I’ve been pretty open on social media about my farmer’s market preferences. The one at Kapiolani Community College — although it’s the biggest — is so overrun with tourists that it’s choked the locals out, so I haven’t been there in at least two years. I like my farmer’s markets small and laid back, where I can shop in a relaxed atmosphere and the vendors know what I shop for.
That said, I was glad to see an alternative in the new Farm Lovers’ farmer’s markets. They are smaller, but the start and end later and (best of all) are super laid back. Wait, there’s another best feature: They provide tables and chairs under a tent for eating, so I don’t have to squat on the curb!
I was even happier to see that Farm Lovers started a farmer’s market with my client, Pearlridge. there’s not much in the way of fresh alternatives in that part of the island, despite being so close to the farm areas. Now, when I work weekend events, I can grab something fresh and local for lunch, or shop for produce for the week.
Although there’s a lot of overlap, not all the markets have the same vendors. So I thought I’d take you on a mini-tour of the Pearlridge farmer’s market, which happens every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon by Sears. These are some of my favorite vendors:
We caught up with Pamela Boyar of Farm Lovers to talk about the market and what they have in store for the new year, and checked out a few more interesting vendors. Visit HawaiiIRL.com to see more!