Supporting small businesses and food sustainability in Hawaii
Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture
During these challenging times, CSA boxes have become a popular way to support our local farmers and small businesses. Now in addition to local veggies and other products, you can stock up on local dairy with Da Udder Box from Naked Cow Dairy Hawaii! HI Now host Kainoa Carlson got to do an unboxing of one of the packages to see what was inside.
Monique Van Der Stroom is the owner of Naked Cow Dairy Hawaii, a small scale local dairy farm. Female owned and operated in Hawaii, the dairy recently relocated to the Big Island from Oahu after 13 years of business. Its products can be found in many grocery stores around the islands, including Whole Foods, Safeway, and Foodland as well as CSAs and Food Hubs.
Naked Cow Dairy prides itself on including other local farms in its production and most of its added flavors are locally sourced from small farms. Some of the dairy’s flavor providers are Ka’iulani Spices, Akaka Falls Farm, and Nalo Meli Honey.
Naked Cow Dairy is one of the last dairy farms in Hawaii. By supporting the dairy and its products, you’re allowing it to continue to support other local food growers and providers while also supporting the dairy movement within Hawaii.
Buying local is important because 85 to 95 percent of Hawaii’s food is imported. Buying food from local farms is encouraging the state of Hawaii to be food secure by supporting local food producers. The state of Hawaii has the capability to provide the majority of food products to its occupants and visitors. It is up to consumers to demand local!
You can find Da Udder Box through various food hubs and co-ops. Naked Cow Dairy is currently selling through Kahumana Organic Farm, Oahu Fresh, Kohala Grown Market, Kohala Food Hub and Kaunamano Farm on the Big Island and MauiHub.org on Maui.
To learn more about how you can get the Hawaii Seal of Quality on your products, get more information here: sealofquality.hawaii.gov