Posted on November 20, 2018

Last weekend marked the return of Qatar Foundation’s (QF) popular Torba Farmers Market. Held at the Ceremonial Court in Education City, the market brings the best in organically-grown produce, locally-prepared food and beverages, and sustainable products to the public.

The joint initiative, which is held in collaboration with Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, and Torba Farmers Market, has become a permanent fixture on the calendars of people eager to promote local farmers and vendors. It reflects QF’s commitment to encouraging people to live healthy and sustainable lives. With options that include food and beverages prepared to order on the premises, locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetable, and herbs to purchase, and local dishes to try, the market has succeeded in enhancing awareness of the way in which farm produce is grown, sold, and consumed in Qatar.

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This year, the market is also hosting a planting festival during the months of November and December to encourage the community to learn how to grow plants, tips on how to create and use compost, and a beginner’s workshop on how to garden at home. Meanwhile, a sitting area – featuring newly re-surfaced benches and tables designed by students at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, a QF partner university – and a small play area for children, allow families to make the most of the event.

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Maryam Al Sulaiti said, “It’s an exciting event that brings the entire community together – even members of the public from outside Qatar Foundation. And of course the weather is great, so it’s really nice to be able to come here with family and enjoy the fresh air.” Returning visitors were also impressed with the new wares on offer, including household products and stationery. Shahad Younis, a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar – another QF partner university, said, “I like that they’ve expanded the market this year. There are so many new vendors offering a range of products that don’t just include food.”

Torba Farmers Market will be open from 7:30am-11:30am and from 12:30pm-5pm on Fridays, and 8am-6pm on Saturdays. It will run until April 2019, with a break in December.

For further information, please visit www.farmersmarket.qa/

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