tropical rainforest just minutes above Wailuku town. You’ll be able to see the rushing stream and the famous Iao Needle. We’ll take photographs and provide you with a digital postcard after your trip. Then we’ll proceed up to the Maui Tropical Plantation for a wonderful Tram Tour which travels through a 60-acre working plantation and takes about 35-40 minutes. You’ll see where they grow all of the Tropical Fruits and Flowers along with breathtaking scenery. Along the way you’ll learn about Coconuts and even see a Coconut Husking Demonstration. There’s also Kumu Farms planting food at the plantation with plans for a hands on picking produce market. It’s a really beautiful place. As we leave Maui Tropical Plantation we’ll head to the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, a delightful collection of sugar memorabilia from actual workers in the cane fields. You’ll see how a sugar mill works and maps of the old plantation camps that are the history of Maui. This is the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii at Puunene. The “Sugar Express Tour(9 AM-12 noon) Cost is $99.00 Kama aina is 10% discount. Waters and juices are provided on the tour. Call 808 283-9131 ~ ask for Marilyn  Private Tours are available for $225.00 per person. (The whole van for your group)

Look forward to seeing you on our tours…

~ Aloha everyone

all tours have a 72 hour cancellation policy.

 

Maui Country Living


What a happy sight to see gorgeous flowers, sweeping vistas, blue blue ocean from grassy, green pastures high on the slopes of Haleakala. I smile when I look at this bouquet of lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Our guests from all over the world love nature and how the beauty of the land restores the soul and spirit.
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Maui has such diversity that not everyone knows… We love to travel off the beaten path to the small towns and back roads of Up Country as well as the farms that are well known. It brings the country to life.
We see fields of cabbage, lettuces, kale, onions, strawberries and lavender,while recollecting on the old days of Maui and what life was like growing up in the sixties. My husband Ricky is Portuguese and his ancestors arrived on Maui in the 1880’s to work the sugar cane.
He loves to tell our guests about the original camps composed of different cultures that worked in the fields.
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Kula Country Farms petunias… This is country…
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Maui Gold Pineapple field… What an amazing sight to see a pineapple on every plant row after row. They’re beautiful. If Hali’i Maile Pineapple Company hadn’t secured the lease of twelve hundred acres of the original Maui Pineapple Company land, there would be no more pineapple on Maui nor Pineapple Wines at Maui’s Winery.  
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Another day of life in the country…Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://mauicountryfarmtours.com
808 283-9131
@jamarilyn on Twitter

More of #MauiPie

As you can see, our celebration of Pies at Kula Country Farms was very popular… There were even more pies to follow these beauties.
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I was hoping for more pizzas and again didn’t get a chance to taste this one by @daniakatz because it’s difficult to eat that much pie!
But it’s fun to see it all come together with everyone in their country spirit on Maui. There were some gorgeous two crust pies that I didn’t get close ups on, darn…

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it happens so fast with guests arriving… Putting out pies… Meeting, greeting, hugs, photos, talking story and all on a beautiful mountain farm overlooking the sea…

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look at these local strawberries from Kula Country Farms…

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@daniaedibleHI is responsible for putting the #MauiPie TweetUp together with Teena Monden of Kula County Farms here. I helped to tweet it and Facebook it to all my followers. We received over 80,000 views in the last 24 hours as #hashgram noted. Wow, isn’t that amazing? Thank you Teena, for setting up our tents,tables, vases of tuber rose and pin cushion flowers, ice water and everything. Your farm is a wonderful place…

 

~ Marilyn

 

P.S I’ll be announcing the winner of a Maui Country Farm Tour for 2 tomorrow. Stay tuned…

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://mauicountryfarmtours.com
808 283-9131
@jamarilyn on Twitter

Give the Gift of Maui

Happy Holidays, everyone. Aloha from Maui, Hawaii. And to those who live on this beautiful island I hope you’re enjoying your Island Life. I can’t think of anywhere in the world that I’d rather be except visiting my home and family in the mountains of California amid pine trees, sage brush, wild life and the possibility of snow for Christmas.

I’ve never felt trapped on the island with “Rock Fever” as I love Maui with a passion and feel that I belong here. It does feel like Christmas in Hawaii too. In the most subtle ways, the weather has gotten cooler, friends are gathering, there’s Holiday craft fairs, Christmas trees, First Light Film Festival, poinsettias blooming, travelers arriving with an increased energy on our island.

