Sure, you can go out to eat at any number of fine restaurants around Maui island, but there’s nothing like savoring a meal right off the vine.
Farmers’ markets are an opportunity to do just that, and to chat with the people who make it all possible.
What’s more, shopping at a farmers market gives you a chance to purchase directly from local producers, with no middle man getting in between you and them, which means fresher food for you and a better price for them.
Below are some of Maui’s best farmers markets.
1. Hana Fresh Farm Stand
Everyone visiting Hana should have a stop at Hana Fresh Farm Stand. This farmstand is beautifully maintained, and offers visitors fresh fruits and vegetables.
The farmstand is located at 4590 Hana Highway and is open every day from 8 am to 3 pm.
The farm stand maintains organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs that they grow on the beautiful property of their farm stand. This farm stand also has baked goods such as muffins and breads that taste amazing.
Hana Fresh Farm Stand can provide visitors with a great snack while they do some hiking or sightseeing around Hana. Plus, visitors can pick up some produce to take home with them.
2. Kumu Farms at Agricultural Park
Maui’s Agricultural Park is home to a thriving farmers market, where produce growers from across the island come together to sell their fresh goods. It’s a great place to get to know Maui’s local farmers and one of the island’s best bets for locally grown produce.
Kumu Farms, Maui’s certified-organic farm, has been growing at the park since 2002.
Farmers tend to 80 acres of land and grow a most diverse array of certified-organic produce and herbs. The organic farm also offers educational tours of its facilities where people can learn about organic farming practices.
Tour guides are happy to answer questions about the natural growing techniques used by the farmers and share tips for growing produce in Hawaii.
The market is held from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is located at 9 Hua Ai Road, Kualapuu.
3. Kula Country Farms
You can find Kula Country Farms in the lush, green fields of sunny Kula, Maui. It’s a place where you can pick your strawberries or walk among rows of heirloom tomatoes and herbs.
Their produce stand is a cornucopia of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and flowers as well as jams, syrups, and other products including their popular strawberry Hawaiian chili pepper jam.
Kula Country Farms is known for locally grown produce as well as its homemade preserves. Their fresh juices are widely popular. During these tours they allow guests to sample fruits grown on the farm while explaining the process of organic farming and letting you explore their greenhouse facilities.
4. Napili Farmers Market
Navigate the aisles of the Napili Farmers Market and you’ll find everything from fresh eggs to vegetables and fruits. This particular farmers market is one of the best on the island because of its location directly across from Napili Bay and the high quality of products sold there.
Located across Napili Plaza, the market offers fresh produce, artisan crafts, and hand-made goods.
The market is held Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Napili Farmers Market showcases amazing local vendors and farms. Each week, you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, microgreens, kombucha tea, and a variety of other items.
It’s hard to resist coming home with everything they have to offer, which usually means you end up with a lot of bananas, avocados, watermelon, and pineapples. They also have fresh eggs and baked goods- both vegan and regular. The baked goods are some of the best on the island- be sure to check out their macaroons and pies.
Kombucha tea is also something that they sell here that’s worth checking out. It’s a fermented drink that’s good for your gut as well as your overall health. Also, don’t miss out on wheatgrass shots from Napiliflo Farm. They’re super refreshing and give you an energy boost when you need it most.
5. Launiupoko Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from 8 to 12 p.m., Launiupoko Beach Park comes alive with the sights and smells of locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more. An easy drive off Hwy. 30 across the beach park, this weekly gathering is a great place for island residents and tourists to pick up farm-fresh ingredients for lunch and dinner.
It’s also perfect for those who crave a little face-to-face interaction in their shopping experience.
The market has everything that you would expect from a farmer’s market: fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, honey, lilikoi butter, and beautiful flowers.
Launiupoko market gets especially crowded during peak growing seasons—winter melons, summer tomatoes, and spring asparagus are highly coveted by island shoppers—but most items are available year-round.
It is advisable to go early in the morning when vendors have their biggest selection of produce on hand.