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Old 03-07-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Default Best farmers markets on the Big Island

I'm starting to make my list of grocery shopping places on the Big Island. I know there are farmers markets in different areas on certain days of the week.

What can I expect to find at these markets and which ones offer the most variety? Can you buy fish?

Can someone describe the market at Naalehu?
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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The Waimea market Sat AM is good for veggies. The Keauhou market Sat AM has beef and fish and more fruits. You need to arrive early for the fish.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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Here's a rundown of farmer's markets around the island. The one in Naalehu is small, but varied. A lot of jewelry, several produce stands (the one in the back corner by Ace Hardware is the best), baked goods, coffee (we like Rusty's) plants, etc. They are there on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but more vendors are there on Wednesday. You can also get your latte fix at the mobile coffee stand on farmers market days.

KONA

Keauhou Farmer's Market - Keauhou Shopping Center
Every Saturday from 8:00AM to noon at Keauhou Shopping Center, near Longs Drug. All products are home grown in Hawaii, many are organic - fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee, macadamia nuts, eggs & more. Live music too! Home - Keauhou Farmers Market

Ho'oulu Community Farmers Market - Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort's Royal Gardens
Every Wednesday from 10am-3pm. Local produce, fruit, and estate coffees. Local artists & original, handcrafted products from the Big Island.

Kailua Village Market
Wednesday thru Saturday mornings 9 till noon. Crafts, flowers and food products booths - not all made/grown locally. In the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library, at Hualalai Rd. and Alii Dr., across from Waterfront Row.

Holualoa Farmers Market
Saturday mornings 9 till noon at Holuakoa Gardens restaurant. There are great fresh breads; heirloom turnips, carrots, and assorted herbs and greens; goat cheese, colored eggs, flowers, and more. Much is organic.

Kona Pacific Farmers' Coop Fridays, 8am-4pm. Fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more. Free tours of a macadamia nut and coffee operation. Napo'opo'o Rd.

South Kona Green Market Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center (behind ChoiceMart and Ace Hardware). All local produce, art & hand crafted gifts, prepared food, and live music. For more information, visit www.SKGM.org. "From the Land, By Our Hand." Bring Your Own Bag!

South Kona Fruit Stand Tropical fruits and plants near the old Higashi store, Mon-Sat, 9 am to 6 pm, Sun, "10ish" to 5pm; 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Captain Cook.

KA'U

Na'alehu Farmer's Market is held in the parking lot in front of Ace Hardware on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

VOLCANO

Volcano Farmers Market Produce, flowers and baked goods, from 7-9 a.m. every Sunday at Cooper Center.

PUNA

Kalapana Farmer's Market 8am-11:30am every Saturday at SPACE, 12-247 West Pohakupele Loop, Kalapana Seaview Estates. All local products, fresh vegetables, crafts, massage, and more.

Pahoa Village Farmer's Market Large, covered, outdoor market with fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing and jewelry, food and coffee booths, music, kava bar, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, downtown Pahoa in the Akebono/Luquin's parking lot.

Caretakers of Our Land Farmers Market, Pahoa Local produce, plants, flowers, fish and small livestock. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. every Sat. Sacred Heart Church.

Maku'u Farmer's Market 8am-2pm. Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, records/cds, books from aproximately 150 vendors. Maku'u Farmer's lot, Keaau/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road.

Kea'au Village Farmer's Market Fresh local farm produce featuring super sweet corn, flowers, handmade Hawaiian arts & crafts. 9 am to 5 pm every Friday. Produce available 7 am-5 pm daily.

HILO

Rainbow Falls Market Place. Hula show, free samples, homegrown and handmade products from island crafters, local farmers and home-based businesses. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. across from Rainbow Falls.

Hilo Farmer's Market Local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and box lunches. Local arts and crafts. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. Corner of Kamehameha Ave. & Mamo Street.

Panaewa Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market Fresh produce, fish, and treats. 8 am.-5 p.m. every day on the sidewalk in front of the Hilo Walmart.

Mamo Street Market Open 7 days a week, 8am-5pm. Mamo Parking Lot, Hilo.

HAMAKUA COAST

Kino'ole Farmers Market 7am-Noon, Saturdays. 1990 Kino'ole St. next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. Locally grown produce, flowers, potted plants, herbs and vegetable seedlings. Demonstrations. Wheelchair friendly; lots of parking.

HAWI

"Under the Banyans" Farmer's Market Saturdays, 7:30am till 1:00pm, featuring produce, flowers, Thai & local cuisine, soaps, jewelry, clothing, used items, crafts, and music, and Tuesdays from 2-6pm (mainly produce and food).

HONOKA'A

Downtown Honoka'a Farmer's Market Begins at 8 am on Saturdays. Fruits, baked goods and crafts.

WAIMEA

Hawaiian Homesteaders Assn. Farmers Market Produce, flowers, baked goods, potted plants and crafts, food (crepes, plate lunch, smoked meat). 7 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday (first Sat. of the month is the biggest), just west of Mana Rd., on the way from Waimea toward Honoka'a, makai side of the road.

Waimea Town Market Saturdays from 8am-1pm at Parker School, behind Paniolo Country Inn restaurant - look for the red w/white trim buildings. Fresh baked breads, produce, fresh-made sausage, flowers and crafts, from 7am-2pm.

Midweek Market Wednesdays, from 1-5pm on the front lawn of Anna Ranch, 65-1480 Kawaihae Rd. Featuring some of the area's favorite vendors, as well as some new ones. Fresh produce, plants, baked goods, jams & jellies, sauces, juices, Hamakua & Kona coffee, local tea, bedding & landscape plants, local crafts, and massage.

Kekela Farm Produce. On Mana Rd., at the big barn - after you turn on to Mana Rd. from the highway, turn left at the "T" intersection and go a few hundred yards. It will be on the left. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, only.

WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Kings Shops Farmer's Market
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 1pm. Fresh produce such as lychee, oranges, avocado, jack fruit, mixed greens, eggplant, spinach, corn and herbs. Other items available include honey, bread, pastry, seafood, coffee, tea, beeswax candles and orchids. Slow Food Hawaii will also be represented.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Here's a rundown of farmer's markets around the island.
Wow, fabulous list! I nominate you for the Noble Peas Prize!

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VOLCANO

Volcano Farmers Market Produce, flowers and baked goods, from 7-9 a.m. every Sunday at Cooper Center.
Make that 6:30 - 9:30, and add seedlings, plants, orchids, jams, woodworking, crafts, and breakfasts. It's two blocks mauka Highway 11 on Wright Road.

This is the one I can walk to, the big social event of the week locally, and I especially love that most food items are genuinely local grown, and sold by the folks that grew them. Not so the bigger markets.

And the crafts items are unique, like guava-tree furniture. After the farmers market you can visit the Garden Arts gallery at the North end of Old Volcano Rd, or the Volcano Arts Center gallery inside Volcano National Park.

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HAMAKUA COAST

Kino'ole Farmers Market 7am-Noon, Saturdays. 1990 Kino'ole St. next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. Locally grown produce, flowers, potted plants, herbs and vegetable seedlings. Demonstrations. Wheelchair friendly; lots of parking.
This is actually South Hilo, near the Community College and Prince Kuhio Shopping Center. Coupla blocks off Highway 11. Much handier than I thought it would be.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Here's a rundown of farmer's markets around the island. The one in Naalehu is small, but varied. A lot of jewelry, several produce stands (the one in the back corner by Ace Hardware is the best), baked goods, coffee (we like Rusty's) plants, etc. They are there on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but more vendors are there on Wednesday. You can also get your latte fix at the mobile coffee stand on farmers market days.

