Since you arrived at Koloa Landing Resort a few days ago, you’ve had poolside cocktails, grilled fish on the beach and sampled the flavorful cuisine at Holoholo Grill. Now you’re ready to complete your tropical culinary adventure with a trip to one of the local farmer’s markets.
From fresh Kauai papayas to locally grown bananas, you can find a bevy of fresh local fruits and vegetables at any of the various farmer’s markets held throughout the week at various points on the island. These markets are family-friendly, so you can peruse the booths with your spouse and kids. Let each member of your family pick out their favorite fruit, and create a sample plate once you get back to your room for everyone to snack on together.
Here are a few of our favorite Kauai farmer’s markets you can check out while you’re here:
The Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula
The Kauai Culinary Market takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the shade of market shops and towering palm trees. Live music gives this market a fun, festive vibe, and you can pick up locally made pies and jam in addition to fresh produce. There’s even a cooking demo where you can get new ideas on how to prepare some of those exotic veggies and spices you picked up at the market.
Koloa Sunshine Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday at noon, the County of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development hosts a farmer’s market at Knudsen Ball Park in Old Koloa Town. The Koloa Sunshine Farmer’s Market is the place to find everything from radishes to rambutan, so you can stock up to prepare a quick snack in your villa or make a picnic lunch to take on a hike in Waimea Canyon.
Kauai Community Market
Farm-fresh produce, prepared agricultural products and local treats are all on offer Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kauai Community Market, held on the campus of the Kauai Community College in Puhi. Pick up a Hawaiian plate lunch or sample authentic poi and kulolo sold at one of the market booths, and chat with local farmers and producers while you peruse a selection of local honey, goat cheese, jams and coffee. You can even pick up some cut flowers for your room back at the resort and enjoy the heady tropical fragrance while you relax between adventures.
Grove Farm Market
Initially developed in response to the COVID-19 shutdowns of other local farmer’s markets, the Grove Farm Market brings together produce growers and local fish purveyors every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Puhi Park. Try a sun-ripened sugarloaf pineapple or sample local honeycomb at the market. Baked goods are also on offer, along with fresh-brewed coffee.
Hanalei Farmer’s Market
If you’re venturing up to the north side of the island on a Saturday, make a stop at Hanalei Farmer’s Market, where more than 50 vendors set up booths from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Pickled produce, organic cucumber mint slushies and award-winning salsas are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll find here. Many of the fruit vendors offer small sample slices to entice you to buy, so take advantage of this opportunity to try a tropical fruit you’ve never tasted before — and be prepared to buy a few once you realize what you’ve been missing all your life.
Whether you’re trying new treats at the farmer’s market or enjoying fine dining overlooking the beach, your island experience isn’t complete without a thorough exploration of tropical flavors. Book your room at Koloa Landing Resort today by calling (808) 240-6600, and prepare for a trip to paradise where fresh tropical fruits, the soothing crash of waves and warm ocean breezes send you into a state of utter bliss.