April 5, 2016||Big Island Communities: Events

Community Seed Saving and The Harmony People at Hamakua Harvest

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, April 10:

Live Entertainment:
The Harmony People – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Educational Segment:
Seed Planting and Community Talk-Story – 10:30 am- 1:30 pm

Sunday, May 29 

The Hamakua Harvest Annual Farm Festival
8:00am – 4:00pm

Hamakua Harvest: More than Just a Farmers Market

Hamakua Harvest opened their farmers market in September 2015 and continues to grow as a dynamic community event. Located at the intersection of Highway 19 and Mamane Street in Honokaa, the market is open every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and features over 20 local vendors. There is fresh produce, great food, artisanal products, live entertainment and an educational event each week.

Last Sunday, I stopped by to fill up my basket with a diverse selection of produce and gifts. These photos capture a few of the wonderful vendors and products you might find at the market:


Shawn Scarcella of Pali Kai Farms features his non-GMO Papaya’s and produce from Hamakua Agricultural Cooperative


Diane and Philip Sugerman of Hawaiian Grown Flavors from Honomu have wonderful dried fruit snacks for purchase. Their products have the “Hawaii Seal of Quality” and are certified cream-of-the-crop, “Hawaii-grown” by the State of Hawaii, Agricultural Development Division.


Cora Garcia proudly holds freshly made goat cheese from Hawaii Island Goat Dairy located in Ahualoa

Next Sunday, April 10, Hamakua Harvest welcomes The Harmony People from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for live entertainment while you shop and eat.

For the educational guest, Hamakua Harvest is pleased to host “Seed Planting and Community Talk-Story” at the market for a follow-up to the Building Resilient Seed Systems for Hawaii event scheduled for the day before at North Hawaii Education and Research Center. Pots, sterile soil, seed labels and seeds will be on hand and you will be able to “talk story” with others about seed-saving in Hawaii.

In May, the market will host The Hamakua Harvest Annual Farm Festival on Sunday, May 29 .  This festival will be an inspirational, community-driven event celebrating local agriculture and food producers.

For more information, visit hamakuaharvest.org or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/HamakuaHarvest. Also, check out the latest market photography on Instagram.

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