KITV4: “Farm to Car” Program Returns to Support Local Farmers
Article Published: Sunday, September 20th 2020, 11:12 AM HST
HONOLULU (KITV4) – The “Farm to Car” program returns this week to provide O‘ahu residents with affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and other produce from local farmers. The innovative program is a partnership between the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau.
“Making O‘ahu COVID-safe depends on everyone supporting each other and creating partnerships that help the people of our island,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “The Hawai‘i Farm Bureau and approximately 20 farmers recognized the need to give people access to locally grown food at a reasonable cost and create a way for farms to become more financially sustainable. Partnerships like this help to create COVID-era economic opportunities and get businesses and people back on their feet.”
Starting September 20 and continuing every week through December, people can pre-order local farm products online at www.farmtocarhawaii.org. Then on Saturdays, starting September 26, from 9 A.M. to noon, customers can safely pickup their order with minimal personal contact at the Ewa side of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center (enter via Ward Ave.).
People should bring their receipt to the pick-up area. All orders are guaranteed and will be distributed according to the receipt number.
During April’s Stay at Home/Work at Home Emergency Order, the response of the community was overwhelming – over 10,000 people signed up for the program.
Under the Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-26, farmers’ markets are declared an Essential Business and delivering fruits and vegetables are deemed an Essential Activity.
For more information on “Farm to Car”, visit www.farmtocarhawaii.org or call the Hawai’i Farm Bureau at (808) 848-2074. For more information about Essential Businesses and Essential Activities, please visit www.oneoahu.org/faqs.