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Farmers' market opens at Ta'Qali

Video: Paul Spiteri Lucas

A farmers' market opened this morning at Ta' Qali, giving farmers an opportunity to sell their produce directly to consumers.

And the people made the most of today's sunshine and flocked to the market, where they could buy the fresh produce cheaper.

Officials of the Resources Ministry stressed that the farmers' market will only sell Maltese produce. Inspectors will be making random checks of the source of the produce.

Just over 50 farmers have applied so far to sell their fruit and vegetables from the market, with 30 setting up their stalls today. The stalls were prepared by the Resources Ministry and laid out in an orderly manner in two rows under gazebos.

The market also features a range of other locally produced goods, including Bigilla, gbejniet, honey, bread, fish and meat products.

The market is located opposite the new animal care centre, on the site of the Sunday open air market, which will not be affected. The farmers' market opens on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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