When you’re doing something you love, like sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty, its exciting and fulfilling. We’re visiting our favorite places Up-Country, spending time under giant trees, slowing down the pace to the country life, picking herbs and flowers, buying fresh produce from local farmers and learning about lavender, wine, coffee, nutrition, sharing the history of  Maui, all while traveling along in our big white eight passenger bus with the huge picture windows.

Maui Country Farm Tours VanThe best part about this is bringing attention to Maui’s Farms and inspiring others to support local farmers. It is my hope that young people on Maui will create more farms and develop the cottage industries all over our island. When people buy the added-value products the success stories will come.  AKL Maui, Kula Country Farms and Surfing Goat Dairy are the examples to follow. With a dream and a passion anyone with a vision and a burning desire to never give up, can make it happen. There are over eight hundred farms on Maui. We’d like to learn about them all and share it with you.

  We met over thirty new baby goats at Surfing goat dairy learning the ropes at the farm. Guests giggled and had so much fun feeding the mamas and photographing the babies. They’re best in motion performing their antics. (Adorable) Then we sampled a flight of  gourmet cheese from Udderly Delicious to Men’s Challenge and Mandalay.

If you want to give a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime, give the gift of Maui Country Farm Tours to yourself and loved ones. It’s perfect for a family and friends as our van can accommodate seven passengers. I’m the guide along with my husband Ricky who has lived on Maui all his life. He’ll tell you the stories of the old days here on the island. His Portuguese ancestors go back to the late 1800’s on Maui. He loves to customize the tour for you. For instance, if you’d like to visit the Sugar Museum or check out the sugar cane field and photograph the old churches and Chinese villages in Kula, or a citrus farm owned by his old friend in Ulupalakua, we’ll take you there.

So call us asap to book your tour or click on the Gift Certificate link to send gifts to your friends and family. They can call at their convenience to book in advance of their arrival on Maui.

Ten Must Do’s on Maui

What’s your favorite thing to do on Maui? I can think of about ten different wonderful must do activities on Maui. The first thing that comes to mind is visiting the farms Up-Country with Maui Country Farm Tours, of course because we love to share Maui’s Agricultural Beauty. Even if you live on Maui you might see the land through new eyes and a whole new perspective. Some people have never been driven around in a tour van. It’s so much fun to take a scenic cruise with big picture windows to enjoy the view and not worry about the driving. We love to take care of you and provide a fun, informative tour with plenty of stops for photographs along the way. With families visiting during the holidays, this is a wonderful way to get a group of seven together for a great experience on Maui.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lavender Farm is changing constantly with different light and flowers in bloom. When Lavender is finished blooming in the summer the Proteas come into bloom. There’s always some type of color. The view at 4,000 foot elevation is absolutely stunning. My guests yesterday were so surprised by the breathtaking beauty of Maui.

We love to sit and linger while having lavender tea and scones overlooking Maui so you get a real feel for the place and how many beautiful species of flowers and plants are growing here.

 Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch is where we love to stay and have a picnic under one hundred and fifty year old trees planted by Captain James Makee in 1846 when it was called Rose Ranch. It is a step back in time. We stroll the grounds talking about the history of the land and previous owners and ramble into the history room for an overview of the Winery and the photographs of the last hundred and fifty years.

The current owners since 1963 Pardee Erdman and his son Sumner partnered with Emil Tedeschi to create Hawaii’s first winery.

You’ll taste four different wines and have the chance to purchase several varieties. There’s also amazing gifts from local artists and chocolates made in Hawaii.

That’s two of my favorite places so far.

The next is Kula Country Farms situated on the Kula Highway overlooking all of West Maui too. The one hundred and eighty acres of land  is where they grow strawberries, pumpkins, flowers, corn and vegetables like kale, lettuce, string beans, cabbage, onions and whatever is in season. Its always changing. They sell their produce and other locally grown products like honey, lilikoi jellies, strawberry syrups, Portuguese Sweet breads, tropical flowers and scented Tuber Rose stems. It’s fun to see the little ponies and chickens and children’s raised beds, then look down to sheep in the distance and goats too. My guest commented “How rich the soil looks here on Maui.” Yes the volcanic soil is very rich in nutrients and the cool nights in Kula are wonderful for crops like onions and lettuce, cabbage and corn. They thrive in the moist chilly air.

