Monday, February 25, 2008

Farmer's Market - Kapiolani Community College - Saturdays 730am-1130am

Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market - This weekly farmers market has been getting a lot of media attention and you can believe the hype! By the time I got there at 7:33 am people who got first crack were already leaving with bags full of fresh produce and pretty potted orchids. At the 7:30 am official start the farmers market is full of eager shoppers that want only the best and they know they can find it at this foodie paradise. Stall after wonderful stall offers gourmet food and farm fresh produce. You can also sample many of the delicious foods before buying them so you can try before you buy!

Many of the stalls offer organic foods such as the Ma'o Farms greens.
The North Shore Cattle Company of Haleiwa lures its customers with its yummy smells of a sausage breakfast hot off the grill. They also sell different grades of raw steak and beef from their ice chests.
You can order specialty lunches that you won't find anywhere else from stalls such as the Taro Delight that offers a salmon and taro lau lau plate for $7.

I also saw stalls selling "tofu sushi", fried rice with Chinese five spice, and Egyptian chicken!

Local favorite Bale has a huge stall where they offer samples and a wide variety of their fresh breads.
Locally harvested honey and island fruit preserves would make great gifts for foodie friends.
One of the highlights of the market is the long-lasting potted orchids. They come in assorted vibrant colors and are a good deal because they last for weeks!
As for the media attention, I found a Japanese camera crew shooting footage of a stall where fresh beignets were being made on site. These beignets reminded me of hot malasadas and came with a rich lilikoi jam.
This farmers market is totally worth waking up early on a Saturday morning for! (You can take a nap later on in the day.) Just make sure you bring cash and a healthy appetite! Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road (right across the street from the entrance to Diamond Head Crater), Saturdays only from 7:30 am to 11:30 am,

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