Getting Healthy at Hawaii’s Farmers’ Markets

November 23, 2010, 9:25 AM HST · Updated November 23, 9:25 AM
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A favorite activity in Hawaii for residents and visitors alike is browsing the many farmers’ markets offering a wide range of fresh wares. Whether you are looking for the juiciest pineapple in the islands or the freshest Kona coffee beans, these open-air markets offer a plethora of enticing options right from Hawaii’s farms to your table. We have four reasons why these farmers’ markets are the perfect way to better health in Hawaii.

Diversity

Few farmers’ markets are as diverse as those found in Hawaii. in addition to the standard fare like lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, you will find a wealth of tropical delights like pineapple, papaya and coconut. Some farmers’ markets even include eggs, honey, coffee or handmade crafts for your shopping pleasure. You and your taste buds will never get bored shopping the plethora of treats available at Hawaiian farmers’ markets.

Seasonal Favorites

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In addition to the standard favorites, there are some more exotic varieties of fruits and veggies that only make an appearance during select times of the year. These might include local indulgences like mangosteen, chiku and durian in tropical fruits, or fiddlehead ferns and Japanese eggplants in the vegetable section. While you might not be able to pronounce the names of these offerings, for a little bit of money, you can try a food you probably never heard of before.

Homegrown by Local Farmers

Shopping at Hawaii’s farmers’ markets supports the local farmers of the area. In addition, you can rest assured the produce you purchase has come directly from the tree or vine and to your table. In addition to helping out the local economy, you enjoy some of the freshest fruits and vegetables you have ever eaten.

Organic Available

Many of the farmers’ markets in Hawaii offer purely organic fare, which means the produce was grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. To ensure the fruits and vegetables you choose fall into this category, look for the vendor’s organic certification displayed in their booth. This certification ensures the farmer has followed proper protocol to have his goods labeled as organic.

To ensure the best selection at the Hawaiian farmers’ markets, arrive early and bring your own bags for toting your merchandise. Most Hawaiian merchants do not accept checks or credit cards, so bring plenty of cash for your purchases. With advanced planning, your day of shopping the farmers’ markets in the islands can be a complete success, providing you with plenty of deliciously fresh tropical delights to enjoy throughout your stay in Hawaii.

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