THE Negros Farmers Weekend Market, the home of the organic agricultural products and food, marked its 5th anniversary on March 17.
The market is located at the 1.2-hectare lot at Magsaysay Street in Bacolod City.
Ruby Cruz, lead volunteer of the project, said people started to frequent the area to dine and buy fruits, vegetables, dried fish and even organic meats.
“There are 30 farmers who sell fresh agricultural products like vegetables and fruits, among others, and 10 tenants who sell cooked organic foods and beverages,” she said.
But there are still facing challenges, she added.
One of her observations is that Negros is lacking vendors and that the supply of organic vegetables is not enough.
She said rental for single space at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market is only P375 every Saturday and P188 during Sunday.
"I want the people here to earn here. We encourage more people to put up their restaurants here because of the low rental rates. For others, it is a big risk to open a restaurant because it would entail a big capital given the high cost of the rental. But with us, it's cheaper as we want to help those farmers who sell with us," she said. (CNC)