Farmers market Wednesday opening

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From yesterday, April 1st, the market is open on Wednesdays as well as the regular weekend opening hours

Yesterday, April 1st, the Adeje Farmers Market welcomed hundreds of visitors during its first weekday opening. From this date the market, which first opened to the public six years ago, will open every Wednesday, from 4pm – 8pm as well as continuing its regular weekend slots, 8am – 1.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

To mark the extra day, throughout the month of April the Adeje council have also organised a series of activities on Wednesdays in the market, with a jam making workshop yesterday. Other workshops during the month will feature tastings, a shopping basket raffle, flower arranging, cup-cake making, and healthy eating as well as bouncy castles for the younger visitors.

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Since the market opened to the public it has been a success among the resident population as well as visitors, with an average of 2,500 people shopping there every weekend. Given the interest, the council carried out a questionnaire a number of months ago asking shoppers if they would be interested in a weekday opening. The positive response was overwhelming and was mirrored by those working in the restaurant sector that use the market to purchase their fresh fruit and vegetables to use in preparing their dishes, given the consistent high quality of the produce.

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The council then consulted with sellers and suppliers who have stalls in the market to pick the weekday that would best suit them as well as the day on which they would have sufficient produce to sell to the public.

Today the Farmers Market has also expanded the kind of produce on sale, meeting the needs of the many different international communities living in Adeje, as well as stalls selling local wines, cheeses, eggs, ecological and conventional produce, flowers, honeys and some meat products, cakes and biscuits.

Furthermore, the council has approved a number of modifications to the orders regulating the market which is offered as a public service. Some of the changes will see a more efficient relationship between the council and those seeking to operate a stall in the market as well as improving the inspection service by the council and visits to the farms where products for sale are produced. The inspections will cover transport and sales operations to guarantee good practise and minimise the use of non-renewable energy sources.

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Farmers Market adds a day

 

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The Adeje Farmers Market will add a midweek opening from Wednesday April 1st. The opening hours on Wednesdays will be from 4pm – 8pm and during the first few weeks of the weekday opening the council will be running a number of parallel activities to increase awareness of the additional day. The Adeje Farmers Market first opened its doors to the public six years ago and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 1.30pm.

The councillor with responsibility for the Market, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said “the success of this borough service has been noted from the start. On any given weekend we can expect up to 2,500 shoppers. A few months ago we carried out a survey among shoppers and included a question regarding a possible mid-week opening. The response was overwhelmingly in favour. So the next challenge was to find a day among the different farmers/stall holders that suited them, and that would give them time to have ample produce to sell to the public.”

This request from the public to open one extra day a week also came from those in the service trade and buying their produce in the Farmers Market on a weekly basis… “restaurants and bars who have chosen this market to buy here on a regular basis given the quality of the produce on offer”, added the councillor.

During the six years of its existence the market has added and diversified the products on offer, and today, alongside the fresh local fruit and vegetables on sale, customers can find a range of items requested by the many different communities resident in Adeje, including Hindu, Chinese and Muslim. The market also sells local wines, cheeses, eggs, ecological produce, flowers, cakes, breads and biscuits and some meat products.

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Parallel activities
For a month, every Wednesday, the Farmers Market will offer parallel activities connected to the world of gastronomy and produce. These will include courses in fruit and vegetable carving, a workshop for celiacs, a dessert course, making cup cakes, wine, cheese and honey sampling, flower arranging, etc. Details of each course will be published in the Adeje council media in advance.

The addition of this day to the market agenda was approved in the last council meeting with a modification of the council regulatory order. This has happened alongside increased transparency for those who wish to sell goods at the market, registration, and authorisation. The council are also putting in place an improved inspection service and farm visits to authorised suppliers to the market. They are also working to ensure that the transportation and sales processes are in line with borough and environmental regulations which encourage good practice and reduce reliance upon non-renewable energy sources.