‘Eat well to live well’ is the modern day mantra. This wellness concept is gaining much popularity in Hong Kong as people become more conscious about their food choices. As result, good quality, organic foods are becoming easier to find at the city’s growing number of organic food stores and markets.
Previously all organic produce and foods were imported into Hong Kong by well-known independent purveyors at prohibitive prices making them unaffordable for most folk. However, nowadays, organic food suppliers can source nutritious and wholesome organic fare from local Hong Kong-based farms itself. Most of these farms are located in areas like Tai Po, Fan Ling and Yuen Long in the New Territories.
The cultivating methods and practices followed at these farms are strictly regulated to conform to international organic standards. These local farms supply their fresh, organic produce to Hong Kong’s growing tribe of Farmers’ markets. Like in most farmers’ markets worldwide, the produce on offer at these markets is seasonal as the farms are small producers with limited capacities.
Farmers’ Markets in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island
Island East Markets
The Island East Markets initiative brings together local farmers and a variety of artisan food producers, local arts and crafts people, musicians and entertainers on most Sundays. Market timings are 11am to 5.30 pm, and the market congregates at Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay.
This market is the result of the efforts of two organizations SEED (Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation) and Hong Kong’s well-known Kadoorie Farm. SEED holds its market on Wednesdays, from mid-day to 6pm,while the Kadoorie Farm takes over the market on Sundays from 11 am to 5pm. Both markets offer in-season vegetables and fruits though the eggs supplied by Kadoorie Farm are especially popular with market-goers.
Mei Foo Farm Fest
The YMCA-run Mei Foo Farm Fest has been delighting Kowloon residents for some years now. The Mei Foo Farm Fest assembles under a flyover in Mei Foo every Sunday. The market timings extend from 10 am to 5pm. The YMCA also organizes a farmers’ market at the Atrium of the YMCA on Salisbury Road, TsimShaTsui every Saturday from 10 am to 2pm. On offer are products from the YMCA administered Tung Chung Green Organic Farm.
Ma Po Po Community Farm
Local girls Becky Au and Cho Kai-ka set up the Ma Po Po Community Farm in the village of Ma Shi Po in Northern Fan Ling with an effort to promote sustainable farming in their community. The farm is open for business daily and also offers eco-tours and farming classes.
The Federation of Vegetable Marketing Co-operative Societies Ltd (FedVMCS) an arm of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department hosts a farmers market in Tai Po on Sundays at Tai Wo Road. The market is open from 9 am to 5pm and features approximately 30 stalls offering fresh, seasonal produce, artisanal foods, natural cosmetics and skin products.
The FedVMCS also organizes second market on Saturdays from 10 am to 4pm at Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road in TuenMun. A third such market is held at Lam Tei Vegetable Depot in TuenMun on every Sunday. The market usually opens for business at 9 am and stays open until 3pm.
Tung Chung Green Organic Farm Market
The YMCA similarly hosts a farmers’ market outside block 9 and 10 at the Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung on every Wednesday between 2pm and 6pm and every Saturday between 11 am and 3pm.
Sunday Market in Sai Kung
The Sai Kung Sunday market is held on the first Sunday of every month from September to June. The market timings are from 12pm to 5pm and this indoor assembles at the Hong Kong Academy located at Mai Wan Road. The Sai Kung Sunday Market aims to promote green and organic products. On offer at this market are organic produce and animal products produced without the use of artificial or chemical pesticides, natural deli products and artisanal arts and crafts.
Handmade Hong Kong hosts a market (including a farmers’ market) on every first Sunday of the month the Main Plaza. This market meets all throughout the year except during the months of June and July. Visiting a farmers’ market is an enjoyable experience for most people.
However, if you don’t have the time for a twirl around the organic food markets in Hong Kong, you can always order your supply of fresh, organic produce. Various local organic food-delivery services like EatFresh.com and Homegrown foods source their organic food offerings from local Hong Kong farms and provide regular home-delivery services around the city.