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Mayor's Hope Journal

  • Farmers’ Market
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 148]

  • Mayor's Hope Journal SMG 1373


    I woke up in the morning to find that it was raining. The rain will help the dry soil wet and vegetables grow, I thought.

    Considering the weekend farmers’ markets held in cities of western countries, I have decided to hold a similar event in Seoul – a place where people can buy good-quality vegetables and farmers can sell their products periodically, where Seoulites mingle with farmers and have a good time together. Last year, Seoul Metropolitan Government opened the Seoul Weekend Farmers’ Market at the Gwanghwamun Square.

    On April 20, Seoul Metropolitan Government opened such market (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM during weekends) in 12 places in Seoul, including Dream Forest in North Seoul, to help urban dwellers engage in hands-on experience in farming. The weekend event will last until November 10.

    The Farmers’ Market opened in three downtown parks operate the following programs: direct transactions with farmers recommended by local governments; market for urban farmers; booth for invited agricultural producers; campaign for growing good-quality farm produce; sights to see, and; things to enjoy. At the marketplace for direct purchase from farmers, you can purchase 340 items grown in 59 places including Gapyeong pine nuts, Seosan garlic, Inje wild garlic, and gomchwi, Korean beef meat, at prices that are 10~30% lower than those in ordinary markets. You can also be assured of their quality since they are recommended by local governments.

    The marketplace for urban farmers specializes in produce grown by urban farmers’ organizations and agriculture-related materials. The traditional market corner will publicize the merits of traditional markets and sell assorted pan-fried food. A variety of small-scale performances held here and there in the markets will surely heighten the atmosphere.

    Seoul Farmers’ Market will help farmers and urban dwellers benefit from each other as members of the community.