Say hello to a healthier lifestyle with a visit to these farmer’s markets in Mumbai and Delhi

For a few decades now, we have been a generation that piggybanks on packaged foods, frozen veggies, processed snacks and other ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook foods from air-conditioned hypermarkets. Convenience has taken precedence over health and nutrition.

But thanks to the organic food movement that’s gathering momentum over the past several years, natural and wholesome produce has come back in the spotlight. This in turn has given rise to the concept of farmer’s markets, a trendier and hipster avatar of traditional Indian bhaji markets, is now en vogue. Ask your grandma and she’ll be quick to tell you how the tradition of farmers getting together and selling their products directly to customers was around a lot longer than the mega grocery stores and online supermarkets we see today.

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Today buyers are seeing the many benefits of buying produce directly from the farmer. The demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has resulted in several urban farmer’s markets sprouting up across the nation, so much so that almost every city has one.

Make the most of your weekends by sourcing the city’s freshest and healthiest organic or at least sustainably-grown produce from a local farmer’s market near you. What’s best, you can also fill your grocery baskets with homemade goodies like jams, tarts, cakes and snacks apart from vegetables and fruits.

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We scoured three cities to find the best farmers markets for you.

MUMBAI

Bandra Farmer’s Market
One of the oldest markets in the city, this one opened it's doors to the public back in 2010. Started by nutritionist Kavita Mukhi, this market attracts farmers from Nashik and other parts of Maharashtra giving them a chance to sell their fresh pesticide-free and chemical-free produce directly to the consumer. Apart from organic, the market also featured other health-friendly options such as gluten-free and vegan breakfast items, dessert, snacks and meals, pick-up organic ingredients such as ghee, honey, cooking oils, chocolate and even the well-known fermented health drink, kombucha.
When: Every Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where:  D'Monte Park, Next to Bandra Gymkhana, Corner of Turner Road and St. Andrew's Road, Bandra West

The Better Foods Farmer’s Market
What’s better about this market, you ask? We say, their workshops are the differentiating factor. Yes, there is the farm fresh produce, but workshops such as foods to heal and what happens to your everyday trash are the big wins.
When: 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Sunday
Where: Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Royal Western India Turf Club, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli.

The Juhu Organic Farmers Market
This particular market draws a huge crowd not just for its farmers’ produce, but also personal care products such as chemical-free laundry detergents, workshops such as drum circles and book readings.
When: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday
Where: Pushpa Narsee Park, 15 Vaikunthlal Mehta Road, Nehru Nagar, Juhu.

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The Thane Organic Farmers Market
This is the Thane edition of Juhu’s farmers' market and the produce is procured from Maharashtra and Karnataka. This dairy- and sugar-free bazaar will be a delight for vegans and health enthusiasts alike.
When: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday
Where: Billabong High International School, Main Road No.27, Wagle Industrial Estate, Thane.

Organic Farmers' Market, Versova, Andheri
Your ultimate destination for all things food. From organic fresh fruits and vegetables to seasonal farm produce, vegan and gluten-free sweets and savouries to organic meats, metabolism-boosting drinks, herbal teas and organic oils, there’s almost nothing that you can’t find here. An initiative by Susan Diaz and Michaela Strobel of Harkat Studios, this market sources its organic goodies from farms in and around Pune, Nasik, Mumbai.
When: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, every Sunday
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, Aram Nagar, Andheri

Malad Farmers’ Market
Retail biggie, HyperCITY has tied up with SHARAN, a non-government organisation spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable lifestyle to host Malad Farmer’s Market and helping eliminate intermediaries and supporting small scale farmers. Expect a wide variety of fresh, carbide-free and zero-pesticide fruits, vegetables, and even dairy-free substitutes.
When: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, every Saturday
Where: HyperCity, next to InOrbit Mall, Malad (West)

Farmers' Market in Vashi and Nariman Point
An initiative by the Maharashtra State Agricultural Produce Marketing Board, this farmer’s market which runs in Nariman Point and Vashi is the place for all your requirements for freshest and highest-quality produce. Good to know, this market is run by a large number of tribal farmers and farmer cooperatives. Choose from a wide range of exotic veggies to saplings, and be assured of taking home produce that’s not only local but also travelled less.  
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, every Sunday in Nariman Point|3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, every Sunday in Vashi
Where: Vidhan Bhavan, Mantralya, Nariman Point | Sector 4, Sacred Heart School, Vashi

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Navi Mumbai’s Farmer’s Market
Run under the State government’s initiative, this farmer’s market is hosted by a group of farmers from Raigad, Nasik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Satara, Naryangaon and other regions across Maharashtra. The location changes of the market regularly—on some Sundays, the market sets up near the Navi Mumbai Sports Association (NMSA), Sector 7, Vashi. On other days such as Wednesdays, you’ll them at CBD Belapur (Sector 11, Palm Beach Road); Thursdays at Sector 7, Vashi, while on Saturday’s at the Rajiv Gandhi ground, CBD. On some Sundays, you’ll also find them at the NRI complex, Nerul or else Sector 4 and Sector 9 in Vashi, Sector 3 and Sector 15 in CBD Belapur.

DELHI

The Earth Collective Organic Market & Natural Lifestyle Market
With an aim to help people make a conscious change in their lifestyles so as to promote eco-sustainability, this market is driven by a group of organic foodies and farmers. Expect fresh farm produce as this market as well as a wide range of organic jams, natural fertilisers, and even earthenware.
When: 8.30 am to 11.30 am, every Sunday
Where: Sunder Nursery, Next to Humayun's Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Handpicked Market
A weekly organic market hosted at Select CityWalk mall, Handpicked is your one-stop destination to premium, high quality and natural produce. Taking you one step closer to leading a healthier and wholesome life, you get to choose from a wide variety of lush-green vegetables, pulpy fruits, freshest of dairy products, organic jams and pickles, out-of-the-oven breads, herbs and spices, gluten-free cupcakes, herbal teas and so much more, minus the chemicals.
When: 8:30 am onwards, every Sunday
Where: First Floor Balcony, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi

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Gurgaon Organic Farmer’s Market
Even Garfield would rise and shine a little early in the day for a visit to this market. Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables ready to be taken home, multigrain breads for your Monday morning and homemade jams to last till your next visit, get your health fix right here.
When: 9 am to 12 noon, every Sunday
Where: Sushant Lok C-Block, Community Centre Near Paras Hospital, DLF Phase V, Gurgaon.

Delhi Organic Farmer's Market (D.O.F.M)
The D.O.F.M takes pride in calling itself Delhi's oldest farmer's market which manages to bring together organic producers and growers from in and around Delhi, connecting with consumers directly.  Be spoilt for choice as you scout through options such as organic vegetable, fruits and salads, organic lentils, organic dairy, artisanal cheese; organic snacks and ready-to-eat food, organic bakery products; vegan soaps and more. In case all the shopping leaves you famishes, make sure to take a break for some freshly made warm organic breakfast.  
When: Every Sunday 
Where: The Park Hotel, 15, Parliament Street, Delhi


With inputs from Jahnabee Borah and Annabelle D’Costa.


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