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Observing your Etiquette at the Organic Farmers Market

Good etiquette whenever you visit a place is one of the ways to ensure that you have a nice experience. Most people rarely think of their manners when they go to the market, hence they are most likely not aware or ignorant about the mannerisms. Here are some few reflective lenses for you:

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Organic Farmers Market, Kenya – Jane Randall

Randall’s journey to organic farming started over a year ago and her Uncle George was pivotal in her getting into farming and motivating her. The Uncle she mentions and appears in the video passed on 10 days after producing the video. He was at the Purdy Arms Organic Farmers Market on Saturday 16th, January 2016 and passed on Sunday night. May his soul rest in peace.

 

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Live Love Organic

Purdy Arms Restaurant in Karen is host to the organic Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00a.m to 4:00p.m. Vendors arrive as early as 8:00a.m to step up and be ready by 9:00a.m in preparation for their clients. Considering some of the customers prefer to be at the market before 9:00a.m, the vendors are always ready to accommodate them.  Fullscreen capture 1282016 94632 AM.bmp

The variety of products at the farmers market ensures that you will get numerous. Some of the organic produce readily available at the farmers market include:

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Fried Peppers with Garlic, Lemon and Sea Salt

Sometimes having that spicy hot feeling brings out the best mouth-watering taste in a meal. For those who like it spicy and hot then this is definitely a meal to try out.

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 7 Ounces of Fresh Shishito Peppers or Fresh Green Chiles
  • 2 Large thin Sliced Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh Lemon Juice

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Muthoni Hari Profile

12 years of part time farming was not enough for Muthoni Hari. She became tired of fulfilling other people’s dreams and visions and decided to quite full-time employment in favor of organic farming. Her need to become her own boss led her to venture into organic farming. She has been participating at the organic farmers market at Purdy Arms Restaurant since May 2015.

Besides participating at the organic farmers market, her ideal situation would be to make home deliveries.Fullscreen capture 1212016 124326 PM.bmp

She is keen on making sure there’s no wastage of her produce, she makes a relish from peppers before they go bad and jam from tree tomatoes and sells them.

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Mary Wambui Mugo Profile

At the age of 72, Mary Wambui Mugo, has defied the odds to be one of the oldest farmers at the Purdy Arms Organic Farmers Market.  Every Saturday she braves the morning weather to be at the market by 9:00 a.m.  Having been a farmer since 1962, Mugo decided to shift to organic farming five years ago, and has been participating at the organic farmers market for five years now, which has been profitable enough to sustain her through the years. Before she made the shift to personally use organic products, Mugo says she used to get admitted to the hospital for long periods of time.  All that changed once she decided to reap the nutritious benefits of organic produce from her farm, she says she has strength in her body and has seen reduced trips to the hospital.

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Her knowledge on organic farming is vast, having learnt all about it for more than five years and received a certificate on completion. Situated in Dagoretti, she has a plot which is divided in four and among the things she grows includes: Spinach, bananas, butter nut, sukuma wiki (kales,) carrots, tomatoes, cabbages, cucumber, beans, celery, coriander, beans, sweet potato, African nightshade commonly referred to as Managu. She is in charge of her own farm and her grand children help in tilling, weeding and harvesting. Mugo’s biggest client is the Kenya Children’s Home (KCH) that purchases organic produce worth more than KES 35000 from different organic vendors. Most of her clients at the farmers market are people who have decided to shift to a healthier choice.

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Wilted Spinach With Sautéed Vegetables Recipe

When it comes to going organic, there are endless possibilities in making amazingly delicious meals. With the current trend, it’s healthier, easy and way affordable to go organic. Here is a simple delicious salad recipe to get you started.

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches of  spinach
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves of sliced garlic
  • Salt to desired taste

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