People from across the country have flocked to the Torba Farmers Market in Education City since its launch in November 2017, the organisers have said.
The Qatari-founded initiative provides organic, locally-grown food and homemade products to the wider community in a friendly marketplace environment, and from Thursday, February 1, it will extend its opening hours.
The market, which takes place at Qatar Foundation’s Ceremonial Court and is accessible from Education City’s Gate 2, will now open every Thursday from 12noon to 7pm, every Friday from 8am to 11am and from 1pm to 5pm, and every Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
Noor Nasser al-Maadeed, head of Community Engagement, Community Development at QF, said: “Since its opening, the market has gone from strength to strength, and we’re absolutely delighted with the response we’ve had from the wider public. Community development is at the heart of everything we do, and the Torba Farmers Market has become a wonderful platform for bringing people together, fostering social engagement between vendors, farmers, producers and the public.”
Some of the produce at the Torba Farmers Market
Hessa al-Kuwari, a Qatari, said: “I’m here with my family today, who suggested I come along as they’ve been here multiple times before. I will definitely be back, it’s great to be able to come here to Education City and support the local community. I think this market is a wonderful concept.”
The Torba Farmers Market offers fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, homemade preserves, syrups and butter, as well as handicrafts and gardening supplies.
Hend Khader, a local Palestinian resident, said: “This is my first time visiting the Torba Farmers Market. I had originally heard about it from friends who’d visited. I’m very impressed with the variety of products on offer and, as a gardening enthusiast, by the wonderful array of local fruit and vegetables.”
Noha Abdelghany from Egypt added, “I heard about the Torba Farmers Market from friends, and saw it advertised on a few social media platforms. There’s a wonderful variety of products on offer, and the food is locally-grown, organic and healthy.”
The Torba Farmers Market is a community-inspired initiative aimed at supporting local food producers and agriculture, while encouraging the public to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.
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