Farmers Markets Around Hawaii
I'm not sure when it started, but every Saturday for as far back as I can recall, Kapiolani Community College has been host to the Farmer's Market. With inflation fears and sky rocketing price of food, more and more Hawaii residents are seeking out Farmer's Markets as a source of lower-priced produce. Are there bargains to be found here? We went around Hawaii to take a look!
Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
I've watched this change from your standard produce, fruits and herbs type Farmer's Market into an almost "county fair" type market. There's still folks selling fresh fruits and veggies, organic and non-organic, but theres so much more now. Everything from home made chili to veggie pizza to musical entertainment is on display here. Last time we went we saw folks selling Egyptian style breakfasts, Indian food from India Cafe, Cookies, Hisbiscus plants, Kettle Corn from Paniolo Popcorn, Orchid plants, and local honey products from Hawaiian Honeybee.
This is the largest Farmer's Market on the island as far as I know and if you're looking for good deals on produce, you better get here early! While there is ample parking, the KCC Farmer's Market does pack in a crowd as you can see. Many vendors sell out of their fresh herbs and veggies quickly. We frequently buy from Nalo Farms and a few other vendors.
The highlight of a trip down to KCC Farmer's Market for me is visiting North Shore Farms for their fresh tomato and mozzarella pizzas! The pizzas are hand made on a thin crust and then cooked on a grill. Each slice is about $5 but worth every penny!
Manoa Marketplace Farmer's Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This farmer's market is smaller but has just as many deals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there are two vendors to choose from but they have an ample supply of fruits and vegetables. I come here during my lunch breaks because it's so close to my work place. Price vary between the two vendors, so if you're pinching pennies it's a good idea to check prices before buying.
On Saturdays a third produce vendor comes out along with smaller vendors selling herbs and plants. There is also sometimes a crepe vendor that comes out. The folks are friendly and the selection and price is fantastic. Can't ask for much more.