Farmer's Markets are great for those who want the freshest produce they can get at amazing prices. With the cost of living so high in Hawaii, farmer's markets are a great venue to get healthy foods at low costs. This past Saturday I attempted to go a market in Waianae, but didn't quite make it. Then I tried again on Sunday in Kapolei - and couldn't find it. FINALLY, I was able to get to the Mililani Farmer's market and what a nice morning I had. I thought I'd show you all of my wonderful finds!
The Nalo Greens and Mizuna Lettuce are from Nalo Farms. They have an assortment of greens and herbs and they specialize in microgreens. I got the Thai Basil for a vinaigrette and to use in cooking and to flavor tea. The Mint & Lemon Verbena mix was also to flavor tea and lemonade (yum!). There is no corn like Ewa Sweet Corn! If you ever come to (or live in Hawaii), please try some! I love to spritz a little bit of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray on it and add my dad's seasoning salt (click here to purchase). Grape tomatoes are great for salads and easy prep. Purple sweet potatoes are great, healthy snacks! I picked up the Hawaiian Chili Peppers to play with an idea for a salt in my shop. Green onions (or scallions) are a staple for cooking in Hawaii families.
Apple Bananas are indigenous to Hawaii. They look like baby or mini bananas and are a bit sweeter than regular bananas. Local garlic always lasts longer than garlic flown in, though they don't usually last long anyway in my house. The Thai Papaya was something I've never seen before. This baby was huge and only $2. It is sweet.. not too sweet, but yummy never the less. I cut the papaya in half, dug out the seeds, then scooped out all the meat into a container to chill in the fridge. Japanese cucumbers are skinnier in diameter than regular cucumbers and have less seeds. I like to run them through the food processor to add into my salads.
Thats it for this trip! Stay tuned for more Farmer's Market adventures!