Farmers’ market to start in Bacolod

Saturday March 16, 2013

DC Cruz Trading Corp. and Herbe Foundation will open the Negros Farmers Weekend Market today at Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City.

The event is aimed to give buyers a mix of products and services while providing a regular trading for local farmers, Ruby Cruz, its director for marketing, said yesterday.

Cruz said the 1.2 hectare area for the market will also offer buyers easy access to farm-fresh produce and local handicrafts every Saturday starting today at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The weekend market is a public education project of the company and the foundation that teaches people to live a healthier life, she said.

It is also committed to support sustainable agriculture, promote the growth of artisanal products, and to help the agro-tourism in Negros Occidental, Cruz added.

She said that aside from learning healthy diets, consumers can also acquire knowledge on food safety preparation, solid waste management, composting, organic and natural farming, and renewable energy generation through the weekend market.

The market has six zones that offer fresh and organically produced crops, agricultural technologies and inputs, a food court, souvenir shops, and arts, crafts, and wellness areas, Cruz said.

It also provides shopper friendly amenities like wide playgrounds for children, multipurpose hall and amphitheater for events, ample parking space, easy shopping layout, walk paths for differentlyabled persons, and local and international cuisine food court, Cruz added.

She said the entrance free is P100 per person, which can be used to purchase any product at the market.

The creation of Negros Farmers Weekend market is a corporate social responsibility project of the company and the foundation, she added. *LTG