Two Big Island Organizations Awarded USDA Grants to Increase Food Access Through Farmers Markets

Two Big Island organizations have been awarded grants from the USDA to increase food access through farmers’ markets.

They include:

  • $74,010 to the Heritage Ranch, Inc., Honaunau, HI, to start a new farmers market, establish a hub for farmers to drop off products to sell at the farmers market, expand an existing CSA operation, purchase a solar-powered cooler and freezer to store products for CSA and farmers market, introduce a weekly Food Share program, and host summer camp and field trips for students.
  • $90,460 to the Kohala Center, Kamuela, HI, to begin a new EBT project to provide EBT access to six farmers markets, train market managers and vendors, and promote these markets to SNAP recipients on Hawaii Island.

Nearly 150 farm-to-consumer marketing projects received funding today under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), marking a $9.2 million investment to support direct marketing and to increase consumer access to healthy food, much of it in food deserts and other low-income areas. This year’s awards–149 in total, distributed across 42 states and the District of Columbia–showed a rise in urban projects and increased diversity in the types of projects funded…

More info here: USDA Supports Diverse Food Access Through Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

Mahalo and Aloha From the Hilo Coffee Mill

I just wanted to say Aloha and Mahalo to the Hilo Coffee Mill as I got to stop by the place today and pick up some presents.

Inside the Hilo Coffee Mill

I stopped by right after their farmers market was wrapping up.  I’ve been told that the Hilo Coffee Mill’s farmers market is going to take a break until the New Years begins so that folks can concentrate on the holidays.


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Hilo Coffee Mill “Market @ The Mill” on Saturdays

Media Release:

Mountain View’s Favorite Gathering Place!

“The “Market @ The Mill” is located at the Hilo Coffee Mill farm and is open every Saturday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM — a significant convenience for local residents and visitors of the agriculturally rich Puna District.

The market features Hawai`i grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other Hawaii-grown farm and value-added products, with a maximum of 20 vendors. All vendors, or their representatives, sell products grown on local farms or value added products using Big Island grown produce. Fresh cooked local ingredient breakfasts are cooked outside on the griddle every Saturday. We want to showcase locally grown items and give our local farming community another revenue stream especially in these economic times. In addition, it promotes the purchase of locally grown items and sustainable agriculture. Having a market in Upper Puna / Mountain View can help save money on gas, groceries and entertainment. It can build community spirit.

Hilo Coffee Mill is conveniently located on Highway 11, the beautiful Volcano Heritage Corridor, midway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hilo Coffee Mill works diligently to bring East Hawaii coffee to the forefront of the world market and to add East Hawaii to the list of Best Coffee Growing Regions Worldwide.