The historic Turkish train station between Neve Tsedek and Jaffa in Tel Aviv, which in its former glory operated trains from Jaffa to Jerusalem, has laid in ruins for decades. Over the past few years, though, the Tel Aviv Municipality has been restoring the complex and its beautiful historic buildings. Someone must have thought it would be appropriate to restore traditional agricultural methods on the site as well, since this Friday “Hatachana” (or, “the station”) will be starting the city’s first all-organic farmer’s market.
The urban/organic farmer’s market, organized jointly by “Hatachana” and “Tov Hasade” (the Organization for Organic Agriculture in Israel) will be nicknamed “Orbanic” and take place every Friday from 8am to 2pm.
The market will exclusively offer organic produce sold directly from the fields, high quality organic and natural delicacies, and ecological products. The market will also hold lectures about ecology and nutrition on a weekly basis, at 11am and 1pm.
Those arriving early at the market will be able to join some Tai Chi exercise at 8am. And for those who just want to relax on Friday, live jazz and world music performances will take place at the market at 10 am and noon.
Skeptical about the eco-friendliness of this market? Think it will be another yuppie-fest like the farmer’s market in Tel Aviv’s Port that fellow Green Prophet Jeff so eloquently described? The following two facts should settle some of your fears: the market is a completely plastic-bag free zone and vendors will not be offering them, AND home deliveries are available with Cicleta bicycle messengers.
Take that, yuppies!
Orbanic Farmer’s Market, weekly every Friday as of May 7th at Hatachana from 8am-2pm.
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