While outdoor farmers markets continue to grow on the Big Island, the Kona Farmers Market is the most popular and biggest on the southern coast and in Kailua Kona. It's true that mainstream shopping and fashionable designers can be found in Kona, but picking up locally made crafts, art and clothing, and locally grown produce make for more memorable souvenirs and tasty food.
Locally grown avocados and tomatoes — Photo courtesy of Kona Farmers Market
Over forty vendors gather Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 am to 4 pm at the outdoor market. Located on Alii Drive in the heart of Kailua Kona, the Kona Farmers and Crafts Market is a must-see while enjoying retail therapy during a Big Island visit. Tucked in the shade under tents, booths are run by friendly locals, many of which made the wares they sell themselves.
From local farms to your plate — Photo courtesy of Kona Farmers Market
In keeping with Hawaii's overall venture towards sustainability and going green, it's recommended that shoppers at the Kona Farmers Market bring their own shopping bag. Whether it be a previously used supermarket plastic bag, a cloth shopping bag or backpack, you'll help contribute to keeping Hawaii clean with your own bag.