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Farmers Markets Offer Healthy Eating Experiences
If you haven’t experienced a taste of Hawaii in its most pure form – at a farmers market – on the side of a rural island highway or in an empty parking lot, you better get there the next time. From fresh produce and exotic fruits to local dishes and baked goods, Hawaii’s farmers markets offer locals and visitors alike healthy and delicious products sold directly from local farms. Not to mention, meeting the farmers and purveyors only adds to the experience. With dozens of markets statewide, here is a snapshot of what’s available on each island:
- Hawaiian Farmers Of Hanalei Market (Waipa, Kauai – Tuesdays from 2 p.m.) – A group of 12-25 local farmers who offer mostly organic produce and fresh fish.
- The KCC Farmers’ Market (Kapiolani Community College, Oahu – Saturdays, 7:30-11 a.m.) – A mixture of vendors from throughout the Islands offer local goods from fresh churned and flavored butters to Hawaiian Red Veal. Students from the college’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific program show off what they’ve learned by preparing their own baked goods and dishes. www.hfbf.org/farmersMarketKCC.shtml
- Farmers’ Market Of Maui–Honokowai (Lahaina, Maui – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7-11 a.m.) – Enjoy the tastes of Maui at this open-air market complete with everyone’s favorites: Maui gold pineapple, strawberry papayas, apple bananas, and homemade salsas and guacamoles.
- Keauhou Farmers Market (Keauhou Shopping Center, Hawaii’s Big Island – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon) – Sample exotic fruits, see a coconut prepared, and taste 100 percent pure Kona coffee while listening to live local music. www.keauhoufarmersmarket.com