Dubai's First Farmers' Market
The Baker & Spice philosophy is refreshingly simple; fresh, organic, homemade and local. Yael works very closely with farmers and suppliers, buying direct wherever possible, and with a strong focus on freshness and seasonality.
Today’s market brought together a number of these farmers and suppliers, giving them an opportunity to showcase their produce and sell direct to the public. Mazaraa Organic Farm from Abu Dhabi, Salata Farms from Ras Al Khaimah and Dar Al Fatah Farm from Abu Dhabi were all here, along with other retailers and producers sympathetic to the cause.
The range of fruit and vegetables was impressive, given that we are nearing the end of the growing and harvesting season, but is was the sheer quality and freshness of the produce that made the biggest impact. Also evident was the passion and pride of the producers, deservedly so. I came away with a healthy selection of vegetables and fruit, and will spend a happy hour or three wondering how best to use them. The tiny organics strawberries are especially good, small, intense and bursting with flavour, the way strawberries used to be.
Judging by the sheer number of people thronging the terrace, this bustling little market is set to make a big impact on the diets of Dubai. It supports local producers, minimizes transport impacts, and delivers some of the best ingredients I have been able to buy in eight years in this city.
It is likely to be repeated next Friday and for a couple of weekends after that, 11.00am to 3.00pm – check with Baker & Spice on 04 4252240 or go to www.bakerandspiceme.com