It’s hard to believe that despite the trend of farm-to-table and a bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables, Hawaii is far from being sustainable when it comes to food.
We produce only 15 percent of what we consume. The rest is imported from elsewhere. Meaning, should something happen — natural disaster, war, dock strikes — we don’t produce enough food for our population to last a week.
Enter Lei Fresh, a geo-location mobile app that connects consumers with the farmers and retailers offering fresh, local products. It will be available on iTunes starting Aug. 15.
You’ll know, in real time, where the freshest fruits and vegetables are being sold — and for how much!
Watch this PSA
Yesterday, one of the app’s creators, Melanie Kosaka (@shareyourtable), invited me to the launch party at the new Cafe Julia at the YWCA on Richards Street. (The executive chef here is Kosaka’s brother, Lance.)
Here’s what the event looked like:
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