While there is only one farmers market on Molokai, you can still buy a wide range of farm and aquaculture products directly from a number of suppliers as well as tour their unique operations. Molokai is home to one of the state’s largest suppliers of organically grown papaya and you can even sample local aquaculture products directly from Molokai’s fish ponds. Dive in and experience some of the island’s finest Hawaii farmsteads on your next trip to Molokai
Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut Farm: The 5-acre farm set in central Molokai has been providing quality macadamia nuts since 1980. Nut-lovers can visit the farm for a chat with owners Tuddie and Kammy Purdy, who offer personalized instructions on how to crack open the extremely hard-to-open macadamia nut. They also offer fresh nut samples, macadamia flower honey, health facts about macadamia nuts and are readily available to answer any questions their visitors may have.
Kumu Farms: Kumu Farms claims to be largest supplier of organic papaya to the mainland US. Gathering nearly 20,000 pounds of papaya weekly, both their organic and non-organic fruits are shipped across the country, even as far as Chicago, Illinois. Visitors to Molokai can stop by the Kumu Farm stand from 9 am to 4 pm every Tuesday to Friday to sample some of their papaya, carrots, lettuce, kale, rosemary, basil, dill, thyme as well as other herbs and vegetables.
Keawa Nui Farms: Comprised of over 16 ponds, the Keawa Nui Farm raise shrimp, oysters and clams together in salt water ponds. The farm also raises other aquaculture products such as tilapia, Samoan crab and ogo, a popular local seaweed. Interested visitors can also attend daily tours of the hatcheries, experience fishing with nets and even feed the shrimp and fish. Keawa Nui Farms also has sheep, cows, geese, chicken, pigs and horses that you can ride. Plan on stopping by to learn more about how aquaculture farming works in Hawaii.
Molokai Farmers Market: The island’s only farmers market is located on Ala Malama Street in Kaunakakai. The market is run by volunteers and is open from 7 am to 1 pm every Saturday morning. Though the population on Molokai is much smaller than the other islands, the weekend market tends to be a bustling place to pick up a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, seafood and baked goods. After customers have filled their bags with produce, they can also stock up on potted plants, homemade jewelry, wood carvings and hand-crafted items from local artists.
Molokai is an island filled with history and classic Hawaiian beauty; don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the island’s farms and markets on your next trip to there.