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Multi-Cultural Hilo Farmers Market

Asian and Anglo vendors sell fresh food to Asian and Anglo customers

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am drawn to farmers’ markets. Yesterday’s market du jour was in Hilo on the east coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Held every Saturday and Wednesday, and according to my friend Jessica who lives in nearby Mountain View, the Hilo Farmers Market is roughly the same size on both days. It welcomes visitors, of course, but essentially seems to be a local market.

Located at Kaewe Street and Kamehameha Avenue, with a street-corner evangelist yelling about salvation from across the street, it assigns most of the food vendors to one side and the apparel/gift/souvenir vendors to the other. I found stands selling fresh flowers, fresh produce, preserves, Kona coffee from across the island and just  enough of a selection of prepared foods — Asian items, Anglo baked goods, smoothies and goat cheese one artisanal cheesery — for a satisfying picnic lunch.  There were both Asian and Anglo (hoale in Hawaiian) vendors and customers as well. If you plan to go, be sure to check the market’s coupon page — currently including a $2 off a market T-shirt and a free flavor shot with any coffee.

Troll the Hilo Farmers’ Market with me via the images below:

Great greens from the well-watered fertile soil on this part of the island.
Heaps of root vegetables, bananas and other produce from an area with an enviable 12-month growing season.
Musabi (nicknamed "mu") is sushi-style rice topped with grilled Spam or other protein item and held together with a strip of nori (seaweed).
One vendor lops the tops, silk and all, from earsof corn. Quite artisitic.
Young boy -- I think a customer's son -- holds up the fresh-caught fish, brought to the market in an ice-filled cooler.
Prepared Asian-style breakfasts laid out in neat rows.
Bags of "Chinese pretzels" that resmeble Penn Dutch or Scandinavian sweets but taste like fried, sugared wonton skins. Maybe that's what they are.
O Hia Cottage, a B&B, sells its preserves and fruit butters at the market. A jar of lilihoi (passionfruit) butter is coming home with me.

 

Boulder Farmers’ Market: It’s Ba-a-a-a-ack!

First to open, last to close & best in Colorado

The Boulder County Farmers’ Market started the season on a brilliant, sunny day with summer-like temperatures on the second day of April. Thirteenth Street between Canyon and Arapahoe and a short stretch along Canyon were filled with booths and buyers. Early-season veggetables, fresh mushrooms, seeds, cut flowers, annuals,  baked goods (including as much gluten-free as gluten-laden items), preserves,  more meat than ever, fresh eggs and the abundance and variety in the food court heralded spring as much as crocuses and robins. Here are just a few images:

Local Farmers Market on Top 10 List

Boulder County Farmers’ Market cited as one of the best in the US

The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is one of the city’s real treasures, for cooks seeking the freshest ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and other purveyors and willing to pay top dollar for these find goods. Its food court attracts to those wanting a day away from the stove and also those who can barely boil water. And visitors love it as well.

Bon Appetit recently named Boulder “America’s Foodiest Town,” and now the block-long farmers market has made it onto another national list: livability.com’s slection of  “America’s Best Farmers Markets: 10 Amazing Local Markets.”  Sharp-eyed locals might notice that the Boulder paragraph was accompanied by a closeup of blueberries and raspberries — not peaches, corn, salad greens, peppers or tomatoes like those below, but blueberries and raspberries. What’s that all about? 

John Ellis, vice president of the board of the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets, has concerns beyond which produce is depicted on a website spotlighting the local market. ” Such recognition is great, but the Boulder market is so popular already that it can’t handle much more in the way of customers or vendors,” Ellis told the BCBR.com (the daily E-report by the Boulder County Business Report,   “It’s cool, [but] we’ve maxed out Boulder. We’ve run out of space. We can’t get more vendors in, and there’s no more convenient parking.”

The county farmers market group, which also operates the market in Longmont at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, plans enhance that venue next year with a 40-foot-round tent. There is also talk around town that the Boulder market is looking to go year-round. What a treat that would be!

The BCBR continued, “Santa Fe, New Mexico, topped Livability’s national farmers market list, which focuses on fresh produce, and education on sustainability, recycling and waste reduction. Many of the markets chosen across the country for the list also offer assistance for low-income families, Livability said in a statement. Santa Fe was followed by Kansas City, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ocala, Florida; Portland, Oregon; Burlington, Vermont; Boulder; Greensboro, North Carolina; Santa Cruz, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Gainesville, Florida.”