Farmers Markets on Kauai

By Coco Zickos

Sipping a coconut in Hanalei, Kauai.  Photo courtesy of Keira Morgan via flickr.

Sipping a coconut in Hanalei, Kauai. Photo courtesy of Keira Morgan via flickr.

How would you like to sink your teeth into sweet, succulent pineapple or mango grown from Kaua‘i soil? You might be lucky to find locally-grown produce in supermarkets but your best bet is to find fresh fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers markets around the island.

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Shopping at a farmers market on Kauai. You can see pineapples, papayas and bananas. Photo courtesy of Keira Morgan via flickr.

Farmers gather at different markets every day of the week except Sunday on Kaua‘i. They sell everything from beans and lettuce to flowers and papayas. You can even sip the water of an ice-cold coconut and have it opened for you afterwards to enjoy the meat inside at plenty of these markets. Not only is it a rewarding experience to eat locally-sourced food, it is one of the best ways to support Kaua‘i farmers and help keep the island as sustainable as possible.

Kaua‘i Community College Farmers Market in Lihu‘e

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Locally made honey. Photo courtesy of jennconspiracy via flickr.

One of the largest weekly farmers’ markets, also boasted as one of the best, is located at Kaua‘i Community College in Lihu‘e. The market starts at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. which gives people plenty of time to stop by on their weekend. While it is always wise to go as early as possible to get the best selection of food, this market also has a nearly endless supply of other edible items like honey, dried bananas, coffee and nuts. There are even food trucks here if you want to enjoy a smoothie or lunch made with farm fresh ingredients.

Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula in Po‘ipu

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Kauai Culinary Market. Photo courtesy of Mark & Andrea Busse via flickr.

Another farmers market that offers a rich mix of food including pasta, soup and pies is the Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula in Po‘ipu. The market occurs every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and there is even a Wine and Beer Garden where you can watch a local chef create cuisine while listening to live music.

Hanalei and Kilauea

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Basil and avocados. Photo courtesy of jennconspiracy via flickr.

Many of these markets are independently hosted and have arts and crafts for sale as well like the Hale Halawai Farmers Market in Hanalei on Saturdays and the Namahana Farmers Market at Aniana Hou Community Park in Kilauea on Mondays and Saturdays.

Kaua‘i Sunshine Markets

Farmers' Market at Kukui Grove Center, Lihue

Seen here are beets, papayas, apple bananas, and kale bunches. Photo courtesy of Frank Hamm via flickr.

There are also Kaua‘i Sunshine Markets presented by the county that, while they don’t have as wide of a selection and mostly consist of produce, are great options if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. Find times and locations here: kauai.gov/Kamaaina/SunshineMarkets/tabid/214/Default.aspx.

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Clockwise: green avocado, flesh-colored oyster mushrooms and red rambutan. Photo courtesy of jennconspiracy via flickr.

Just ask your concierge or any kama‘aina (local resident) to help direct you to the most optimal farmers market to suit your needs.

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