martes, 1 de julio de 2008

Buena Tierra Organic products list

here follows a list of our products.

Usually at the market we have a greater choice, but it can also happen that if it rains a lot or if , on the contrary, the weather is too dry, some products are not available.

Please, try to understand... this is part of what organic means (fresh, vulnerable to weather conditions, local, typical of the season)
  • Baby Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Blackberry
  • Bokchoy
  • Broccoli
  • Brown Rice
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee 500gr
  • Coriander
  • Cucumber
  • Dry black beans
  • Dry red beans
  • Fresh kidney beans
  • Green bean
  • Green Lettuce
  • Herbs (Basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley,…)
  • Lettuce Lolo
  • Onion
  • Orange
  • Parsley sauce
  • Pesto sauce
  • Pineapple
  • Potato
  • Red Cabbage
  • Romain Lettuce
  • Rucola
  • Spinach
  • Spinach American Kind
  • Spring onion
  • Squash piece
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Pepper
  • Sweet Potato
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato

Laura Barra
BuenaTierra Staff

lunes, 30 de junio de 2008

Weekly Market of organic veggies and herbs

Hi everybody, my name is Laura Barra, I come from the North of Italy and with my husband I moved to Costa Rica 15 years ago. In this country was born our lovely daughter Sarah, who is now 12. With my friends Honey and Fiona since 2 months I run the weekly market of organic veggies and herbs. It takes place every Wednesday from 8.00am to 11.00am. in the garden opposite the Red Cross building located downtown Escazú, 1km South of Paco Mall (going towards the Cemetery).

Now, let me introduce our group!

Honey Akerson is a wonderful lady who came to Costa Rica from the U.S. with her husband 30 years ago. They fell in love with the little village of Pochote, near Tambor in the Nicoya Peninsula where they settled and grew up a big family. The need of feeding her 8 kids the best and healthier way, pushed Honey to organize and help a group of local farmers in order to get organic certifications. She then started selling their products in Montezuma every Saturday giving birth to the first organic market in the area (but I think in the whole the Country), which later on she extended to the beach towns of Malpais/Santa Teresa and Tambor.

Fiona Lamont 18 years ago moved from England to Costa Rica where she got married to Alex and had 3 lovely girls.

Like Honey, Fiona and I were also living close to Montezuma, in Cabuya, and both were good customers of Honey's organic market. Once moved to the Escazú area we kept on buying organic products in supermarkets, but we were kind of missing the quality and freshness we were used to in Montezuma.

For this reason and being aware that such a market was necessary in a community like the one of Escazú, Fiona decided to contact Honey and see if she agreed to start selling her veggies in this area too. Honey's answer was positive and immediately Fiona started looking for the appropriate place that could host the market. Finally she managed to get all the permits from the Municipality and have it happen in the garden opposite the Red Cross Building.

As far as I'm concerned, I help with the sale of the goods every Wednesday, I accept orders and do deliveries whenever people cannot make it to the market and with Fiona I take care of the promotional side of the project.

The purpose of this blog is to give voice to the market. Please tell us what you think about it, give us your suggestions, post your questions. I will be glad to know your opinion and to answer your enquiries.

If you are new to the market you probably don't know that other people joined us with their products:

Carola sells exquisite goat and cow yogurts and cheeses made in her farm in Coronado. Maria Fernanda delights us with her body and face soaps, creams, essential oils all made from organic herbs. Ena and Jaguar bake uncomparable bromate free brown bread flavored with organic herbs, seeds and nuts. Otto and his wife Melanie offer excellent biodegradable, ecological cleaning products.

So, don't wait any longer!!! Come next Wednesday! The earlier, the better.... great variety!

Laura Barra
BuenaTierra Staff