Vegging Out :: Kailua Town Farmers Market

My weekend ritual is not complete until I take a trip to the Kailua Town Farmers Market on Oahu’s east side. I love meeting the people that are growing my food and letting them know how important organic, non-GMO food is to me.

A plant-based lifestyle can seem cost prohibitive if you try to do all of your shopping for organics in the supermarkets. I’ve found that the best way to stretch my dollar is to shop for seasonal, local produce.The savings can be up to 50% less than buying at the supermarket.

Here’s the breakdown of what I got on this shopping trip:

  • 2 large non-GMO papayas $6
  • 1 bunch apple bananas $5
  • 2 bags lychee $8
  • 1 Hayden mango $4
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce $2
  • 2 bags micro greens $2
  • 1 bunch curly kale $3
  • 3 Japanese cucumbers $2
  • 1 bag green beans $1.50
  • 1 Hamakua tomato $1.50
  • 1 Sea Asparagus bento $8

One week worth of fresh produce Total: $43

I do purchase some items like organic frozen fruit and quinoa from the big box stores to get more bang for my buck, along with nuts, seeds and grains from the bulk bins at my local vegetarian market. When I shop at the supermarkets, I always have a stack of coupons and the weekly deals flyer in hand.Yes, I’m that person, so you probably don’t want to get behind me in the checkout line! I’ll share my tips on couponing for organics/vegan food in an upcoming post.

I hope you enjoyed this little slice of Hawaii πŸ™‚

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  1. MaryAnn Grace says:

    I am that person in the markets as well, Cobi πŸ™‚ I am super interested in your couponing advice, as I am somewhat of an extreme couponer. I have to shop for a family of four (1 vegetarian, 2 teenage part time omnivores, and my vegan self) + a constant stream of teenage visitors, 1 large tank full of fish, 3 adult house cats, and 8+ adult feral cat community ( I took care to make them a TNR -trap-neuter-release colony) , so I am desperate to save every penny I can, while getting the healthiest non-gmo, organic products I can find πŸ˜€

    • Aloha MaryAnn!We are couponing soul-sistahs πŸ™‚ In Hawaii, we can’t really do the “extreme couponing” since our supermarkets don’t double coupons and our coupon inserts are for a lower dollar value than on the mainland.But I will share my strategies and tips very soon.Those teenagers can really eat you out of house and home without some savvy shopping!

      • Aloha Cobi! Sorry you can’t get better deals πŸ™ I stack for the best ones, but shoppers cards work too. My best deals come from HMart (my favorite shop ever!), because they send coupon books for 20% off of loads of fresh fruit and veg for club card members. Plus, I just started making my own tofu (first batch was excellent btw) and HMart has NON-GMO soy beans. My oldest loves the fresh tofu…youngest not so much, but I am working on it πŸ˜‰

  2. Sorry we missed Kailua but will be back in Oahu again and hopefully see you next time! Nice site you have here.

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