WWOOF – Organic Lettuce Farm – Maui, Hawaii

let10 Life on a Lettuce Farm!For our latest WWOOF adventure in Hawaii, we arrive at Island Paradise Organic Lettuce Farm in Haiku, Maui.  We’ll help out on the farm suppling a delicious organic salad mix to many of the restaurants and produce shops on the  island.

It’s much cooler and wetter on this side of the island and we’re learning LOTS about 14 different kinds of lettuce. Did you know 100g of fresh, raw lettuce provides 247% of your daily Vitamin A?

Our favorite so far is the Green Wave with a very distinctive wasabi taste – YUM!

 

We thought it might be fun to show what we do in a typical day on thelettuce farm, from the field to your salad plate!  

The pickers cut the lettuce by type…

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And they bring it to us for WASHING & PACKING!

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Once everything is squeaky clean – all weeds and stray bugs picked out, it’s time for a SPIN!

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This is an ordinary washing machine with the agitator removed, we put it on the spin cycle only and in a few minutes we have a basketful of clean, dry lettuce READY TO PACK! Now, it’s loaded into the packing room and piled HIGH!

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Look at all this lettuce!!

It’s time to bag it up! We weigh three pounds per bag as the norm and a box of four bags gets labeled and taken off to the restaurants to be served…

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Of course, there’s always time for a little nibble or two…

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Next week we’re off to The Big Island to WWOOF on a Kona Coffee plantation for a month. Bring on the caffeine!!

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