Farmers Markets in Maui County

By Eliza Escano

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Protea from Kula Farmer’s Market, Maui. Photo courtesy of Alden Cornell via flickr.

The Valley Isle’s local food movement is abundant and thriving, and we have our diligent and passionate farmers to thank. To support our local farms is to promote environmental sustainability and health. Savor island-fresh harvests, nourishing juices, all-natural preserves, delicious baked treats and much more at one of these farmers markets.

CENTRAL MAUI

Kumu Farms

Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Lilikoi or passion fruit. Photo courtesy of Alden Cornell via flickr.

Certified organic, same-day harvests would be all the reasons you need to check out Kumu Farms’ farm stand at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The farms’ 25 acres yield about thirty different crops that include chard, salad mixes, carrots, fennel, beans, beets and kale. Sun-ripened strawberries and non-GMO papayas are big draws, and so are seasonal bounties of lilikois and mangoes.

Maui Swap Meet

University of Hawaii, Maui College
Saturday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Swiss chard and other greens. Photo courtesy of Sue Salisbury via flickr.

Though most visitors beeline to the swap meet for affordable gift-shopping, one will also find about a dozen farm stands at this weekly market in Kahului. Pick up fresh veggies, herbs or try exotic fruits from Shishido Farms, Traje Farms, Rainbow Mushroom and Hong’s Farms to name a few. Not to be missed are gourmet donuts from Donut Dynamite, natural and fructose-free popsicles from Shaka Pops Maui, and a host of food trucks.

SOUTH MAUI

Farmers’ Market of Maui-Kihei

61 South Kihei Road, Kihei
Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Fresh Maui papayas. Photo courtesy of blese via flickr.

Near Kihei Canoe Club, this lot is transformed during weekdays into a farmer’s market. Enjoy papayas and pineapples all year, and lilikoi and mangoes during the summer. The organizers also run a commercial kitchen where they prepare and package fresh guacamole, pineapple salsa, and papaya seed dressing.

UPCOUNTRY

Kula Country Farms

Kula Hwy. at Kekaulike Ave, Kula
Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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A variety of bell peppers. Photo courtesy of Sue Salisbury via flickr.

The family-run farm’s idyllic setting draws guests for wonderful strawberry picking and its fall annual pumpkin patch. The produce stand is a cornucopia of seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers, as well as their popular jams (strawberry Hawaiian chili pepper jam, anyone?), syrups and Kula onion barbeque sauce.

Upcountry Farmers’ Market

Kula Malu Shopping center
Saturday, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Kula lavender in a bucket. Photo courtesy of Sue Salisbury via flickr.

Being that Upcountry Maui has one of the most ideal weather and soil to grow crops, this market boasts of prime fruits and produce harvests, as well as lovely flora. Honey, fruit preserves, fresh-baked olive bread, kombucha tea, Thai food, raw and vegan foods, and live music round out this fabulous gathering.

WEST MAUI

Napili Farmers Market

4900 Honoapiilani Hwy., across Napili Plaza
Wednesday and Saturday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A basket full of avocados. Photo courtesy of blese via flickr.

From beautiful, organic produce, microgreens and wheatgrass shots from Napiliflo Farm, kombucha tea, fresh juices, fresh eggs and baked goods; this market in Napili highlights some of the best growers and artisans on this side of the Valley Isle.

Laniupoko Farmers’ Market

Honoapiilani Hwy. at Launiupoko Beach Park
Saturday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Ripe apple bananas. Photo courtesy of blese via flickr.

Just off of Hwy. 30 and across the beach park, this weekly gathering offers fresh produce and fruits, local eggs, lilikoi butter and honey. There is a also a family-run stand that sells egg salad sandwiches using local ingredients and home-made bread, and green smoothies in mason jars. Baked goodies often include banana bread, haupia purple sweet potato pie with a macadamia nut shortbread crust and ulu (breadfruit) chips.

Simpli-Fresh Farmers’ Market

Lahainaluna Rd, just past the bypass
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Kadota Figs. Photo courtesy of Susie Wyshak via flickr.

James “Kimo” Simpliciano, a community-minded farmer and chef, brings fresh, seasonal harvests to the market, and personally tends to this organic farm. Local favorites like lilikoi, papaya, mangoes, kale, beets, tomatoes, herbs, sunflowers and farm-fresh eggs are some of the goodness one might see. The farm also grows beautiful and unexpected crops like white Kadota figs, turmeric, Kabocha squash and Hungarian sweet peppers.

EAST MAUI

Hana Fresh Farm Stand

4590 Hana Hwy, in Hana
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Schedule changes seasonally

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Organic tomatoes. Photo courtesy of blese via flickr.

This farm stand in heavenly Hana has certified organic tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, tropical fruits and herbs, plus baked breads and muffins. Adjacent is a café that serves breakfast and lunch highlighting the farm’s fresh produce and all-natural shave ice.

LANA‘I

Lana‘i Market Place

Dole Park 
Saturday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jams and jellies, and home-cooked meals can be found along with Lanai’s freshest produce on the island’s only farmer’s market to date.

MOLOKA‘I

Kumu Farms at Agricultural Park

9 Hua Ai Road,
 Kualapuu
Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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A basket full of fresh picked star fruits. Photo courtesy of Alden Cornell via flickr.

Located about five minutes from the airport, Kumu Farms’ market is a prime source of fresh produce for Molokai residents. Farmers tend to 80 acres of land and grow a most diverse array of certified-organic produce and herbs.

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