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A day at the farm in Upcountry Maui

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Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, 1100 Waipoli Road
Whenever I am upcountry I always make a point to visit the local farms. It’s a great place to take visitors and also a wonderful location to take a moment to just breathe and absorb the beauty that surrounds us.

One of the most popular, and pristine, is of course Alii Kula Lavender Farm which is known for its beautiful rolling hills, the fresh scent of 45 varieties of purple lavender and majestic gardens. A bit off-the-beaten-path, you have to use GPS, or a map, to find the place as there are no signs, but it’s definitely worth the visit.

imageAlthough one of the lesser known farms isn’t really hidden and actually nestled along the highway —  if you blink you just might miss it.

Kula Country Farms is known for its fresh, Maui-grown, sweet strawberries, you may have spotted them at Costco, Safeway, Times and WholeFoods before.  The adorable farm stand located on the makai side of Kula Highway is perched atop the misty slopes of the Haleakala farm.

This fourth generation, locally-owned and operated farm also harvests fresh tropical flowers, sweet onions and pumpkins to name a few. A quick stroll through the area and you’ll see the beauty of the crops below and the patch right out front.

Kula Highway past mile marker 13
Kula Highway past mile marker 13

Strawberries are typically in season from Spring into Summer, but since strawberries are grown year-round here in Hawaii, I thought a visit to the strawberry fields would be in order. Every year Kula Country Farms hosts a strawberry patch near the entrance of  the farm stand. My girlfriend who was visiting Maui with me didn’t know fresh strawberries were grown on Maui so we were excited to see them in-person.

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At the “U-Pick Patch” guests can stroll through the vibrant red strawberries and pick their own. But, unfortunately for me the U-Pick Strawberry Patch runs from February/March to June and has ended. (Don’t worry they are still growing strawberries in the crops below, just not in the patch near the stand).The process of growing the highly anticipated annual fall pumpkin patch is now underway. Sorry, no fresh strawberries to pick here, gotta wait till next spring.

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I was happy to hear, and see, the strawberries were still available for purchase just not for visitor picking.  They are so beautiful, cute, fragrant, sweet, juicy and fresh!

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Farm stand is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Weekends 10am-4pm

The farm stand is a great place to take a moment and relax. It would also make a wonderful pit-stop for families with small children and parents to do a little shopping. Their selection of fresh, locally grown produce, jams, treats, baked goodies and flowers is impressive.

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The stand hosts several places for picture-taking, playing, swinging, walking, picnicking and engaging with the resident chickens and other animals.

This October the farm will host its Pumpkin Patch with an array of impressive pumpkins and gourds along with activities including crafts, pumpkin carving, corn maze and a pie-eating contest. So on an adventure upcountry? Stop by Kula Country Farms for a snack, peaceful moment and say hi to the chickens for me!

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Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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