Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Four Day Weekend and Waialua Farmers Market

Since I returned to working full-time at the end of March, this past weekend was the first where I had FOUR days off in a row! Wonderful!

On Saturday, we took the long drive up to the North Shore of Oahu, and the Waialua Farmers Market. In Waialua, the landmark is the old sugar mill, and the market has brought new life to this area. The library was closed, but the service station was busy - the price of gas has gone back down by fifty cents! Sadly, the Sugar Bar in the old Bank of Hawaii building has closed down. We have memories of gatherings of friends and music!

The market is held in the area fronting the mill, and most of the vendors sell produce. A couple sell Avon or Bath & Body Works; there is also a fellow with fresh fish, another tea drinks in packets, still another has sauces.

We picked up corn, tomatoes, papayas and bananas - the latter fruit at really good prices. We also came away with nice zucchini, and spelt bread and spelt cookies. Yes, spelt tastes different, but I do like the taste.

There was also a woman selling Indonesian food: fish with tomatoes, beef rendang (with curry and coconut milk) and shrimp. Plates of the latter two with rice and mixed vegetables and a gingery topping were lunch!

We ate these at Haleiwa beach park. No turtles this time - it was low tide - but a chicken flew across the road to escape a chasing dog. The people at a nearby picnic table had their cats on leashes, but not their dogs. Go figure!

The dogs were VERY interested in our food. And rightly so - it was delicious!

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