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.
At Hole in the Mountain Farms we are really grateful for the growing stream of orders as well as for an especially abundant spring/summer harvest this year. Although our website advertises that each pineapple is approximately 4lbs, Mother Nature has been very generous lately and so we have been shipping larger fruit, when available, as our way of sharing the bounty with our customers (at no extra charge, of course). Repeat customers often get an extra adorable mini pineapple in their boxes. These little ones take the same amount of time to grow and are just as delectable. While they are almost too cute to eat, Kauaʻi Sugarloaf is too delicious to just look at.
Kauaʻi Sugarloaf is available year-round from Hole in the Mountain Farm. We're currently planting another new field to keep up with all the new orders. Pineapple takes about two years from planting to harvesting the first ripe fruit so it is a constant race to keep up. Which is why we especially appreciate the current bumper crop!
Jude Huber, Kauaʻi Sugarloaf Pineapple
Hole in the Mountain Farm
June 27, 2014
We have lots of Sugarloaf Pineapple ripening in the fields now. It's been a slow couple of months but I am happy to report that now I will be at the usual markets regularly.
For full details and calendar see Local Markets.
P.S. see you this Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Kukui'ula Gourmet Farmers Market at the Kukui'ula Shopping Center in Poipu. I'll have plenty of free samples of just picked Kauaʻi Sugarloaf White Pineapple for you to try.
We are beginning to harvest some of the largest and sweetest Kauaʻi Sugarloaf Pineapples this week. Even after all the years we have been growing Kauaʻi Sugarloaf I am amazed at this years harvest. Apparently, my husband's fine tuning of our cultivation practices is paying off nicely. I can hardly wait to share with all of you. See you at the Gourmet Farmer's Market at Kukuiʻula Shopping Center in Poipu on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. I am sure to sell out early so remember the market starts at 3:30pm.