Hakalau Farmers Market & FoodShare: A Lovely Afternoon Treat!

You wont find the name Hakalau in the Hawaiian dictionary. But if you search for the words seperately, haka and lau, the definitions are plentiful. Like the people of this land they are numerous and remarkably diverse. One meaning that feels fitting is a platform or perch (haka) for many (lau) members of the community to gather.

The Hakalau Farmers Market and FoodShare began with the vision of farmer and vendor Drean Barley about 10 years ago. This small yet vibrant market is a gathering place where farmers and foodies come together to enjoy life in gratitude, a place to set aside the chaos of your day.  

The market is set in one of the most beautiful locations of all Hawaii Island farmers markets.  Vendors set up along the stunning backdrop of a double row of tall palms which provide a cool, shady grove for vendors and shoppers. 

“the primary purpose of (this market) is to provide a low cost marketplace for small farmers and craft persons of South Hamakua, where they can bring their local products to sell direct to the public each week, and to promote the social interaction of the local population; and to encourage small farmers, garden producers, and cooks to experiment with their foods and products.” 

Hakalau Farmers Market Newsletter

Only the freshest, locally grown products are sold here. Beautiful tomatoes, sweet citrus and vibrant greens fill the tables. Pickled veggies, farm fresh eggs and heavenly baked goods are just a few of the many offerings at this market. 

Due to the pandemic entertainment has been temporarily cancelled and folks are asked to shop and head out rather than linger.  There is a portable toilet with a hand wash sink and plenty of shade for visitors.  Masks and social distancing are mandatory.  A weekly newsletter is sent out by email which you can subscribe to through their website.

SNAP/EBT is gladly accepted, allowing those who receive financial assistance to use their benefits locally.

The Details:
29-545 Chin Chuck Road, Hakalau, Hawaii Island
Tuesdays, 3 – 5 pm, rain or shine
Vendor Contact: Tom Burton, tburton@brahea.com 

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