Oahu's first fully "green" farmer's market opens

Pamela Boyar
Pamela Boyar
Jennifer Homecy
Jennifer Homecy
Orion Barels
Orion Barels

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HALEIWA (KHNL) - Getting up early on Sunday is usually reserved for surfers and churchgoers. But on Sunday in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore, you can now take part in another early riser event -- a farmers' market and it looks to start a trend.

Oahu's first completely green farmers' market welcomed its first customers Sunday morning. The Haleiwa Farmers' market relies only on solar power and bio-compostable materials.

"Right now if something happened, we only have four days of food on this island," Co-founder Pamela Boyar said. "So we would like to create a venue that more farmers can come and start growing, so we'll have more food on this island."

From the bio-compostable plates and utensils to the re-usable shopping bags, it has everyone seeing green.

"We're trying to create a green market, which is run on solar power, all bio-compostable, so when we leave here there is zero-waste," Boyar said.

The ultimate goal of it is to keep trash out of trash cans.

"Landfills are overfull, because we have a social and environmental responsibility to the islands and to ourselves, we have to educate people on how they can do this and practice it at home," Vendor Jennifer Homecy said.

Homecy practices what she preaches.

"My father, parents were raised during the depression and they were extremely conservative, my father was a social-eco warrior and they raised us with this as a part of our lives," she said.

Hundreds came to the grand-opening.

"I think it's awesome, I hope it grows and we see bigger attendance," Waialua resident Orion Barels said.

Barels and his wife Lilly are here to buy the homegrown produce. And they hope to sell some of their own avocados at this very market.

"This is the future of agriculture and Hawaii, you gotta have diversified ag and support the local farmers," he said.

A mutual support system between farmers and the people buying the fruits of their labor.

The Haleiwa Farmers' Market opens every Sunday at 9 a.m. To learn more about it, go to Haleiwafarmersmarket.com.