Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 12, 2022

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The recent rains were good for Wirat Farms, as they show off their bounty, including fresh-harvested kale, Monday during the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Leonida Bisarra and Bev Pang show off some foot-long okra that’s not tough, Monday during the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Abe Kowitz of Precious Plastics helps Ann Riggs and Holly Massey recycle plastic items during the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market on Kress Street Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Emma Jenkins brings her The Reloved Cloth inventory of consignment clothing to the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market on Kress Street Saturday. The Reloved Cloth is described as “a farmers’ market pop-up,” and is available through Instagram.

The recent rains did wonders for the farmers, said Laurie Ho of the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, who was concerned about damage to the farms from the unstable weather conditions resulting from the passage of a low-pressure system last week.

Wirat Farms’ representatives said the vegetables were growing like crazy (Amy Chun made some pickles with those purple daikon, and has photos to show the magic of when the daikon hits the brine), and the radishes were huge (and not cracked from too much water).

Leonida Bisarra said the long okra are not hard. They’re the same type her grandfather grew in the Philippines, are rather soft, and best used by grilling.

Kudos to Emma Jenkins, who brought out her inventory of The Reloved Cloth to the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market Saturday on Kress Street (Dr. Addison Bulosan said they have the permits until September for the second Saturday of each month!), where Ann Riggs was totally happy she could recycle her plastics with Abe Kowitz and Precious Plastics.

Krystl Apeles is happy the Alakoko Shop is still getting materials from its vendors. Yes, she wants inventory to open, but is happy the night market vendors had such a good holiday season that they had a hard time getting material to the Alakoko Shop, where Laura Cristobal Andersland and Dave Andersland became the shop’s first customers after the Salty Wahine owners and operators stopped by even before the night market opened and Dave found a T-shirt (the pocket was the clincher) he couldn’t pass up on.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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