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Seminyak Friday Market  

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We are proud to present the new Seminyak Friday Market, taking place every Friday from 9 am to 2 pm in a convivial courtyard setting right in the heart of Semiyak (parking space will also be provided). This event is run and self-managed by a co-operative of more than twenty local, small and independent growers and businesses and was conceived as a way of promoting natural, organic and fair-trade products, for a brighter future in this so beloved island of Bali.

The Seminyak Friday Market provides the opportunity of finding healthier and tastier products within your reach; not only does their local provenience ensure their freshness whilst working with small independent businesses, but it also creates the grounds for finally making ‘natural and organic’ a concrete and affordable choice.

The Seminyak Friday Market offers a wide range of both fresh and dry foods from fruit and vegetables to honey, wine, tea, bread and pastries made from top quality ingredients with a particular attention for both the customers’ and the farmers’ personal fulfilment and satisfaction. This event also gives you the chance to experience first-hand the real difference brought by ‘Seminyak Friday Market’ in other products than edible goods; these include cosmetics, alternative medicinal remedies, spa and body care products, and even children and adult clothing made from natural dyes and cotton.

This initiative has also been embraced by the host of the venue, the Fashion Point Italian restaurant, which has designed a fully natural and organic menu especially for this occasion, along with refreshing home-made beverages and delicious and healthy desserts!

Over forty years ago Bali witnessed the advent of chemical farming, a method which has threatened not only the well-being of the environment but also that of the producers, who are often unaware of the dangers of coming into contact with fertilisers and pesticides and do not use protective equipment while handling them. The introduction of chemicals gradually contributed to the destruction of fragile ecosystems; eels and frogs started disappearing from the fields, along with certain local crops such as red rice which used to be grown for small-scale consumption and were not profitable enough for mass production.

Few farmers are now ‘converting’ to healthier, more sustainable production methods, despite the many challenges that this might imply such as researching and learning the Balinese traditional growing and harvesting techniques which have been forgotten by previous generations and which have only recently been regarded as a one-of-a-kind example of premium farming in the world. Paradoxically, their greatest difficulty at present does not lie in the prouction process but rather in the marketing aspect of being able to reach potential customers and sell their produce at competitive rates.

Through an increasing awareness of this issue, few co-operatives within Bali have recently formed to break this commercial barrier by setting up events such as the Organic Market in Sanur (taking place every Thursday afternoon at Manik Organik and every Sunday at Batur Jimbar Cafe) and the Ubud Famer’s Market (every Saturday morning at Pizza Bagus) and the Organic Market at the Sunshine School in Kerobokon. The upcoming Seminyak Pasar Jumat is affiliated to this market network.

“This is a great opportunity for our community”, says enthusiastically Meriem Peillet, one of the organisers “it will bring locals and expatriates alike together in a promising, more prosperous trading system, and it’ll be a great excuse for people to meet, exchange ideas and socialise!” Indeed, we expect to develop this Friday event into a vibrant environment offering a number of activities ranging from children’s games to cultural get-togethers.

To encourage and emphasise the great value of forming a healthier and stronger community, the Seminyak Friday Market will also promote other venues, businesses and events though an information board, to keep you posted on what is happening within the island and invite others to join the campaign for a healthier natural and organic way of living. Participation to this event is also still expanding, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to get involved (see contact info below to learn more).

The opening of the Seminyak Friday Market | Pasar Jumat will take place on September 5, 2008, at Fashion Point Jalan Raya Seminyak n.63 – Seminyak (Legian-Kuta).

Hope to see you there!

for information, contact the organisers:

Meriem Peillet or Siggi
email: email:
mobile: 081 8552535 mobile: 081 299 80 885

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