The sixth season of the popular farmers market will open for business on 26 October 2017. The three existing markets at Al Wakra, Al Mazrooah (near Umm Slal stadium) and Al Khor-Al Thakhira, will sell fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has announced.
The three yards are expected to see the participation of 80 Qatari farms, 10 fishermen and 40 livestock producers. The yards will be open to customers thrice a week—Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 am—5 pm. The yard for selling livestock at Al Mazrooah will remain open throughout the week, from 7 am—5 pm.
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Things to keep in mind
Unless you have a large family or share a home with a group of friends and roommates, where someone cooks regularly, the boxes of fruit and vegetables sold at the market might be too much for you to finish before it starts going bad. So, if you enjoy fresh produce and don’t have a suitable number of mouths at home, go along with a friend and split what you buy between each other – this will also allow you to carpool to the market, and make the trip more fun for everybody (occasionally the seller might agree to sell you individual portions – ask)!
- Don’t haggle with the farmers selling their produce as you are already getting it at a nominal price.
- Carry cash, as cards are not accepted.
- The yards in which the markets are held are maintained to be as clean as possible, do not litter.
- Don’t forget to pick up a bottle or two of Qatar’s famous honey.
- If you enjoy gardening or simply like flowers this is a great place to pick up a few potted plants to cheer up your home.
- The markets are under strict control by the authorities.
- Don’t forget to have fun!