As we pulled up to the market, I was met with a simple outdoor setup. Farmers would off-load their local fresh produce and place them neatly onto their stalls.
Previously, farmers would have to sell their wares through the Central Market. But here, customers and farmers were able to deal directly with each other on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 7pm.
Removing the middleman from the equation seems to allow the farmers to offer their fresh produce at a lower price as costs are not as high – no fees nor commissions.
Located near Umm Salal Sports Club on Al Shamal expressway and at just over 30 km from Doha, the market is close to the 22 farmhouses that grow the produce sold there. It may not be the first option for many living in Qatar, but definitely one worth checking out for those craving fresh vegetables.
Just remember to bring cash, don’t be afraid to bargain and, if you have a small household, be prepared to share the bounty you reap, as farmers are selling only by the boxful.