Scouring the Kapi’olani Farmer’s Market
This weekend I was nudged awake at 5:44am to make it out to the Kapi’olani Community College Farmer’s Market over by Diamond Head. Captain Moore, Gwen, Bonnie and I smushed into the rental truck and drove to the east side of the island to make it there before 6:30am. We were on a mission–to buy several pounds of green produce–bananas, pineapples, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, limes–that would ripen slowly over several weeks.
We scurried around to several vendors and paid for as much as we could before 7:30am when the market officially opened and we could go back to pick up our groceries. We purchased everything from the ordinary–bananas and tomatoes to the exotic–longans and breadfruit. My favorite finds were four small passion fruit and a fresh nutmeg that we bought from a citrus farmer.
By 9am we’d purchased enough food to completely fill the truck bed and by then the market was packed! People were everywhere smelling fresh papayas, sipping ginger basil coolers and standing in an endless line for pizza napoletana. We decided to try some and it was, by far, some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Who knew pizza in Oahu could be so fantastic and who knows when I’ll be digging into a slice of hot pesto-covered pizza again?