We want you to know where your food comes from.  Truly.  Beyond a plaque, or a sign, or even a photo.  So we’ve been developing a video series called “Know Your Farmers,” which features the stories behind some of our amazing ag suppliers, including Kumu Farms in Waikapū, Waipoli Hydroponic Greens in upper Kula and Oko‘a Farms in lower Kula.   And we have even more videos to come!

The videos can be viewed by scanning a QR code now posted in our restaurant, or by going to the Farms page on our website.  Each video is three minutes or shorter, which is how long it takes to get one of our salads or sandwiches crafted, so feel free to check out a farm video while your food is being made, so learn more about who’s sourcing all those great ingredients!

The video release coincides with our big grand opening celebration tonight, as part of Kīhei’s Fourth Friday town party.  The celebration happens from 6 to 9 p.m. at Azeka Mauka Shopping Center, so we hope you’ll swing by and take part in the fun!

We’ll have a store blessing, 25% off all food items, free kombucha samples and a beer garden on the patio. We’re also holding a mini-farmers’ market to showcase some of our local partners who provide us such fantastic produce and ingredients.

Also at the grand opening, local nonprofit Grow Some Good will be on-hand to share its programs and encourage home gardens with free plant and seed giveaways.  We’re proud to announce a charitable partnership with Grow Some Good, where we’ll donate $1 of every Beet & Goat Cheese salad purchased, starting September 1 and running through March 2017.

We feel strongly that Fork & Salad’s mission aligns with the goals of Grow Some Good, which currently provides student gardens in 12 Maui schools!  The organization strives to create healthier communities by supporting local agriculture and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.

That’s not all!  Our other restaurant, Three’s Bar and Grill in Kīhei, will also support the cause, selecting Grow Some Good as its Kama’āina Give Back recipient for both September and October!

So, plenty of ways to support our communities and farm friends.  We hope you’ll join us, check out our videos, and continue making “local” a priority.