Kailua now has a fourth farmers market to provide locals and visitors with a multitude of island bounties.
With high grocery store prices, and many times, questionable freshness and origin of produce and meats, it is no wonder the popularity of farmers markets has soared to meet the population’s request for locally-supplied products. And our little corner of the windward side of Oahu has been keeping pace with the growing sustainability marketplace principle.
Rep. Chris Lee showing his support for local farmers markets.
Sundays are now included in the weekly schedule of markets. Under the direction of the people who bring you the markets in Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai and Ala Moana, Kailua’s newest market will operate in the parking lot of Kailua Elementary School. The school is sandwiched between the local library and the Salvation Army and provides free parking. The market itself has a large covered space for eating, resting and listening to local entertainment, if scheduled.
So far, 40 venders have signed on as regulars, and local State Legislator Chris Lee told me he believes this is just a start to the biggest and best farmers market on the island. I walked around to see what was available and am glad to say that it certainly is not a rehash of what is offered at the other Kailua markets.
There were a few familiar faces and products, but most were new to Kailua and offered items that were different, or at least a variable of what you might see at other places. I am on familiar terms with one seller who used to only sell at the Haleiwa market. Now he sells here.
His product, Raw Dog Hawaii, provides raw dog food, via local ranches, and is growing in popularity. His suppliers are limited, but you can meet the man himself and buy the product right at this market, which is not what you usually see at other markets. Personally, I bought an amazing, freshly-made ginger and sugar cane beverage that I’ll use as a base for drinks at home.
Local canned tuna, raw dog food and coconut water from the source.
All in all, there was a good mix between fruit and vegetable stands, prepared food popup kitchens and home good items, like candles, plants or jewelry etc. I do go to the other three markets in Kailua, and it is very evident that each has its own personality. I go for the good prices, freshness and just for something to do. They sure do draw out the people of this little town, so the new guy on the block should do just fine.
KAILUA FARMERS MARKET • Sundays, 9am-1pm • Kailua Elementary School parking lot 315 Kuulei Rd., Kailua, HI 96734 • Free parking at school