Every weekend, around the world, people are forgoing their Saturday lie-in to wake up and explore booths of fresh, seasonal produce, high-quality livestock products and delicious ready-made food – and the farmers selling to them are waking up even earlier.
Farmers markets have been cropping up from America to Australia, giving the people who actually grow food the chance to sell it to consumers, and giving customers the chance to interact with them. But the popularity of these markets goes beyond good prices on fresh products. Building a sense of community, farmer’s markets can attribute their success to creating a weekly opportunity for people to get out and mingle. Attendees go to shop, yes, but cite the markets’ other benefits as the main draw – like spending a few hours outside, learning about the local agriculture industry, trying new foods and generally becoming more in touch with how food gets from the farm to their plates.
With a festive feel and a purpose, it’s no wonder the popularity of these markets is rising astronomically. There are more than 8,000 registered with the Department of Agriculture in the US, over 500 in the UK and more than 150 in Australia.
Kenya may not have as many options, but the ones we do have make up for quantity with their quality. While most Western farmer’s markets are not entirely organic, they do offer a chance to get organic products at lower rates. Here, our farmer’s markets have focused entirely on bringing the organic lifestyle to the discerning public.
There are two Saturday farmer’s markets in Nairobi – one in the afternoon in town, run by Bridges Organic Restaurant, and the Organic Farmers Market (OFM) in Karen, which runs from 9am to 3pm at Purdy Arms.
The Kenyan take on this trend is certainly worth a visit. At OFM, you’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables, free-range organic eggs, a selection of premium ready-made foods like cheese, pastries, breads and soups, and a wide range of food enthusiasts. Bringing a unique Nairobi flair to the same community feel you’ll find at farmer’s markets around the world, this is definitely a trend to watch and a productive, fun plan for weekend mornings.
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