All photos courtesy of MME
Locally produced honey will be in the spotlight over the next few days at one of Qatar’s farmer’s markets.
The annual event is at Al Mazrouah Yard in Umm Salal through tomorrow evening and will be held at Qatar’s two other markets in Al Khor and Al Wakrah later on this month, organizers said.
QNA reports Yousuf Al Khulaifi, director of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment’s Agricultural Affairs department as saying:
“This season, we have 4,000kg of honey locally produced, which is unique compared to the size of quantities imported from abroad.
The ministry is providing guidance and training to farmers on the best methods for the production of honey, and this year we have also included packaging training so that the honey can be marketed locally in best possible way.”
The event runs from 7am to 5pm today and tomorrow. It will move to Al Khor’s farmer’s market during the weekend of Jan. 12 and to the Al Wakrah yard on Jan. 19.
Meanwhile, a newly opened produce market at Katara Cultural Village has attracted crowds of enthusiastic shoppers since it opened this week.
In addition to locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits, other items are also on sale at the market, including poultry, honey, flowers and dates.
Shopping up a storm this afternoon at the newly opened Mahaseel Festival @kataraqatar Running until Saturday, it is showcasing Qatari produce and farming. After the festival ends it will run a farmers market every Friday and Saturday until march. Today I saw a lovely selection of vegetables (all locally grown, some organic), local honey, flowers, plants, dairy produce. What I really loved was that all the sellers were happy and engaged. They also have a porter service as well as an ATM and activities for hr kids. There is also a lot of information about Qatari farms and methods. It is located in the open car park at Katara (right next to @stregisdoha entrance. There is also plenty of parking! This is such a wonderful initiative and really gives the community a chance to see what is being grown here and also support local farms.🐝🍃🌻🍎💚 I have a feeling this market will be popular! . . . . . #organic #produce #farmersmarket #buylocal #locavore #doha #organicfood #fresh #farmtotable #flowers #organichoney #honey #katara #mahaseelfestival
The Mahaseel Festival is open daily on the weekends from 8am to 9pm at Katara’s parking area 05.