The organic market scene had found its way into the hip coastal surf town of San Juan, La Union – Ridge to Reef Community Market is a homegrown initiative that highlights local producers, tradesmen and creative new start-ups from the province. Happening monthly at the El Union grounds, the market also features workshops, activities and documentary viewings focusing on eco awareness, sustainability and wellness.
Last month, we headed north of the country to catch some waves and to check out this organic weekend market. Here are 3 creative, local start ups to watch out for at the next Ridge to Reef Community Market.
Inabel Yoga Towels by Aquanimous Yoga
We’re adding these yoga towels from La Union to our list of yoga essentials. These beautiful yogini-approved Inabel Yoga Towels are handcrafted from a weaving process called Abel using antique wooden looms from the region of Ilocos. An ingenious product rooted in history and culture. Hooray for local yoga products like these! And good news…these towels are now available for purchase at The Flow Shop!
Tali Ti Amianan
Tali Ti Amianan is a social enterprise that provides livelihood for local surfers, women and elders from San Juan, La Union. Their colorful handmade woven bracelets with sea-inspired charms made from scrap fabric are definitely arm-party worthy! Sustainable, eco-friendly, supports local community – all these make Tali Ti Amianan bracelets a feel-good purchase!
How can not one gravitate towards a table spread of handmade sourdough bread, brioche with butter cream, ciabatta and chocolate buns? We promise that you will love very bit of gluten in these delicious, rustic breads by Barefoot Bakery in La Union. They make eggless loaves and vegan versions too (yay!). Customized orders are welcome as well.
Noelle is a co-founder of Flow Retreats and an advocate of wellness and healthy living. She has founded other businesses that revolve around her lifestyle – Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar, Brown Belly Swimwear and Makai Bowls to name a few. She spends her weekend surfing in La Union or going on outdoor nature adventures. Follow Noelle’s travels around the world and wellness living at @noelle_hilario on Instagram.