The Tel Aviv Farmers' Market was opened in May 2008 in the city's new port area and has become an Earth Market in 2009. It is the first market of such kind in Israel which has adopted the Slow Food philosophy from the outset. The market is held every day, except Tuesday and Wednesday, and the 60 stalls attract around 10-15,000 customers per weekend. The growers and farmers varied, offering a very wide range of products: olive oil, goats' cheese, a wide offering of unique fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and beer, some of the traditional foods from the region such as tahini and freshly baked pastries and bread and also some exceptional products that cannot be found anywhere else.
In recent years the issue of health life style and Slow Food has gain much attention and there is high demand for fresh and raw products from all farmers and growers; therefore, the Farmers' Market has expended and open additional new branches across Israel, and so far has been very successful.
Out goal is grow and expand as much as we can to new territories and to expose new crowds and population to the trend of Slow Food.
In 2010 the market has become a permanent indoor market and was named "Shuk Hanamal" (Port market) and started to be open all week. Shuk Hanamal is a one stop shop for the best ingredients, both local and from around the world, available from a variety of specialty shops and stalls including local and seasonal fruit and vegetables grown "Good, clean & fair" by small and medium size growers and farmers and sold directly by them, specialty shops such as an organic fruit & veg shop, a butcher, a fishmonger, a Kosher charcuterie, a boutique wine shop, Italian coffee and soft ice cream, freshly squeezed fruit juices, an American style deli, a cheese shop, a bakery, fresh handmade pasta and canned goods from Italy & Spain, a variety of olives, local olive oils, honey, Halva and Tahini as well as a professional cookware store. The gallery level boasts a restaurant, a demonstration kitchen and a cooking workshop centre.
In addition to the mesmerizing seafront view, shops and stalls, the market offers a wide selection of dining venues with stalls, bars and restaurants offering anything from a light snack or a tapas to an entire chef meal, throughout the day.
The market is situated in a recently renovated port area, and is especially popular at weekends. A wide variety of people visit the port to enjoy the reasonable prices and high quality (many of the restaurateurs seek out top our products first thing in the morning) and the access to food from farmers of varied cultural backgrounds.
The two market founders, Shir Halpern and Michal Ansky, are writers and journalists interested in food and food history; Michal completed a Master in Food Culture at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno in 2009. These two young women embody the spirit and energy of the market, which is the result of their passion and drive.
As the first farmers' & growers' market to be established in contemporary times in Israel, the market sets an important precedent and a great example for the future. Three additional Earth Markets are already in the planning stages for other cities across the country.
Photo credits of all Tel Aviv market pictures found in these pages: *Reyan and Amos Schilack*.
Tel Aviv Port Market
the Port of Tel Aviv,
Monday- Thursday and Saturday 09:00-20:00
Tel. +972 77-510515