Living in Haarlem it is hard not to notice the big market at the Grote Markt every Saturday. But this isn’t the only market to discover. Every first Saturday of the month an organic market opens its doors in the Haarlemmer Kweektuin.
Located north of the train station, the Haarlemmer Kweektuin hosts a café, a greenhouse, a little petting zoo and a yoga studio. Generally, it has sustainability written all over it. A perfect fit for this compact little organic market full of local produce and sustainable specialities.
Even though this market isn’t particularly big, — I counted 11 stands — it has everything you need. All products are organic, seasonal and regional. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and pastries, marmalade and even sugarless chocolate spreads. Yes, sugarless chocolate spreads. Well, they use natural sweeteners, but no extra sugar is added. In the end, I chose to get some ice cream. Made from homegrown fruit, the pear ice cream tasted like biting into a fresh, sweet pear. I noticed that they only sold cones, meaning no cups, no little plastic spoons — very much in line with the market’s zero waste spirit.
If you don’t have a sweet tooth and are more into savoury stuff, you might want to check out the goat cheese stand. There you’ll find the familiar soft feta-style cheese, marinated in oil and herbs, but also riper and firmer goat cheese. In addition, you can also buy a whole loaf of goat cheese. If you don’t cut it open and store it correctly, you can keep it for months. That is, only if you don’t eat it right away!
Now and then you’ll also find special products there. For example up-cycled bags. Those bags, by basic zero, are made from old fabrics, like worn-out tablecloths, and are as versatile as plastic bags but better for the planet. At the next stand a shop called oodles and pinches offered organic, zero-waste products like bamboo toothbrushes, organic, plastic-free deodorants or tooth powder, the plastic-free alternative to toothpaste. They also offered all sorts of bottles and containers to refill and reuse and so reduce the amount of plastic in your life. Very helpful!
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