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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.

Katara market

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

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The Mahaseel Festival is open daily on the weekends from 8am to 9pm at Katara’s parking area 05.

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Three of Qatar’s farmers’ markets officially opened for the season this weekend.

The locations, in Al Khor, Al Wakrah and Al Mazrouah (near Umm Salal Stadium) are selling produce from 78 local farms.

Currently, mostly vegetables are on offer, including cucumbers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, okra and red and yellow peppers.

Al Mazrouah Yard Farmer's Market 2016

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Al Mazrouah Yard Farmer\’s Market 2016

There are also melons, dates and some organic items.

The selection is expected to widen in the coming months, with tomatoes arriving in December, stall vendors told Doha News today.

Additionally, two more sites are expected to come online in Al Muaithir and Al Ruwais this season. However, locations and start times for these have yet to be finalized.

More locally-grown produce

Every year, the markets draw brisk business in part for their low prices.

Today, 3kg of cucumbers were selling for QR5, while a 3kg box of eggplant went for just QR6.

Some stalls at the Al Mazrouah Yard today sold Qatari food, and flowers and plants were also on sale (bunches of lilies cost QR20-QR50).

Due to its early October start, officials are expecting to have a record season of sales.

Last year, the markets sold some 4,785 tonnes of vegetables, up 3,618 from the previous season.

The markets are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 5pm, with a break for prayers on Fridays.

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Al Wakrah Yard

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Al Wakrah Yard

Qatar’s popular farmer’s markets will add two new locations in Muaithir and Al Ruwais when they reopen for their fifth season in a few months.

The new markets will likely launch in December, Yousef Al Khulaifi, director of the Department of Agricultural Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), told the Peninsula.

However, the exact locations of the new venues are still being determined, pending approval from local authorities, he added.

Farmer's market

Farmer’s market

The official also said the government is aiming to open the markets even earlier than in previous years – ideally getting some locations operational by November.

Rapid growth

Over the past four years, farmer’s markets in Qatar have been expanding at a robust clip.

During its most recent season, the MME operated markets at three locations around the country: the Al Mazrouah Yard near Umm Salal Stadium, in Al Khor at the Al Dhakira yard and in Al Wakrah.

The venues offered produce from some 77 local farms, including ones that sold organic fruits and vegetables. There was also fresh fish, livestock, poultry and locally made honey for sale.

For many residents, the freshness of the produce and the lower prices (40 to 50 percent less than supermarkets) have been the biggest draw.

Locally grown strawberries

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Locally grown strawberries

The MME has also been holding more events to celebrate local produce, including a strawberry “festival” and a honey “festival,” where each product was the star of the show during a weekend.

When they open in November, the markets will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 5pm.

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