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Marche@ – Organic Farmer’s Market

Today, for the first time,  I visited an organic farmer’s market in Seoul. I had heard about the Marche@ Market in previous years, but never checked it out. I really wish I had gone sooner, because it is such a great event. It offers fresh, organic produce, baked goods, tea, spices, sauces, ferments, kitchen products, and other handmade goods. You can also enjoy a healthy lunch from some of the vendors. IMG_0263

Here is the lunch I enjoyed. It was a bean dahl topped with cilantro and rice and a side of fresh salad and eggplant salad. It was super delicious. It cost 8,000

Below are pictures taken of various vendors. As you can see, there’s a lot of variety and everything is neatly presented. It was such a lovely shopping experience.

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At the bottom left of the photo above you can see the giant bunches of basil. It’s very fragrant so I could smell it before I saw it. Each bunch is only 1,000 won. The root is attached so you could try to plant it if you want.IMG_0258 IMG_0253 IMG_0250

This herb garden would look so nice in my new kitchen. I would love to have a garden of my own.
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These dried roots are used to make tea. The one on the left is burdock and the one on the right is ugly potato. Yes, ugly potato! heheIMG_0254 IMG_0251

This fall bouquet would also look lovely in my apartment. Hint hint…boyfriend?
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These jars contain what the woman described as “peanut jam”. It’s really more like a coarsely blended peanut butter mixed with honey. It was absolutely delicious. The price was a bit steep at 10,000 won for the small jar, otherwise I would have bought it. It seems like something I can make at home. The peanuts used come from Udo (우도), an island off the coast of Jeju. IMG_0255I absolutely love these kabocha squash, also knows as simply a pumpkin in Korea. These tiny ones are a perfect serving size for one person. The great thing about the organic pumpkins is that you can eat the skin! I don’t recommend eating the skin of the inorganic ones because of the chemicals sprayed.
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I found the produce prices to be very reasonable. Compared to purchasing organic vegetables at a grocery store, it is cheaper. Plus, there is the benefit of directly supporting the farmers. Also, when purchasing produce at a Farmer’s Market, it is generally fresher than in the store. I didn’t buy too much because I’m expecting my first Gachi CSA delivery on Wednesday. The Thai Basil was 1,000 for a giant bunch, a beet with the greens attached was also 1,000 won. The three small pumpkins were 5,000 won and the pear was 1,500.

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The market takes place 2 Sundays a month, and rotates between a few locations in Seoul. Today, it was at Hyehwa Station, on the light blue line. The hours are 11:00 – 4:00. I recommend going earlier to get the best selection. Marche@ does have a website, but for some reason it isn’t working today. It is http://marcheat.net/ or their FaceBook page.

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