Hawaii: In Real Life ~ eating local at Down To Earth

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As you know, Kanu Hawaii is challenging people to take their Eat Local Challenge throughout September — this means eating locally produced products as much as possible, all month long. Whether you eat out or cook at home, though, it doesn’t have to be as big a challenge as you think it is.

Many local businesses carry local products; in fact, Down to Earth (@downtoearthfood) has been offering a large selection of local products for 34 years and is the only all-vegetarian store in Hawaii. We visited with “Mama T” (@dearmamaT) of Down to Earth to check out some of their products (many now on sale!) and get a quick lesson in making a very unique salsa.

We also have a photo gallery of our visit to their King Street store. Click here to take a look inside.

To learn more about Down to Earth, their free cooking classes, how they support other local businesses and more, visit HawaiiIRL.com. By the way, does anyone know of a local company that produces tortilla chips?

If you want to make the salsa recipe at home, click here or check out the recipe below. While you’re browsing the site, take a look at their other vegetarian recipes, as well.

Local Tomato Corn Salsa
6 large tomatoes
1/2 jalapeño, with seeds
2 corn cobs
1/8 cup diced red onion
1/8 cup chopped green onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 limes, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

1. Dice 4 tomatoes and place in a mixing bowl.
2. Blend together remaining tomatoes and jalapeño in a blender. Combine with diced tomatoes.
3. Remove corn kernels from husk. Add to tomato mixture.
4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve and enjoy!

Yields 1 – 1 1/2 cups