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 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!
Hawai’i Island Goat Dairy
Happy Goats-Milking to the Music
“Dick and Heather Threlfall operate Hawai’i Island Goat Dairy with love and dedication and cares for his goats like family. Happy goats produce better milk and ultimately great tasting cheese. Dick still makes it a point to bottle-raise his goats, which listen to public radio and sometimes jazz while being milked.
Dick and his goat ‘ohana produce approximately 250 to 300 pounds of plain and exotically flavored cheeses per week. His award-winning Chevre takes 24 hours to make, while the feta is aged in brine for up to four weeks.
On 10 acres along the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island, the goats roam freely, grazing on tropical vegetation. Dick and his family of goats produce unique and high-quality cheeses for the locals to enjoy.”
Enjoy Local Flavors
An Ono Recipe to Savor the Freshness
Goat cheese is prized for its distinct tangy flavor and comes in a variety of flavors and textures. It is enjoyed by foodies all over the world and can be spread on
gourmet crackers and toast, crumbled into salads and dressings or added to fancy appetizers.
Goat Cheese Salad
10-1 cup servings
1 large bunch watercress, lettuce or other leafy greens
1 small red onion
2 cups local tomatoes
1/4 cup roasted walnuts
4 ounces crumbled local goat cheese
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop greens and slice onion. Cut tomatoes in halves. Chop walnuts into bite-sized pieces. Mince garlic. In a jar, mix dressing ingredients: garlic, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve. In a large bowl, layer greens, tomatoes, onions, walnuts, and goat cheese. Just before serving, pour dressing on salad and toss.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70• Total Fat 5g • Carbohydrate 3g • Protein 4g
“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.
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