Going organic in Guadalhorce
It may not be a juggernaut yet but the organic bandwagon continues to roll as two new farmers’ markets open in Alhaurin el Grande (the 14th of February) and Pizarra (which will start to run in the month of March). With markets now running in Cártama (1st Sunday of the month), Alhaurín el Grande (2nd Saturday of the month), Coín (3rd Saturday of the month) and Pizarra (last Sunday of the month) there is now a good number of outlets for people looking for fresh and varied organic products.
Coín has been running since March 2007 and people come from all over the province to stock up on fresh local fruit and veg, honey, cheese, bread and cakes, eggs, culinary plants, vegetable seedlings and artisan products. The positive experience of Coín spurred on the town of Cártama to set up its own organic products market, and it was on May 4th 2008 when Ecocártama started up, the organic products market which is held every first Sunday of the month in Estación de Cártama, making good use of the influx of visitors to the cartameño street market.
Buying at a producers’ market is based on two main reasons – to buy directly from the producer at a fair price, avoiding the rise in price due to intermediaries; and, secondly, that organic products are healthy products that are made without using any chemical additives whatsoever and which contribute, therefore, to the conservation of the environment and our dear Mother Earth, the only one we have.
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