To Market, To Market
This Sunday I went to the market, to buy vegetables and fruits.
You must be wondering why I am talking about something so mundane? Well because it was no ordinary market.
Mumbai witnessed the premier of its first ever Organic Farmer’s Market this year in March, taking place every Sunday. However I missed the first season, and was eagerly waiting for the next installment to begin. It did, finally on October 3, and needless to say, I was not going to miss it for the world.
Organic food as we all know is naturally produced, free of chemical enhancers and pesticides. It is one step towards a healthier lifestyle. The beauty of the Farmer’s Market is that the farmers get an opportunity to directly sell their produce to the consumers with no involvement of middlemen. This ensures them a better price, plus they can judge the demand and preferences on a first hand basis.
So with bubbling enthusiasm I traveled to Bandra to participate in this health extravaganza. The market was held at Nilgiri Gardens, and thus despite of the overhead sun the moment I entered the premises it felt cool. The area was decorated with flowers and banners, the stalls were overflowing with eager shoppers. The crowd was eclectic consisting of housewives, foreigners, large families as if at a picnic, elderly couples and lots and lots of children.
Sections were allotted according to what they were selling. Green grocers had one corner which had the biggest crowd. They were selling everything from tomatoes to spinach and also variety of fruits. Another section was dedicated to arts and crafts, cosmetics, aroma oils and even organic wall paints.
The children were the happiest at a little corner dedicated to them with books, dolls, wooden toys and even paints and crayons to unleash their talent in art.
The Organic Cafe was another hit with the patrons, which offered tasty organic food like granola bars, healing rice, burmese khousuey, organic tea and coffee, etc. The organic ice-gola was my favourite. Yum!
All in all it was a pleasant Sunday afternoon, with time well spent, gaining some knowledge for a better lifestyle combined with a wonderful benefiting concept.