Finding Fresh, Organic, or Locally Grown Produce
Visitors are always looking for the freshest of ingredients in which to use in cooking in their apartments while visiting Bonaire, but normally produce arrives only once per week from either Holland or the USA.
Krusada, located on Kaminda Lagun, is a substance abuse rehabilitation facility. One of their projects to pay it forward to the Bonaire community is the care-taking of six large greenhouses, filled with fresh, organic vegetables, which are available for sale to locals or visitors on Bonaire.
During their open hours (see below), Krusada staff are waiting to assist in any way they can to help you choose your produce. The taste difference for salads and their other produce is sensational–just picked freshness cannot be beat.
The vegetables are grown in organic conditions, and they normally stock red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, bok choy, cucumbers, and arugula. Depending upon the season, long green beans, a variety of lettuces, including romaine, chard, mint, and basil are also available.
To find Krusada, travel east on Kaminda Lagun and, after you pass the Lagoen Hill community, be on the watch for the sign on the left. Turn into the property, and drive toward the old landhouse. Parking is nearby and follow the signs to the purchase area.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bonaire also has three regular Farmers’ Markets which occur on Saturdays, so if you cannot make it to Krusada during the week, stop at one of these markets. As not all items at the Farmers’ Markets are organic, be sure to inquire before purchasing:
First Saturday of the Month: Kriabon Farmers’ Market, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55
Last Saturday of the Month: Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on the road to Rincon (on the right side when driving from Kralendijk, just before you arrive in Rincon)
Also, each Saturday morning, the Marshe di Playa (local town market) takes place in a parking area located on Kaya Industria, just next to Warehouse Supermarket. It is organized by Boneiru Duradero in collaboration with Kriabon. The market is open from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on the patio of Jong Bonaire. Visitors can find a variety of products from local delicacies to arts and craftwork, sustainable products, locally produced beauty products, and fresh produce.
And lastly, Fundashon Santana has a fruit and vegetable stand open daily, conveniently located on Kaya Korona just across from the Antriol Mentor Pump (Gas) Station. The location is especially convenient for those staying in private homes in the Hato or Sabedeco areas. The stand is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM through 7:00 PM and on Sundays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The fresh produce arrives every other week from the Dominican Republic, and there are bright red tomatoes, roma tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers in a variety of colors, onions, pineapples, as well as assorted other sundries.