A Closer Look at Waimea’s Five Farmers’ Markets
With more than 4,200 farms here on the Big Island, you can be sure you will find plenty of great produce and products at local farmers markets. Waimea, in particular, is home to several great farmers markets that take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From freshly made bread, organic vegetables, florals and plants, artisan wares, and live musicians, you’ll find plenty to choose from whether you are doing your weekly grocery shopping or looking for the perfect gift. Come hungry, because you will find an array of vendors and food trucks offering some of the tastiest meals and treats around!
Waimea Town Market at Parker School
Founded in 2009, the Waimea Town Market at Parker School is located in the heart of Waimea on the Parker School campus at 65-1224 Lindsey Rd. This farmers market is popular with residents and visitors alike. It is super convenient and just a short walk from Waimea Parkside neighborhood. Open year round every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon, the Waimea Town Market at Parker School attracts farmers and vendors from across the island.
Vendors here include Kekela Farms, Ahualoa Farms (try their Hawaiian version of Nutella!), Da Kine Dog Treats, Hawaiian Volcano Sea Salt, Sandwich Isle Bread Company, Tammey’s Tamales, Tabakara Lebanese food, Taste of Brasil, and many many more!
Kamuela Farmers Market at Pukalani Stables
The Kamuela Farmers Market at the historic Pukalani Stables is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Launched in 2015, you will find handcrafted jewelry and soaps, baked goods, fine art, plants and fresh flowers, plus lots of fresh produce and food products. Vendors here include Big Island Moonbow Farms, Cupcakes N’ Things, Eppix Adventures Photography, Double D Ranch, Kamuela Hardwoods, Makua Coffee, Kulina Lani Organic Sourdough, and many more.
Waimea Midweek Farmers Market also at historic Pukalani Stables is every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Everything at Waimea’s Midweek Market is fresh and local. This market has grown steadily since launching in 2011 and you’ll find more than 30 vendors selling everything from veggies to flowers, cheeses, wood products and even swimsuits! Vendors include Akaka Falls Farm Jams and Butters, Laughing Gecko Coffee Farm, Da Knife guy, Red Barn food truck, and many more.
As an added treat, when you visit the farmers market at Pukalani Stables on Saturday or Wednesday, you can check out the Paniolo Heritage Center museum for free. Managed by the Paniolo Preservation Society, which is dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s paniolo heritage, the museum is always open during the farmers’ markets hours.
Waimea Homestead Farmers Market
Waimea Homestead Farmers Market is one of the longest running farmers markets in Waimea, five Hawaiian homestead families started this farmers market in 1992. Over the years the market has grown and is open year round every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
This market has a new location at Waimea Elementary School on the roadside yard in front of Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library. The emphasis here is on fresh Waimea grown produce, flowers, crafts, coffee and tasty food. This is my favorite market for fresh Hamakua macadamia nuts, local honey, and fresh eggs.
Hawaii’s Kuhio Hale Farmers Market
The Kuhio Hale Farmers Market started in 2015 as part of the non-profit Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Association. It’s open every Saturday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. at the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands Kuhio Hale on Mamalahoa Highway (just as you come into Waimea from Honoka’a).
Started as a way to provide financial opportunities to local farmers, at least half the vendors here are local farmers selling produce harvested the day before or the day of the market.
Vendors include Noa’s Farm, Sonny’s Fine Vine Tomatoes, Big I Que BBQ Sauces and Rubs, Wow Farms, Good Job Bees!, Honu Farms and more. You’ll also find food manufacturers, local artisans, and non-profit groups here too. Stop by on the first Saturday of the month, which is Vintage Saturday and includes more cultural items.
Waimea Parkside Neighborhood is in the Heart of it All
Visiting these farmers markets is easy. In fact, homeowners in Waimea neighborhoods like Waimea Parkside are a walking distance to three of the Waimea farmers markets.
You can read about what it is like to live in the charming Waimea Parkside community of brand new, quality homes here — Waimea Parkside- A Sense of Place.