Fresh from the Start

7 05 2008

Since arriving on Okinawa in January I’ve seen the desire in many of the people I’ve met for fresh organic locally grown produce. Driving around all over in search of this myself, only finding a very small selection of what may be organic at the stands out in the countryside where I live. As much as I love buying veggies from the folks down the street I really don’t know how organic they are. And even then the selection and freshness has been less then satisfying at times. So the search continues.

Then last week I heard about this farmer’s market. I pictured something like the Pike Place Market back in Seattle where I am from. With the different booths and the vendors there actually selling what they have grown, caught, or created. After daydreaming about meeting the different farmers and picking my produce out among all the bins filled with perfect fresh organic vegetables and fruit, I could just barely wait to go.

A few other things to know about me at this point: I want a job, I am passionate about healthy living and respectful living on this earth. Also, I love opportunities for adventure!

Putting these things together with the new info on the farmers market just out of reach for most to go every week I see a way for me to provide a service to you and support my personal earthy granola agenda. After just days of thinking about how to go about starting a little business in Okinawa the details seem to be settling in to place smoothly and as though this somehow simply was meant to be.

Today, Joelle and I had our first adventure out to find the farmer’s market, though it wasn’t what I had expected it is still very exciting. We met Takeshi Ura-San and Yogi-San who helped us understand the how the market works and some of the practices of the farmers like picking the bugs off by hand…

I can’t wait for this to get off the drawing board!