I think I’m in a confused state where I don’t really know if I’m more of a city girl or a small town girl. I technically grew up by the beach, so I guess that would make me a beach girl, except I still haven’t fully learned how to surf and I don’t take enough advantage of the fact that I go to a university located about 5 minutes away from the beach. Anyways, the simple life of a day in Maui has got me thinking that I truly am a beach girl, and it’s where I’m happiest.
After an early morning spent at Haleakala, we headed back down the mountain to visit a local farm. We actually ended up getting lost on the way there, and turns out when we stopped to ask for directions, we were headed to a local vodka distillery. Cool, but not exactly what we had in mind.
The cutest old couple that stopped to help us with directions actually told us about one of their friends who owned a small local and organic farm that was open to the public, and gave us some old-school directions to the hidden place. As in, keep driving for a while until you see a gas station, then turn right at the bottom of the hill. Real old school because this place is a true hidden gem (and almost impossible to find on Google maps) and it’s a family run farm called Maui Bee’s that’s open to locals in the area looking to get some organic and fresh produce.
My dad has quite the green thumb, and we’ve long been known for all the fruits and vegetables we plant in our backyard-persimmons, peaches, oranges, loquats, tangerines, corn, tomatoes, eggplants, basil, potato leaves…my dad even planted a pomegranate for my mom (who LOVES pomegranates) on her birthday many years ago, and it’s been producing huge, delicious pomegranates for a while now.
Visiting this farm was definitely a treat for my dad, but it was so cool for the rest of us too, being able to see our food growing from the ground. My dad grew up in the countryside, so this is totally his scene.
Beautiful, ripe avocados for all the guacamole lovers (me!!) out there.
How peaceful and simple this cat’s life must be. If only life was always this easy.
I love that this farm is so customer friendly-it almost just feels like you’re going over to a friend’s backyard, picking out some produce and taking it home. I mean, that’s basically what it is. They have what they call a “U-Pick” system, and it’s really just an honor system where you pay for a certain weight of the vegetables.
Ahh, how nice it must be to just live life on a farm. Such a relaxed and easy living, huh? (Molly Yeh, anyone? Totally love reading about farm life.)
Insert some happy, dancing minions here.
I just LOVE how everything is so ripe, fresh and organic here. Honestly makes me want to have my own farm someday. These fruits and veggies are serious garden goals.
Picking our dinner straight from the roots of the earth.
A view of the sprawling acres of farm land.
Mom & Dad picking vegetables together!
Isn’t this bok choy just insanely gorgeous?
There’s something so satisfying about the dirt clumping to the roots of the vegetable.
Scouting out more dinner options.
Fresh basil is a staple. If I had a mini garden, this would be one of the first things I plant. It just makes cooking so fresh and aromatic! (That’s a word right? I’m like re-thinking whether or not this makes sense because all I can think of right now is aromatic rings in organic chemistry…sorry, nerd alert.)
And just some beautiful flowers to beautify the already beautiful garden. I use the word beautiful too much…but I just can’t help myself. The flowers are beautiful, the farm is beautiful, Maui is beautiful, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
Beets! Could spiralize that and make some delicious roasted beet noodles.
No cashiers, just a simple basket with your veggies and a small container to pay what you owe, and take any change you might need. If only grocery shopping could be this simple everywhere.
They make their own yogurt and other dairy products! Of course they also sell fresh eggs.
And a beautiful drive home to end the day…
Wait, just kidding. The day is definitely not over. How can you say no to a view like this right outside your balcony?!
And to finish off our evening, we headed to a luau (definitely recommended by most tourists!), complete with a beautiful sunset, a buffet dinner and some traditional Hawaiian performances.
Lots of dancing, learning about various island cultures, fire, chanting…definitely more exciting in person so you’re just going to have to see for yourself!
And a vlog from the luau:
Aloha! More from Maui here and here. Thanks for reading! ♥