Becky Balderstone

The power behind RIPE Market spearheaded the growth of local organic food culture
ByAhlan! Live ReporterThursday , 19 March 2015
Becky Balderstone
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The RIPE brand is perpetually evolving. We’ve grown the RIPE brand; developed our website, store, home delivery and retail channels, launched the farmers market in Abu Dhabi at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort’s The Collection and relocated our weekly Dubai market which supports local artisans and small businesses to a new spot in Zabeel Park under the patronage of Dubai’s Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
It’s fine to make a professional switch. I came to Dubai in 2006 as a marketing expert for BlackBerry; that was what I’d done since graduating from university. But in 2011 I took a risk, followed my passion and now run a thriving organic food business.
Juggling work and family life is a challenge. I’ve worked during both my pregnancies; RIPE was founded during my first pregnancy and I had my second child as we moved Dubai’s Friday market to a larger site and expanded to Abu Dhabi.
I do yoga, running and cooking to relax. My New Year’s resolution is to start NYLA classes in addition to my twice weekly yoga sessions at The Surf House and jogging schedule. 
I try to get away with the family at least once a year. We have a number of fantastic holidays booked for 2015; South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and perhaps a mini-break to Sri Lanka. We’re making up for the family time we missed during a very busy 2014!
RawGanix at Ripe Market is a great vegan lunch option. The team has super-talented chefs that serve up the healthiest dishes like raw pizza, rice paper rolls, mixed juices, smoothies and chia puddings. Don’t miss their no-added sugar, milk-free, nitrogen-frozen ice cream.

INSTAGRAM:  SecretSquirrel.
I love this food blogger’s healthy recipes that are easy to recreate at home and StyleDrifter written by Teresa Karpinski, a Dubai-based Swedish stylist.
WEBSITE: Green Kitchen Stories.
Husband-wife duo David and Luise share delicious vegetarian recipes like Korean Kimchi wraps and Frozen Pink Cheesecake.
My one-stop site for great fashion finds, and The Grace Tales, a beautifully designed and written online portal for stylish mothers who care about fashion as well as nursery décor. Their real-life mother-child stories are insightful.

TWITTER: @Ripeme Instagram: @Ripefresh