Roots and Shootz Farm
& Aloha ‘Āina Adaptogenics
Emily and James Stolte are the farming couple behind Aloha ‘Āina Adaptogenics and their new venture, Roots & Shootz Farm. Focused on bringing fresh, nutrient-dense food and plant medicine to the Hāna community, Roots and Shootz began in November of 2021. Their gardens provide organic ingredients found in their Aloha ‘Āina Adaptogenics – food, mind and body care – products.
Smitten by the fresh food and culture of Hawaii, Emily and James met in 2008 while working on a farm together in Kula. Emily holds a degree in marine biology with a background in conservation, while James studied environmental science and cultural anthropology. Now they harvest fresh food from their land and create fresh products weekly with their children, Harper and Silas.
“We have always included our kids in gardening, farming and being present in nature. The connection to the land is so important for us to instill in our children. From digging garden beds and weeding, to harvesting and washing produce. They are involved in it all.” ~ Emily Stolte
You’ll find them harvesting Blood Oranges, Navel Oranges, Cacao, *Meyer Lemons, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Surinam Cherries, Bananas, Soursop, Mangosteen, Turmeric, Burdock and Yerba Mate. They’re also busy creating and stocking medicinal tinctures, healing balms and reef-safe sunscreen at their market booth weekly.
“The Hana farmers market has been a great outlet for our farm goods. We are grateful to be able to provide fresh food and medicine to the community.” ~ James Stolte
Visit the Aloha ‘Āina Adaptogenics booth at this weeks market and learn more about their exciting new farm. You can also visit them on Instagram @aloha.aina.maui and coming soon to the Hāna Farmers Market online store.
Emily & James Favorite Market Product
Deep Sleep Tincture – For Sleep Support
Deep Sleep contains 4 medicinal herbs:
Passionflower ~ quiets your mind
Valerian ~ brings your central nervous system down
Chamomile ~ calms you muscular system
Lavender ~ helpful with overall calming.
Take 15-20 minutes before bed to achieve a restful nights sleep.
What’s a Tincture?
Put Simply, tinctures are a liquid concentration of herbal extracts by soaking leaves, berries, bark, flowers and or roots in alcohol or vinegar. This pulls the active ingredients from the plant, into the liquid, for medicinal use.
Straight from the Roots & Shootz Farm Kitchen
~Preserved *Meyer Lemons~
You will need pint jar(s) with lid(s), lemons and salt.
- Scrub 3 to 5 organic lemons, enough to fit snugly in a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid (have 2 to 4 more ready on the side). Slice each lemon from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, almost cutting them into quarters but leaving them attached at one end. Rub salt over the cut surfaces, then reshape the fruit. Cover the bottom of the jar with more salt. Fit all the cut lemons in, breaking them apart if necessary. Sprinkle salt on each layer.
- Press the lemons down to release their juices, then squeeze the additional lemons into the jar until juice covers everything.
- Close the jar and store out of direct sunlight, shaking the jar every day for 3 to 4 weeks, or until the rinds are tender to the bite. Then store it in the refrigerator.
- To use, remove a piece of lemon and rinse it. (Add more fresh lemons to the brine as you use them up.) The minced rind is added at the very end of cooking, or used raw in salad dressing and desserts!