Kauai Culinary Market at Kukuiula Shopping Village in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai Culinary Market at Kukuiula Shopping Village in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo

“Lucky we live Kauai” is a saying here. It’s flecked with pidgin, which makes it fun, but I think it every day. Kauai’s blessings are many, and one of them is our farmers markets, which are open 365 days a year.

All markets are outdoors, and some are against dreamy backdrops of mountains, valleys or oceans. Farmers markets are the easiest way to buy super fresh and tasty produce that’s sometimes called beyond organic.

Tuesday Waipa farmers market. Daniel Lane photo

Tuesday Waipa farmers market. Daniel Lane photo

Even though market managers are vigilant about only offering locally grown and made products, foreigners can turn up on the market table. Look for the Kauai Grown and Kauai Made logos to insure you’re getting the real thing.

Some markets have a strict policy that inhibits sales before the market opens. For instance, the Sunshine Markets, which offer only produce, begin with a whistle blow. It’s hard to accommodate this rule when you’re standing in line, and the farmers have laid out their vibrant fruit and vegetables, but it allows them to fully set up.

Meet local farmers and learn how to select perfect produce, when it’s in season and how to cook with it during Tasting Kauai’s one-hour farmers market class.

 

WEST SIDE

Tuesday:

Kalaheo Sunshine Market, Neighborhood Center, 3 to 4 p.m. Produce only.

Thursday:

Hanapepe Sunshine Market, Hanapepe Park in Old Hanapepe Town, 3 to 4 p.m. Produce only.

Saturday:

Kekaha Sunshine Market, Neighborhood Center, 9 a.m. Produce only.

 

SOUTH SHORE

Monday:

Koloa Sunshine Market, Koloa Ball Park (Knudsen) Maluhia Road, noon. Produce only.

Wednesday:

Kauai Culinary Market at Kukuiula Shopping Village, 3:30 to 6 p.m. This is a beautiful outdoor market, with vendors spread along the outdoor mall. Shoppers can buy local honey, coffee, gourmet salt blends, kim chee, tropical pies and jams, tropical flowers and produce. Live music, a beer and wine garden, and cooking demonstrations make it especially fun.

 

EAST SIDE

Monday:

Kukui Grove Shopping Center parking lot by Star Market, 3 p.m

Tuesday:

Coconut Market Place, Kapaa, 9 a.m. to noon. Fresh leis and coconuts, a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, Moloa’a Bay Coffee, anthiriums and cut flowers.

Wednesday:

Kapaa Sunshine Market, New Town Ball Park Parking Lot by Bypass Road, 3 to 4 p.m. Produce only, including a large choice of organic produce.

Thursday:

Coconut Market Place, Kapaa, 9 a.m. to noon. Fresh leis and coconuts, a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, Moloa’a Bay Coffee, anthiriums and cut flowers.

Friday:

Vidinha Stadium parking lot, 3 p.m. Produce only.
Anahola, all day. This market features grilled pork and huli-huli chicken plate lunches with sides of roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

Saturday:

Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Besides fruit and vegetables, this gourmet market features locally made goat and feta cheese, tropical flowers, local honey, coffee, kim chee, tropical pies and jams, and European-style breads. Meals include kalua pig and poi, authentic Thai, Puerto Rican style tacos and sandwiches made to order.

Anahola, all day. This market features huli-huli chicken and grilled pork plate lunch with sides of roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

Sunday:

Anahola, all day. This market features huli-huli chicken and grilled pork plate lunches with sides of roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

 

NORTH SHORE

Monday:

Westin Princeville, 5 to 6 p.m. This small market provides fresh, organic produce to Westin guests.

Namahana Farmers Market by Banana Joe’s, 4 p.m. to dusk. Strictly local produce as well as a few food artisans.

Tuesday:

Waipa Farmers Market, Waipa Ahupuaa Field, 2 p.m. This market is nestled in a lush valley that is surrounded by towering mountains. Shoppers can buy locally made gourmet goat and feta cheese, chocolate covered frozen bananas, organic produce, coconuts, handmade crafts and clothes.

Thursday:

Kilauea Neighborhood Center Ball Park / Gym Parking Lot, 4:30 p.m. Produce only.

Saturday:

Namahana Farmers Market in Kilauea by Banana Joe’s. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Strictly local produce as well as a few food artisans.

Hanalei Farmers Market. Market hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon. Produce, food artisans, and handmade crafts.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

This July, Malama Kauai, in partnership with the County of Kauai’s Office of Economic Development, will provide processing for EBT / SNAP at select Kauai farmers markets.

The initial five markets are:

  • Koloa Market – Mondays starting at 11:30 a.m. (only first two weeks of the month)
  • Kapaa Market – Wednesdays  starting at 2:30 p.m. (every week)
  • Hanapepe Market – Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m. (only first two weeks of the month)
  • Kilauea Market (new) – Thursday starting at 4 p.m. (only first two weeks of the month)
  • Lihue Market – Friday starting at 2:30 p.m. (every week)

Times listed are 30 minutes prior to the official opening time of the markets. They will start services early to allow for folks to line up with their favorite participating vendors along with others that may be using cash. Having these benefits available at farmers markets will provide access to fresh, healthy and local foods – supporting those that most need them while giving our farmers and local agricultural product producers additional revenue. Not all vendors choose to participate. Vendors that sign an agreement are accepted and have a sign to indicate if they do or not accept EBT/SNAP