Bahrain: Visitors flock to farmer’s market

THOUSANDS of visitors flocked to the sixth edition of the popular Bahraini farmer’s market which opened at the Agriculture Centre in Budaiya yesterday.

The organisers are hoping for a record-breaking season with thousands more expected to patronise the event by the time it ends on April 29. Bahrainis and expatriates of several nationalities visited the market and spent hours walking around and shopping.

Families enjoyed the animal section where children could ride ponies and see animals and birds including peacocks and rabbits. US embassy consul Geoff Austin, who was accompanied by his wife Alisa and four children, said this was the “best farmer’s market” he had ever visited.

“We are from a farming community and this has been the best farmer’s market I have ever been to by far,” the 41-year-old told the GDN. “We all loved it and enjoyed a lot; my children got to ride the miniature horses and see the animals also. “I have been in Bahrain for just four months and I am planning to visit the market every week. “It’s a nice opportunity to see the fresh vegetables and fruits grown by Bahraini farmers.”

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Bahraini farmer Mirza Hassan Mansoor said this was his sixth year of participation in the market. “Every year this project is proving to be successful and I was among the first to take part in the market,” said the 41-year-old who owns a farm in Jasra. “The event helps us to sell our vegetables and showcase Bahrain’s best quality products. “In the summer I grow dates, okra and figs.“I am very happy to see the huge turnout of people.“Several Saudi farmers who visited the market said they want to set up a similar market for Saudi farmers in their country.”

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Another American visitor said he loved the organic vegetables in the market.“I am a health-conscious person and exercise regularly. So these organic vegetables are good for me,” said the 40-year-old man who did not want to be named.

The market will run every Saturday from 8am to noon.

A special car park has been allocated next to Mohammed bin Khalifa Mosque in Budaiya, with regular shuttle buses ferrying people to the market.

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