Imagine waking up on a Sunday morning and going to the local organic produce market. You grab a freshly roasted coffee and a gluten free brownie (it’s the weekend after all, so why not!), then you stroll past stalls of home-made jams, organic vegetables and fresh edamame milk. Sounds familiar? Organic farmers and markets have risen in popularity throughout the world, and Chiang Mai is no exception. The number of organic cafes and the amount of produce has grown significantly in the last few years.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings at JJ Farmer’s Market, you can walk around and taste delicious products. You can also shop for fruits and vegetables for your weekly grocery. The market is located close to the Kam Tien Tree Market, which creates a laid back atmosphere with a large number of stallholders. There is live music from around 9am, and yes, there is organic coffee, gluten free cakes and more delights.
In Thai, the word “Blot Pie” means “safe from chemicals” and “Blot San” denotes that a product is “chemical free”. Often people confuse the two or put them in the same category. When shopping in Chiang Mai you can never be sure if what you are purchasing is 100% organic, however you at least know it is much safer to eat.
With this in mind, organizers at JJ Farmer’s Market have organized their market into three categories: first a “Pure Organic” hall by local farmers, next to it is the “Pesticide Safe” hall with crispy salads and fresh parsley, and finally the hall with breads, fried snacks and cooked meals ready to go (vegetarian and non-vegetarian). It’s a great way to make it clear for customers in search of true quality product. There is also a large area with tables and seats for visitors to eat.
Every Sunday, another part of the market includes handicrafts and second-hand products with jazz music and foot massage stalls. The perfect way to start the day! See you there and remember: bring your own shopping bag!
JJ ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET :
45 Atsadathon Road. T. Patan A. Muang Chiang Mai.
From 6am to 11am. Get there early!