Farmers Markets, CSA's and Community Gardens
Hawai'i Island Directory
There are approximately 30 farmers markets on Hawai'i Island. The number of vendors at each of these markets ranges from 5 to 200. Some serve neighborhoods, others serve whole districts—each is unique. The variety of fresh produce and food products is dazzling. Most food crops and products are grown conventionally, but more vendors are offering certified organic produce and products grown without petroleum-based chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Many markets have plants and flowers. Some markets add arts, crafts, clothing and miscellaneous household items, new and used. Farmers markets are the heart of our island’s local, sustainable food system.
Mahalo nui to Sonia R. Martinez for her initiative and hard work in updating and expanding this list for the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network. The original market names were compiled from many different sources in early 2010: Slow Food Hawai'i, Our Hamakua Newsletter, Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, Kona Web, Ben Discoe, and from many individuals, vendors and market managers. This directory has been revised and expanded continually since early 2010. Please contact the
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Hawi Farmers Market, Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm, and Tuesday, 2 – 6 pm. [full article]
Kekela Farm Market, Tuesday and Friday, 2 - 5 pm [full article]
64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela. Turn onto Mana Road at 55 mile marker, Mamalahoa Highway; left at stop sign, 0.4 miles to red barn (first left after Koa Lane). Local, organic produce plus coffee, honey, goat cheese. Tuesdays only: stone oven-baked breads. Info: 887-0023.
Waikaloa King's Shop Farmers Market, Wednesday 8:30 - 1:00 [full article]
Waikoloa Village Farmers Market, Saturday, 7:15 am
Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School. N Jane Burnham. Open table market from local residents who grow organic vegetables to help out our community. We strive to make it easier for those who can’t afford retail prices but would like to have fresh vegetables on their tables. We don’t have specific types of vegetables but are open to those who have an abundance from their crops and want to share it with our community at an affordable price.
Waimea Homestead Farmers Market, Saturday, 7 am – noon [full article]
Waimea Town Market at Parker School, Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm [full article]
Waimea Country Market, Once a month (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month), 7 am - 2 pm.
MM 51, just past the Waimea golf course, heading toward Honoka'a - makai side of hwy (there are big signs).
CSA: Ka'Ohi Nani Farm [full article]
We have been farming organically in Hawaii for over 25 years. This is our second season as your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. We offer a variety of organic vegetables, eggs, artisan breads, and much more. Weekly newsletters, recipes, complimentary flowers and herbs delivered right to your home or business. We deliver in Waimea and the surrounding areas.Our mission is to produce and distribute fresh, organic produce while serving as a sustainable and social network for our surrounding community. We hope to achieve this mission through our CSA, farm tours, local restaurants, feeding the homeless with our angel boxes and other community connections. Our goals at Ka 'Ohi Nani farm are to produce fresh, healthy foods for our local community, provide a quality of life for the farmers and workers, and sustain economic viability for our farm with care and respect for natures diversity. We are on FB. Thank you, Steve and Lark Willey, Waimea - 885-1950
Honoka'a Farmers Market, Saturday, 7:30 am
Fronting Honokaa Trading Company – One of the oldest if not THE oldest farmers’ markets on the island. Organic and non-organic produce, Mama Ella’s famous homemade lilikoi cookies and more - Grace Walker (775-0808)
Sell farm-grown, certified organic taro, taro huli, taro leaf, noni juice, fruit in season (starfruit, grapefruit, soursop, lemons, limes, mango), vegetables in season. Every Sunday: Catered Hawaiian BBQ w/ smoked beef, pork, vegetarian luau, taro fries, other dishes, and kava. Contact: Zach Gibson, 937-4687; Web: www.kanakakava.com
Laupahoehoe Farmers Market, Sunday, 9 am – 1 pm
Next to the Minit Mart on the highway. Local produce, baked goods, preserves, hydroponic lettuces and watercress, local arts & crafts - Arlene Hussey (640-4081)
Hilo Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday, 7 am - 3 pm
Kino'ole Farmers Market, Saturday, 7 am - noon [full article]
Mamo Street Market, Open 7 days a week 8 am - 5 pm
Mamo parking lot corner of Mamo Street and Kilauea Avenue, Hilo.
