As we come to terms with the new ‘normal’ all over the planet, a fresh wave of conscious shoppers is taking the world by storm. A conscious shopper focuses on the experience being practical, financial and emotionally fulfilling. They focus on changing the current state of the environment by relooking at their everyday habits. If you’re looking to make a change with the resources available to you, a great place to start can be switching to environmentally friendly grocery shopping. You’ll be surprised with what Mumbai has to offer in terms of fresh, organic produce. From ethically-grown fruits and vegetables to homemade bread, Mumbai’s thriving farmers’ markets offer a wide range of varieties for you to pick from, all at an affordable and fair price. To make your shift to shopping sustainably an easy one, we’ve put together a list of 6 farmers’ markets in Mumbai.
1. Farmers’ Market at D’Monte Park, Bandra
The original farmers’ market of the city, Kavita Mukhi started this lovely initiative back in 2010. Being the only one certified by Eco-Cert, this particular market is one of the best 100% organic farmers’ markets in Mumbai. The produce is sourced from the farmer cooperatives from in and around Nashik, Maharashtra and features an array of indigenous vegetables and fruits like broccoli, leeks, lettuce and more. Apart from the freshest produce, the market also offers pop-ups by organic cafes, live music and a variety of stalls selling organic products. There are also workshops and interactive activities that you can take a part in.
Where: D’Monte Park, Bandra West
When: Every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm
2. Juhu Farmer’s Market
A joint initiative by The Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West, SHARAN, and Nature’s Gram, you’ll find this particular farmer’s market devoid of dairy products, refined sugar and any form of fats. The market supports farmers who grow organic produce as well as small businesses looking to introduce their organic products to the conscious consumer. You’ll be spoilt for choice with locally grown avocados, sprouts, star fruit, smoked tofu as well as organic bedding, washing powder and clean skincare products.
Where: Pushpa Narsee Park, Opposite Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu
When: Every Sunday from 10 am to 1:30 pm
3. Better Foods Farmers’ Market, Cuffe Parade & Versova
A Better Foods initiative held in Cuffe Parade and Versova, this farmer’s market features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy drinks and beverages, snacks and food for the soul. Apart from bringing small farmers and entrepreneurs together, they also organize a bunch of events and workshops with varying themes every week.
Where: Parking lot of Maker Arcade, Maker Arcade, Cuffe Parade
Little House Yari Road, Yagna Nagar, Versova, Andheri West
When: Cuffe Parade: Every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm
Versova: Every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm
4. Farmers’ Market in Nariman Point & Vashi
Set up weekly by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Produce Marketing Board, this farmer’s market caters to an audience looking for indigenous produce that isn’t available in regular produce shops. Not all the vegetables and fruits are organic but they are locally sourced, travelled less in an effort to forgo the middleman and offer the farmers fair prices and profits. With over 40 stalls, the farmers sell exotic vegetables like Mogri, Moringa leaves and fresh kidney beans.
Where: Vidhan Bhavan, Mantralaya, Nariman Point
Sacred Heart School, Sector 4, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
When: Nariman Point: Every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm
Vashi: Every Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm
5. The Mumbai Market by Karen Anand
More of a food fair than a market, The Mumbai Market by Karen Anand is an open-air market featuring sellers, restaurants, bakeries, patisseries, gourmet food stalls and even clean beauty products. Hosted in editions across the country, the market is conceptualised keeping the farmer’s market model abroad. Offering a variety of gourmet experiences, the market banks on Karen Anand’s thought through theme of culinary delights made with fresh Indian produce.
Where & When: The next edition will be announced on the website.
6. Malad Organic Farmers’ Market
Hosted by HyperCITY in association with the NGO SHARAN, the Malad Farmer’s Market is a conscious effort to eliminate middlemen and support local farmers to scale their businesses to profitable heights. A wide variety of exotic produce including organic fruits and vegetables as well as dairy-free and vegan alternatives are available, sourced from farms across the country. The market promotes holistic health and sustainable living through conscious lifestyle changes. They also host fun activities like pottery classes, terrace gardening workshops, performances and more for you to indulge in.
Where: HyperCITY, next to Inorbit Mall, Malad West
When: Every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm