Goli soda, dried fish, coffee decoction and exotic vegetables — Chennai Food Guide’s Sunday event has it all
Farmers’ markets are not new to the city — visit the Koyambedu market on a Sunday morning to witness the biggest weekly market Chennai offers. For something a little less populated, try the vegetable market by Adyar-based Organic Farmers’ Market. With only organic produce on offer every Friday and Saturday, the market that started this January, attracts around 25 consumers of organic produce. Also try the Saturday farmers’ market at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Garden on Harrington Road, where you can pick up vegetables from Nalla Keerai.
And now, the 40,000 member-strong Chennai Food Guide is coming up with its own Farmers’ Market this weekend. “Through this farmers’ market, we’re offering a mix of traditional and international foods that you don’t easily come by every day,” says M Mohamed Ali, the founder of the online community, who is organising the “Tamil Nadu farm-themed market” (complete with a petting zoo of sorts) in the premises of his Food Consulate in Velachery. Going by the turn out at their recent bake sale, they’re prepared for at least 800 visitors.
What to expect
Starting with around 10-15 kilos of exotic vegetables by Green Goblin, to a selection of cheeses from around the globe, this market promises plenty. Also expect regional products like kadalamittai and inji murappan from Kovilpatti, muscoth and Laxmi Vilas halwa from Tirunelveli, ilaneer from Pollachi, nellika and ilanthapazha vadai from Coimbatore. “We also have something called oatu mavu, a mix of rice flour, egg and milk, made to look like sand. It can be eaten as a snack or with mashed bananas as a meal,” Ali explains.
The market also has a host of products by home bakers. “They are bringing in ice cream, peanut butter, organic bread and brownies,” says Yalini Swaminathan, resident baker at the Food Consulate. And even with the likes of goli soda and rosemilk on offer, we must say that Ali and his team have us waiting to try delicacies like the idiyappam with Tirunelveli massi sodhi and massi sambal, made with dried fish and shrimp from Thoothukudi.
On May 3, from 8 am. Prices from Rs 25 to Rs 1,000. Details: 42630001
— Ryan Peppin