On the most expansive of the Hawaiian Islands, there is an abundance of farmer’s markets across the Big Island. Wherever you and your family may be staying on your vacation, there are certain to be markets in your region of the Big Island where you can sample an array of delectable cuisine, tropical fruits and vegetables. Below are a few of the farmer’s markets that may be among the most popular and could be well-worth stopping by during your trip to the Big Island.
Hilo Farmer’s Market is arguably one of the most popular markets on the Big Island, the Hilo Farmer’s Market is open daily. Situated on the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo, this market is ideal for both early-risers and late-comers as vendors open shop at 7 am and close at 4 pm, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays when it opens even earlier at 6 am. With over 200 farmers and craftsmen, visitors can try anything from fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables to cuisine from Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. There are also freshly-baked pastries, breads and malasadas as well as honey, dried fruits, veggies, fresh fish and an abundance of unique specialty foods. This is the perfect place to purchase hand-crafted gifts like homemade soaps, seed-jewelry, wood carvings, and artwork made by local artisans. Plan to devote several hours to the Hilo Farmer’s Market as there is so much to see.
Volcano Village Farmer’s Market, located at the Cooper Center of Volcano Village, is open on Sunday mornings from 6:30 am to 10 am. Scrumptious desserts like sweetbread pudding, mocha brownies and haupia can be found here, along with a variety of jams, whipped poi, fresh fruits, berries, vegetables and organic grass-fed beef. There are also craft vendors for those who want to talk with local artists as well as authentic Hawaiian food booths for those who came ready to eat.
Pahoa Village Farmer’s Market is open on Sundays from 8 am until 1 pm, this market in downtown Pahoa offers delicious Kona coffee, hot food from Thai, Chinese, Indian and Hawaiian cuisine as well as tropical fruits, crafts and clothing. There is also an open bar and live music to create the perfect relaxed weekend atmosphere for shoppers.
Maku’u Farmer’s Market is also located in Pahoa and is open from 8 am to 2 pm. With 200-plus vendors, this market is on the larger scale, featuring everything from organic produce to local farm goods, handmade materials and keepsakes. They also feature live music and a covered sitting area for guests to enjoy rain or shine.
In the Kona region, there are two prominent markets where guests can stock up on quality Hawaii-made and Hawaii-grown items. Keauhou Farmer’s Market at the main shopping center in Kailua-Kona is open on Saturdays from 8 am to noon. This open-air market is unique in that it sells only plants and produce grown in Hawaii. Free from the clutter of touristy booths, this is the perfect place to pick up authentic Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, dragon fruits, papayas, mangoes, bananas, coconuts as well as plants and flowers for your home. There are also baked goods, hot dishes, and the occasional cultural demonstration as well. The South Kona Green Market is open on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm and is another great place to stop by for some freshly made coffee, organic and non-organic produce, Hawaiian crafts and artwork.
Ka’u (Na’alehu) Farmer’s Market is open on both Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to noon. Best known for its locally sourced beef, lamb, eggs and fresh produce, this is the place to stop to buy goods for the big family barbeque. The market also hosts a “Hawaii-made” day at the Shaka Restaurant every Friday from 8 am to noon where visitors can purchase some the island’s finest items.
Other Big Island markets are the Waimea Town Market, held on Saturdays 8 am to noon, the Waimea Homestead Farmer’s Market, held on Saturdays 7 am to noon, and the Hawi Farmer’s Market held on Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm. Explore the best of the Big Island’s produce at one of its many farmer’s markets.