Rainbow Falls Market Place, Monday and Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm
Across from Rainbow Falls in Hilo. Hula show, free samples, homegrown and handmade products from island crafters, local farmers and home-based businesses. Vynel Sugino (933-9173)
CSA:Island Goode's, 27-2365 Hwy 19 Papa‘ikou, CSA season from May to October
We provide fresh picked produce using organic practices. These are some of the items you may find in your box: lettuces, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, beets, radishes, carrots, potatoes, asparagus, sweet white corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, snap peas, snow peas, onions, string beans, wax beans, pac choy, boc choy, daikon radish, basil, oregano, papaya, passion fruit, oranges, lemons, limes, avocados, bananas and more. Everything is grown on our farm. We provide delivery to your home or business in the Downtown/Hilo area on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. If you are not in our delivery area, you can pick up at the Island Goode's farm on Tuesday afternoon. Please sign up with payment one month prior to the beginning of your selected CSA season or seasons. We are starting out with 20 members and will expand membership as we grow. Contact us by email or call 808-964-2291.
Farmers Market at The Mill, Saturday, 7 am to Noon [full article]
Kalapana (SPACE) Farmer's Market, Saturday, 8 am - Noon [full article]
Kea‘au Village Farmers’ Market, Tuesday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 8 am - 3 pm; closed Sunday & Monday
16-0550 Old Volcano Rd., Kea’au. Fresh local farm produce featuring super sweet corn, flowers, handmade Hawaiian arts & crafts. For information call Arlen MacAnan (966-4853)
Maku‘u Farmers Market, Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm [full article]
Pahoa Farmers Market, Sunday, 6 am – 3 pm
Luquin’s/Akebono Theater parking lot. Large, covered, outdoor market with fresh produce, clothing, jewelry, food, coffee booths, music, kava bar and kava presentations, and more. Call Anthony at 965-9292.
Volcano Farmers' Market, Sunday, 6:30 - 10 am [full article]
CSA: Dragon’s Eye
Kapoho - 965-9371
CSA: Ginger Ridge Farm
The Southernmost Market in the USA. Location: Shaka Restaurant grounds, Naalehu. Vendors may stay until dusk. The market is noted for local made crafts, gifts, art, and clothing. Local beef,
South Kona Fruit Stand, Monday – Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy – between MM 103 -104 – Honaunau. Tropical fruits, smoothies, juices, baked good, coffee - (328-8547)
South Kona Green Market (SKGM), Sunday, 9 am - 1 pm [full 2013 article] [2010 article] .
Holualoa Farmers Market, Saturday, 9 am - Noon
Mauka Station (opposite Kona Hotel), Holualoa. Contact: Todd 808-430-0235
Kailua Village Farmers’ Market, Wednesday thru Sunday, 7 am – 4 pm
Across from Hale Halawai, corner of Alii Drive and Hualalai Rd., Kailua-Kona. Flowers and leis, mostly local produce, macnuts, honey, coffee, Hawaiian crafts, soaps, etc - http://www.konafarmersmarket.com/
Keauhou Farmers Market, Saturday, 8 am – Noon [full article]
CSA: Adaptations Inc, 79-7500 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua [full article]
Eden Earthworks Community Garden, Mountain View http://www.edenearthworks.org
Kaiao, Hilo, South Hilo http://alohahilo.wordpress.com/kaiao-garden-kaiao-garden-camp/
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown
- Can spend time marketing when the demands of farming are low (off-peak season)
- Build a reliable, steady customer base
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
To learn more, see http://www.localharvest.org/csa/