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Big Island Farmers' Markets


Anthurium, Bird of Paradise and orchids galore.

I've been taking a much-needed break from recipe writing—for a few weeks I will do my best to relax and enjoy vacation. In lieu of a recipe today, here are more pictures from the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market.

Tomorrow I look forward to visiting another Big Island Farmers Market—the midweek market on the lawn of Anna Ranch in Waimea. It runs from 1-5 pm so I'm thinking I've got time to hit the beach beforehand for some high surf watching at Hapuna Beach (rumor has it waves were topping out with 12-foot faces today)!

There are eight Saturday Markets on the Big Island and five on Sunday. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of all the Farmers' Markets in Hawaii. If you're headed here for vacation. Be sure to check them out!

Had a nice visit with Jim of Hawaii Island Goat Dairy. They supply some great tasting cheese to a number of the island's hotels and restaurants.

I mentioned Kai in my post on 'Olena (turmeric). He gave me a whiff of the powdered Chinese White Ginger (left) and then had me smell the Japanese Yellow Ginger (right). The later, my friends, is what you want to be cooking with. Wow! Blew my mind in a wasabi kind of way.

This display of soap left me howling. These were the few bars in the display that had "clean" labels and were PC. "Filthy Cowboy, "Filthy Farmdog" etc. Just insert "Filthy" before these words and you'll get the gist. Flight Attendant, Nurse, another word for "donkey." With me? Anyway these soaps are made by Filthy Farmgirl—some Hawaii/Vermont folks committed to using 100% pure and vegan-friendly ingredients. The scents are heavenly.

Marsha was selling her "Best Cookies." 

Poi. Lovely poi. Ancient Hawaiians revered poi and modern Hawaiians continue to have great respect for the sticky grayish-purple substance that is made by pounding steamed taro root and mixing it with water. Do you prefer to one or two-fingered poi?

I spy Mr. Kohlrabi (bottom left). Took him home and made "kohlrabi crackers"—peeled, sliced and dipped in hummus.

Ms. Sandy, mom's go-to vendor for plants. This day mom picked up a Silver Wave Camellia.

And finally, yacon root. I'm intrigued. Have never cooked with it. Do any of you use yacon syrup? 

Reader Comments (4)

I think the photos are lovely, Lexie. :-) We didn't get to go to any farmers' markets when we were in Maui years ago, but the flowers and produce sold at simple roadside stands just blew me away! I've used yacon syrup once so far, in Ricki's (Diet, Dessert & Dogs) Cinnamon Almond Fudge. I loved it in that recipe. Just the right amount of sweetness, no weird aftertaste or anything, and I loved knowing it's low glycemic. I want to experiment with it more and will be anxious to hear what others share, especially Elana. ;-)

Thanks so much for continuing to share with us! xo,

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I haven't used Yacon Root, I have seen the syrup in recipes though. I wonder if you could grind it up and use it as a sugar or if it has to be dried out to intensify the sweetness? I like Shirley's "no weird aftertaste" comment - almost everything seems to have one. It does sound intriguing.
Lexie you are absolutely killing me with all the fresh flowers and produce. Not only is it like 5 degrees here and raining ice but we don't have a farmer's market even in summer. Boo. Hiss.
I eat my poi, BTW, like almost every other mainlander - in my imagination. You're a hoot! Is it true that Taro Root is the same thing as Elephant's Ear?
P.S. I hope the little one is feeling better.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I love reading about your Hawaii adventures! It looks SOOOO gorgeous there. And who cares about the camera (I literally "point and shoot" anyway, even with my digital SLR!) ;) The photos all look great, anyway--stunning colors and subject matter. Enjoy!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Looks beautiful and I'm jealous! I've been dreaming of farmer's markets but here in the pacific northwest they don't start until May.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

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