Hawaii farmers markets have been getting comfy at local community colleges. So far, we’ve got one set up at the Maui Community College, Kapiolani Community College and on the Garden Isle’s Kauai Community College.
The Kauai market is not as big as the Kapiolani market but definitely on its way. It features the usual fresh fruit, like lychee, papaya and apple bananas, as well as the more ethnic dishes like homemade kimchee. This spicy dish is actually among the first to sell out every market, so get it while it’s “hot.”
My all-time best find would have to be the taro hummus. It’s a tasty blend of Hawaii and Middle Eastern cuisine that goes great with the fresh-cut veggies or chips that the market also sells. A company called Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. is the mastermind behind the creation. They also sell this hybrid dish of kalo (taro) and chickpeas at the Oahu community college market. So ono (delicious)! In addition, the taro and juice company makes fresh Hawaiian plate lunches, fresh-squeezed juices from the farm and KULOLO! Ahh, I have been meaning to do a separate post of this scrumptious Hawaiian delight. More to come on that.
The Kauai market happens every Saturday morning (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), rain or shine. It’s also very close to the Lihue airport, which is why many visitors make this market their first stop. If you’re looking to learn more about the “farm to fork” concept, then there are many food demos, as well as tours of KCC’s organic garden.
KAUAI COMMUNITY MARKET • Kauai Community College, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, HI 96766 • 808-337-9944 • www.kauaicommunitymarket.org • Free parking adjacent parking lot