Have you ever ventured out to the North Shore and stopped along the roadside at the pop-up tents overflowing with fresh fruit/produce? They are located on your way toward Turtle Bay Resort/Kahuku. They’ve been there for years and have been known for having some really great prices on whole or cut fresh fruit and refreshing ice cold coconuts; on some days they have hot bbq skewers or fried banana lumpia (banana wrapped in pastry paper and deep fried – yum).
Score some great finds at places like roadside fruit stands
Most of us know that not all great things last forever. As the North Shore evolves, places like Kahuku Land Farms fruit stands experience change too. They are on the outskirts of Turtle Bay Resort in a gravel pull-off of Kamehameha Hwy., frequented by locals and tourists. With places like these conveniently scattered along the roadside, it’s no wonder that Hawai’i is the nation’s #1 “Healthiest State.”
I’ve been no stranger to them, too – it’s not always easy to find fast, healthy, and cheap snacks while you’re on the go…Especially snack food that children will eat too! Nonetheless this became a routine stop for my family, twice weekly when we took our little one to swimming lessons in Kahuku. From preschool to the pool – this stop was a must! Now I realize how lucky we are to have semi-hidden gem spots like this. Enjoy these places, you never know what the future holds for developing these areas.
Delicious, healthy Hawaii snacks
Changes Expected in the Near Future
There are new rules and regulations which are tied to the finalizing of a conservation easement for 469 acres of land mauka (mountain side) of Turtle Bay Resort on Kamehameha Highway. Part of the agreement will make certain that the property is only used for agricultural purposes. The farming practices and sales at the stands need to follow city and state laws, covering issues such as food safety.
The vendors are also facing another change. The Turtle Bay Resort will start charging $200 each week for rent to help tidy and upgrade the stands. Some people have said these changes could make the local farmers lose an estimated 70% of their business.
Thankful to have had the years to enjoy such a good healthy stop for the entire family. It’s a great place to get out and stretch your legs, take pictures, and taste the fresh produce. If you’re in the area, enjoy it, you never know how it’ll be next time you stop by!