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The first Samui Green Market enjoyed overwhelming success on September 21st.
Stall holders started arriving before 7am to set up their stalls opposite the Anantara in Bophut in an area that could have been tailor made for the event.
The market was packed full of stalls selling organic products and shoppers came in their droves to take advantage of a serious shopping opportunity and to meet up with friends for some banter and organic coffee and cookies!
The market came about when island residents Shelly and Yvonne were wondering what they could do to mark the International Day of Peace.
The International Day of Peace, a.k.a Peace Day, provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared day. In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly, by unanimous vote, adopted Resolution 36/67 to establish the International Day of Peace. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982 on the opening day of the General Assembly.
Shelly and Yvonne put their heads together to figure out a way that every part of our community could come together, regardless of where they come from. Samui has such a diverse range of residents from every corner of the globe. The ladies decided that the biggest common denominator is food and decided to create the Samui Green Market where healthy and organic foods could be purchased and set out to make it happen.
The market was a resounding success and not only where there stalls packed with organic foods, other stalls sold goods such as organic body care products, teas, coffee, detox products and household goods too. Even the pets were not left out of this market, with one stall selling a healthy and organic tick spray too.
The market was not only great fun, but a fabulous opportunity for the residents of Koh Samui to have access to healthier options and get help and advice from island professionals as to how to make healthier life choices. It was also an excellent reminder that we should all be kinder to our planet and our bodies.
As well as all things green, recycled goods were available too, one stall was selling coconuts that were beautifully painted as well as a sort of ‘doodle art’ versions with outlines for kids, or adults, to colour in at their leisure.
Shelly, Yvonne and Lorraine, who stepped in to help organize the market hope that it will become a regular feature on Koh Samui and if the turnout is anything to go by there is certainly enough demand for it.
For more information on the market or to book a stall for future Green Market Events contact Shelley on 081-892-1180 or Lorraine on 089-047-6348