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From the fields

The latest edition of Pune Farmers’ Market held on Sunday,was a complete gastronomic experience

Written by Prajakta Hebbar | Published: August 26, 2013 1:05:08 am

Some may choose to spend the beloved Sunday in bed,by enjoying the late cup of coffee with the weekend editions of all the newspapers. And then there are some who put on their cotton sundresses and khakis and head to the farmers’ market for a fresh supply of fruits,vegetables and other organic goodies. An initiative by Karen Anand,the latest edition of the Pune Farmers’ Market held at the Westin,Koregaon Park looked more like an upscale garden party,than a farmer’s market.

Traditionally,a farmers’ market is a physical retail market featuring foods sold directly by farmers to consumers. But the Pune farmers’ Market was a glamourised version of the regular farmers’ markets.

The market was divided into lanes which were then occupied by vendors and sellers in their kiosks,all displaying their wares. We spotted several kiosks selling freshly-made cupcakes,pastries,macroons and cakes. We especially liked the homemade fancy cupcakes by Once Upon A Cake,a venture by Mohena Ahluwalia. Their cupcakes in the shapes of little piglets,owls and other cute and funny caricatures drew the crowd’s attention.

Also displaying his hit range of coffees was Kunal Ross,of The Indian Bean,a venture that sells Indian coffee online. Sourced directly from seven to eight farmers from Kodaikanal to Coorg,Ross was brewing fresh coffee for the visitors,for only Rs 50 a cup. We tried the Appa’s coffee,a smooth,bitter,dark brew — exactly how a hard-core south Indian kaapi drinker prefers it.

Fresh breads,cheeses,wines,juices,food trips,organic jaggery and different kinds of meats apart,the farmers market also had a live counter where the organisers were showcasing recipes. We also spotted a cupcake decorating session in progress,during which children and adults were appeasing their sweet tooth as well as honing their artistic abilities.

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