Ailani Gardens
85-1373 A Waianae Valley RdWaianaeOahu(808) 696-7616Website
Ho Farms
P.O. Box 569KahukuOahu
Homestead Poi
Wai'aholeOahu(808) 852-8964Website
Honopua Farm
HSN Farm
Kahumana Farms
86-660 Lualualei Homestead RoadWaianaeOahu(808) 696-8844Website
Kupa‘a Organic Farms
P.O. Box 569KulaMaui(808) 876-0678Website
MA‘O Organic Farms
86-210 Puhawai Rd.Wai‘anaeOahu(808) 696-5569Website
Mohala Farms
Kaukaonahua & Farrington HighwayWailuaOahu(808) 478-8469Website
Otsuji Farm
459 Pakala StreetHonoluluOahu(808) 368-1135 Website
Pit Farms
Simok Farm
Vilath Farm
Wally's Farm
495 Pakala StreetHonoluluOahu808-395-1223 Website


Ala Moana Farmers' Market
1450 Ala Moana BoulevardHonoluluOahu(808) 388-9696Website
Honolulu Farmers' Market
Neil Blaisdell Center777 Ward AvenueHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Kailua Farmers' Market
609 Kailua Road(Parking lot near Long's and Pier 1)KailuaOahu(808) 848-2074Website
KCC Saturday Farmers Market
4303 Diamond Head RdHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Mililani Farmers' Market
Mililani High School95-1200 Meheula ParkwayMililaniOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Waimea Mid-week Farmer's Market
Pukalani StreetKamuelaHawai'i(808) 775-9549
Waianae Farmers Market
Waianae High School85-251 Farrington HighwayWaianaeOahu(808) 697-3599Website
Upcountry Farmers Market
Kulamalu Town Center55 Kiopaa StreetPukalani/KulaMauiWebsite
Hale'iwa Farmers' Market
Waimea Valley59-864 Kamehameha HighwayHale'iwa Oahu(808) 388-9696Website
KCC @ Night Farmers' Market
Kapiolani Community College4303 Diamond Head RoadHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Kailua Town Farmers' Market
315 Kuulei RoadKailuaOahu808-388-9696Website
Wahiawa Farmers' Market
Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission parking lot1067 California AvenueWahiawaOahuWebsite
Hawaii Kai Farmers' Market
Kaiser High School511 Lunalilo Home RoadHawaii KaiOahu(808) 388-9696Website


Over the last few years Kale has become the rockstar of the veggie world: high phytonutrient content (part of the dark leafy green brassica broccoli family), popular (can be grown almost everywhere so can be found in most farmers markets), sublime (low in calories high in fiber), and flexible (juice it, chop it into a salad, sautee it, dry or bake it into chips).

Officially it is a form of cabbage and probably looks more like the original wild form of cabbage than commercially grown cabbage looks today. It grows large elongated emerald green and/or purple leaves on a thick tall stalk.  It is part of the family of broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts.

Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in all of Europe.

Kale is known nutritionally to be high in vitamins C and K, as well as betacarotene and calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. It is also believed to be support the body’s detoxification processes.

Curly Kale grown by MA'O Farms

In Hawaii, we’ve been seeing these varieties being grown and offered in farmers markets:

Dino Kale (also known as Lacinato and Tuscan Kale): Yes, originated in Tuscany. This is the kale with the the deep blue-green colored, long tall leaves that have an “embossed” texture. The name Dino is linked to the bumpy texture that someone thought looked like dinosaur skin!

Curly Kale: Bright green, the leaves of this kale is crazy curled and ruffled.

Russian Red: Green flat, fancy Oak-shaped leaves with purple stem.

What’s the difference?  As far as we know it’s mostly texture.  Some like the long Lacinato leaves and others like the frizzled curly leaves.



Red Russian Kale grown by MA'O Farms

Prepping & Eating Tips

– Wash kale leaves very well before prepping, discarding any bruised or too wilty leaves, cut bottom of stems off.

– You can cut the leaves “chiffonade” style by rolling them up like a sushi or jelly roll and slicing the rolled leaves cross-wise in 1/2 inch slices

– Raw kale can sometimes be hard on some folks’ digestive system (can cause bloating, gas, other GI issues). It also contains a compound that can suppress thyroid function in some, so be aware if it affects you this way – you might want to limit your intake to raw kale.

– Some people cut out the long center rib of the leaf.

– Simply stir-fry or sautee like any green with olive oil, garlic, sea salt (and chili flakes if you like)

– Add it to soups or noodle soups for a quick nutrient boost

– Steam it as a nice green bed for your fish or meat entree

– Kale can be roasted in the oven to make crispy chips

Selecting & Storing Tips

Select kale with firm, unwilted, deeply colored leaves.  Store kale, unwashed, in an airtight bag in the veggie bin (protected from getting overchilled) the refrigerator up to 5 days.


Morsel of History

During World War II, a victory garden movement was started by a campaign called Dig for Victory.  One of the main vegetables citizens were encouraged to plant and grow was kale because it was easy to grow and also provided valuable nutrients to supplement the rationed wartime diet.


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