Kula Country FarmsThe fourth “must see” is Surfing Goat Dairy. Right now the does are giving birth to a multitude of babies. Just last weekend they counted twenty seven newborns. As you wind down Oma`opio Road from beautiful Kula you feel the land change to rustic rural farming and see many crops on either side of the road. This is the home of Kula Onions.

Number Five is Is Iao Valley where you’ll find tropical rain forests just above old Wailuku town. It’s wonderful to think you could de-stress on a lunch hour by driving up into the valley to see the famous Needle.

Beautiful Iao Valley

Its a short journey full of beauty. History tells us of royalty hidden deep within the valley. Steep, jagged mountains lush with greenery beckon us into the mountains. When it rains there are many waterfalls and the stream can rise so always be aware of the weather and surroundings. Never underestimate the water. Maui Photowalks made their first event here in Iao.

Beautiful photography moments are everywhere in the islands, especially for those who are enthralled by moving water and green plant life.

Number six is Ho`okipa where we take people on our all day tours.We love to start our journey by doing what locals do and how we might start out on a Sunday drive to the country. We check out the surf at Ho`okipa. See the windsurfing, surfers and magnificent view of the ocean.

Number seven is My favorite Hawaii State Park, Wai`anapanapa in Hana, Maui. This is where we love to go camping the most. It is wild and beautiful. You can venture through ancient Lau Hala forests and hear the surf all night as you sleep. You might get a good Hana rain pounding on your roof. You’ll see the black sand beach and walk the cliffs on the King’s trail. Native plants of ancient Hawaii cling to the lava down to the sea. Be sure to make your reservation at the DLNR for a cabin. The prices have increased to $60.00 per night for local residents and $90.00 per night for others.

Bring all your comforts with you as it is pretty bare, but the redwood cabins make a nice shelter from the storm. We take our comforters, sleeping bags, champagne glasses, linens, and all our food and silverware. There are the basic essentials provided like can opener, knives, pots, pan, bowls, dishes, towels and sheets but we like to have our own to make it beautiful.

You can cook on the grill outside or a two burner hotplate and there are full size refrigerators. I cook on all of the above, sometimes doing my Vietnamese Pho inside while other meals like shrimp kabobs, or pancakes and bacon on our camp stove simultaneously. I love to cook and  I take pride in being able to do it anywhere with basic supplies.We bring rice, pastas, oil & vinegars, soy sauce, sugar, milk, 1/2 & half or evaporated milk in cans, cereals, sauces, and go to Hana Fresh for awesome vegetables in town.

 

Number eight must be The Seven Sacred Pools past Hana. It’s a gorgeous spot to take pictures but please do not jump off the bridge. Just enjoy the beauty.

 

Number nine: While you’re out there in Hana you should have the Ono Farms experience. You’ll need a reservation to visit this wonderful organic farm experience.  Call Chuck and Lily to schedule your tour. They have bananas, papaya trees, cacao, and many varieties of exotic fruits. Tours are Monday through Friday and run about ninety minutes.

Number ten: Haleakala Crater. Go for sunrise or take the opportunity of a lifetime to hike inside the crater and spend a couple nights in the cabins with no electricity, mingle with the endangered Nenes, feel the earth, and touch the beauty of Maui.

I’ve got many more must do’s on Maui, so that will be more to come. The West side has so much to offer like Piliani Kope Coffee farm, Ka`anapali Coffee Estates and The MauiGrown Coffee store, The Dragonfruit Farm, Honokowai Valley

 

So when on Maui, do enjoy all the agricultural beauty it Hawaii has to offer. You can visit most on your own and if you’d like to be escorted by experienced locals to many beautiful farms and rainforests, please call us to personalize a tour for you.

Check out our tours link at the top of the page or call anytime for information. I’ll be happy to tell you all about us. 808 283-9131

 

Aloha, everyone.

~ Marilyn

 

I Had This Idea For A Farm Tour

I had this idea for a Scenic Farm Tour…

We acquired this beautiful bus from the Old Maui Pineapple company auction. It had been used by Kapalua Hotel as a shuttle.

Maui Country Farm Tours Van  When things began to change on Maui and the economy got crazy, I thought let’s do something we might really enjoy that could also bring attention to the farms on Maui. I was especially concerned when I heard that we could run out of food in a week and a half, if the ships stopped coming to our island. This was shocking to think that in a perfect climate we weren’t growing enough food to sustain the population, when Hawaiians had survived here for over eight hundred years living off the land and the sea.

