Paul and I are on our way down to the Holiday Open House for Monkeypod Jam's new store (2-3687 Kaumualii Hwy, Lawai, HI 96765) in Lawai. One of my favorite flavors is the lilikoi (passion fruit) curd. Lilikoi fruit can be difficult to procure, which can result in a shortage of this exotic flavored curd.
Rob and Aletha, the owners of Monkeypod Jam, asked if we could help them plant lilikoi vines at Hole in the Mountain Farm to ensure a more consistent supply. We thought we could help with the problem of lilikoi shortage by growing some lilikoi vines on our 37 acres, our Hole in the Mountain Farm in Moloaa, home to Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple. The vines are doing pretty good and we look forward to the day when our next jar of Monkeypod Jam lilikoi curd comes from the lilikoi grown at Hole in the Mountain Farm.
We already supply Monkeypod Jam with the now-famous Kauai Sugarloaf White Pineapple for some of their specialty jams including a white pineapple jam and a white pineapple ginger jam. If you haven't tried these, treat yourself to some great island flavors and check them out. Monkeypod Jam uses only fruit grown on Kauai therefore their selection of jams and curds is dictated by seasonal availability. I can assure you that all their selections taste great as I've had the pleasure of sampling most of them.
If you're on Kauai, you too can sample any of the Monkeypod Jam selections at their table at both the Saturday Kauai Farm Bureau Market at the Kauai Community College Farmers Market between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and at the Kukuiula Gourmet Culinary Market on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30pm to 6:00pm at The Shops at Kukuiula in Poipu. We are at both these markets (details) so you can also sample Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple at our table.
With the year end holidays approaching we have plenty of Kauaʻi Sugarloaf Pineapple ripening in time for what we expect to be our biggest harvest ever. It is best to place your holiday orders early (now would be good) and in the special instructions box on the shopping cart checkout page tell me you want delivery for the holidays. This is the same box where, if you have purchased a card, you type your personalized message. Don't worry, I will know which is the message for the gift card and which is the delivery date request. We are a small company with a really dedicated team of great workers and while itʻs always a little challenging to predict exactly how much fruit will ripen over the holiday season I can assure you we will do our best to fulfill all our orders in a timely manner.
I am not a very creative person, but last year I was in dire need of a Christmas card and I was trying really hard to get my husband Paul and I in the same place, not to mention with some semblance of Christmas attire, as opposed to our usual red-dirt attire, and then coordinating that with a friend nearby to take a picture (I don't do selfies) was near impossible. I had all of these santa hats as Christmas decorations in my house and I had this moment of creative genius. I took them out and put them on our pineapples. Voilà! What was really rather amazing is I accidentally saved it with some retro color theme giving the card the look of my childhood photos. And so this year we have a holiday-themed personalized card.
Please purchase this card or our standard card with your order if you want to include a personalized greeting with your holiday gift.
Happy Holidays to one and all.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, as of October 2018, pineapple is no longer allowed into Japan.
We've learned that it's easy to take our pineapple to Japan from regular customers. Here are first hand accounts – in Japanese and in English – of how it works.
We love hearing from customers but every once in a while we get some unforgettable stories about how much our white Sugarloaf pineapple is appreciated and how meaningful it can be to them. Here's a recent example - verbatim - from a person who purchased a Kauaʻi Sugarloaf Pineapple from me at the Kukui'ula Farmers Market. You can read our story that she refers and more at the links above.
Santa has it, it's white, it's frozen, and it's Phrosty? It puts the biggest smile on everyone's face? What is it?
That's easy! It's Paulie's Pineapple Phrosty's, the best Christmas treat ever! Even though Santa and his elves had the famous Christmas Phrosty's last week, we are celebrating on Hawaiian time, so it's not too late to get one because Santa Claus came to town and he decided to stay in Hawaii because it's so nice here. Santa will be at the Market on Saturday, December 27th. Come celebrate the holidays and enjoy one with Paulie and his elves at the Kauai Community College market. Bring all the kids, bring all the family, find some visitors on the highway and bring them, too. Tell the tourists on the beach to come. This is too good to miss!
It doesn't matter if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake and have a Phrosty. Get a free little treat: just tell me you guessed the riddle when you see Santa and his elves at the Kauai Community College market on Saturday, December 27. Yes, we know it's after Christmas, but this is Hawaiian time. Santa and his elves had so much fun serving the famous Christmas Phrosty's last week Santa decided to stay in Kauai and do it again.
We have been very busy, for the holiday rush. We added two great young men to the crew at Hole in the Mountain Farm, home of Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple. Paul and I, our little terrier Panda, Jake, and Keola have been working day and night picking, washing, wrapping, packing, and shipping every last Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple available to fulfill the heavy seasonal demand.
Santa's elves flew down and even the little menehune came out of the hidden valleys and forests of Hawaii to help get everyone their Christmas pineapple delivered in time to celebrate the holidays. This year we ran into a problem that even the elves and the menehune couldn't fix: we ran out of ripe fruit!
But I knew I had the most wonderful customer base in the world so I emailed a few of my customers to ask if I could ship them a partial order in time for Christmas and the remainder of the order in February when we will be harvesting again. They all said yes! Once again proving I have the most wonderful customer base anyone could ever hope for.
We're very happy growing Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple: it's a dream come true for me and my husband and our little dog seems to love the pineapple fields as well. After packing every last order I literally had one two pound pineapple left over. We will leave that out for Santa with his cookies.
Merry Christmas one and all!
I get quite a few requests from customers that want to come out to Hole in the Mountain Farm, but it's not everyday that the executive chef from the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas calls you up because he wants to come see where Kauaʻi Sugarloaf grows. Although I must admit, most times when anyone, even the executive chef at the Wynn Resort, asks for a tour of the farm I tend to cringe because it always takes a couple of hours out of my work day. But experience has taught me that this "chore" is always a very satisfying and motivating break in my life. And so when David Walzog from Wynn contacted me, I said I would gladly show him around.
Sometimes being a farmer can feel like you have a noose around your neck, tied to the land and working seven days a week. But whenever I bring someone to the farm and give them a little tour I realize once again how incredibly blessed we are. Needless to say, that was the experience after bringing David to the farm. David told me about his ocean to table vision and the specially curated menu of the most unique species of fish found in the Hawaiian Islands, fresh to your table.
He explained how he wanted to also have something else, just as spectacular, for his menu. He told me how he looked around on the internet and came across my website. It didn't take him long to realize this was exactly what he was looking for! I told David I wanted to be a part of his vision and we made arrangements for me to ship him Kauaʻi Sugarloaf Pineapple, harvest permitting. Next time you are in Las Vegas, stop in for a taste of Kauaʻi at David's Lakeside restaurant.