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    Bengaluru Farmers’ Market comes to town with a line-up of new vendors and old favourites

    his is probably the last time the city will be part of the Farmers’ Market series by Karen Anand. And no, she’s not taking it off her annual plans, but only rebranding it next year to suit the general profile of the marketplace. In fact, she’s often been asked why the event is called a ‘farmers’ market’ when there aren’t only farmers selling their fare. “If you look at farmer’s markets in Europe, they don’t only sell food products. People sell clothes, accessories, and plenty of other things at these marketplaces. That’s what the Farmers’ Market series is about — to promote local produce of all kinds. In fact, I also intend to bring things like interesting crockery etc. in the future. And we are looking at rebranding the event and calling it Taste and Living next week,” Anand explains.
    But that’s next year. This year, we’ll get to check out some of the old favourites (this is the third edition of Bengaluru Farmers’ Market), as well as check out some newer vendors as well. There’s Raw Pressery with their cold press healthy juices, Phalada Agro with organic herbs and spices, and Bonhomia, an Indian coffee company, which not only produces coffee pods but coffee machines as well. Then there’s Earth Loaf and their artisanal chocolates (they’re absolutely delicious), SaffronInd for saffron, Millies Vegan Cheese, and Martha’s farm produced preserves. And then there’s organic chestnut and honey by Sanjeevani Organics. In fact, there are over 40 vendors participating in this year’s edition of Bengaluru Farmers’ Market.
    And Anand is also launching a few of her own products in the city at this market, which includes sauces and preserves.
    Given that it’s an all-day event, there’s loads of beer, wine, and food to keep you energised.
    “We are also trying out a new venue this year. The two-day event is going to be held at VR Bengaluru, the new mall at Whitefield, and we’re hoping to attract a new set of visitors as well,” Anand says, adding, “I would really like to see the Bengaluru edition grow beyond what it is now. With time, we will add more homegrown labels, products, and growers. We’ve had only two markets in the city, this being the third one, and I am sure over time we will have a lot more participants.”
    December 12-13. At
    VR Bengaluru, Whitefield.
    Noon to 9 pm. Details: Karensfarmersmarkets.in

    — Priyadarshini Nandy

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