The Market Place: Focus on Organic Foods

Held at Vedic Village Spa Resort on January 13 and 14, The Market Place saw a gathering of more than 100 farmers, along with farmers collectives and cooperatives, NGOs and academics, politicians and government officials and, of course, consumers. Also present were delegates from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), a worldwide umbrella organisation for the organic agriculture movement.

The Market Place is a weekend celebrating everything natural and organic. It urges us to adapt to the seasonal, ethical and sustainable world around us. This years market brought forward the farmer community in strength to interact with consumers and an urban audience, making it a success, said Salmoli Mukerji, curator, The Market Place.

More than 70 varieties of rice, 15 types of bori (Bengals indigeneous lentil dumplings), nolen gur, corn cobs in five colours that grow naturally in the Indian soil, honey gathered from the Sunderbans, free-range chicken and duck eggs, different varieties of organic vegetables including sheem, brinjals, radish and their seeds… the Bish Mukto Haat (poison-free market) had 100-odd farmers from different parts of Bengal and other states like Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka displaying their organic produce.