KOLOA — There were very few flowering orchid plants remaining in Al Sugano’s greenhouse on Monday.
“Mother’s Day was explosive,” Sugano said. “I did full service at Sueoka’s on Friday, made deliveries on Saturday, and even on Sunday morning. Everything sold. There isn’t anything left.”
Sugano was one of the vendors at the Koloa sunshine market and his offerings were limited to bags of freshly harvested tomatoes and bunches of cut orchids.
“Everything went for Mother’s Day,” the Koloa grower said.
Sugano supplies his orchids to Sueoka’s in Koloa and at the Koloa sunshine market.
Harry Reis, in his 80s, also offered bunches of tropical flowers, which were quickly snatched up by shoppers at the farmers market at the Anne Knudsen Park in Koloa.
“I’ve been doing this since McBryde Plantation closed,” Reis said. “I used to be a plant supervisor. My friends keep telling me I’m getting too old for this, but what else am I going to do?”
In addition to the Koloa sunshine market which starts at noon, the county offers markets, at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Kapaa New Town Park market opens at 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
Thursday markets are at the Hanapepe Park starting at 3 p.m. and at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Friday market is at Vidinha Stadium parking lot starting at 3 p.m., and the Saturday market is at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center starting at 9 a.m.
“This is a marketing program for the farmers,” said onion grower Ted Javellana. “This is why I help the other farmers. I get to sell some, and still have time to grow. This is why it works.”