Ala Moana Farmers Market Opens Sept. 3

Photo: Courtesy Ala Moana Farmers Market

These days, it seems like there’s a farmers’ market every day of the week, in every neighborhood and every vacant parking lot, and yet the number of farmers in Hawaii remains roughly the same. Either the produce isn’t all local (which is often the case), or farmers, already a busy lot, are being stretched too thin in having to transport and peddle their produce every day.

So when I heard about a new farmers’ market at Ala Moana Shopping Center, I was instantly cynical. But, in finding that the new market will be managed by Pam Boyar and Annie Suite, the women behind Haleiwa Farmers Market, I changed my mind. Their markets are as much about local growers and their produce as they are about a healthy, sustainable community and the market as a small business incubator. They don’t allow any produce outside of Hawaii and they ask that all vendors use compostable utensils and plates.

There will be 50 some vendors at the market, which opens tomorrow, September 3, at 9 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Some of the farms that will be represented: MAO Organic Farms (organic greens and vegetables), Ho Farms (tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers), North Shore Farms (heirloom beans, tomatoes, carrots), Small Kine Farm (mushrooms). Prepared food vendors include: Mana Ai (hand-pounded paiai), Baker Dudes (organic breads and hot croissants), OnoPops (paletas made with locally-grown fruits and spices), Madre Chocolate (bean-to-bar chocolate).

Ala Moana Farmers Market at Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Upper deck near Sears, at Ala Moana Boulevard and Piikoi Street.