KONA

Keauhou Farmer's Market - Keauhou Shopping Center
Every Saturday from 8:00AM to noon at Keauhou Shopping Center, near Longs Drug. All products are home grown in Hawaii, many are organic - fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee, macadamia nuts, eggs & more. Live music too! Home - Keauhou Farmers Market

Ho'oulu Community Farmers Market - Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort's Royal Gardens
Every Wednesday from 10am-3pm. Local produce, fruit, and estate coffees. Local artists & original, handcrafted products from the Big Island.

Kailua Village Market
Wednesday thru Saturday mornings 9 till noon. Crafts, flowers and food products booths - not all made/grown locally. In the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library, at Hualalai Rd. and Alii Dr., across from Waterfront Row.

Holualoa Farmers Market
Saturday mornings 9 till noon at Holuakoa Gardens restaurant. There are great fresh breads; heirloom turnips, carrots, and assorted herbs and greens; goat cheese, colored eggs, flowers, and more. Much is organic.

Kona Pacific Farmers' Coop Fridays, 8am-4pm. Fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more. Free tours of a macadamia nut and coffee operation. Napo'opo'o Rd.

South Kona Green Market Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center (behind ChoiceMart and Ace Hardware). All local produce, art & hand crafted gifts, prepared food, and live music. For more information, visit www.SKGM.org. "From the Land, By Our Hand." Bring Your Own Bag!

South Kona Fruit Stand Tropical fruits and plants near the old Higashi store, Mon-Sat, 9 am to 6 pm, Sun, "10ish" to 5pm; 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Captain Cook.

KA'U

Na'alehu Farmer's Market is held in the parking lot in front of Ace Hardware on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

VOLCANO

Volcano Farmers Market Produce, flowers and baked goods, from 7-9 a.m. every Sunday at Cooper Center.

PUNA

Kalapana Farmer's Market 8am-11:30am every Saturday at SPACE, 12-247 West Pohakupele Loop, Kalapana Seaview Estates. All local products, fresh vegetables, crafts, massage, and more.

Pahoa Village Farmer's Market Large, covered, outdoor market with fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing and jewelry, food and coffee booths, music, kava bar, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, downtown Pahoa in the Akebono/Luquin's parking lot.

Caretakers of Our Land Farmers Market, Pahoa Local produce, plants, flowers, fish and small livestock. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. every Sat. Sacred Heart Church.

Maku'u Farmer's Market 8am-2pm. Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, records/cds, books from aproximately 150 vendors. Maku'u Farmer's lot, Keaau/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road.

Kea'au Village Farmer's Market Fresh local farm produce featuring super sweet corn, flowers, handmade Hawaiian arts & crafts. 9 am to 5 pm every Friday. Produce available 7 am-5 pm daily.

HILO

Rainbow Falls Market Place. Hula show, free samples, homegrown and handmade products from island crafters, local farmers and home-based businesses. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. across from Rainbow Falls.

Hilo Farmer's Market Local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and box lunches. Local arts and crafts. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. Corner of Kamehameha Ave. & Mamo Street.

Panaewa Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market Fresh produce, fish, and treats. 8 am.-5 p.m. every day on the sidewalk in front of the Hilo Walmart.

Mamo Street Market Open 7 days a week, 8am-5pm. Mamo Parking Lot, Hilo.

HAMAKUA COAST

Kino'ole Farmers Market 7am-Noon, Saturdays. 1990 Kino'ole St. next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. Locally grown produce, flowers, potted plants, herbs and vegetable seedlings. Demonstrations. Wheelchair friendly; lots of parking.

HAWI

"Under the Banyans" Farmer's Market Saturdays, 7:30am till 1:00pm, featuring produce, flowers, Thai & local cuisine, soaps, jewelry, clothing, used items, crafts, and music, and Tuesdays from 2-6pm (mainly produce and food).

HONOKA'A

Downtown Honoka'a Farmer's Market Begins at 8 am on Saturdays. Fruits, baked goods and crafts.

WAIMEA

Hawaiian Homesteaders Assn. Farmers Market Produce, flowers, baked goods, potted plants and crafts, food (crepes, plate lunch, smoked meat). 7 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday (first Sat. of the month is the biggest), just west of Mana Rd., on the way from Waimea toward Honoka'a, makai side of the road.

