Drifting through a farmer's market has always been one of my favorite activities. It's stirring with life, stimulating to the senses, and simply irresistible. Musical tunes humming in the background and a plethora of appealing arts and crafts to browse through. My weak spot is for handmade jewelry! Of course, we must not forget about the delectable food, and the abundance of fresh, locally grown, fruits and vegetables.
Supporting small businesses like our local farmers and artisans, strengthens our communities. Itʻs a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly choice. It's healthier because it's fresh from the farm and therefore retains much more of its nutrients. Many times it's more affordable than purchasing produce from the grocery store. It is also more environmentally friendly because the route from the farm to your table is much shorter and requires less resources to get it from point A to point B.
Be sure to visit a local farmers market near you, and support local!
KONA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET
Location: At the intersection of Hualalai Rd. and Alii Dr., in the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library (across from Hale Halawai) in Kailua-Kona
When: Wednesday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
ALIʻI GARDEN MARKET PLACE
Location: 75-6129 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Sheraton Kona Resort 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96740
When: Wednesday 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Youʻll find a nice variety of local artisans creating one of a kind jewelry, up-cycled products, boutique coffee, and yummy baked goods. There's always funky good music to listen to as you stroll.
Location: Keauhou Shopping Center 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
When: Saturday 8:00 AM to 12 PM
This market is perfect for picking up the produce you need for the week. They also have the option to purchase online and pick-up.
Location: Kona Medical Office 74-517 Honokohau St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
When: Monday 10:00 to 2:00 PM
Location: HPM74-5511 Luhia St, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
When: Friday 4:00 to 7:30PM
This event takes place every week in the HPM parking lot and features some of the yummiest prepared food in town.
SOUTH KONA FRUIT STAND
Location: Near the old Higashi Store, between mile marker 103 &104. 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy. Captain Cook
When: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
THE PURE KONA GREEN MARKET
Location: Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens across from the Manago hotel in Captain Cook
When: Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
This market is always teeming with life. The local artists are serenading their music, and there are numerous vendors to chose from for anything you might need, food, gifts, art, and more.
Location: Waimea Town Market at Parker School, 65-1224 Lindsey Road, Waimea
When: Saturday 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Find freshly prepared foods of all sorts, whether you are looking for crepes, Egyptian falafels, Lebanese, or Thai, you can find it here.
Location: Parker Ranch - Pukalani Stables is 67-139 Pukalani Road
When: Wednesday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Pukalani Stables at 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela HI 96743
When: Saturday 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This quaint market is situated at Pukalani Stables and gives me that good ol' country feeling. There are a variety of vendors to chose from including local produce, potted plants, orchids, cut flowers, prepared food/food trucks, fresh bread and baked goods, hand crafted soaps, and more.
Location: 64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela HI 96743
When: Tuesday 2:00 PM to 5:00 pm
Buy high-quality vegetables directly from Kekela Farms.