Over 3,000 visitors attend the Haleiwa Farmers Market (HFM) each weekend to shop, socialize, and support local sustainability. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday, residents and visitors drive from near and far to explore a wide array of products–all locally grown and/or made.
Local eggs at the Market — Photo courtesy of HFM
Located on the North Shore, the nearly two year old “green” market doesn’t permit vendors to hand out plastic bags and provides recycling bins for customers to dispose in, recognizing the movement in green consciousness for Oahu residents. It's also solar powered. Yup, that smoothie getting blended up for you is in a solar powered blender.
There was a time when farmers markets offered only vegetables and ready-to-eat food, but HFM is referred to by several North Shore residents as the “mall of farmers markets.” On the roadside property a visitor can buy veggies, homemade bread, grass-fed beef, organic chicken, coffee, honey, freshly pounded poi, jewelry, aloha wear, crepes, locally made pasta, and even get a massage while they get their scissors sharpened–along with just about anything else that can be made locally.
Sunday crowed at the market — Photo courtesy of HFM
The market offers about 50 vendors each Sunday, many of whom sell out of their wares in one day since it's so busy. There's also something for the kids: Keiki Corner, a weekly section dedicated to children, is a place for the many little ones who come every Sunday to hang out and socialize. A bounce house is also a regular treat, along with live music.
The market, including parking, can get pretty crowded, but that offers the opportunity for socializing, eating, people watching and most importantly, supporting Hawaiian sustainability.
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