Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekend Shopping at the Farmers Market and Nature's Basket

This week's farmer's market at Bandra had its usual carnival atmosphere, with everyone basking in the all-things-organic goodness. While the market covers its bases with vegetables, there are very few fruits there - this week were figs, guavas, papayas and bananas. There were these amazing looking dark green/purple colored long beans, which I had to have, as I have never seen them this colored and this firm.
While the prices are reasonable, or in some cases even lower than regular produce, I do notice that its mostly just the expat crowd or the well-to-do locals who frequent the market. My parents are still perplexed why I have to travel 15 kilometres each way to buy my fruits and veggies, when there is a veggie stall practically at every corner in Mumbai.

The organic cafe had a new addition with Umami serving some lovely panini sandwiches and fruits on skewers.
I had a basil, hummus, grilled peppers and tomato sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, which was very filling. Price: Rs. 100. Not the cheapest sandwich in the world - for that rate, I could have bought an entire loaf of their organic whole wheat bread from them.
I also snagged some pickles/relish made of red and green pepper in a mustard oil base, which smells divine. In the spirit of rotating their menu, my favorite Gujju stall there didnt have any dhoklas this time. But they did have pani puri, laddoos, and chicki.
And some organic liquid jaggery - for when my maple syrup runs out.
There were cosmetics made of bees wax - not vegan, but better than the chemical-laden stuff out there. And organic soaps, soy-based candles, and such. Pretty, but I'm not ready yet to take my veganism to that next level just yet. I love my Maybelline dream mousse blush and mascara too much! :)
As well as the usual stall by Satvika, with food items like honey, ghee, cereals, jams, chocolates, fruit candies. And even a non-alcoholic Christmas punch.
 
So, I really didnt have that much to buy at Nature's Basket this week - since my kitchen cabinet is pretty full with all the stuff I have gathered over the last 2.5 months of blogging. Just the usual salad ingredients - deep red lettuce this week, some organic strawberries (Rs 70), some Thai brinjal which looks like peas (Rs 20), four boxes of fresh basil (Rs 6 each), and a bag of fusili pasta. Basil's my new favorite ingredient of this year!
And unknown to me, a ridiculously priced box of cherries (Rs 320!!) - which amounted to more than half of my bill at Nature's Basket. I wish they'd label their fruits beforehand, than having the shock of seeing such ridiculous prices in the bill on my way home. :( But they are so delish, why waste my time regretting the buy?!

14 comments:

Kori said...

Fun to see what's in season where you live! I'm excited for the weather to warm up a bit, so there will be more fruits at our local markets too! Although, I can't say we'll ever have guavas or bananas! How fun :)

meltingbutter.com said...

looks like you came home with quite a lot of goodies on your trip! Everything looks so fresh and delicious :)

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

What a beautiful display of various fruits and veggies!

Boulder Locavore said...

Thanks for taking us on the trip with you! All the wonderful photos and descriptions really felt we were along for the ride. Loved seeing the unusual produce and so opposite of our winter season. You must have enjoyed some delicious dishes after getting home.

Magic of Spice said...

I love Farmers Markets and all of the glorious organics, fresh produce and treats available :) This relish looks amazing...

Lisa said...

I am am so lucky to bake for the farmers market, I get to purchase fresh produce and have made great friends with the farmers. And we really appreciate people like yourself who take time out to come and see us at the market every week.

(I am in New Orleans)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I love to visit the farmers' market, especially when I travel. I also love that my money goes directly to the vendors rather than a big chain store that makes a huge profit, but doesn't pay the farmer very much.

Shari said...

Farmers Markets are the best! I'm looking forward to the day I remember to take my camera to our local farmers market... We get there at about 6am on a Saturday morning - and normally my camera is the last thing I am thinking about.

Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I love the farmer's market! Looks like you found some amazing things there! I love all the photos!

Raw_Girl said...

@Kori - But you guys have so many delish berries and such. we just have strawberries - no rasberries, blueberries...Sigh.

@Lisa -and we all are so grateful there are people like you who tempt us with goodies at the market. without that, the market would be quite dull.

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