supermarkets have spoiled Americans by supplying most fruits
and vegetables year-round, such mass-marketed fare can never
really compete with the freshness of produce and vegetables
grown in the area and the intimate feel of the local farmers
market. Take a jaunt to one
of these farmers markets in Oahu and treat yourself to the
best of the season.
pet-friendly Saturday Farmer's Market is
the most popular market in the area and allows you to meet
the farmers and food producers of Hawaii’s diversified
agricultural scene. Choose from a wide variety of items,
including fruits, vegetables, flowers, beef, aqua-cultured
seafood, fresh-baked breads, tropical
jams and jellies, baked goods, locally harvested honey,
specialty seasonings and more, with some items not even
available in grocery stores. In addition, well-established
restaurants provide breakfast food items to eat on the spot,
such as short rib poi stew with rice and scrambled eggs once
served by Chef Troy Terorotua of Big G’s Catering.
Be sure to check out the special exhibits that are
often a part of the day’s events. Kapiolani
Community College (KCC) at Diamond Head, Saturdays, 808-848-2074, hfbf.org/markets or kapiolani.hawaii.edu.
Fridays is a free open market selling locally grown
produce, oddly enough, every Thursday. In addition, there are cooking demonstrations on
select days and educational information on eating and
living healthy. Kaiser Permanente’s Honolulu Clinic,
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.pm., 808-432-2000.
Farmers Market is full of cheap, fresh and delicious
eats. It's centrally located in Honolulu and anchored by
the Marukai Marketplace and Tropic Fish & Vegetable
Center, open Wednesdays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.,
Street Open Market offers Polynesian crafts as
well as food items. Wilcox Park in front of Macy’s,
Tuesdays & Fridays,
Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, decorative plants and freshly grilled food. The parking lot of Waikiki Community
Center, Tuesdays & Fridays, 808-923-1802.
Kai Towne Center’s Farmers Market features
fresh fruits and vegetables on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Towne Center. Call 808-396-0766 for information.
out other Hawaii events!
(Updated: 02/21/12 NW)