We are resuming Co-Op activities.....having returned from a week-and-a-half vacation on Kauai, and Oahu.
It was BEAUTIFUL!!!
And the food was incredible. We stayed with some family friends on Oahu, and their backyard is a Garden of Eatin'!
Fresh Starfuit, Raw Macadamias, Tangerines, Coconuts, Bananas, and a giant vegetable garden. We picked our breakfast each morning, and dined on freshly picked salad each night.
On Kauai, we visited several farmers markets for our produce.....organic local pineapples, apple-bananas, mangoes, dragonfruit, avocados.....and fresh salad mix.
We also dropped by a local vegan/raw restaurant a couple of times, Blossoming Lotus. They also have a sister location in Portland - both come highly recommended from us if you are ever visiting either area!! Here is the website: http://www.blossominglotus.com/
We normally eat a lot of whole grains, and fresh produce - so we have an appeciation and love for the power of fresh foods. An understanding that fresh foods truely have more 'life' in them, imparted by the farmers and earth....created through toil, passion, and nuturing.
While in Hawaiii, we practically lived entirely on fresh, local, seasonal organic fruit that we just don't get here in California. Over here on the mainland, the only pineapples, mangoes, and bananas we see are shipped from long distances, over long periods of time, one of others arising from a uniform crop variety, each one the same as the last! Blah!
The taste of the fruits we get here in California are nothing compared to their true nature - and its was an amazing experience to quite literally notice the difference immediately.
I wish I could put into words the incredible energy we felt from this food. Each fruit looked itself, but was saturated with more color, taste, and life than the lowly varieties we see here in California! There is a true energy and power contained in fresh foods, and sometimes only by comparison of apples to apples (or pineapples to pineapples in this case) are you reminded, quite vividly, of those savory qualities that industrialized food lacks.
Hawaii's fruits have left us glowing inside.
Speaking of glowing inside, we also happen to be glowing outside - after soaking up some rays, and reading while doing so. Here is our beach reading list:
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World by Stone and Barlow
Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall
Hopes Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe & Anna Lappe