How to Bring a Taste of Hawaii to Your Home
Gather your family for a trip to Hawaii…er, your kitchen table. Whether your travel plans are on hold or you just can't swing the flight this year, you can bring artisanal Hawaiian foods right to your home, thanks to Common Ground Marketplace. Founded in 2018, the business sells and ships curated products from Hawaii-based businesses. Food tells a story and to sip on Shaka Tea's Blue Magic Tea Blend or bite into a piece of salmon marinated with Vintage Vinegar's Raw Pineapple Vinegar is basically to be transported to the Aloha State. Each taste makes it almost possible to picture yourself sitting at a table at your Hawaiian vacation rental enjoying the ocean views.
"The inspiration for Common Ground was to use the magical lands on the former Guava Kai plantation on the North Shore of Kauai to provide a place where people have a chance to connect with each other and the land through food," said Jen Luck, COO of Common Ground. All the products sold through Common Ground Marketplace are a celebration of Hawaii. Each features local, high-quality ingredients and comes from makers based in Hawaii that align with Common Ground's core values which are centered around food as connections, positively impacting community and environment, and the keeping of and building of culinary traditions. "Growing food in a regenerative agroforest, launching, promoting, and selling food products and sharing a meal to talk, story are what drive us," said Luck.
Common Ground is more than simply a marketplace, though. Based in Kauai, the organization, through its foundation, events space, and business accelerator, which invests in small businesses and provides mentorship, is working to transform the food system for the better. "We envision the Kauai campus as a Farm of the Future, where doers, thinkers, and changemakers come together to build regenerative communities and redesign key elements of our food systems," said Luck.
Need help deciding what to try first? Here are of few their best selling products, all of which are worth trying. Tiny Isle Mac Nut Butter will make your toast, smoothie, or PB&J better. They make several different flavored nut butters from macadamia nuts, and the smooth, creamy nut butters taste how being on vacation feels. Want to brighten up your day? Each sip of Slow Island Tumeric Orange Passion Fruit Elixir will help you do just that—it's like liquid sunshine.
Breadfruit has been called the next superfood, and for a good reason, the nutrient-dense carbohydrate is also resilient to climate change. Try it as a crunchy snack with Ulu Mana Ulu Chips available in three flavors. If you always want to add turmeric to lattes but have a hard time getting the ratio right, Secret Harvest's Golden Milk is for you. We'd suggest you order a few jars, as you'll want to add this sweet and spicy blend to to baked goods and smoothies, too. You can also start your mornings off right by adding a spoonful of Sol Remedies Holy Cacao to your morning coffee. Not a java drinker? Use it to make delicious hot chocolate.