Pure Kona Green Market – “From The Land, By Our Hand”

If you visit the Pure Kona Green Market on a Sunday morning, you will not be disappointed.  For some much-needed respite visit this market and be instantly uplifted and relaxed. The first noticeable feature of this Hawaii market is it’s size, layout, and booths overflowing with veggies, fruits, and the amazing work of local artisans. The market features produce and products from 20-30 vendors and everything is locally grown or hand crafted. 

Leona Balucan founded the market about 6 years ago and now her sister, Jonelle, is the market manager keeping Pure Kona Green a truly family run operation. The market is located in the parking lot of the Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, a “15 acre garden devoted to Hawaiian botany, archaeology, and culture.” The Garden contains over 200 native plant species, many of which are extremely rare and endangered. The well-maintained walking paths lead to several distinct gardens which offer visitors an educational experience into traditional native Hawaiian plant species.

Back at the market, take your time at the many booths and discover all the many wonderful items for restocking your fridge and pantry. Ideas of dishes to prepare in the coming week come to mind while shoppers stroll the stalls: pasta primavera with crisp green beans, pungent basil and deep red tomatoes, a creamy soup made from beautifully plump kabocha pumpkins, and fancy toast with thick slabs of crusty bread, smashed buttery avocado, a sprinkling of Hawaiian salt, and a squeeze of lemon.  

Another aspect worth highlighting at this market is a feast for the eyes and senses. Fabulous, high quality arts and crafts that can decorate and enhance any home, yard, or office space. A parents upcoming birthday, something sweet for your honey, or a “just because” gift for your fond friend can easily be found here; jewelry, cutting boards, welcome plaques for the home, potholders, ceramic coasters and candles are just a few of the locally made treasures to find and bring home.

Fellow shopper Ellen Jacobs shares her thoughts about the market, “The quality of the locally grown food sold here is amazing, and for such reasonable prices! The vendors are very friendly and often will throw in some produce for free.” Her shopping bags are full of produce as she slowly strolls along trying to decide what to eat.  There are many choices for prepared food and she weighs her options carefully.

Hawaiian Goodness is an incredible vendor “specializing in dried fruit and fruit leather.”

This market is fun and has a great variety of produce and food items at affordable prices. The public is also invited to walk through the gardens for a self-guided tour during market hours. The garden occasionally hosts public events and volunteer opportunities.  Announcements can be found on the Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden website. Make plans to visit the Pure Kona Green Farmers Market and add a little extra piece of Hawaii Island to your day with freshly grown food, plants, and creations. You’ll be so happy you came!

The Details: 
Pure Kona Green Market
at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
82-6160 Hawaii Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704
Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm 
Vendor Contact: Jonelle Balucan – balucanj@aol.com

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