You’re in Paradise – Eat Local!

While Maui sports many wonderful restaurants, and we’ll discuss our favorites in an upcoming article, a great way to save money and enjoy the bounty of Maui is to take advantage of the many local farmers markets. Shopping in Safeway may be convenient, but those mangoes you are anticipating may well have come from Guam. Why not get farm fresh ones? It’s also a great way to support local farmers and encourage more farm production on Maui.

Upcountry

On the hillsides of Haleakala, also called upcountry, are several great farmers markets.  One is known simply as the Upcountry Farmers Market and is located at the Kulamalu Town Center on Highway 37 near Long’s Drugs. This market is open Saturdays from 7:00am – 11:00pm and has local organic produce, fresh caught fish, tropical flowers, locally grown coffee as well as prepared foods that make a tasty lunch or dinner.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm,  the Makawao Marketplace farmer’s market offers local produce, local crafts, fresh and dried flowers, as well as lunch snacks. This market is located at 3654 Baldwin Avenue in Makawao.

Kula Country Farms is located on Kula Highway just past mile marker 13. Their farm stand is open from Tuesday – Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and on the weekends from 10:00am – 4:00pm and has fresh local fruit, vegetables and flowers. In season this farm also has u-pick strawberries.

 

Central Maui

Kumu Farms, also known as Maui Tropical Plantation, is located at 1670 Honoapiilani Highway in Wailuku, and is open Tuesday – Saturday  from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Local fruits and vegetables are available for purchase and the farm will ship organic papayas anywhere in the U.S.

On Saturdays at the University of Hawaii in Kahalui, the Maui Swap Meet is held and has loads of fun items including local produce.  The swap meet operates from 7:00am – 1:00pm and is a great opportunity to try local foods and shop local crafts.

Also in Kahalui, at the local mall called Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, a farmer’s market runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.  The mall is located at 275 West Ka’ahumanu Avenue; combine your produce shopping with buying souvenirs!

 

West Maui

Honokawai’s Farmer’s Market, also known as Farmers Market Maui, is located at 3636 Lower Honoapiilani Road in Lahaina.  This market runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00am – 11:00am.  Chances are very high that a visit to Lahaina is on your to do list; incorporate this highly rated farmers market into your schedule.

 

East Maui

If your travels take you to Hana, stop in at  Ono Organic Farms which is along the road to Hana. This organic family-owned farm also sells its produce seven days a week at the roadside market in Hana next to the gas station. The market is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Also located in Hana is the Hana Fresh Farm which grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs. The farm is located immediately behind the Health Center. Unfortunately the farm stand is currently closed due to construction of their new wastewater treatment plant.  We’ll post re-opening information when construction is complete.

 

South Maui

The bustling town of Kihei boasts three good farmers markets.  The first is the Farmer’s Market of Maui, Kihei which is located at 61 South Kihei Road. This market operates Monday – Thursday from 8:00am – 4:00pm and on Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

On Saturdays from 8:00am – noon a farmer’s market may be found in the parking lot of the Long’s Drugs at 1215 South Kihei Road.

The busiest farmer’s market in Kihei seems to be the Lipoa Street Farmer’s Market which is open every Saturday from 8:00 to noon at 95 Lipoa Street.  All three markets offer a good selection of fresh, local fruit, veggies and flowers.

 

North Maui

Make a visit to the quaint town of Paia and be sure to check out the La’a Kea Community Farm which is open Monday – Saturday from 8:30am – 5:30pm.  The address is 639 Baldwin Avenue, Paia.  I find this farm to be especially worthwhile because it aids youth and adults with special needs and incorporates them into it’s farming community.

 

As you can see, there are many options to buy local farm fresh produce on Maui. One can support local communities, eat healthy and enjoy interacting with locals all while enjoying the laid back aloha feeling that is Maui.  Happy eating!