I’m all about local lemonades, juices, and homemade smoothie recipes. I think it’s a nice way to support our local farmers markets and get a fresh treat at the same time.
While we were in Hilo last weekend, Jake and I accompanied his mom to the Hilo Farmers Market on Saturday morning so she could pick up some things for a family dinner she planned to cook later. It was a perfect day to experience the hustle and bustle of the market because Saturday is one of the days where you’ll find over 200 local farmers and crafters.
There are rows and piles of fresh fruits and vegetables here — but if you’re looking for something specific, head down early! They do run out of popular ingredients. You’ll also find tables of freshly squeezed lemonade, potted plants, and even kendamas for sale.
The one thing that got my attention though was a small stand in the middle of the tented market called Diego’s Magic Sunshine Juice Co., with a big, colorful chalk sign in front detailing the different types of fresh juice for sale. They sell their juices in small jars, one for $6 and two for $10.
You can sample any of their unique flavors (unless they sell out of one). I ended up buying a jar of Sunkissed Bliss — which is made up of juiced grape fruit, apple, carrots, and ginger. I did try the Gingeraide, which ended up being just a little too ginger-y for me. While Sunkissed Bliss does contain ginger, it gave the juice a nice little kick at the end that I liked.
Unlike the farmers markets on Oahu which typically pop up weekly in various locations, this one is open every day of the week, all year round. Hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays are from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., and every other day from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
So if you’re in town, head on over to the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue downtown!
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