Farmers markets are a reaction to supermarkets selling more and more processed food, imported from far away and packaged for convenience. The markets started small, became popular when people wanted local, organically produced food and since then have grown significantly in size and popularity. Amsterdam currently has several major markets (Dutch) including the Noordermarkt, which takes place every Saturday morning around the Noorderkerk and is one of the biggest and most popular.
So what happens when the farmers markets become more commercial and small producers struggle to generate enough business to pay the stall fees? The farmers go underground! On 16 May Talkin’ Food (Dutch) will organize the first Dutch underground farmers market where micro-producers sell home-made jams, cheeses, sausages and more in a semi private setting. Details to be announced soon.