There is nothing quite like the Hawaiian farmer’s markets. The islands have a whole lot of amazing things growing year round. I love stocking up on a large bounty of tropically grown goodies as soon as I land. If you are able to book a condo with a kitchen that is the best way to fully submerge yourself in the Hawaiian way of living and become closer to the magical community that lives on the islands.
On this blog post, I am sharing where to find some of the best Kauai farmers markets that I visited during
The first farmers market we visited was the Kauai Community Market held at the community college in Lihue on Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm. It was a large market full of farm stands, food trucks, food vendors, bakers, artisans, and plant shops. We happened to visit during the big garden fair so there were tons of plants I wish I could have brought home with me too.
Although there was plenty of fruit and vegetables to go around. There were a lot of my favorites that were missing from the tables during this trip. This time of year (beginning of April) is offseason for a lot of fruit like Mangos, starfruit, dragonfruit, lychee, lilikoi and other rare fruit that I have previously found on the islands in the summertime. Mangoes are always my favorite food to eat while visiting Hawaii, so I was extremely disappointed to miss them! But there were still a ton of papayas, pineapples, and all different kinds of citrus. We also found some of my other favorite things like cucumber, turmeric, apple bananas, shallots, lemon, cilantro, purple sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, beets, carrots, hibiscus, limes, tangerines, grapefruit, and large avocados.
I like to make a smoothie in the morning for breakfast and it is nice to mix up a little bit of something different for a change. I added papaya, apple banana, carrot, beet, cucumber, turmeric, lime, hibiscus and a mixture of fresh greens every morning when I was there and felt instantly energized and nourished for all my adventures. And a few times we had to make our favorite banana mac nut pancakes with coconut syrup and fresh purple sweet potatoes on the side. For lunch, I liked packing a sandwich with freshly made super green hummus, avocado, cucumber, onion, greens, and tomatoes. We also used a couple of the giant avocados to make guacamole a couple of times, the best dang guacamole I have ever had. For dinner, we did not cook a meal every night because we still wanted to try a few restaurants. But we did grill some fresh caught ono for fish tacos, and made an island fresh pineapple salsa to go on top. My favorite meal we had during our trip.
Of course, when visiting a tropical farmers market I had to pull out my favorite white linen skirt that I bought online at a vintage shop called Improv Goods. You can see me wearing it this post and this post too. I recently bought this pistachio colored linen crop top that has a cute tie in the back that can be worn in the front as well. I bought the top from one of my favorite ethically made linen clothing shops called Posse. I also own an amazing jumpsuit and off the shoulder white top from them which you can see in this post and this post. They always have so many amazingly cute pieces. If you check them out I am sure you can find something that you will love to add to your closet. I know I wish that I could add every piece of their collection whenever I am scrolling on their website. I also packed my new market basket bag that I bought from Connected Goods. It is the perfect purse and farmers market basket combo and my new favorite bag that I will be wearing all spring and summer long.
Since we were staying in Princeville for most of the trip I had to visit the Hanalei Farmers Market even though it was on Saturday the day before we left. There were a lot more variety and a lot more fruit than the other farmers market. So I decided to try a couple of unique fruits that were ripe enough to eat, sadly I had to leave a few behind because the farmers said they would have to take a week to ripen. But I was able to find fresh strawberry guava, one of my favorite tropical fruits but this was the first time I tried this variety fresh from the tree. Then I also found a lady selling fresh guava juice which I quickly bought to sip on at the beach. Then I also tried an egg fruit. The locals said it tasted like sweet potato pie and vanilla so I knew I had to try it. It also has a texture of a hard boiled egg.
I highly recommend both of these markets if you are visiting Kauai. But if you miss them there are plenty of farmers markets everyday spread out all over the island. And tons of farms you can tour as well. Use this map to guide you to the closest one on the day that works best for you and make sure to verify the information because some of them have moved because of the recent flooding on the north shore. I don’t want you to miss out on this experience when visiting one of my favorite places on earth. I hope you have a marvelous trip and thank you for reading my blog post!