My parents have always had a summer vegetable garden. In fact they grew, freeze and can almost all of the vegetables that they need for the entire year. Though I hated having to help pull weeds in the garden or string and snap beans when I was a little girl, I think those experiences taught me to appreciate farming, plants and the gardening process. That’s one reason why I like that Hawaii’s Big Island is promoting agricultural tourism, also known as agtourism.
Hawaii’s fertile ground and diverse climates make it an ideal for growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and nuts. Here are some examples of the bounty that you’ll find growing on the Big Island:
|Beef||Fish (Aquaculture)||And lots more!|
So, as you are planning a trip to the Big Island, consider opportunities to discover what Hawaii grows and brings to the table. Here are some ideas for you:
- Treat all your senses at one of the many Hawaii Farmers’ Markets.
- Tour historic Parker Ranch in Waimea.
- Tour Kona’s coffee farms.
- Visit one of the macadamia nut farms and visitor centers.
- See a Hawaiian Vanilla Farm.
- Visit a variety of farms with Hawaii AgVentures guided tours.
Photo above is of macadamia nuts.