I knew that the sugar cane was diminishing and Maui has the only working sugar plantation in the state. I envisioned the future of Hawaii as a series of cottage crops all over the island sustaining the people. But how will this get started if young people don’t take interest in farming and agriculture? The average farmer is sixty years old. Kula Country Farms was started by young farmers Chauncey Monden and Teena Monden, growing pumpkins, corn, onions, strawberries, herbs, flowers and whatever is in season. The Lavender Farm, “Ali`i Kula Lavender” is thriving and carrying on the legacy of Ali`i Chang it’s founder and providing scholarships to the youth of Maui who qualify to learn the business of agriculture. Lani and Pomai Weigert have traveled around the US and Canada teaching what they have learned about their successful “Country Chic” Brand.   I recently attended the “Added-Value” Workshop sponsored by Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao where several of Hawaii’s growers shared information on product creativity, product development and their stories of how they put together their businesses. Lani shared how they received their first $100,000.00 USDA added-value grant. Added-Value means products. I learned so much about products created for sale from ingredients Grown On Maui. For more information on Grants go to Grants.gov  We are so inspired by Lani Weigert  of the Lavender Farm and now Pomai  Weigert and Koa Chang who run operations. As they explain, originally they marketed to the seniors and now they are focusing on the youth.

Koa Chang of Ali`i Kula Lavender

I began the process of marketing when I created my books, The Amaryllis of Hawaii series, what a ride. I have been an organic gardener since twenty-five years old, I love to cook, and do every creative thing I can get my hands on. I have a burning desire to share with the world so I offer it daily via Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and You-Tube. Coming soon, much more video teaching of how to cook, how to plant and how to create whatever I’m up to at the time such as card-making, sewing, quilting, painting on tees, plant a tree, planting bulbs, making a pie-crust, lemon-meringue pie, apple pies, pumpkin pies, lilikoi jelly, stuffing a turkey and the whole day. I’m also a registered nurse and really enjoy giving that added attention to my guests.

Amaryllis of Hawaii By Marilyn Jansen

So, I thought why not create a country farm tour. I LOVE country and everything nostalgic about  country living. I live Up-Country on Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. It’s quiet, with chickens and roosters crowing in the distance and peacocks too. There’s a pig farm nearby and on some mornings we hear deer nearby. My husband knows the sound they make. On Sundays there’s no traffic passing by so you really get the feel of what Maui must have been like in the olden days.

Kula Country Farms

Aloha from Kula Country Farms

I wanted to take people back to a simpler place and time. I wanted to go there myself. So we started Maui Country Farm Tours “Sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty” and presented at The Maui Ag Festival 2011. People responded with great interest. It seems the Food Movement across the world is taking hold and people do want to know where their food is grown. Locavore is becoming a household word.

So here we go. I thought why not pick up people at Whole Foods (a great starting point and a wonderful supporter of local farmers) then take them on a scenic drive where local people might go on a Sunday drive. We go to Ho`okipa to check out the magnificent surf, then head up to the country.

Since my husband was born and raised in the Pineapple Camp (Hali`i Maile) we journey through pineapple country which is also diminishing since Maui Pineapple was sold in 2010. Now the boutique Pineapple company Hali`i Maile Pineapple sells the Maui Gold Pineapple and grow on approximately 1200 acres. They have pineapple tours, also. We tell the story of my husband’s experiences growing up in the camp then head on over to scenic Ulupalakua. The best part about this is actually slowing down long enough to feel the quiet, to relax under one hundred and fifty year old trees and picnic on the ranch.

Next we stop at Kula Country Farms overlooking all of  West Maui. My goal was to get people excited about the beauty and the products of Maui. Teena and Chauncey have created a charming farm stand on an actual working farm with chickens, goats, and changing colorful crops year round. The hands on strawberry picking, Feb-May and Pumpkin time Sept-Oct makes it a great activity for families on Maui.

We arrive at the Lavender Farm for Tea and scones then take an amazing walking tour and fill our pockets with scented lavender, geraniums and the story of the farm.

I started with the popular farms, but with over eight hundred farms on Maui it is truly my goal to introduce others that qualify for tours. I plan to visit as many as possible and do virtual tours at first to bring attention to their products and hopefully interest more and more people around the world about everything that comes out of our islands.

Of Course we go to Surfing Goat Dairy and we love the pride they have fortheir farm and the cheese making process!

