It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in West Oahu, (like most of them are) and it’s time to get out and go for a drive. A great trip for such a Saturday is the drive up the Leeward Coast to the Waianae Farmer’s Market. It’s a beautiful drive of less than 12 miles from Kapolei, with the ocean on your left and the Waianae Mountains on your right, that only takes 20 minutes or so.
The Farmer’s Market is an open-air affair that is held every Saturday from 8:00 AM to Noon. There are a whole host of different types of vendors selling their products and wares. There are all kinds of fresh, locally grown, fruits and vegetables as well as several types of prepared foods ranging from plate lunches to, Thai food and Southwestern chili. If you’re in need of additional caffeine to get you through the morning, Starbucks is right there in the same parking lot where the market is held. One can also find fresh flowers, handmade arts and crafts, jellies and jams and perhaps a few items you’ve never seen or heard of before.
All the vendors I’ve met at the market are friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have and will also offer samples of their foods if you ask. I particularly like buying the fresh fruits and vegetables for use during the week rather than going to the grocery stores for produce. My last trip up the coast, I stopped on my way to Makaha and bought some really nice Roma tomatoes, fersh sweet corn and broccoli right off the farm. I couldn’t resist and on my way back to Kapolei, I stopped again and had a bowl of chili from one of the vendors. Onolicious!
Give it a try next Saturday; I think you’ll enjoy it!