Going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning is one of those habits that's fun to engage in while you're on the road. And since I am staying in a condo with a kitchen this week in Kailua-Kona, it was great to buy some fresh local produce. The vegetables looked pretty much the same as home--there were some purple sweet potatoes and teeny weeny tomatoes that looked a little exotic. But the fruit was interplanetary. I saw lulo, lilikoi, breadfruit, starfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, Cuban bananas, apple bananas, and ice cream bananas. Dragonfruit was the weirdest--it tastes like a cross between rambutan and watermelon. (That helps a lot, right?) You eat the white fibrous fruit black seeds and all.
Pitanga Surinam cherries are sour and make great pies and pastries.
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The Kona County Farm Bureau makes sure everything at the market is grown in Hawaii, and the quality is great. There's lots of baked goods--like lilikoi cookies, Suriman cherry bars and purple sweet potato cake. Tons of macadamia nut cookies too. And you can always get a fresh coconut if you want something to drink. I bought some Thai ginger, and some local grass-fed beef to make Hawaiian fajitas for dinner.