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Oahu's Farmers Markets

While 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.
Herb pots at a farmers market on Oahu

The 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.

Fresh 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.

You'll find Anthuriums at Oahu's farmers markets

Honolulu 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., 808-591-8411.

Fort Street Open Market offers Polynesian crafts as well as food items. Wilcox Park in front of Macy’s, Tuesdays & Fridays, 808-599-7400.

Waikiki Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, decorative plants and freshly grilled food. The parking lot of Waikiki Community Center, Tuesdays & Fridays, 808-923-1802.

Hawaii 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. Hawaii Kai Towne Center. Call 808-396-0766 for information.

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(Updated: 02/21/12 NW)


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