Feeding Hawaii: Small farmers finding ways to sell crops

Feeding Hawaii: Small farmers finding ways to sell crops

The COVID-19 recession hasn’t spared many industries. Restaurants and the farmers selling to them here in Hawaii are being hit particularly hard. 

 

The COVID-19 recession hasn’t spared many industries. Restaurants and the farmers selling to them here in Hawaii are being hit particularly hard.

 

“A lot of farmers selling to restaurants have been affected,” said Dillan Hanawahine of Hanawahine farms.

 

Today, small farmers tested creative ways to combat their lack of sales. One was a drive-through farmers market at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

 

“This first time we took in about two hundred orders, it’s going pretty smooth we’re at about twenty eight seconds per car,” said Hawaii Farmers Bureau farmers market general manager Megan Kono.

 

Also today, there was a farmers market at the Windward Mall, social distancing-style.

 

“Each vendor is spaced out ten feet, we set up lines that are six to eight feet,” said Hanawahine.

 

Emil Pagala, of Manny’s Bakeshop in Waipahu said almost eighty percent of their family’s business has dropped over the last three weeks.

 

“To be honest with you the family income is out. The only thing we’re trying to do is make enough money for rent and gas,” Pagala explained.

 

Manny’s was one of the eleven vendors lining the parking lot Wednesday.

 

Farmers market hours are Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:45 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The farm-to-car program at the Blaisdell Center is currently sold out through next week, but is considering adding more times and locations. \

 

Article: https://www.kitv.com/story/41964359/feeding-hawaii-small-farmers-finding-ways-to-sell-crops

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