Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 8, 2011

Farmers’ Markets on Kaua’i

Kaua’i  is blessed with perfect growing (and vacation!) climate: just enough rain, abundant sunshine, and rich volcanic soil. Kaua’i boasts farms large and small, and nearly every backyard is a garden of tropical flowers, Kaua’i sunrise papayas, fresh mangoes, and tree-sweetened ripe bananas.  Not to forget avocadoes, pineapples, squashes, and melons! Hawaiian sweet corn is a marvel!  If you live on the mainland,  you may know some of these products as being costly, but here on Kaua’i, they are abundant and usually affordably priced.

The County of Kaua’i sponsors weekly Sunshine Markets at various places on island,  which sell fresh local produce and flowers.  The produce must be grown on Kaua’i so you are truly experiencing the abundance and ONO of the Garden Isle.

Visit a Sunshine or Green Market (they sell local organic produce) and pick up some wingbeans or longbeans (Filipino vegetables).

Bring your own bags for stuffing full of papayas (often 2 or 3 for $1).  Because you are dealing with small
businesses, bring lots of $1 bills (many vendors do not have change for a $50).  Most importantly, arrive early.  The markets are extremely popular with local residents and tourists and are usually open for only 2 hours – which may seem a short time for a mainlander used to all-day farmers’ markets, but the produce often is sold out within 1 hour, it is that fresh and that good.

The current list of Farmers’ Markets as per the County of Kaua’i is:

Town or Area Site Day and Time
Koloa Koloa
Ball Park at Maluhia Road
12 N
Kalaheo Kalaheo
Neighborhood Center, Papalina Road off Kaumualii
3 PM
Kapaa Kapaa
New Town Park, Kahau Street
3 PM
Hanapepe Hanapepe
3 PM
Kilauea Kilauea
Neighborhood Center, Keneke off Lighthouse Road
4:30 PM
Lihu’e Vidinha
Stadium, Hoolako Road
3 PM
Kekaha Kekaha
Neighborhood Center, Elepaio Road
9 AM

Some of those fresh exotic fruits you purchased can be turned into a luscious salad for lunch as is or paired with a fresha Ahi steak (right off the boat and sold by the fisherman)  that you quickly  grill.

Kaua’i Farmers’ Market Salad with Sesame  Dressing

1 head  lettuce of your choice (or a mixture)

1 bunch watercress, stems removed

2 cucumbers,  peeled and cut into thin slices

2 c peeled, seeded, and diced fresh fruit

You can use any one fruit – papayas, bananas, pineapple, mangoes – and a mixture is best.  (In a pinch, use 16-oz can of mandarin oranges.)  Break the washed and dried lettuce and watercress into bite-sized pieces and tip into a large salad bowl.  Arrange cucumber slices in center and on edge of salad.  In between, put the diced fruit (drained, but save juice for dressing).  Just before
serving, add sesame dressing and toss lightly.

Sesame dressing is made by combining ½ c salad or olive oil, 4 T vinegar (try a nice fruit-based vinegar for a bright taste), 2 T fruit juice, 2 t soya sauce, and 2 t sesame seeds in a jar.  Cap tightly and shake to mix.

Serve on chilled plates with a chunk of crusty bread or Hawaiian sweet bread, take to
the covered lanai, sit, and enjoy while watching and listening to the waves.  Does life get any better than this?

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Wishing you warm Aloha!



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