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Farmer’s Market : A neat surprise

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Terra Madre a worldwide event.

On the 10th of December, as the world celebrated Terra Madre or Mother Earth Day, a select group of Mumbaikar’s initiated the global Terra Madre movement at the local Farmer’s Market. On the 11th of December, at the Farmer’s Market in Bandra, Mother Earth day was celebrated in a unique and exciting way to promote eco-friendly lifestyles even in the middle of a metropolis.

Live Music : Courtesy Tribal Flora

Amidst the hypnotic droning of the Didgeridoos and rhythms being tapped out on (what I assume was) a wood box by this organic music band called “Tribal Flora”, people shopped for organic vegetables, fruits, cotton t-shirts, lead-free cosmetics, hand-made paper book marks and so much more!

I’m new to the whole Green products market and I was a bit sceptical about it. I worried that I wouldn’t have enough variety to choose from, the stuff would be really expensive and that I would probably have to compromise on the “coolness” quotient if I had to go green. These are preconceived notions that anyone can have before trying out something new. But I tried to keep an open mind, looking around for interesting products that appealed to my sense of style, my budget and my perception of the green movement: more importantly what eco-friendly means to me.
It is difficult to actualise the idea of going green in an urban set-up. Often times, one wonders is it even practical?  And I’m a part-time student with a shoe-string budget. However, the local farmer’s market surprised me with quite a lot of things I saw on display and for sale.

Visiting cards we fell in love with :).

“Our Little Bit” had a cardamom flavoured beeswax and honey lip-balm which I picked up. There were chocolate cup-cakes made from organic food products which I was sorely tempted to eat, but I didn’t. There were movies being screened, books that were printed on handmade paper had been put up for sale. There were so many things to look at, eat, take home, read, wear – organic laddoos, dry fruits, and yes, elephant poo paper diaries.

Talking about the diaries, there are two brands that caught my eye. The Root has something that gives my eclectic side quite a kick: Elephant poo paper diaries. The t-shirts have designs that focus on contemporary issues of consumerism,war a need for peace, our planetary health.

The Root Tees : Go Eco Tiger

My father loves earthy shades of beige, olive green and ochre and The Root has these lovely colours and the designs on them are so tastefully done – creative, cool and direct in its approach to the issues that the brand is all about. I’m really eager to get one of the tees for my dad as a birthday gift.
The best thing about The Root is that, it’s not preachy and that’s a great relief because sometimes any kind of education about a movement has a risk of being condescending. The Root manages to get its message across beautifully, elegantly, creatively and clearly without coming across as being holier than thou.  Quite frankly, I’m in love with their bookmarks, their refrigerator magnets and yes, of course, the elephant poo paper diaries. The only thing I wish for – the tees to be made in my size. For now they are available only in Medium, Large and Extra-large. I hope they come out in more sizes! (Nitesh: If you’re reading this, please make them in small and extra-small.)
Along with “The Root” which is for the more serious environmentalist, “No Nasties” offer some funky t-shirts with youth-oriented designs which bring out the cool eco-warrior in the conscious younger generation.
Clean Planet has funky bags; Pretty totes, gift bags, cloth bags to keep ones veggies fresh even in the refrigerator, and printed messages that are tongue-in-cheek, which makes it all the more fun to carry these totes around.

Clean Planet is about catering to all lifestyle groups that want to go green. Be it formal totes, foldable cloth bags for occupying less space in one’s purse, handmade-paper diaries, and Christmas decorations made from recycled paper with witty quotes.
Some of my favourites:

Don’t blow it. Good planets are hard to find.
After one look at this planet, any visitor from outer space would say, “I want to see the manager!”
Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.

I highly recommend you check the Clean Planet Totes collections here. You’re guaranteed to find a tote that speaks for you.

My afternoon at the Farmer’s Market was a relaxed way to spend a Sunday. Bought some cherry tomatoes, lettuce and onions and made a nice salad for dinner. All this ambling around was accompanied by lovely background music by the band Travel Flora. Blissful day at the market with a lot of things to discover and learn…sigh…If every trip to the market with mum is like this…

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Post contributed by : Ankita Gujar ; Photos: Tina Datta

About the Author : Ankita Gujar 

Ankita is a graduate in Sociology and Political Science from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The environmental movement has always interested her ever since she was introduced to the water cycle in the 3rd standard. She loves to travel and experience new cultures. At age 21, she first got a taste of “pristine” nature when she backpacked across the Scottish Highlands and she wants her kids to be able to experience that when they grow up to earn their trip across the world. She is also a teacher of languages – English and French. She hopes to make people aware of the advantages of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle because she wants to be able to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin when she gets the courage to pet the tiger and gets out of the house to exercise regularly at the pool in her locality and learns to swim…which is going to probably be around 5 decades from today. So help her to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin. Go Green.

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