The Keauhou Farmers Market pops up every Saturday morning at the north end of the Keauhou Shopping Center. Shopping starts at 8:00 a.m. and it's amazing how many people are there to line up for the one and only fish vendor.
I have a different route: live lettuce, fruits, flowers, maybe some chocolates from Elena or fresh juice from Lotus Cafe and I'm home in a little over a half hour. Last week, after I bought everything on my mental list, I took all of my bags to the car and went back with my camera and the intention of capturing what I thought was visually appealing. Fast shopping puts me in the "yes/no" mindset and I felt like going through the market in a more relaxed "and/and/and" mode.
I've walked past this tower of greens before and always thought it was a clever way to display lettuce.
Well, since I stopped to take a picture, I found out that it's a vertical garden. Plants are grown aeroponically. Unlike aquaponics, this system doesn't rely on live fish to provide the nutrients. Water and nutrients are cycled continuously through the tower and showered onto the roots.
I learned something new and bumped into someone I hadn't seen in years, Zac from Zac's Photo, who is the distributor here for the Tower Gardens. I'm checking this out because I'd love to grow my own herbs and vegetables in water and not worry about feeding the fish too little or too much. I remember guppies in a glass bowl. I do.
Keauhou Farmers Market: Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, complete vendor list.
Images: Guava Bee