Charlene Kauhane of Kauhane Inc. is responsible for promoting Maui County Farm Bureau and hosted several Grown on Maui events in the month of September. See Maui County Farm Bureau

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We’ve got Coffee Tours in the works and the Story of Chocolate by Melanie Boudar, the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier coming soon…

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Call me to book a tour at 808 283-9131 and call me with any questions you might have about farms on Maui. If we don’t know we’ll find out for you.

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We Love Personalized Tours

On a recent Maui Country Farm Tour, one of our guests decided to change the plan (in the middle of the tour). Talk about special requests! Luckily it was a private tour for just the man and his wife.

We had visited the old town of Paia, discussing the highlights and history of the town, including the Paia Sugar Mill built in 1880, the 1930 fire which burned half the town down, and the tsunami in 1946 which wiped out the town again.  Today it is a town of chic boutiques, wonderful restaurants and colorful displays of our mixed plate cosmopolitan population on Maui. People say they love to hear about the old days of Hawaii which brings the culture to life.

They loved Ho`okipa where the surf was happening. We departed through Haiku to avoid a traffic jam caused by the road work back in Paia.

On through Pineapple country where my husband Rick grew up in the camp they seemed to enjoy the History of  Hali`i Maile and actually seeing how pineapples grow in the field from slip to maturity. I love to discuss the fact that Pineapple is in the bromeliad family and is the only terrestrial. (earth plant)

They were amazed how different Up-Country is compared to the tourist locations of busy Lahaina and thought it nice to experience where locals live.  This was an all day tour so we strolled the grounds of Maui’s Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store leisurely before entering the Wine Tasting Room. I  give part of the history of the winery before arriving to Ulupalakua and tell the story as we walk beneath the one hundred and fifty year old trees planted by Captain James Makee during his ownership of the ranch from 1856-1886. At that time it was called Rose Ranch named for his wife’s abundant roses and gardens she created.

Maui's Winery

We enjoyed our delicious sandwiches prepared by Whole Foods Kahului and fresh local watermelon and papayas under the Camphor tree then headed back towards Kula Country Farms and Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. We stop for photos above magnificent Ulupalakua and point out our guests’ hotel in Wailea. They love the landscape and who wouldn’t. It’s so peaceful up here. I tell them how the whales come to give birth to their babies in the marine sanctuary below surrounded by three islands. One of the reasons I love Maui the best is because of the unique beauty on the south side where we are so closely surrounded by islands in the distance.  We are able to see the vineyards planted below the Kula Highway. Scenic West Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokini and  Lanai appear almost touchable.

 

                                                        Kula Country Farms is turning orange now with all the pumpkins.


Upon arrival to the Lavender Farm I order the Lavender tea and scones for my guests to enjoy on the lanai overlooking beautiful AKL Maui and the wonderful view from 4,000 ft. elevation.

My guest decides that his knees were a little sore so he would rather just “hang out” with my husband Rick and drink tea while his wife and I joined another group for the walking tour. “Okay”, I said, “sure, it’s a wonderful place to just hang out.” I love to do that myself time and time again sipping my tea and eating a lavender brownie. The energy at the Lavender farm is amazing. It truly is condusive to relaxation.

Maui

We loved our walking tour with Harrison which lasted about 45 minutes this time. I’m always photographing the Proteas and lavender and the view as it changes day to day with different light. Now I love to use iPhone apps and Nikon D-60, and started using Instagram to post immediately to Twitter and Facebook. I love spreading the word about  Maui’s agricultural beauty.

Silver Leaf Protea has no flowers.

                                            The Giant Protea takes weeks to open. They have been on earth since Pre-historic times.

When  we reached the Lavender gift boutique I found out that my guest had talked my husband into changing the next stop. This meant  I had to call the next farm and let them know that we wouldn’t be coming as planned. I hadn’t experienced this before but we’re flexible and eager to serve so in a heart beat we decided to share the sugar cane on Maui. We do have the last working mill in the State of Hawaii. People love to hear about the original cane growing history so we took our guests to the heart of Pu`unene Sugar Mill and visited The Sugar Museum. No photography is allowed inside the museum so I’ll tell you a litttle bit about it. Immediately upon entering you get a feel of old Maui. I love it. The doorknobs to the bathrooms are glass. The house is very old. At each turn of the exhibits you experience what life was like in the old days of the original cane workers of Maui.

So the tour turned out very nice for our guests from California. They really enjoyed the Sugar Museum and commented that Rick was “A Good ol’ boy.”

