One-of-a-kind specialty farmers market opens

Published On: Oct 13 2012 11:32:52 PM HST

New specialty farmers market at President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is now open.

A non-profit, A Friend of Creations of Hawaii, is starting what they call a one-of-a-kind market.

Vendors pay sixty-five dollars for a booth and a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity.

Mela Kealoha-Lindsey with Friends of Creations of Hawaii said, "One of the things that we are here to do is help support Jefferson Elementary School, which we are giving part of the proceeds to them, as well as our programs for cancer and the homeless."

Local produce usually grabs people's attention at farmers markets.

But at the new farmers market, it's not just food, but local specialty gifts such as handmade earrings and locally grown orchids that organizers said makes it unique.

"What we try to do is also help native Hawaiians, small-size businesses, local artisans; so our main focus is to assist them in this tough economic times that we are having," said Kealoha-Lindsey.

First-time vendors like Kathy Sills said she's not sure how she would have sold her sweet treats otherwise.

"I'm really excited to be here. It's been difficult. There's a lot of farmers markets out there. This one is very true to being locally sourced," said Sills.

And the people who came out said they hope the market becomes a success.

Customer Susan Yenchick said, "Knowing that there's prepared food is great too. Maybe it's a lunch I don't have to make."

At the opening, there were only about 11 vendors, but organizers say their goal is to fill the lot with up to 100 vendors.

The farmers market will be held on Saturdays  from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some Saturdays will be excluded such as Oct. 20th, 27th, and Nov. 17th, 24th.


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