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14 September 2018 | 3 min read

A Guide To Mumbai’s Incredible Farmers’ Markets

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With eco-friendly, sustainable and organic being the key aspects for a better life and a healthy planet, the conscience shoppers now prefers to buy directly from the source rather than the big grocery stores or malls. Whether you are looking for organic vegetables and fruits or healthy homemade snacks, jams and pickles, a farmers’ market is the one-stop shop for all things natural and organic.

So go on and bookmark these markets that promises that you will return home with some amazing produce, while also gaining a better understanding of organic produce.

The Bandra Farmers’ Market by Kavita Mukhi

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Currently held at the D’Monte Park, Bandra, The Farmers’ Market by Kavita Mukhi is one of the oldest and largest organic farmers’ market in Mumbai. It’s also the one of the few Indian market that is certified as 100 per cent organic by EcoCert, an international certifying agency based in France.

Here, farmers from all across the state can be found offering the best quality organic fruits and vegetables. Apart from the garden-variety fruits and vegetables you will also find indigenous vegetables and exotic fruits as well.

In addition, the market has an organic café where you can treat yourself to a healthy brunch. They also host a number of cultural activities like folk dance, live music, massages and stalls selling organic product, besides a host of workshops and live interactions.

Where – D’Monte Park, Bandra West
When – Every Sunday 10AM to 3PM

Juhu Organic Farmers’ Market

Started by the Inner Wheel of Bombay along with SHARAN and Nature’s Gram, the Juhu Organic Farmers’ Market is a platform to support individuals and brands that are working towards a more organic and sustainable world. While this obviously includes farmers who grow organic produce, other beneficiaries include individuals who work for the environment, along with animal welfare activists and small business making organic products.

Come here to get your hands on some fresh organic fruits and vegetables that are sold by farmers from around the state. This market however, does not sell any diary products like butter, ghee and cheese. However, this is a great place to find some amazing organic soaps, skin-care products, shampoo, washing powder for utensils and even bedding made from organic cotton.

Where – Pushpa Nursee Park, Opp Sohum Spa, Juhu
When – Every Sunday 10:30AM to 1PM

Farmers’ Market At Nariman Point And Vashi

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Set up by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Produce Marketing Board, this market brings together tribal farmers, producing companies and farmer cooperatives from across the state. While not all the produce is organic, the idea is to give consumers access to less-travelled, fresh high-quality produce of Maharashtra. Along with a variety of regular and indigenous vegetables you can also buy saplings here.

Where – Nariman Point {Vidhan Bhavan, Mantralaya, Nariman Point}; Navi Mumbai {Sacred Heart School, Sector 4, Vashi}

When – 9am–3pm Sun {Nariman Point}, 3pm–7pm Sun {Vashi}

Malad Organic Farmers’ Market

Hosted in association with the NGO SHARAN to eliminate intermediaries and support small scale farmers, this market encourages holistic health and a sustainable lifestyle. From fresh, exotic seasonal fruits and vegetables to diary free substitutes, this market also sells special vegan products and fresh avocados.

The market also hosts a wide variety of activities like pottery classes, terrace gardening workshops, live demos and even live performances by different types of artists. Head here for a unique opportunity to interact with farmers and learn more about their farming practices as well.

When – 10am – 2pm Sat

Where – HyperCity, next to InOrbit Mall, Malad {West}

Tip – Missed the farmers’ market and still want to stock up on some organic products? Well bigbasket with their comprehensive collection of organic products is just what you need. Don’t forget to get your very own digibank bigbasket debit card, so that you can get cashback on all your purchases.  You can find more details here.

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