That’s my Local Boy.  Just like Maui No Ka Oi (The Best)

If you’d like to learn about Maui’s agricultural beauty and get a PERSONALIZED tour, please call us at 808 283-9131

We’ll take excellent care of you…

~ Marilyn

 

 

Up-Country Photo Farm Tour

Last Friday we did a wonderful Concierge Tour of Up-Country Maui and Surfing Goat Dairy. Maui’s Winery and The Lavender Farm are the most beautiful places to spend time in nature. At the winery we ate our picnic lunch under the shade of one hundred and fifty year old trees. It was a step back in time. Beautiful land, plants, trees and an ancient forest in the distance. We had a private tour of the wine-making process.

 

Kula Country Farms was overflowing with tuberose and girls love flowers in big bouquets. The pumpkins are getting bigger each day. This is the country and it becomes part of your spirit you don’t want to leave behind. It fills you with peace and exhilarates you with the big beauty and abundance of Maui.

At the Lavender Farm we enjoyed our walking tour by Harrison. Our pockets were filled with herbs and the essence of lavender and scented geraniums. (Chocolate, lime and rose) Each visit to the lavender farm brings new knowledge of the place and the legacy of Ali`i Chang. I find I want to stay and linger and take it all in. Everywhere the eye can see is a thing of beauty. There are Proteas in many varieties and avocado trees cut like Bonsai in shapes that hang down so the fruit can be picked with ease.

 

At Surfing Goat dairy we enjoyed a tour by the young Anna who did a wonderful job. I find that each person who gives a tour has a true passion for their farms and the pride is so beautiful.  Every passenger was excited by the variety of the farms, the tastes  and sounds of the journey. It is quite an adventure. We love sharing Maui’s agricultural beauty.

 

Call us to book your tour 808 283-9131

 

 

 

 

Kula Country Farms Pie TweetUp

#PieTweetUp

Pies Pies Pies

Maui Country Farm Tours will take you to the farms in style. One of the farms we’ll be stopping at is Kula Country Farms Up-country farm. Last weekend we had The Pie TweetUp and it was a great success! Dania Katz of Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine hosted a wonderful #PieTweetUp at Kula Country Farms. The hashtag received so much attention on Twitter that our Social Media Community took notice and they showed up with pies!

Dania Katz (advertising sales) of Edible Hawaiian Islands

Dania Katz

 Teena Monden and her staff at Kula Country Farms set up tents and arranged picnic tables for us to meet and share the bounty. What an incredible view of West Maui below. The Pies just kept on coming. Dania  created a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Banana Cream Pie and assorted treats. I prepared a Mango-Crumb Pie. Nadine of @SneakPeekEats baked a gorgeous Surinam Cherry Lattice Pie.

Nadine's Pie

Nadine's Surinam Cherry Pie

The Theme was Local Ingredients so we tried to use only what’s grown on Maui. Some imported ingredients had to be used. My pie was made with all Local Mangos and The Gossip Gourmet of Maui-No-Ka-Oi Magazine said it was To-die-for. I had forgotten to add spices like cinnamon but the Mango flavored with lemon juice and dotted with  butter and a brown sugar crumb topping was amazing!

Maui Mango Crumb Pie

My Mango Pie

I was so busy meeting people and taking pictures (as usual), that I barely had a chance to sample all the pies. I tried a sliver of the cherry pie, my mango pie and when Jen Russo arrived with a Mushroom Pizza Pie, I was hungry for food. It was delicious!

Kula Country Farms

Teena Monden, Dania and Renee

Then it was time to check out the farm so I wandered off with the kids who were exploring…

We walked down a gentle path to the big strawberry patch. The view is incredible. There are wildflowers and cala lilies planted throughout the land. Chickens of all types are wandering about. The goats were down below in their pen on this day. The Monden Family leases over 140 acres of land here.

Kula Country Farms Strawberry Patch

The Strawberry Patch

Thanks to Dania we had a very successful event. Thank you to everyone who contributed pies. Liza of @AMauiBlog kept a list of most of the Twitter handles so we can all keep in touch.

Dania and Marilyn

We look forward to many more Country Farm Tweet-Ups and events coming up throughout the year. Maui Country Farm Tours will take groups of seven on customized tours Up-Country and the West side of Maui. We’ll be visiting coffee farms, the dragonfruit farm, taro farms and flower farms. Don’t forget Surfing Goat Dairy. Upon request we can even visit Ono Farms in Hana.

Kula Country Farms

Aloha from Kula Country Farms