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Super sweet summertime melon!
Honeydew melons are most often enjoyed fresh and its sweet flavor compliments breakfast and dessert preparations, like fruit salads. The pureed flesh can be added to sauces, smoothies, cocktails, and syrups.
Honeydew pairs well with lime, mint, basil, sweet cream, cottage cheese, fruity olive oil and fresh berries.If the blossom end yields to gentle pressure, it is ready to eat. Cut honeydew in half with a chef’s knife. Scoop out the interior seeds, slice into wedges and remove the rinds. Can serve as wedges or cut up into smaller cubes. Enjoy!
Due to the fact that 80% of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Hawaii are imported, the Sou family foresaw an increased demand in locally grown produce. In 1994, the Sou Family committed to a business plan targeting the reduction of produce imported into the State of Hawaii. The following year, Oahu Sugar Company announced their closure, making 6,000 acres of farm land available in central Oahu. Aloun Farms was incorporated by late 1995 which finalized its first land lease of 880 acres of former sugar-cane fields of Ewa and Kunia. The farm quickly grew from an 18-acre-family farm to a commercial operation consisting of 1,200 acres by summer of 1996.
Currently, Aloun Farms provides full-time employment to 180 people and has expanded production to approximately 3,000 acres (Ewa Plains, Kunia, Waipio and Helemano). The company’s goal is to provide Hawaii consumers with “the highest quality of fresh island grown produce at a price that is not only competitive but comparable to mainland farmers." Their aim is to reduce Hawaii's dependency on imported produce through increased production enabling them to distribute to wholesalers through out the state.
Although they are a commercial operation, Aloun Farms is striving to adopt techniques that are sustainable. Aloun Farms believes that techniques such as diversification, crop rotation, Integrated Pest Management, farm labor housing development, and community education are vital to the success of our company.
Together, with the communities of Ewa and Central Oahu, Aloun Farms is a strong supporter of community out reach through educational tours and collaboration with the Future Farmers of America program. School-to-work programs, educational farm visits, and practical training for FFA high school students have been implemented in order to sustain the support for Hawaii’s agriculture industry. They are also known for their beloved Pumpkin Patch Festival and Sunflower Land each October,
To learn more, click here, and visit their website.
What they grow:
- Sweet Onion
- Watermelon (several varieties)
- Okinawan Sweet Potato
- Mixed Gourds
- String beans
- Long Eggplant
- ...and much, much more!