Green Growers

Green Growers Farm owned by the Shintaku family is nestled in the rural community of Hauula, Hawaii against the spectacular backdrop of the Koolau Mountains. It was built in the 1950's using the then-new farming technique of hydroponics. Graf Shintaku, who has been working on the farm since 1954, took over Green Growers in 1961. His son Terry grew up working on the farm and now runs the farm and all of its operations. Everything is done by hand, from pruning stems to processing and packaging. Tomatoes are packaged in trays with wrapping designed in the 1960s. Loose tomatoes are identified with the Green Growers label. The Shintakus even make their own deliveries to their cusomers. A typical day at the farm begins at 4 a.m., when Shintaku prepares for his first deliveries. The day winds up at about 8:30 p.m. The family works seven days a week. Their work pays off because they produce the best tasting tomatoes grown anywhere in large part because of the care given to the plants and the fact that they are grown outdoors in direct sunlight, not in greenhouses, vine-ripened and not harvested until they are completely red.

Ho Farms

Ho farms, a 40-acre family produce farm on Oahu's North Shore, owned by the Ho family, was established in 1992 and specializes in specialty tomatoes including baby Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, golden grape tomatoes, grape tomatoes, Kahuku golden tomatoes and zebra tomatoes. The farm also grows Japanese cucumbers, long squashes and long beans. It is one of the few food safety certified farms in Hawaii. Wei Chong Ho, the Company President "believes that delivering a quality product is the key to attracting and maintaining an increasingly discriminative customer base," and "Ho Farms believes that quality means producing the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting product and ensuring that it remains that way when the customer serves it on their table.