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Ubud Organic Market supports small businesses – unique in Bali  

by on Sunday, 3 February 2008One Comment | 5,698 views

Home grown and Home made

* It’s a great place to buy healthy foods & products while you meet your friends!
* It’s great energy and supports small local businesses!
* Saturday mornings, 9:30 – 2, Pengosekan – Ubud, at Pizza Bagus

Each Saturday morning in Pengosekan, just outside central Ubud, 11 small Bali businesses set up their organic produce, healthy foods and products, and greet a wide variety of buyers – locals, expats, pembantus, and tourists.

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Originally envisioned to provide local, independent, small organic growers with a way to sell direct to buyers – and therefore keep them growing organically – the market is now is 11 small Bali businesses including small farm grown organic produce and rice, homemade food products, education about caring for our environment & reducing waste, other healthy foods and products – the variety is too big to imagine.

Conceived and operating as a self-managed co-op where the sellers learn, manage the budget, choose priorities while they sell, the market provides a selling venue for a weekly fee of Rp 20,000 ($2USD) per seller which is banked to cover the group’s ongoing costs. The patio space is generously donated by Pizza Bagus.

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Usually the cost for new, small businesses to present their wares to buyers is cost prohibitive – and for organic farmers, frequently without a way to sell, they revert to chemical farming which although more costly is less work. The market provides a valuable link to buyers at a cost that small businesses can bear and combines marketing costs and efforts to benefit all as one.

Sellers and products at Ubud Organic Market (just a brief list):
* Bali Rungu – vegetables, herbs, local fruits
* Sari Organic – rice, vegetables, soy milk, rice milk, tofu, snacks, juice concentrates,
* Made Giri – kitchen composting using worms, soil improvement and waste reduction
* Alami & IDEP – organic seeds, Permaculture book in Indonesian, seedlings, honey, cacoa, vinegar, red rice
* Kue – delicious (but not organic) baked goods such as danish, brownies, cakes, cookies, bread
* Munivara – seedlings for herbs and healing plants
* Kebun Kita – vegetables, local fruits, eggs, tortillas
* Juice Ja – jams, salad dressings, carrot cake and other baked goods, juicing books, wheat grass juice, snacks, silver spray, coconut oil, dried fruits
* Dwi-dwi – Fresh water shrimp
* Aiona – Ayervedic products, mango jam, dried fruits
* Bali Herb Walk – educational nature walks, essential oils, face & skin creams, anti nyamuk, jamu kunyit
* Ubud Organic Market / Say No to Plastics cloth bags are for sale to support plastics reduction and raise funds for the market.

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Many different flavors of people come to the market

* Expats who don’t cook
* Cooking enthusiasts
* Busy but committed friends
* Permaculture/organic friends
* Tourists

Why should you come?

1. It’s a new and wonderful Bali experience
2. You’ll find great products for your home and life, your stay in Bali, or souvenirs
3. You will support local organic growers and healthy, natural product businesses
4. It’s easy shopping for a lot of what you need weekly
5. You can meet your friends and make new friends
6. It’s an amazing atmosphere and good karma
7. Prices are great

You can read an article “Farmers Market Bridges the Gap” written about the Ubud Organic Market at
www.baliadvertiser.biz/articles/greenspeak/2007/farmers_market.html

For more information, email to tamuangel at yahoo.com

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  • One Comment »

    • soowm said:

      I just drop in by chance by when I was in Ubud on the 20th of June. Highly recommended. The honey by Alami make great gifts/souveneirs as their packing is in small sizes. They taste great and I’m already missing Ubud.

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