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. Locally grown produce is available, but you might need to seek it out. Not all locally grown produce is organic, so if that is important for you, be sure to inquire before you purchase.
Bon Tera, located off of Kaminda Lagun, is a local provider of fresh vegetables and greens. Twice each week, the facility is open to the public so that fresh vegetables and greens can be purchased.
Each week, a special package is available for only $10.00 and can include cucumbers, mini-cucumbers, spinach, fresh salad greens, and arugula, although the included items can change from week to week. Additionally, other herbs and greens can be purchased separately.
The packages must be ordered in advance, so those interested may call +599 700-3497 or send a message via their Facebook page.
Bon Tera Open Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 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 products is sensational–just picked freshness cannot be beaten.
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 the store is just on the right-hand side (Kaminda Lagun 191).
Krusada Open Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Farmers’ Markets around Bonaire.
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
Mangazina di Rei.
Last Saturday of the Month: Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, on the road to Rincon (on the right side when driving from Kralendijk, just before you arrive in Rincon)
Marshe di Playa.
Also, each Saturday morning, the Marshe di Playa (local town market) takes place in a parking area located on Kaya Industria, just next to the Warehouse Supermarket. It is organized by Boneiru Duradero in collaboration with Kriabon. The market is open from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. Visitors can find a variety of products from local delicacies to arts and craftwork, sustainable products, locally produced beauty products, and fresh produce.