Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market: Support Farmers, Enrich Community

A “home” market to many supporters who have attended and cheered this market on since it first opened in 2014, the Hamakua Harvest farmers market is a place to meet and develop relationships with local farmers, vendors, and even other shoppers. The first thing that stands out at this market is the stunning, panoramic view of the Hamakua Coast. This beautiful scene sets the stage for a lively yet relaxed market visit in the quaint town of Honokaa.

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity to help support community resiliency.  This market offers a place where people can find great produce and value added products as well as connect with their community in a safe way. I love that we offer EBT for our customers which gives them access to local, healthy foods, including food-bearing plants from Elemental Plants, an awesome nursery vendor.”

Lei Lei Paolacci, Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market Manager

Hamakua Harvest is an agricultural hub currently offering a weekly Farmers Market, a Keiki Learning Garden, a Demonstration Orchard and -in pre-pandemic times— an annual Farm Festival.

The Hamakua Coast is an agricultural region known for its rich soil that yields beautiful vegetable and fruit crops.  With its varied climates and elevations, you will see a wider than average range of produce available here; freshly harvested and beautifully displayed. There are several produce vendors at this Sunday market selling everything from sweet citrus, bananas, dragon fruit, lilikoi, pumpkins, mango, green onions, tomatoes, peppers, jackfruit, soursop, cinnamon, organic salad mix and more. The amazing range of produce is just one of several wonderful aspects of the Hamakua Harvest farmers market. 

Take pleasure in a cup of freshly brewed Hamakua coffee from Pahale Farm while you stroll and shop, enjoying the splendid view, sweet music and relaxed atmosphere. Pick up some freshly baked pastries to go with your coffee and some delicious food to take home for later from one of several food vendors. Ka’ai & Soo-Ling Delights offer ono Hawaiian specialties like pastele plates and laulau. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a gourmet ice cream sandwich from Gelato Ono, a coconut based treat made from locally sourced ingredients. The vendors are the farmers, growers, bakers, and chefs; no middlemen needed here.  

A distinctive attribute of the Hamakua Harvest farmers market is their weekly offering of educational presentations which focus on food production, cooking, preserving food, native plants, grafting, home gardening and a wide array of other useful and interesting topics.

“I love this market! It has so much going for it. They sell some of the best produce I’ve seen on the island.  It may not be the biggest market but it offers a genuine Hamakua experience. The farmers and vendors are always helpful in explaining details about their products and the amazing view of the Hamakua Coast is breath-taking.”

Erica, a regular at the Hamakua Harvest farmers market

A rotating cast of local musicians make the market all the more lovely. Whether it’s James Lowe playing all the oldies we love, Mikiala Yardley playing Hawaiian favorites or Phil Greek sharing his steel drum vibe. 

Take a stroll down a short hill to see what’s new in The Demonstration Orchard at Hamakua Harvest. This community-tended orchard acts as a living model of the most environmentally and economically viable plants specifically for the Hamakua region. Green thumbs of the land can learn innovative and sustainable agriculture techniques along with practical business methods that will benefit their success in today’s market. Regular volunteer opportunities and workshops are also offered to those who wish to get involved.

The Hamakua Harvest farmers market proudly accepts SNAP/EBT and hopes to see you soon!

The Details:
Corner of Highway 19 & Mamane Street, Honoka’a
Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm, rain or shine
Vendor Contact, Lei Lei Paolacci, leileihamakuaharvest@gmail.com 

Hāmākua Harvest

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