Spring onions, red cabbage, beet roots, potatoes, green peas, leeks, spinach, onions, artichoke and carrots are some of the products that Naomi sells at the organic farmers market. She owns a four-acre farm in Nyakainu and other areas around Naivasha too. She has been participating in the organic farmers market for over five years now. She learnt about organic farming from the Kenya Institute of Organic Farming, (KIOF). Since being taught about organic and learning the benefits of organic, she decided to shift to organic farming.
- 1 Pound of dried green split peas
- 1 Cup chopped yellow onions
- 4 Medium diced carrots
- 2 Cloves of minced garlic
- ½ Teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 Cup of olive oil
- 1 Cup of sliced ham
- 3 Medium diced potatoes(unpeeled)
- 3 Stalks of Celery
- ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- 8 Cups of water or chicken stock
Broccoli is a vegetable that’s known for its array of nutritional values and health benefits. Cancer prevention, immune system boost, effective remedy for anemia, relief from stomach disorders and low blood pressure are some of the health issues that broccoli can help with. Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed or shallow fried but eating raw has more nutritional value.
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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.
- 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
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
- 2 large bunches of spinach
- Olive oil
- 2 cloves of sliced garlic
- Salt to desired taste
Jane Randall started farming 2 years ago. Previously she was in transport business for over 35 years. In her organic farm she keeps chicken for eggs and meat. She also grows produce like kales, spinach for sell and her chicken too. She also grows egg plant, lettuces, maize, beans, chillies. There are bananas in plenty too.
She is very passionate about ‘ kienyeji’ chicken and the eggs. Currently she collects over 20 trays of eggs and sells all her eggs at Purdy Arms Organic Farmers Market in Karen. She also sells other farm produce at the market. Produce like celery, pumpkin, fresh chillies, avocados…
She also adds value to her chilli peppers by making fresh organic chilli mixes and sauces.