by Staff Writer
on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 11:34am.
Consider the fact that the typical food item in America travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate.
That means that eating local isn’t just important for your health — it’s also vital to protect the environment. But lucky for those who live on Maui, becoming a locavore is not only beneficial for the planet — it’s great for your taste buds, too.
On Maui, many chefs and restaurateurs have turned their attention to issues like climate change, public health and the support of local farmers. The farm-to-table movement may be decades old, but these are a few restaurants on Maui that are redefining what it means to celebrate and source local ingredients.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. So go out and explore the best farm-to-table dining that Maui has to offer!
Nestled at the base of the Waikapu Valley, The Mill House has emerged as one of Maui’s most celebrated farm-to-table dining experiences. Located in the heart of the Maui Tropical Plantation, the restaurant only uses the most carefully-selected ingredients from the plantation’s grounds, farmers and providers. From Swiss Chard Fritters to Ceviche to Taro Leaf Risotto, the culinary team at The Mill House works to provide an innovative dining experience that celebrates Maui’s local ingredients.
“Eat local, eat healthy.” Founded in 2016 by the same chef-owners who started Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei, Fork & Salad Maui is aimed at making locally-sourced, healthy food that’s accessible to all consumers on Maui. From soup to salads to sandwiches to juices, all of their food is made with locally-produced and organic ingredients whenever possible. Now open in Kahului and Kihei, Fork & Salad Maui also hopes to empower local farmers and boost the local economy.
One of the few sit-down restaurants on Hana, the Hana Ranch Restaurant uses ingredients that were often harvested on the property itself. From grass-fed beef to taro to cherry tomatoes, the farm-to-table heaven relies on the best seasonal produce and locally-sourced proteins. Because of Hana’s isolation, the town has grown into one of the most sustainable food and agricultural hubs on island.