Pearl City residents happy for new farmers marketUPDATED 5:56 PM HST Aug 11, 2013Video Transcript
Another farmers' market has opened, but as KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports, it's not just another retail venue. It's a way for the community to support local ag... and a way for farmers to get feedback from consumers. A bite of local grown goodness. Treats and fresh produce people can only get at farmers markets. This one is the newest one, located in Pearl City. Residents say they've waited a long time for a farmers market to open in this area. Ron Umehira- dean carrer and technical instiution 644 THIS AREA OF AIEA, PEARL CITY, WAIKELE, WAIPAHU WE WANT TO PROVIDE OUR COMMUNITY WITH FRESH PRODUCTS AND FRESH PRODUCE AND FOR THEM TO BUY LOCAL 656 ewa beach- Lopaka Brown 1021 THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE THAT HAVE TO TRAVEL FAR TO GET TO A FARMERS MARKET SO I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING 1027 Corn and pizza grilled on the spot, are some of the popular picks at this farmers market. But, organizers say these markets aren't mainly about the customers- and more about giving local farmers a chance to have direct relationships with those who buy their produce. . Dean Okimoto- nalo farms. 355 THEY HELP FARMERS BECOME MORE VIABLE MAKE MONEY IT ALSO TEACHES FARMERS TO LOOK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX IN DOING VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS GOING FORWARD AND IT'S SOMETHING WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD ON SO THAT WE HAVE FARMERS IN THE FUTURE. 412 Using customers feedback to tweak prices and brands. This guacamole went from 9 to seven dollars from people's requests. Farmers say it's crucial advice they wouldn't get anywhere else. Craig Bowden. - hawaiian crown 1321 IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR US AS A FAMILY FARM OUR COST OF LAND OUR COST OF WATER OUR COST OF LABOR FUEL BOXES AND PACKAGING EVERYTHING IS GOING UP1331 2252 THIS FARMERS MARKET WILL BE OPEN EVERY SUNDAY FROM 10 TO 2. REPORTING AT LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE NANA OHKAWA KITV4 NEWS. 2258 Leeward Community College has a culinary arts program, organizers want to be able to showcase the students work at future farmers markets.