Tomatoes are Hiraoka Farm specialty
By Joan Namkoong
Advertiser Food Editor
|An assortment of the lettuces, beets and tomatoes from Hiraoka Farm.
Eugene Tanner The Honolulu Advertiser
Best of all, she has vine-ripened tomatoes: Roma, yellow cherry, grape and regular tomatoes and, soon to come, black tomatoes. Mind you, these are not perfect, beautiful specimens like the Kawamata tomatoes from the Big Island, but Hiraoka Farm tomatoes are flavorful and tasty. And they're only 75 cents a bag, with each bag weighing at least a pound.
The Hiraoka table is just one of many vendors at the Manoa Farmer's Market at the Manoa Shopping Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It's a fine spot for finding fresh island papayas, pineapples, bananas, soybeans and other locally grown vegetables. And it's the place to go if you're looking for Kahuku corn, which is now in season.
Instant cheesecake to bake
Cheesecake in a box is the newest mix offering from Betty Crocker. Add melted butter to the graham cracker crumbs for the crust; add cream cheese, milk and eggs to the packet of mix, bake for 35 minutes in a pie or cake pan and you have a pretty decent tasting cheesecake. Original, chocolate chip and strawberry swirl varieties are available in most supermarkets for about $4.
Food editor Joan Namkoong filed this report although she's on leave of absence until the end of the month. Send shopping queries and new product information to: Market Basket, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. Fax: 525-8055. E-mail: email@example.com. Or call: 525-8034.