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The concept of a Farmers Market is a relatively new one in Mumbai, with the current model only in its fourth season. Visiting the market offers a great insight into the slowly growing organic market in the city, the opportunity to try out some traditional Indian dishes with an organic twist and to discover one of the lesser explored sanctuaries in the centre of Mumbai.
The Farmers Market is held every Sunday over winter. Here you can purchase the freshest organic produce straight from the farm, with the scent of fresh herbs filling the air, it is a great chance to see what varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables are available locally. There are also several stalls that sell organic grocery items, from vibrant organic turmeric powder to freshly made pesto, there is something for every palate here.
No event in India is complete without fresh food on offer, and the Farmers Market is no exception; the difference here is that the focus is on fresh organic produce. You can try some local cuisine with an organic twist, such as the unusual red rice dosa or cool down with some fresh mango ice-cream. The flavours that you try here provide a unique spin on traditional Indian cuisines. Each week at the market visitors are also treated to different local performers.
So for a quiet Sunday afternoon, and a chance to learn more about the growing organic scene in Mumbai, head to the Farmers Market. This year it was held in the suburb of Mahim at the Maharashtra Nature Park. You can find out about current venues and when it is open on their website.