May 16, 2011

Kapi'olani Farmers Market

Locally aqua-farmed abalone
Every farmers market reflects the geography, climate, soil, and culture of its home community. So what you find at each one varies, making visiting the local market while traveling a great way to get a glimpse into the area that a casual tourist might not see.

My two main revelations from the Kapi'olani Farmers Market on Oahu were the fresh abalone and the tropical flowers for sale. Just can't find those in Seattle, or even the more Mediterranean SF Bay Area. The early hours for the market - 7:30am to 11am Saturdays - also reflect the reality of Hawaii's sunny, humid climate. For this market, bringing a cooler ready to store the morning's finds is highly recommended.

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