What is a farmer anyway?

farm·er /ˈfärmər/ noun noun: farmer; plural noun: farmers 1. a person who owns or manages a farm. 2. HISTORICAL a person to whom the collection of taxes was contracted for a fee.

I have told my story countless times at the farmers markets over the past few years. One of the things I loved most about the farmer's market was talking story with people from all over the world and to my local community alike. My story goes like this, I bought my farm at a farmers market. People usually ask if that's a true story, I say yes then elaborate a bit more. I came in June of 2016 to Hawaii to search for a vacation rental because I wanted to spend more time on the island to see if this is where I wanted the next phase of my life to be. I went to a farmers market on a Sunday and met the former owners of the farm. We talked story for a bit when I mentioned i was looking for property on the big island. The lady looked at me with a gleam in her eye then handed me a flyer and asked "do you want to buy a farm?" That meeting changed my life and sent me on a completely new life course. Something about Tai Shan lit me up. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I got back to Portland. A month later I had my offer accepted and I was on the path to a new adventure. And boy howdy has it been an amazing journey so far. Hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, pandemics, dragon goo and more. I absolutely love growing food then making it into delicious dishes. I've been cooking my whole life and having this opportunity to have a farm and be a cook is a dream. My posts about food, farming, the environment, the economy and food culture are going to be my truth and I hope it makes you think about food in a new way. They might also piss you off as I'm going to challenge some beliefs. Portland is a foodie town and I ate my way through some of the best restaurants when I lived there. I bring that culinary knowledge here and I'm now adding knowledge about farming, sustainability and soil health to the mix. I want to challenge you on what you eat and what you think about food. Thanks for reading. As always much love and aloha. Kevin


We currently are not working the farmers markets due to the COVID.  We still offer all our products under the "take out/delivery local menu" option above for only a $5 dollar delivery fee. We also are now offering take out/delivery service from our commercial kitchen in Ocean View, HI. Click "TAKEOUT/DELIVERY LOCAL MENU" above to view our menu and to place your order.  We are open to serve you on Wednesdays and Fridays for dinner 4-7pm, Sundays from

11am -1pm for lunch service and from 4-7pm for dinner service. Thank you for choosing 

Tai Shan Farms and the Forked Up Farmer!

Visit Us: 92-9095 Lehua Lane, Ocean View, HI, USA 96704 

Mail Us: 92-1329 Prince Kuhio Blvd, 4-178

Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704 

Phone Us: +1-808-929-9613



Tai Shan Farms has earned the "Hawaii Seals of Quality" designation. Launched in May 2006, the Hawaii Seals of Quality represents the cream of the crop of Hawaii’s agricultural producers. It was established to protect the integrity and value of the marketing cachet for Hawaii branded farm and value-added products.  Products with this seal are genuine, Hawaii-grown or Hawaii-made premium products, a guarantee that is enforced by the State of Hawaii. 

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