Following on from our recent blog post about Yarn Bombing in Portimão in the small but pretty Largo December 1 gardens in Portimão, we were contacted about an organic produce market that takes place there every Saturday from 9.30 to 2pm. We were intrigued, and so the next free Saturday morning that we had, we went over to Portimão to have a look.
We were greeted by two small but thriving stalls set up in the middle of the gardens – a perfect setting under the trees in the dappled shade.
Welcome signs and a bustling sense of quiet pride in the stalls and the produce greeted us – there were lots of people coming and going – mostly locals, with a few tourists:
The produce was beautifully presented, with clear pricing and a very wide selection of organic or ‘bio’ produce for sale:
Lots of fruit and veg, and also nuts, seeds, bean-sprouts, soft fruits, and dried fruits:
The stalls were nice and busy – we have been told that they often have jams and preserves as well – but there was certainly enough selection here for us to enjoy:
Pricing was very reasonable for organic food, and compared favourably with supermarket organic ranges – it was also nice to be able to pick exactly how many of a product you wanted – we bought 6 large tomatoes for 1.29 Euros and a nice lettuce for 0.60 cents.
We also met the two owners of the stalls, the quiet and very polite Miguel:
And the bubbly and lovely Carla, whose sister made all the posters for the events:
Carla represents the Horta da Torre organic farm in Silves, and is passionate about promoting organic produce to the Algarve:
We were so impressed with this little market and its ethos – and it’s amazing range of fresh produce:
It was so nice to meet such passionate and friendly people promoting good honest organic produce – which also tasted delicious! – we will definitely be back for more! And thank you to Maryanne for letting us know about it and taking the time to send us the flyers and information.
Carla also has another market stall on Wednesdays in Almancil – the details can be found in the poster below:
And those of you in and around Albufeira need not miss out as she also has an organic basket service on Thursdays:
We wish them all every success with this venture.