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Eating the season – organic, local produce from the farmers

November 27, 2015

My hessian bags are stacked by the door. My alarm is set early even though it’s Friday tomorrow; the Dubai weekend. I’ve waxed lyrical before about the thrill of doing my veg shopping from the people who grow it. For the next six months I’ll take home produce so fresh it scents the kitchen with vibrant aromas and lasts for a week. It’s organic but doesn’t cost the earth in both senses. I’ve got to know the people who grow it and I’m so glad that the Farmers’ Market is back for the new season.

The pictures above show my shopping every single week of the last season from November to May. It reflects our tastes as a family, my instincts as a cook, and what’s available each week. It shows the amazing quality of the organic produce grown in the United Arab Emirates by a bunch of farmers who are utterly convinced that chemical-free agriculture is the way forward.

From tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my weekly haul once again, over on Instagram. I’d love you to join me by using the hashtag #MCPvegstories

UPDATE: LOCALVEG on Instagram is a new place to share your passion for local veg. Whether you grow it yourself, pick it from a farm, buy from a local farmer or market….wherever you are in the world tag your beautiful veg pics #localvegstory. Really excited about this new project which I set up as I believe in buying local – and want to connect with you, if you do too. It’s the freshest, vitamin-packed, most sustainable, lowest food miles, short supply chain, way to a tasty, healthy life!

The Farmers’ Market on the Terrace, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai. Fridays 8am – 1pm

  1. November 27, 2015 12:41 am

    Wow Sally what a gorgeous collection of photos – and so much fresh produce, you can’t beat a farmer’s market!

  2. November 27, 2015 1:32 am

    What a beautiful array of produce!! Fantastic photos!! X

  3. andreamynard permalink
    November 27, 2015 1:49 am

    I’ve always thought vegetables are beautiful! Your stunning pics totally do justice to the lovely farmers market produce.

  4. November 27, 2015 2:37 am

    I bought some organic garlic the other day, thinking I wouldn’t taste any difference, but it was like a different vegetable! – so flavoursome 🙂

  5. mainellss permalink
    November 27, 2015 3:52 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I absolutely love for farmers markets and I love supporting local. Not to mention the produce just tastes better! Such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing!

  6. November 27, 2015 5:05 am

    Thus might be a silly question but why no market from May to November? I’m presuming weather?

  7. November 27, 2015 10:35 am

    Love these photos! I never go to out local farmers market alone because I tend to “get lost” and buy everything in sight 😂 someone needs to stop me every time. Nothing better for body and mind than organic produce❤️

  8. November 27, 2015 11:03 am

    What a beautiful collection of photographs – how wonderful to have the opportunity to shop like this and support local producers. Fantastic!

  9. November 27, 2015 11:59 am

    Beautiful! Eating with the seasons is the only way to go.



  10. November 27, 2015 2:50 pm

    I love all those photos, so gorgeous! Fresh veggies are some of the most vibrant and prettiest things ever 🙂

  11. November 27, 2015 3:28 pm

    What beautiful pictures reflecting how well you have eaten:-)

  12. glamorous glutton permalink
    November 28, 2015 10:01 am

    Wonderful photos Sally, the product looks stunning. How unexpected and amazing to have so much beautiful fresh product on your doorstep. GG

  13. November 28, 2015 10:54 am

    LOVE the photos!! So much great produce 🙂

  14. johnberk permalink
    November 30, 2015 3:47 pm

    Your aesthetic arrangement of veggies is a state of perfection. You truly know how to shoot food.

  15. November 30, 2015 4:27 pm

    Hurrah! I love these photos of yours so very much – was wondering where they’d gone!


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