A mission of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is to encourage and support local ag products. To that end, we are featuring Big Isle food producers promoted in the local Hawai‘i Dept. of Agriculture (HDOA) campaign, “Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters.”
Every few weeks, we will showcase one of the 12 different food producers featured in the campaign, along with a handy recipe using their product. These farmers, ranchers and aquaculturists hail from Hawi to Ka‘u and from Kona to Hilo. One of them could be your friend…
By supporting our local food producers, we get fresh and better-tasting products. We also strengthen our economy and community, while helping preserve open space. Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters!
Children visiting the North Kohala dairy farm call him, “Uncle Ed.” He’s the kind man who teaches them about caring for cows, “so that they can take care of us.”
Ed Boteilho, head of Cloverleaf Dairy, operates his family farm on slightly more than a thousand acres at Upolu Point. At this northernmost point on the Big Island, you can see Maui and Kaho‘olawe just across the ocean.
Ed’s cows relax in the pasture between twice-a-day milkings to provide a steady supply of fresh milk. The farm has been in operation for 50 years. A third-generation farmer, Ed plans to keep it running so that Hawai‘i Island families will always be able to taste the difference of fresh, local milk!
Enjoy Local Flavors
An Ono Recipe to Savor the Freshness
Island Fresh milk is the purest, freshest and most complete locally produced food available. The processing of milk helps to retard spoilage and to distribute its nutritional components uniformly throughout the liquid—it is not a product of human engineering or fabrication. The processing is done only to ensure its quality and safety to the consumer. Island Fresh milk must pass laboratory test to comply with federal and state health, safety and purity standards.
“Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters” is funded in part by the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development. The campaign was produced by the Hawai‘i Dept. of Agriculture (HDOA) and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) to help increase demand for, and familiarity with, locally grown commodities.
For info on more Hawai‘i food products, visit http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/add/products-database.