Hawaii’s Simple Gourmet is doing their part to bridge the natural growers of Hawaii with the conscious consumer. We do this by creating high quality products utilizing what was grown by those who enjoy producing them in an environmentally friendly manner.
HSG showcases the growers who grow with the future in mind. The growers that are represented by HSG are those who do not use chemicals on Hawaii soils. They take the time to grow in a manner that reduces or eliminates erosion and agriculture run-off. The focus is on producing quality rather than mass quantity. They rarely use heavy machinery and if they do, it is to shape the land for permanent agriculture systems, not mono-cropping. The farmers steer clear of synthetic fertilizers and instead rely on natural sources as to reduce river and ocean pollution.
HSG was founded by two small-scale agriculturist that realized that it is near impossible to cost effectively grow and sell what they farmed in a manner that gave them a stable and quality income. It was realized that small scale farming (organic) produced higher quality food, decreased erosion and pollution and was better for the planet. If the small scale farmers growing in this manner are not successful, why would the future want to grow in the same manner?
In order to ensure there was quality natural and organic agriculture in Hawaii for the future, we have to start supporting the growers of today. If these growers are not financially secure, why would the next generation be a natural grower?
To close this gap, HSG was created to ensure the small growers of today are financially stable. Growers are seldom business people. Business people seldom grow their own food. To be successful a grower should not have to be a businessperson, or grow in a manner that is of less quality.
HSG purchases their ingredients from the farmers for retail or higher. This is because, these growers are our retail stores. Food comes from growers. High quality food comes from high quality growers. High quality growers grow naturally, organically and on a small scale.
We introduce our farmers and encourage you to “Meet the grower” by reading the informational cards that come with each product. If you like what you tried, you can contact that grower and support them further.
You can find HSG products all over Hawaii. Currently they can be found at retail outlets that support local business including; KTA Puainako, KTA Waikoloa, Sweet Cane Café, Aloha Grown, Parker Ranch School and Island Naturals. You can also find our products at local farmers markets including Parker Ranch School Farmers Market on Saturdays.
As HSG continually expands so will our farmers market booths. You will have an opportunity to meet the grower and see more of what they are passionate about while being able to sample our partnership products like Hawaii’s Simple Gourmet Chocolate. These booths are easily distinguishable, look for the HSG Chocolate Banners!