Farmers Market on The Terrace | This is part 1 in a 4 part series – a review of 4 very different Foodie Fridays in Dubai.
We are spoilt for choice in Dubai. So much to do, so much to see and of course, so many places to dine. And if you like food the choice can be immense and somewhat overwhelming. But what we do have is variety. Taking a look back at the last month proves just that, here goes :-
A big part of my Friday morning routine, if at all possible, is a trip to The Farmers Market to stock up on locally grown organic produce, yes you heard that right – locally grown organic produce sold right here in Dubai !!. The market is situated in the grounds of Emirates Towers on Friday morning and as well as providing an opportunity to purchase vegetables and other organic produce at reasonable prices, it’s a great opportunity to meet and chat to the farmers who produce the vegetables, catch up with fellow foodies, rub shoulders with some celebrity chefs (I’ve spotted and chatted to Silvena Rowe, Suzanna Husseini, Marta Yanci of Marta’s Kitchen and Chef Tomas Reger so far).
Apart from the shopping, I spend my time drinking great coffee from Coffee Planet and Boon Coffee (Ethopian Coffee by the lovely Orit who is going to open her first coffee shop in JLT anyway soon) as well as chatting to members of the Slow Food Community, sampling some amazing honey from Balqees Honey and always being tempted by a breakfast roll from Baker & Spice – my favourite is always the organic lamb with pickled egg and red cabbage – in fact it’s worth going just for that alone.
Having headed to the market early, I my visit with a trip to Dubai Mall for a browse in my favourite bookshop of all time Kinokuniya followed by a movie at Reel Cinemas
I will go home with my produce and cook something using the vegetables I bought that day. The beauty being that you never quite know what will be in season so you have to go with an open mind, try new produce and come home with an imagination. And sometimes you don’t need an imagination as the vegetables speak for themselves. The simple pleasure of eating a ripe organic tomato with a sprinkling of sea salt a good grind of black pepper and some honey balsamic vinegar from Crescendowith some locally produced Buratta from Italian Dairy Products in Sharjah is enough to put a smile on my face and make me happy. It’s one of the fun parts of my friday mornings.
You can find the Farmers Market in the carpark behind Emirates Towers, it’s signed posted from the side. It starts at 9 am and closes at 1 pm and will continue (weather permitting) until April/May. Say hi if you see me there, it’s a friendly place to meander and spend an hour as well as to get some local organic shopping done at great prices.