The Ultimate Guide to India’s Farmer’s Markets

The Ultimate Guide to India’s Farmer’s Markets

The local food movement has been gaining momentum across India for quite some time now. Apart from a number of farm-to-table restaurants springing up in the cities, there’s also the more obvious trend of farmer’s markets on the rise.

What is a farmer’s market?

Unlike what we know as a market in general, where we buy from an aggregator who has sourced from hundreds of farmers, a farmer’s market is a place where farmers sell their products directly to consumers. Depending on the season and availability, this usually comprises of the freshest produce of vegetables, fruits, pulses and staples, oils, healthy dairy products, whole grains such as millets, and more.

The idea is to break the rural-urban divide, meet the farmers who are growing your food, engage in interactive activities, try out local cuisines and and bring the community together to celebrate food! Many of these farmers – be it private or government-owned – are held area-wise or within residential complexes in bigger cities like Bangalore, whereas in smaller cities and towns, the market is more centralised. Not only does this make people more aware of the food they’re eating and where it comes from, it’s also eliminating the middleman and creating environmental awareness by promoting #BYOB aka Bring Your Own Bag to reduce the use of plastic.

While the concept has been around for decades in other parts of the world, in India, the growing culture surrounding farmer’s market is like a second Green Revolution. We’re particularly excited by this trend because many of the participating farms and farmers also offer CSA packages, wherein they directly send consumers fresh produce on a weekly basis.

CSAHealthBox compiled a list of some active farmer’s markets around the country to help you navigate your grocery shopping:

The Earth Collective Farmer’s Market
Source: Spoons and Sneakers

NEW DELHI

Bhoomi Santhe
Source: Farm Finder

BANGALORE

Bandra Farmer’s Market
Source: The City Story

MUMBAI

Some of the freshest vegetables can be found at local farmer’s markets
Source: Facebook

CHENNAI

  • Organic Shandy – Every Friday – 10.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm; and Every Saturday – 8.39 am to 4pm at New no. 177 Luz Church Road, Mylapore
  • Organic Farmer’s Market – Open throughout the year at 1, 21st Cross Street, Indranagar, Adyar
The Pune Farmers Market by Karen Anand
Source: Pune365

PUNE

CHANDIGARH

  • Chandigarh Organic Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday, 4pm to 7pm at Kartar Asra Road, near Sukhna Lake
  • Chandigarh Organic Mandi – Every Monday at the Fruit and Vegetable Market in Sector 26

AHMEDABAD

Mei Ramew Farmers’ Market
Source: NESFAS

SHILLONG

HYDERABAD

RANCHI

Sunday Organic Farmers Market, Jaipur
Source: Facebook

JAIPUR

KODAIKANAL

Find the farmer’s market closest to you and go make a day of it with your friends and family. More importantly, ask the farmers whether they offer vegetable boxes to be delivered to your home and support a local farmer!

We’d love to hear about your experience too, so feel free to tag us on social media with #csahealthbox with your photographs and feedback 🙂

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