We confess that we are farmers’ market junkies. No matter where we travel to in the world, our first stop is always the local market. We have what must be tens of thousands of photos of vegetables from stalls in dozens of countries. There’s something so beautiful about colorful, fresh mounds of ripe fruits and vegetables. Hong Kong gets a bad rep for not having enough farmers’ markets, but actually, if you know where to look, there are actually a fair few. Turns out, Green Queen knows where to look 😉
Here’s a roundup of every market throughout our fair city where you can find organic produce. Not only does that mean you are supporting your local farmers, you are also getting the freshest in-season selection at friendly prices. Win-win all around! Fun challenge: make it your goal to visit them before Christmas!
Handmade Hong Kong – Great For Craft Lovers
A ferry ride away for non-DB dwellers, Handmade Hong Kong has become a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike (they regularly feature on “Top Things To Do in Hong Kong” lists). The team behind Handmade Hong Kong is passionate about crafts, gifts and all things handmade though they do have a fair few artisanal food stalls and have just confirmed USDA Organic certified aquaponics farm Evergreens Republic as a regular vendor so you can definitely get your juicing and salad essentials. Find out more about Evergreens Republic here.
When: Second Sunday of every month from 11AM to 6PM (except January, June & July); exact dates here.
Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza & North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong.
Contact Info: email@example.com
Mapopo Community Farm – Great For Farm Exploring
The Mapopo Community Farm in Fanling is a large organic farm that grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables. They also host farmers’ markets, guided tours and green living workshops. It’s a long way out especially if you live in the island area, but we love that they have regular market hours for you to stock up on organic produce from an actual running farm.
When: Wednesdays 2PM-6PM & Sundays 11AM-6PM
Where: Ma Sik Road, Fanling
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; +852 9761 6123
Mei Foo Farm Fest – Great For Eco Warriors
The YMCA manages the Mei Foo Farm Fest, a weekly farmers’ market that is family-friendly with regular eco-living craft and farming activities and boasts a lovely group of local farmers who are more than happy to chit chat about their latest organic harvest.
When: Sundays 11AM-5PM
Where: Kwai Chung Road, Mei Foo (under the flyover)
Contact Info: email@example.com; +852 9086 2540 (Mr. Ho)
Sai Kung Organic Farmer’s Market
A new player on Hong Kong’s food scene, the Sai Kung Organic Farmer’s Market is a new weekly community event offering certified organic fruit & veg from local farms, organic products and locally made goods and artisanal craft items.
When: Sundays 11AM-5PM
Where: Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade (near Sai Kung Waterfront Market)
Sai Kung Sunday Market – Great For Shopaholics
2018 Update: Sai Kung Sunday Market has ceased operations.
The Sai Kung Sunday Markets has a bazaar with a wide variety of goods on offer from organic wine to craft beer to local handicrafts to housewares to textiles to healthy snacks to gourmet foods. It’s a very family friendly market, with activities for kids and the cutest puppy adoption booth! The focus is not farmed produce but they always have an organic fruit & veg purveyor like Homegrown Foods or Evergreens Republic or local solo Farmer Thomas on rotation so you can be sure to fill up your veggie basket.
When: First Sunday of every month from March to June & from September to December; 11AM-5PM.
Where: Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; +852 2799 9983.
Star Ferry Pier Farmers’ Market – Great For Convenience
The Central Star Ferry Pier Farmers’ Market is conveniently located in the center of the walkway that connects the ferry pier (Pier No. 7) and the footbridge that leads to Central. The market is small in comparison to other markets around the city, but its accessibility is undeniable, especially for outlying-island-living folks who can pick up their veggies on the way to catch their ferries. On selected Sundays, they also host sustainable living educational activities and exhibitions.
Where: Central Star Ferry Pier No. 7
Tai Po Farmers’ Market – Great For Produce Range
Organized by the Federation of Vegetable Marketing Co-Operative Societies (FVMCS), The Tai Po Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in the city and takes place in the heart of the New Territories. Amongst locals, it is THE place to go for Hong Kong grown organic vegetables: its size guarantees a large selection and its location means farmers are happy to attend thanks to its proximity to their fields.
When: Wednesdays 10AM-4PM & Sundays 9AM-5PM
Where: 12 Tai Po Tai Wo Road, Tai Po
Contact Info: email@example.com; +852 2387 4176
Tong Chong Street Market – Great For Foodies
The Tong Chong Street Market is THE destination for food lovers with a bevy of artisanal food vendors showcasing everything from acai bowls to smokehouse meats to hand-churned nut butters to craft coffee. They also have a whole back area dedicated to locally grown organic produce from HKORC certified farms and the farmers are more than happy to share Cantonese seasonal produce recipes with you! Read our full review of the Tong Chong Street Market.
When: Weekly on Sundays from March to June & from September to December 11AM-5PM
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place
Tuen Mun Farmers’ Market – Great For Bargains
Charmingly chaotic, the weekly Tuen Mun Farmers’ Market is a great place to meet local farmers and find organic produce that you can’t find in supermarkets like egg fruit and fresh watermelons. Also great? The prices, which are substantially less than in other parts of town. Definitely worth checking out!
When: Saturdays 10AM-4PM
Where: Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, So Kwun Wat
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; +852 2471 1169
Poho Market – Urban Convenience
2018 Update: Poho Market has ceased operations.
A very grassroots effort, Poho Market is the admirable first in a series by Honestly Green (founder Janice is the mastermind behind Tong Chong Street Market) looking to bring farmers markets to every Hong Kong neighborhood. A smaller affair, Poho Market happens the first and third Saturday of every month and features local organic farmers’ produce- perfect for your weekend fridge stock-up.
When: First & Third Saturday of every month, 11AM-4PM
Where: teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Contact Info: email@example.com
Image courtesy of: Saturday Morning Market via photopin (license) (lead image), Evergreens Republic Facebook (Handmade Hong Kong), Top Fun (Mapopo Community Farm), Gustia (Mei Foo Farm Fest), Sai Kung Organic Farmers’s Market, Sai Kung Sunday Market, Engel & Voelkers Blog (Star Ferry Pier Farmers’ Market), Green Queen (Tong Chong Street Market), Tai Po Farmers’ Markets, Tuen Mun Farmers’ Market and Honestly Green.