I happen to live on an island where almost everything is imported.
Most fish arrives frozen from places far away. We have thousands of goats but we eat imported goat cheese. Even fruits and vegetables are shipped in from overseas.
In the US and Europe, farmers markets are hip and happening. More and more people want to eat food produced closer to home, as it tends to be fresher, healthier, tastier and easier on the environment than the shipped ones. It also feels good to support producers you know, who in turn invest in the local economy.
On Curaçao, we do have fishermen and we do have farmers. And in fact we do have a lot of people that like to eat, buy and enjoy local food. Last Saturday’s Farmers Market brought everyone together. Fishermen, farmers, local entrepreneurs and visitors had a chance to meet amid food stalls with lots of delicious, fresh and local produce. On one of the hottest days of the year, we welcomed almost 300 visitors at the 2nd Spice Girl Farmers Market!
It is good to see that Curacao, while maybe a few steps behind, is little by little catching up on the global trend. The recently opened restaurant at Hofi Cas Cora introduced a farm-to-table concept and has quickly become a hotspot on the island. Slow-pressed organic juices and super foods are gradually taking over supermarket shelves. At the same time, lots of people start growing their own herbs and vegetables at home.
So let’s keep up the good work and continue to support our local purveyors. If you have a choice, choose local!
A big thank you to all participants of the 2nd Spice Girl Farmers Market: Noosh, Dijtham, Nilva’s Tuberose Garden, Homefarming Krioyo, Monique Rosalina, Makambi, Wijnhandel Servir Frais, Max and Bee Juicery, Nos Kunuku, The Spotted Banana, Curacao Winery, Plantage Mandinga, Brion Bier and the Natural & Organic Health Food Store. Hope to welcome you again next time!