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It's hard to pick just one reason why living in paradise year round is so special, but being graced with locally grown produce, flowers, and plants is definitely a contender. But what's the best way to make sure you're getting the freshest that the Kohala Coast has to offer? We've rounded up our favorite farmer's markets along the Kohala Coast so you know you're getting the very best ingredients to taste the islands.
Every Saturday, The Waimea Homestead Farmers' Market is open from 7 am to 12 pm on Highway 19 at Kuhio Hale West Hawaii Office of DHHL. The market has grown quickly from just fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, to goat cheese, smoked meat and fish, skin products, Hawaiian herbs, sweets and pastries, jams and jellies, and so much more. Enjoy the cool country air that Waimea has to offer in just a 30-minute drive from KaMilo Homes. For more information, visit www.waimeafarmersmarket.com.
Need some fresh produce mid week? Once again, Waimea has you covered! Head to Pukalani Stables every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm for local produce, plate lunches, even live music! For more information on the Waimea Midweek Market, head to The Paniolo Preservation Society.
Waimea Town Market
Waimea Town Market, located at The Parker School on Lindsey Road on Saturdays from 7 am to 12 pm, is another fantastic market you can feel good about supporting. Not only does this market have locally grown produce, but they also have various herbs and spices, crafts, photography, baked goods, and more. On top of their fantastic line up of local products, the vendor rents support Parker School educational programs. Fore more information and vendor listings, head to www.waimeatownmarket.com.
If you're looking to try all the local markets in Waimea, we've got one more for you! Kekela Farms, located on Mana Road in Waimea has their own market on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm. They also attend the Waimea Town Market at Parker School on Saturdays as well. Stock up on fresh vegetables with exceptional flavor from this family-run business. For more information on Kekela Farms, head to www.kekelafarms.com.
If you need to make a quick trip to the market, but need to stay a little closer to KaMilo Homes, the Farmers' Market and The Kings' Shops in Waikoloa Beach are the perfect option for you! Bring home fresh baked goods, handmade soaps, organic produce and herbs, along with crafts and plate lunches! This market is open on Wednesdays from 8 AM – 2 PM. For more information on this market, head to www.kingsshopsfarmersmarket.wordpress.com.
Waikoloa Village Farmer's Market
Waikoloa Village, located just between Kona and Waimea, is another fantastic opportunity for fresh island finds, but close to KaMilo Homes. Every Saturday from 7:30 AM to 1 PM In the Waikoloa Community Church parking lot (68-3625 Paniolo Ave.), you can find local produce, arts and crafts, clothes, and much more. Kona Farmer's Market Located right in the heart of downtown Kona on Ali'i Drive, the Kona Farmer's Market is the perfect stop when you have to run into town for a meeting or after a beach trip. This open air market has a fantastic variety of organic produce, local arts and crafts, jewelry, potted plants, gifts, and sweets. Open all week except for Mondays, this market is a sure bet for anything you might need. For more information on this market, head to http://www.konafarmersmarket.com/.
Under the Banyan's
If you're ever looking for fresh flavor in the northern portion of the Kohala Coast, be sure to stop by The Hawi Farmers' Market, also known as “Under the Banyans.” Located on the corner of Akoni Pule Highway and Hawi Road, you can find regionally grown Kohala produce, plants and flowers, and other local cuisine right under the banyan trees! This market is every Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm, and often includes live music with much community talk story.
Kona Farmer's Market
Located right in the heart of downtown Kona on Ali'i Drive, the Kona Farmer's Market is the perfect stop when you have to run into town for a meeting or after a beach trip. This open air market has a fantastic variety of organic produce, local arts and crafts, jewelry, potted plants, gifts, and sweets. Open all week except for Mondays, this market is a sure bet for anything you might need. For more information on this market, head to http://www.konafarmersmarket.com/.