I found out down there that there is a growing demand for organic produce from the upscale boating and yachting sect, as well as restaurants who want to cater to the growing legions of American, Canadian , and Western European, socially conscious tourists, and regular "Real Food Freaks" like me, if I may temporarily borrow that phrase from the word of one of my favorite bloggers on my lower right sidebar.
The first stop on this sleuthful, "organic expedition" is Tortola, the the main big island in the British Virgin Islands Chain, on the the Breezy and picturesque north shore, at Turnbull Estate to Good Moon Farm. I am so happy to see a project like this because, Good Moon Farm is not just a patch of land growing a few veggies. If has evolved into an enterprise that is picking up steam and more importantly picking up paying customers, now supplying private villas, restaurants, and also with two "Outlets stores" to distribute their fresh organic produce. You can even order over the web based upon availability, and your fresh produce will be waiting to go.
I find it more fun, however, to shop by visiting the farm personally, to pick the freshest and best right off the vine, to learn a little more about new veggies and herbs they are trying, and to get educated about how to get my own organic orchard and herb garden started when I move. Fellas, let me tell you it makes a great Island date or excursion to stop at Good Moon Farm, pick some fresh tomatoes right off the vine, rinse them down with some sparkling spring water, whip some pink Himalayan Salt out of the backpack, sit on the bench and just enjoy a moment of pure "in the moment".
The other stop in my Island Hopping Organic Quest is an equally intriguing story, over at Guana island, near the main Island of Tortola, and visible from Scrub Island where my hotel was during my stay. Guana is a throwback, private island with a one hotel, no phones, no roads. To me it is almost like the Garden of Eden. Perhaps the last place on the planet where one can go and rejuvenate the senses, get back to nature, be true to living the moment, or shall we say, "Back to Eden".
A tourist chats with Dr. Liao (left), who runs the Organic orchard on Guiana Island, British Virgin Islands
There is a man there who has been running Guana's organic orchard for over 25 years. His name is Dr. Liao, 80 years old, and he is, simply one of those people that when you meet him, you never forget him.
Liao is a hybrid of a Philosopher, educator, comedian , entertainer, someone who has found his place and purpose on the planet, and allowing that energy to come out through his careful, gentle, nurturing and mothering of the Guana Island Organic Orchard.
Pluck one of Liao's organic mangoes off the tree, peel, and slice, have a taste, and take a second out of life to just feel the positive vibration of life all around you and in you.
So, I think I am well set so far as my organic fruits and veggies is concerned as it relates to my "Great Escape".
It seems, I'm not alone in the world with passion, zest, zeal, for healthy nutrition, fresh foods the way they were grown in centuries past, it seems there are others such as Dr. Liao who are already ahead of the game, having prepared the land for me with equal love, zeal and affection.
BTW, it think after hanging out down her I know the real meaning of Bob Marley's song, "Wake up and Live".
The Beach At Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
Anyhoo, all I have to do is, well basically nothing…..except perfect this new recipe that came to my head called the "3M Pizza" (Mango, Mozzarella and Marjoram Spice), and all I have to do is go to one my two organic farms, pick up my fresh organic fruits and veggies and I'm good to go. Of course, going over to Good Moon or Guana is only necessary until my own organic orchard is up and running next to my outdoor kitchen. But I will enjoy every step of the process. ~dw~
A poem by Dr. Liao, entitled Do As I Can:
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