Waimea Town Market Saturdays from 8am-1pm at Parker School, behind Paniolo Country Inn restaurant - look for the red w/white trim buildings. Fresh baked breads, produce, fresh-made sausage, flowers and crafts, from 7am-2pm.

Midweek Market Wednesdays, from 1-5pm on the front lawn of Anna Ranch, 65-1480 Kawaihae Rd. Featuring some of the area's favorite vendors, as well as some new ones. Fresh produce, plants, baked goods, jams & jellies, sauces, juices, Hamakua & Kona coffee, local tea, bedding & landscape plants, local crafts, and massage.

Kekela Farm Produce. On Mana Rd., at the big barn - after you turn on to Mana Rd. from the highway, turn left at the "T" intersection and go a few hundred yards. It will be on the left. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, only.

WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Kings Shops Farmer's Market
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 1pm. Fresh produce such as lychee, oranges, avocado, jack fruit, mixed greens, eggplant, spinach, corn and herbs. Other items available include honey, bread, pastry, seafood, coffee, tea, beeswax candles and orchids. Slow Food Hawaii will also be represented.
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Wow, fabulous list! I nominate you for the Noble Peas Prize!



Make that 6:30 - 9:30, and add seedlings, plants, orchids, jams, woodworking, crafts, and breakfasts. It's two blocks mauka Highway 11 on Wright Road.

This is the one I can walk to, the big social event of the week locally, and I especially love that most food items are genuinely local grown, and sold by the folks that grew them. Not so the bigger markets.

And the crafts items are unique, like guava-tree furniture. After the farmers market you can visit the Garden Arts gallery at the North end of Old Volcano Rd, or the Volcano Arts Center gallery inside Volcano National Park.



This is actually South Hilo, near the Community College and Prince Kuhio Shopping Center. Coupla blocks off Highway 11. Much handier than I thought it would be.
Thank guy's for the info about the diff farmer's market's on the Island there
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Thanks, OpenD.

I'll make your changes to the list.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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Can someone describe the market at Naalehu?
The market at Naalehu is on wednesdays and saturdays. The Wednesday market has the best organic local vegetable stand. On both days there are people selling freshly baked local bread, plenty of fruits (apple bananas, papayas, avocados, jackfruit, lilikoi...), local potatoes, eggs local coffee, 'ranch products' salad greens, as well as art and jewelry. I've never exactly seen fish but then I'm not looking for it anyway. The Hilo market on Saturdays is undoubtedly bigger with a wider variety, but this market is high-quality and nice if you live closer, as I do.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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The Hilo market on Saturdays is undoubtedly bigger with a wider variety, but this market is high-quality and nice if you live closer, as I do.
Yeah, and I'd say if you've only seen the Hilo Market (which seems to have at least some stalls open every day now) you find unexpected treats at some of the smaller markets. Fresh local rambutans and raw cocoa nibs, for instance. Macadamia nuts from the growers. Fresh nutmegs! (You have to ripen them and dry them before grinding) Pastries with passionfruit icing. Wildharvested poha berries. "Perfume flowers" to dry and place in clothes drawers to make them smell nice. Pink lemons! Orange limes! Asian fruits and veggies you never saw before... or even suspected!

Another thing i like about the local markets is that over time you get to know the vendors and learn which ones are for real, and which ones are shucking and jiving... like the vendor who claims his mangos are local, when you can see the shipping cartons under his table that prove they're from Costa Rica.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:31 PM
 
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... there are people selling freshly baked local bread...
Unless you have seen the kitchen yourself, beware.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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... know the vendors and learn which ones are for real, and which ones are shucking and jiving... like the vendor who claims his mangos are local, when you can see the shipping cartons under his table that prove they're from Costa Rica.
This is what I have been saying for a while. There are way too many vendors that are buying wholesale and reselling. Unless you know what you are getting, don't buy. For certain, don't buy baked goods unless you have seen the kitchen yourself.
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