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Good News for Organic Lovers: Samara Has Its Own Market

By Kay K. Mitchell

Jamie and Carola

Samara has a new organic food market on Saturday mornings from 7:30-12 at the Café Carola. Its second week, June 18, proved to be a great success with several different vendors selling healthy and interesting products.

The market is a mixture of food and artwork. The organic fruit and vegetable vender has an array of organic and non-organic produce that is both attractive and tempting. You can get a lovely head of organic lettuce that is delicious along with tomatoes and other veggies. There is also a liquid spice mixure, Sabrasador, similar to chimichurri that looks delicious.

Productos Carolas come from, Carola Kurth, owner of Cafe Carola, who gets up at 4am to bake delicious breads, cakes and sweets to sell along with coffee, cappuccino and other drinks. She also makes marmalades from local fruits.

For organic meats there is Tony Kast from Hojancha who brings organic beef and pork, eggs and other meat products such as canned liverwurst. You can special order meats from him and he will bring them to the market the next Saturday.


Karina Wenger, a Swiss native who has lived in Samara more than five years, is selling water kefir, an elixir made from a cultured bacteria, similar to yogurt but with water. "Water kefir is a natural supplier of probiotics to our digestive track. Probiotics refers to the healthy bacteria that usually feed on the "bad" bacteria in our intestines. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to many illnesses." Karina's water kefir is refreshing and pleasant tasting, a nice substitute for a soda on a hot day as well as being healthy for your body.

There were also jewelry makers and potters from Guaytil, between Nicoya and Santa Cruz, selling their attractive and creative crafts.

Cafe Carola, open from six to six daily, is a lovely open space with sunny yellow walls painted with fruits and flowers and surrounded by fresh herbs and flowering plants located in the Cangrejal neighborhood of Samara. Turn at Sol y Mar and go about three blocks and you will find Cafe Carola on the corner.

Carola hopes in include sales of fresh herbs, plants and seafood from the local fishermen. The market's expansion should prove to be beneficial to all. As well as supplying fresh and healthy foods to the community, there will be a new awareness of healthy eating and practices.


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