Ever since moving to Hilo (about 9 years ago), the Hilo Farmer’s Market has always been a regular place to go on weekend mornings for cheap locally grown fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even ready-to-eat goodies. The farmer’s market is especially crowded on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but there are still some vendors there mostly everyday.
On the way to the farmer’s market, I always pass by this trumpet player…
There are also some interesting looking eateries neighboring the farmer’s market…
There is a place for Hawaiian food, Samoan food, and even an Awa bar! I heard good things about the Samoan restaurant, so I hope to pay a visit there soon.
Right around the corner is the main tent of the Farmer’s market. There are also two other tent structures across the street. Altogether, it’s a pretty huge market!
One of my favorite things to get from the farmer’s market are the Peruvian tamales. I have no idea if this is how they make them in Peru, but who cares?? They taste so good that I have to come back at least every couple weeks for them!
You can buy 1 for $2.00, or 5 for $8.00. She also sells great burritos and fresh lemonade for $1.00, but the tamales are the best! I ordered one chicken tamale (there is also vegetarian), and she took one out of a warm cooler. She then opened the tamale up and put a cilantro based salsa on it. The tamale’s corn dough is very light, slightly crumbly, and full of texture and flavor. The filling of chicken is great and the cilantro salsa is oily, which brings everything together perfectly. Yum!!!
Hilo Farmer’s Market is a must-visit place for locals and tourists alike. You just can’t beat the freshness and the price of everything here. Also, make sure to visit the other tents across the street, which have a lot of homemade crafts, artwork, and clothing.
Corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Ave.
Hilo Farmers Market – PO Box 34 – Hilo, Hawaii 96720