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Fresh best describes new Ginowan Yui Marche

Date Posted: 2011-04-29

Yui Marche Ginowan opened this week, offering residents of Okinawa the freshest vegetables, meats, fish and rice available anywhere.

Located at Oyama in Ginowan City, next to Ginowan Fishing Port, it provides fresh products grown in Okinawa. Many Okinawa farmers, including those living in Ginowan, have chosen to send their products direct to Yui Marche, the farmers market, so consumers can feel comfortable and safe with what they’re buying. Yui Marche is a farmers market, and not a supermarket with all the associated expenses of running a store, allowing prices to be less expensive. Some would even call products at Yui Marche cheap.

It’s not just vegetables. Located next to the fishing port, it was only logical Yui Marche carry lines of fresh fish. How fresh? Caught the same day by local fishermen. Tuna is caught, brought to the market and cut, then sold on the spot. Sashimi plates are available for purchase, and the fish side of the farmers market is worth a visit just to look at the colorful Okinawa fish.

Pork heads the list of fresh meats available, including pigs feet. All the rest of the things needed for the home kitchen are available too, including fresh rice just out of a rice polishing machine, fresh eggs, fresh breads, fresh fruits, and fresh tofu. There’s also a variety of Okinawa snacks, bento boxes, boiled fish pastes, and prepared foods at the on-site Okinawan foods restaurant.

Yui Marche is open 9 a.m. ~ 7 p.m. daily. Okinawan people are caring about relationships so ‘Yui’, which means ‘tie’ in the Okinawan dialect is fitting. It’s not difficult to get to the farmers market if directions are followed. Exiting the Commissary Gate at Camp Foster, turn south toward Naha about 100 meters, then turn right at the traffic light to the Ginowan Bypass heading toward the Okinawa Convention Center. After passing the Oyama San-A Shopping Center on the right at the traffic light, and then left towards the fishing port. Yui Marche is located right next to the port.

Yui Marche Ginowan has its own Japanese language website, http://www.yuimarche.com/index.php. There’s a map included on the website.

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