At the Farmers’ Market

Brett and I always look forward to our weekly trip to the Kapaa Farmers’ Market, held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00. We always try to get there about 15 or so minutes before it opens so that we can check out what everyone has. Brett and I talk beforehand about things we’re looking for, and what we think we can get with our weekly budget of $30, and then do our best to see if it’s available that week.

After we’ve done our scouting Brett heads to one end of the market and I head the other way to wait for the opening whistle to blow. You are not allowed to touch any of the produce before the opening whistle, and vendors are supposed to keep everything covered, so sometimes it’s hard to know what each vendor has although you can ask. We meet up somewhere in the middle after we’re both done with our part of the shopping, and if we have any money left we look around together to see if anything else catches our eye, or if someone has a good price on something the girls like. We’ve both had to shop the market a couple of times on our own, and let’s just say it’s a much, much easier task with two people.

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Vendors setting up the market – you can see that the produce hasn’t been covered yet. There will be crowds around each of the stalls by the time the opening whistle is blown. Year-round it always seems to be very sunny and hot at the market, although a couple of weeks ago we got caught in a downpour and got soaked.

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Ripe pineapples for sale, ranging in price from $2 to $7. The local ones are super sweet, and low acid.

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Mangoes ($1 each) and avocados ($3 each).

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A box full of lilikoi (passionfruit), 3 for $1. The ugly, wrinkly ones are the ripest and the best.

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Limes are plentiful again. So were avocados this week. Last week it was all we could do to find even one.

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Big, juicy, cheap papayas.

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Luscious, huge mangoes. These beauties were $4 and $5 each.


Bright red Hawaiian ginger flowers, $2 per stem.

It looks from these photos that all that was available was fruit and flowers, but there were plenty of vegetables available too. I just couldn’t get in close enough to take pictures because of the crowds at those stalls.

And, here’s what we bought:


  • 2 giant cucumbers: $2.00
  • 2 bunches of bananas: $4.50
  • 1 pineapple: $3.00
  • 1 bunch bok choy: $2.00
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes: $3.00
  • 1 bunch kale: $2.00
  • 1 pound lychee: $3.00
  • 3 limes: $1.00
  • 1 daikon radish: $1.00
  • 6 starfruit: $2.00
  • 1 bunch organic broccoli: $3.00

Total: $26.50

We got everything we wanted and then some – a very good shopping trip!

4 thoughts on “At the Farmers’ Market

  1. $3 for an avocado? Everything else seems inexpensive or at least reasonable. The papayas look SO GOOD. That is a lot of food for $26.50. I like the way you and Brett divide and conquer the task.


    1. Avocados are not cheap here, but I think sometimes they are priced for tourists. Ripe ones always cost more too. I buy them from an older Japanese aunty – hers are only $1 each. Another stand has them for $1.25.

      Brett and I practically have our shopping down to a science. We are usually done less than 15 minutes after the whistle blows. We are also flexible – just because we want something doesn’t mean there will be any at the market. This week there were no onions and no zucchini, both of which we wanted. But, I was thrilled to find the broccoli and the starfruit – wasn’t expecting to see either of them.


  2. I have not commented for awhile, but seeing what you got from the farmers market made me think of our avocado tree that must have a ton of ripe avocados on it right now. The house closes on Monday 7/13. The owners are renting from us for two months and then we hope to come see it in September. If we do, then I will make sure we contact you. We are north Kapaa on the ridge, not too far from you.


    1. Yes – let me know when you get here so we can get together!! You really will not be that far away at all. I’m really looking forward to meeting up (and also somewhat jealous of your avocado tree – ours isn’t doing much this year).


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