Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Farmers markets on Hawaii Island

I love going to our local farmers markets in Hawaii, it’s so much nicer to enjoy the day outside and shop for your produce from local purveyors that grow direction from the land or distribute from local sources. There are many daily markets that happen around the island but my favorite is the Sunday market is just down the block from where I live in Orchidland, it’s the Maku’u farmers market along highway 130.

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Fresh coconuts and fruits

 Maku’u farmers market in Big Island

Part of the fun in exploring the farmers markets here are trying all the samples of products made with local fruits or produce sourced locally. Here’s one of my favorites – the Puna goat cheese samples that are made by this vendor up in Kurtistown….ah yes their cheese are creamy smooth and they offer interesting flavor mixes, would you like to try a mixed peppers with goat cheese … I know you would!

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Locally made goat cheese

Locally made products

I also love to get just freshly produced honey direct from the source – here the vendor just uses recycled glass ware to bottle up his home-made honey. Isn’t it nice to support a local business like this and enjoy the delicious home-made goodness of locally made honey.

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Locally made honey

 

Going to the local farmers market at Maku’u is one of the best ways to support local growers and get some exotic fruits that are just starting to come into season, now we are getting so many different types of mangoes in all shapes and taste. The next photo shows three large jackfruit that easily weigh over ten pounds each, have you ever tried a sweet and juicy jack fruit when its fresh?

 

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

A colorful produce stand

Giant Jackfruit for sale at Maku’u market

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Extra large jackfruits

 

You can almost smell these huli-huli local style chicken grilling from all over the market. I never go home without bringing one of these chickens home for a meal and they are huge – one can easily last me 3.4 meals alone.

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Huli Huli chicken on the grill

 

It’s always fun stopping by the vendors selling tropical flowers and plants, I love chit-chatting with all the vendors I know and peppering them with how-to and maintenance questions along with finding out what their newest offerings are on display.  One of my favorites is the vendor who sells exotic tropical rhododendrons or vireyas, don’t they all look amazing you just want to bring home one of each variety of flower.

 

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Colorful tropical rhododendrons

 

Ah yes, one of the best parts of going is to pick up lunch from the many international food booths….there’s too many to choose from here. It’s also nice to just pick up a seat in a shared table and enjoy some live music and performance happening all day in the picnic areas.

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Mexican and tamale stand

 

Who doesn’t like to try some crepes, maybe with some tropical fruits and sauce?

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Crepes with Hawaiian flare

 

 

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Great local food at the market

 

Did you want the fresh chicken with your tamales sir?

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Next, who wanted the chicken order?

 

 

Even though I don’t really need any souvenirs and crafts, I still love to walk down the aisles of the vendors that make quality products to sell. It’s fun to see how creative people are with making finished products and crafts that you know are made locally and with locally sourced materials.  If I have some free time I just might drop in for a quick massage, lomi-lomi anyone?

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Massage per minute

Or maybe I’ll just settle for something sweet like some cotton candy…..

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Cotton candy at the market

 

I couldn’t stop smiling at this vendor, who wouldn’t want to try some of her hot dog?

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Hot dog queen

 

Well that was a nice morning visiting the local farmers market here in Hawaii, I think I got all the produce and goodies for the week. Thanks for joining me on this excursion, hope you had a good time exploring our local farmers market with me today.

 

Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Birds eye view of Maku’u market

 

 

Other farmers markets on the Big Island

There are many other popular weekly markets that you can also visit around the island including the well known Hilo farmers market, Waimea farmers market, Volcano farmers market and the  Keaauhou farmers market in Kona. For an update list of markets and where to go, check out this site here for more details on visiting the Big Island Farmers markets.

Fruits in season and what to try – check out my tropical fruit guide here for more details on what to look out for in season around the markets on the Big Island.

 

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