Craft Fairs and Veggies…

by Tania Ginoza on December 4, 2011 · 10 comments

I had a busy day yesterday! Busy, busy… having FUN!

In the morning, I went to a craft fair party at Jori Spencer’s home with my friend Shelbie.  We enjoyed fruit infused iced tea, gluten free gingerbread cookies, citrus quinoa and chicken curry salad while browsing the local handmade offerings.  Shell and bead jewelry from Pashey Designz, oyster shell jewelry trays, beach house chic signage, leather bracelets with stone and bead closures and necklaces made from reconstructed vintage jewelry by our hostess.  My favorite was a rustic tree with jingle bell ornaments displayed on a stack of vintage books.  Jori’s house is gorgeous, modern rustic at its best.

Then it was back up the hill to Maui Meadows to take Shelbie’s son, Kanoe, to meet our menagerie at the homestead.  We said hello to the koi, got jumped on by Abby Gail and then stood very quietly by the turtle pond until they felt confident enough to swim over and poke their heads out of the water.  Moi moi played hard to get but kept a watchful eye on us, just in case.  After a morning of shopping, Kanoe had earned a turtle break.  We cut some fresh basil and garlic chives as parting gifts and then hugged goodbye…until next time.

I hopped in the car and then drove 35+ miles to Kula’s Haleakala Waldorf School for their annual Holiday Faire.  The place was packed! I had a short wait for a roadside parking spot but it was well worth it.  There were so many vendors…jewelry, spices, Hawaiian salt mix, pickled organic veggies, upcycled clothing and woodworking.  It was great to meet Mauidivegirl, Lisa Lappe, in real life at her booth!  One of my favorite things about blogging is making new friends and meeting people on Maui I may never have met otherwise.  I also got to say hello to someone I haven’t seen in years, Shelley Pellegrino.  Shelley, her sister Angela and I played junior and high school tennis together growing up.  Their father, Victor was at the fair selling his book, Uncle Kawaiola’s Dream: A Hawaiian Story. Also displayed were notecards with beautiful agricultural photos shot by Shelly on Maui, including on their family’s taro farm.

After the fair, I headed farther down the highway to Kula Country Farms across from Rice Park.  I picked out beautiful sustainable strawberries, corn, sweet onions, eggplant, vine ripened tomatoes and greens for the week ahead.   They also had a nice selection of Jeff’s Jams and Jellies, including a khalbi dipping sauce.

On the way home, I swung through Paia town as I was craving Mana Foods‘ kale chips.  Sadly but not surprisingly, they were already sold out.  Guess I’ll just have to go back another day!

How was your Saturday?

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Rachel (Totally Ovar It) December 4, 2011

Sounds like you had a lovely day. I love that you promote buyig local. It seems you have amazing local vendors. Virtual hugs back atcha.

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Tania December 4, 2011

Maui has a great creative vibe…I love it!

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JewelsD December 4, 2011

My Saturday was spent cleaning up from our wind storm, not nearly as fun as yours sounded. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii and your descriptions make me long for that even more!

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Tania December 4, 2011

You should definitely plan a trip one day! Maui is the best but then I’m a bit bias, of course. I really needed a break after November NaBloPoMo! A little road trip was just what the doctor ordered. Thanks for stopping by!

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Lauren December 5, 2011

A little off topic, but my son is obsessed with Hawaii right now (he’s in 6th grade) because he’s been assigned Kilauea as “his” volcano to research! I know you’re on Maui, but it’s fun to tell him about your local finds. What a wonderful, small world!

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Tania December 5, 2011

How great! I went to school for a few years on the big island but never went up to the volcano area because I have asthma (the vog & sulfer can aggravate it) but it was really something to see the areas that had black lava rock. On Maui, we have Haleakala crater which is dormant. We used to go hiking through it in high school with my dad. Took all day but it was incredible, you see the sunset going down on one end and inside the crater it’s like another island, different plants, topography.

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Ihilani December 8, 2011

That sounds like such a fantastic Saturday! I’ve been missing Kula lately. Must take a drive up there.

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Tania December 8, 2011

I really wish there was a Kihei – Kula road. I’t go up every weekend if I could.

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