Foodies, rejoice! The Good Food Community has relaunched their much-loved pop-up market that supports local farmers in Maginhawa last Sunday. The next Good Food Sundays market is expected to take place on October 18th.
“At the market, people get to hang out and really talk to the people who made their food…Being more aware of the processes that our food goes through makes it even more special and it really adds dimension to living a sustainable and mindful life,” Micah Lima, an organizer at Good Food Sundays shared with Health Begins With Her.
So I headed to The Green Daisy Organic in Maginhawa to check out the scene and found a delightful array of stalls – from hand brewed coffee to artisanal breads to freshly grown, organic vegetables directly from farms supported by the Good Food Community. The warm vibe was infectious as vendors radiated a positive energy, despite the heavy rains.
But beyond the pop-up markets, the Good Food Community (GFC) works hand-in-hand with farmers in Tarlac and Mountain Province to help support their livelihoods and sustainable farming methods. In fact, Filipino farmers, which form the backbone of the agricultural economy, can earn as low as P 23,000 a year in a country that is one of the fastest growing in the region. Furthermore, many rural farmers are often subject to the country’s fickle weather, transportation challenges, and middlemen that take advantage of farmers’ already meager earnings.Due to these dire circumstances, local farmers have been referred to as an ‘endangered species’ or a ‘dying breed’ by media outlets like the Philippine Star and Rappler.
But GFC is out to change that with the help of socially aware city-dwellers like you and I. Founded by Charlene Tan, they’re a small team of change-makers that connects small farmers with subscribers in Metro Manila. What does this mean? Basically, GFC acts as a bridge between subscribers who wish to receive freshly grown (even organic) vegetables, and local partner farmers that deliver the produce through pick-up points (restaurants, cafes etc) in the city. Through these orders from subscribers, farmers are guaranteed fair profits and stable demand.
The Good Food Community is all about changing the world through food. With old & new brand partners, a different location, but the same food-loving community that envision a better, sustainable society, Good Food Sundays will be back again on Sunday, October 18, at Green Daisy Organic, #20 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. Brands such as Kalsada, Liquid Maestro, Nabua Home Industries, and a whole lot will be there.
More details on GFS can be accessed on their FB event page. See you in a couple of weeks!