All set for fruits, vegetables fair at WIFOL building Sat. | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–All is set for the St. Maarten Consumers Coalition fruits and vegetables fair, which will be held at the WIFOL Building on Walter Nisbeth Road from 7:00am to 7:00pm this Saturday, September 7.

The food sale is part of the Coalition’s food and nutrition programme to help alleviate the burden on households by selling fruits, vegetables, provisions and other essentials from the Dominican Republic to members of its affiliate organisations for 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than what they cost in supermarkets. The intention is not just to provide persons with affordable healthy items, but to also prove that it is possible to sell these items at reasonable prices.

Consumers Coalition representative Alberto Bute said on Thursday that from 10:00 am to 4:00pm on the day of the fair, stakeholders will provide health information and offer guidance to persons who visit the health food and nutrition fair. A number of attractive prizes will also be given out to visitors at the fair, including mobile phones, tickets for meals at different restaurants, car batteries, US $250 travel discount vouchers, weekend hotel stays, gasoline vouchers of $50 each, gas refill vouchers for 20-pound cylinders and more.

A large number of fresh fruits and vegetables will be on sale at the fair, including cucumbers, carrots, beets, plantains, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams, sweet peppers, celery, oregano, mint, herbs, tomatoes, avocadoes, pineapples, mangoes, papayas, limes, bananas and organic honey, amongst other items.

Bute said that when the produce in the container is finished, a new shipment will be ordered which will arrive in the country every two weeks.

“The more produce we order, the better pricing we will get from our sources in the Dominican Republic, which in turn can be passed on to our members,” he said. “The produce consists of export-quality fruits, vegetables and provisions. With the feedback of our members we can evaluate this initiative and we hope to see that better-quality food and nutrition at affordable prices will be provided on our islands.”

Source: The Daily Herald