Jostling With Throngs at the Koloa Farmer’s Market in Kauai, Hawaii
The guidebook says to “arrive early with running shoes on." They aren’t kidding. There are farmer’s markets all over Kauai, but this Monday afternoon market in Koloa town is by far the most popular—and competitive. Park your 4x4 in the muddy anti-lot, and get ready to push through crowds of locals and tourists and South Shore part-timers in order to get your hands on the best fresh produce on the island. The usual suspects are there: cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. But the more exotic tropical fare is the real catch: lush mangoes and papayas, juicy pineapples, wonderfully sour passion fruit, eccentric-looking lychees, gigantic butter avocados, and the pièce de résistance—freshly-hulled coconut with a straw. After you’re done sucking out the sweet young coconut juice, take it home and fill it up with rum to accompany your home-cooked island dinner. Tip: stop at the Koloa fish market down the street on your way home for the catch of the day.