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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Farmers Market at Windward Mall

On the Windward side, buying closer to the source means shopping for mangoes next to Macy’s and Nalo greens next to IHOP. The farmers’ market at Windward Mall, organized by Nalo Farms, offers a surprisingly diverse abundance of local produce while breathing fresh, green life into the mall. The market takes up the entire two floors of the Macy's wing, about a third of the mall's total square footage. There’s a greater variety of Asian greens here, compared to other markets, and a recent trip yielded avocados the size of child’s head, lilikoi and fiddlehead ferns (aka warabi/hoio/pohole). The latter were from Hanohano Heeia, a cooperative farmers’ market table, showcasing products grown in the Heeia ahupuaa, such as limu from Paepae o Heeia (find a video of the fishpond here), taro from Kakoo Oiwi. Even the prepared foods here are outside of the normal farmers’ market circuit: Thai curries, Mama ‘Nita scones, bubble puffs, shrimp chips in flavors of char siu, furikake, Maui onion, kim chee.

Wednesdays, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Windward Mall,

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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