Jun 29 2010

Honolulu’s KCC Farmer’s Market – Everything You Need to Know

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Great Flower Selection at KCC Farmer's Market

Great Flower Selection at KCC Farmer's Market

Many people come to Hawaii and they want to hike famous Diamond Head, snorkel in Hanauma Bay or take in a luau on the beach. Or if you are my mother you can’t wait to go to the KCC Farmer’s Market. I have to admit, that while I live only minutes away from the venue I had never been. And to shame me even further, my friend Andrea who has only lived in Hawaii three months has been multiple times!  So off we went to the market under Andrea’s experienced guidance.

The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation is a private, non-profit organization supporting the economic viability of Hawaii’s farmers and ranchers. While the Farm Bureau hosts many markets on Oahu, one of the biggest with the greatest diversity of products is at the Kapiolani Community College on Saturday mornings. Known to residents as the KCC Farmers’ Market, it is open between 7:30 to 11:00 am.

Dale Detton of Green Valley Farms & Students

Dale Detton of Green Valley Farms & Students

The vendors range from organic fruits and vegetables to shave ice and local honey. I have to plug the honey from Green Valley Farms, as Andrea (a self professed honey connoisseur), says it is outstanding. Located in Kaaawa, it is owned by husband and wife Paul and Dale Detton (phone 808.728.6119). Dale is also a teacher at Castle High School where she is the DECA Business Club Advisor. I mention this because she incorporates her honey and teaching together by offering her students the opportunity to get hands on sales experience helping her at the farmers’ market. My mother had a drink made with Hawaiian Ginger syrup and bought a bottle of syrup to share with her friends back home. She is using it for ginger flavored martinis! My mom also had a conversation after trying HONEY GIRL Organic Handmade Skincare brought to the Market by Linda and John Noey.

There is so much to see and take it in. It is a true blend of tourists and local residents. Andrea had us start by picking up the weekly tip sheet outlining all the vendors there that day. Then she had us move on with a great cup of Kona coffee as we snaked our way through the tents. It is a great place to get breakfast as well as try some new nibbles and treats. The vendors are eager to share about their products and often will give you a sample. In fact many vendors will give you free recipes on what to cook with their products. I had a made to order duck egg omelet and my mom went for some freshly squeezed orange juice.  Andrea had a fresh coconut and Aunt Jean a blueberry scone. If you are interested in tropical flowers, the KCC Farmers’ Market is the place for you. It is a color explosion of orchids and anthuriums. They have a huge selection of cut flowers as well as potted plants.

Students From Waianae High School

Students From Waianae High School

The KCC Farmers’ Market is accessible by the Honolulu City and County bus system. Parking is available on side streets along Diamond Head Theater and also in the KCC parking lot C. Restrooms are available. It is rather sunny and can get warm so wear sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to pack your camera, wear comfortable shoes and a shopping bag to carry your new wares. The crowds can get overwhelming so if you have small children you may want to use a stroller. For more information call 808.848.2074 or go to www.hfbf.org To view my photos from the KCC Farmer’s Market, CLICK THIS PHOTO & VIDEO LINK and select the slide show in the upper right corner. (Photos and videos – Cara Mazzei)

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  1. MOM'S BEST BETSon 10 Aug 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Aloha,
    Nice post. We love the KCC farmer’s market too.

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