Yes, the rumors are true! The Hawaii State Dept. of Transportation is trying to shut down our beloved Haleiwa Farmers Market. Apparently the strip of asphalt that houses the market every Sunday morning used to be a roadway entrance to Haleiwa town…13 years ago! In 1993, the bypass road was built, rendering the old roadway a barren strip of unused land…until the opening of HFM just three years ago. Because the strip of land is still on the books as a roadway, and it is illegal to vend from a highway, the DOT is calling foul and telling us to pack our bags. In an act of boldness and careless disregard, these bureaucratic dip sh*ts had the balls to send a cease and desist last week, telling us to shut down within five days. However ,after a massive public outcry and some scathing media reports, they decided to let us stick around for another three weeks and figure it out.
Without HFM, there is a good chance there would be no E1T1 Farms or Bokashi Bucket. The market was my platform to test my new business idea, develop my products and services and build up a customer base. I am so stoked to wake up early Sun mornings and go to the market to talk with people about things I’m extremely passionate aabout. HFM has and still serves as an incubator for mine and other local entrepreneur-run businesses. These are businesses that are growing and employing others in the community. The market has flourished into an important piece in the economic engine of the North Shore, that will negatively impact that machine if it is removed. A move like this will directly impact the lives of our farmers and our ability to have access to locally grown food.
YOU can help save Haleiwa Farmers Market by doing the following:
1. Sign the petition HERE and then share it on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.
2. Write to our representatives and tell them how you feel.
3. Tell people. Be vocal! Call, email, tweet, write, FB friends and family. Here are some news stories that you can share:
The fishy flap over a farmers’ market – By Howzit Howard (HI News Now)
Rally to Save Haleiwa Farmers Market (Hi News Now video report)
North shore vendors hold breath for uncertain decision in treasured market
3. Come to the market these next two weeks. Now is more important time than ever to show support by coming to the market and shopping there. Let’s show these bureaucrats that we want it to stay right where it is.
Mahalo for your time and support.