This morning we went to the farmers market in Hilo, the largest town on the east side of Hawaii. In 2012, Huffington Post rated it as one of the ten best farmers markets in the U.S. What was particularly interesting for us was the huge selection of tropical fruits we don’t see at home, plus many Asian vegetables I had never even laid eyes on before.
The Hilo farmers market is open every day from 7:00am to 4:00pm, with about 30 booths open. But on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the market expands dramatically to over 200 vendors, of which at least 150 are selling all manner of arts and crafts. I even saw booths for on-site massages, fortunetelling and the like.
Here are some photos I took. I would have taken more, but the market was crammed and I was juggling a bag of fruit part of the time.
Bamboo shoots for cooking. Unfortunately, the sign didn’t say which species of bamboo.
Even more lilikoi
Watermelons, dragon fruit, pineapples, bananas, lilikoi…
Freshly opened coconuts. I wish they had been chilled. Ice-cold coconut water is fantastic!
Not pretty, but so tasty!
This brought a smile to my face
I don’t know what the significance of this lava rock statue is, but it looked beautiful in a small fern grove
Lush plantings in downtown Hilo
Wabi sabi style Japanese lantern made of local lava rock
If you get excited when you see a sign for ukuleles on an old building, Hilo might be for you!
We bought pineapple, papaya and lilikoi (aka passionfruit), some baked goods, as well as fabulous vegetarian tamales, which we had for lunch. Afterwards I whipped up a smoothie of white pineapple, local bananas and lilikoi—perfection! I think I’m getting used to this lifestyle!