The island of Kauai has a rich farming history that goes far beyond the plantation-days of the previous two centuries. For almost 2,000 years native Hawaiians have been setting up intricate farming systems which enabled generation after generation to coexist with the land without any loss in resources.
Throughout the 19th and 20th century, and even today, farming became commercialized, and single-crop fields stripped the soil of its’ rich nutrients. Now, much of Hawaii’s produce comes from the mainland.
But there is good news – today, many people are starting to see the error in our ways, and are returning back to small-scale farming techniques. Here on Kauai, that shift is happening rapidly due to the abundant rainfall and plenty of space to grow food. As such, you can find farmers selling their produce all over the island.
Farmers’ Markets are a great way to source your food, helping to foster a relationship between the food you eat and the people who take the care to grow it. It’s also very nutritious, as the food is as fresh as can be – often times picked from the ground the very same day.
List of Farmers’ Markets in Kauai
Here is a list of farmers’ markets all around Kauai. You will find such amazing local food here, you might never buy food from the grocery store your whole time on the island! And for the farmers, that would be perfectly OK.
- Monday: Koloa. 12 p.m. This one is popular so get there early for the best produce!
- Tuesday: Kalaheo Neighborhood Center – 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Kapaa -Parking lot of the baseball field/skatepark – 3 p.m.
- Thursday: Kilauea – Neighborhood Center parking lot – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: Lihue – Vidinha Stadium Parking Lot – 3:00
- Saturday: Kekaha Neighborhood Center – 9 a.m.
To make things even easier, here is a map to navigate your way around the island:
View Farmers’ Markets on Kauai in a larger map
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2013 and has been updated regularly since then for accuracy and relevance.