(MENAFN - Gulf Times)
QatArt Handmade Community is participating in the Torba Farmers Market, an initiative that showcases organic and locally-grown food and homemade products every weekend at the Education City, in partnership with Qatar Foundation.
QatArt board member Swapna Namboodiri said a batch of five members from the handmade community will take turns selling locally-made arts and crafts at the farmers' market on Thursdays and Fridays.
'Not only are there locally-grown fruit and vegetable produce, the market also offers a variety of unique handicrafts created by QatArt members, Namboodiri told Gulf Timeson Friday at the Handmade Market at Katara.
Paintings and other handcrafted stuff add colour to the venue.
In Arabic, ‘Torba' means 'the pure soil that feeds, nourishes, and nurtures. The farmers' market offers a wide-range of fresh, locally-grown items, including organic fruits and vegetables, homemade preserves, syrups, and butters, as well as handicrafts and gardening supplies.
'Our participating members have been given special spots at the venue, and we will send different members every weekend to add more variety to the products being offered there, she said.
Asked about QatArt's role in the farmers' market, Namboodiri said: 'We really like the idea of a market that supports local producers, and since our group is all about locally-produced handicrafts, it goes really well with the concept, which is why we approached the organisers and signified our keen interest to join. 'As an organisation comprising local handcrafters, QatArt also complements the objectives of the farmers' market in raising awareness of the availability of a wide range of fruits and vegetables that were locally grown in Qatar, as well as handmade arts and crafts.
She added: 'We're very grateful that we were given a spot at the Education City because we have something to look forward to along with our own handmade market inside Katara The Cultural Village.
Similar to its activities inside Katara, QatArt also plans to hold workshops at the farmers' market. 'We have yet to finalise the types of workshops to be held because the topics would depend on whatever goes well with the organisers, Namboodiri said.
'They are looking for something unique or something that would go with the objectives of the market, but we are keen on organising workshops with themes that mainly revolve around going ‘green', recycling, and sustainability.