Sharing Aloha at Hilo Farmers Market
As I wandered the aisles of the Hilo Farmers Market, I was lamenting my “carry -on packing policy” decision. I would be able to take home Filthy Farmgirl soaps, Hilo Sharks coffee and handcrafted earrings and matching pendant from a local crafts woman, but I would NOT be able to bring back any Broke the Mouth Passion Mango salad dressing or Leslie’s Menehune Kitchen Apple Banana Butter from the Hilo Farmers Market due to TSA’s airline regulations restricting liquids in carry on luggage. Boo hoo!
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Hilo Farmers Market Humble Beginnings
The Hilo Farmers Market has come a long way since its debut in 1988. Conceived and developed by Richard “Mike” Rankin, the Hilo Farmers Market had a humble beginning with only four farmers who sold their goods from parked cars and trucks. Today, the market has grown to over 200 vendors selling everything from locally grown tropical flowers, to fresh island fruits and vegetables, special Big Island food products and handmade crafts made with Aloha.
Named one of the best Farmers Markets in the West by California-based Sunset Magazine, you’ll find good deals on produce, Spam musubi, Ratana’s Green Papaya Salad and spring rolls sold from her food cart, Puna goat cheese or special gifts that say “The Big Island” at The Hilo Farmers Market.
Did you know that the Hilo Farmers Market was the first open market in the nation to be federally approved to accept food stamps? True to the Big Island’s welcoming spirit, the Hilo Farmers Market is accessible to everyone.
I had a chance to speak with Hilo Farmers Market Director Keith De La Cruz during my visit to Hawaii’s Big Island. Look for De La Cruz cameo appearance drinking fresh coconut water in the YouTube video I created at the Hilo Farmers Market.
What are your favorite things to do in Hilo, Hawaii?
If You Go:
Hilo Farmers Market (808) 933-1000
Corner of Mamo St. and Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii, 96721-0034
Thanks to Big Island Visitors Bureau and Jessica Ferracane of Irondog Communications for assistance with this post. You may also follow the Hawaiian Island on Twitter or become a Facebook Fan of Hawaii. I was a guest of Big Island Visitors Bureau. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown