Almost 4 years ago I did a farmers market feature article about the Kekela Farmers Market on Mana Road in Waimea for the Hawai’i HomeGrown Food Network, but the following photos were not in it.
Photo: multicolored carrots
The Kekela Farmers Market is unique in that it opens twice a week - Tuesday & Friday in the afternoons and it is located on the farm grounds itself.
Photo – Carrots
Most everything they sell is grown on the farm, except for some fruit that don’t grow well at their elevation and climate (avocado, citrus, coconut, mango, etc) and some value added food products (coffee, vanilla beans, honey, etc)
Photo – Gold and white cauliflowers
Their produce is so gorgeous I had to take time to just photograph it
Photo – Fennel bulbs
The farm grows about 30 different veggies and about 100 varieities within the 30.
Oner/farmer Paul Johnston was an OB-GYN in his pre-Hawai’i days when he lived on the mainland East Coast and worked at it also in his first few years in Hawaii. At first their farm sold all the produce through another farmer and then when the farm started really taking off they decided to concentrate only on the farm.
Above two photos – multicolored lettuces
Now they sell at their own farm stand; at the Waimea Town Market @ Parker School -see link for feature below – and to several of the resort hotels for use in their restaurants.
Photo – Beet greens
Here is a video that shows the beautiful farm – Kekela Farm
Photo – Multocolored beets
Photo – Broccoli
Photo – Purple and regular kohlrabi
Photo – Scallions
To read the feature article about this market at the Hawaii HomeGrown Food Network site, click on the highlighted link below:
Kekela Farm Market, Tuesday 2 - 5 pm, and Friday 3 - 5 pm
Located at 64-604 Mana Road, Waimea/Kamuela. Turn onto Mana Road at 55 mile marker, Mamalahoa Highway; left at stop sign, 0.4 miles to red barn (first left after Koa Lane). Local, organic produce plus coffee, honey, goat cheese. Tuesdays only: stone oven-baked breads. Info: Paul Johnston -email@example.com - Manager Betsy Sanderson: (887-0023) - Website: http://www.kekelafarms.com/
(c) Sonia R. Martinez