One of the newest things to hit the city is the Bangkok Farmers Market (affectionately known as the BKKFM). Yes, there have been predecessors to the BKKFM – like the smaller organic market held at Bo.Lan the first Saturday of every month – but this my friends, is different. It is the real deal.
As you stroll past some 80 vendors (out of a rotating 600) selling everything from raw vegan pizza to all-natural dog biscuits, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of products offered. The atmosphere is friendly and fun, and the food is yummy!
Do not miss the amazing artisan bread by Urban Pantry (think fire-roasted chile and cheddar whole wheat) or porchetta sandwiches by the owners of Appia Restaurant (they sell out early, so go early)! You would also be wise to pay a visit to Paleo Robbie – an Australian who lives and breathes the virtues of the Paleo Diet and has hired a Greek chef to prepare an impressive variety of paleo-friendly meals available for home-delivery every week. The meals are prepared with grass fed Australian beef, free-range chicken, wild Canandian blueberries, and oh-so-many-more wonderfully healthy foods.
The organizers of the BKKFM have made this place much more than a farmers market. In their words, “The Bangkok Farmers Market isn’t just a place to purchase produce and goods on a Saturday, it’s much more than that. We are working hard to build a strong foundation for community, awareness, and better living.” And they have risen to the challenge. On any given weekend that the BKKFM is happening, you will find community programs taking place in tandem with the market – classes in everything from natural soap-making to organic gardening, no-cook cooking to kaffir lime shampoo-making, educational talks on permaculture and the Palaeolithic Diet. They have done a seriously good job in this department.
And why am I really writing about this place? Because it is dope for kids. So great – in fact – we found ourselves going both on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. There is a dedicated arts and crafts area for kids, a balloon art man, Shetland ponies to ride and feed, lots of space to run around, a little play area for kids, bean bag chairs, a nursing tents for moms, two nice pack n’ plays for napping infants or infants who need to be changed. It would be hard for them to make it more family-friendly. One weekend they even had piglets. And with the market taking place more often than not in the dog-friendly K-Village, it is fun to watch toddlers squeal with delight at the Pugs, Chihuahuas, and occasional Bulldogs that go by. This place is fun and healthy – and should definitely be on your next weekend outing bucket list.
Oh the beautiful pictures I could have taken at the market this weekend, but alas I am in a cast for the next few weeks, so all I could do was snap a few of the kids with the iPhone. Great pics of all that is offered at the market on the BKKFM’s FB page (linked above).