The idea of the farmers market is a group of climate activists who wonder why there wasn´t a local market in the village despite being mostly farmers and fisherman living there. How did they manage to sell their products and where?.
After a bit of investigation we got to know that people were going to the city (35km away and 2 hours driving) to make their selling every Friday, that meant that they invested money, time, efforts and fuel besides their work in the garden, and all of it just to sell their produce to mostly the same people who live in their own village.
They pack all their stuff and carry it all the way forward and back, some of them end up smashed due to the long trip.
So along with the fact of promoting the local economy, organic food using the change to spread Moringa for the sake of the environment but mostly for their own health are some of the “why” a farmer´s Market in Chateaubelair is a good idea and the best opportunity.
Last Saturday we had the Grand Opening after a lot of promotion, broadcasting in radio, signing up people… We placed a Moringa stand where people could get some food to tast and bring the recipes back home to try themselves.
Many got a book of recipes that some of the students made, many got a package of seed to plant at home… It would mean a lot not just for their health (since Moringa properties are huge and wide) but also for the environment to get every person to plant five of those trees at their home.
We also had the kids' corner to free the parents to make shopping without distraction, we got many kids in there, we were painting faces, coloring, etc. Summing up having a lot of fun!
And last but not least we had a few farmers but very optimistic and commited ones selling their produce, and many others who wanted to be part of this action.
About this farmer´s market, I can just say that it was the beginning of something simple which can make a huge difference, besides, it is as well a great opportunity for everyone to benefit from since people will start getting familiar with it.
It can also be a great way of bringing more awareness and education about many different topics as health, environment, climate change, permaculture or many other services. As a new student and a committed person would like to add. Come to work with us, lets take a stand to things that matter to us, be part of the change you want to see.