A wise old saying goes “You are what you eat.” Your mental function, physical strength, and emotional stability depend on what you choose to feed your body. This is exactly why the majority of your daily diet should be composed of fruits, vegetables, healthy carbs, and lots of water.
And since you’re living in Metro Manila, you’re lucky to have many options on where to buy your food, from supermarkets, grocery stores, and even to convenience stores. Out of all these, one of the best market options is no doubt Farmers Market in Cubao. Not only does the place have fresh produce, seafood, and meat selections, it is also the subject of rave reviews for the organization, cleanliness, and convenient shopping it offers.
Know the ins and outs of the market to make your trip quick and easy.
If someone tells you that you can find literally all your market needs and more in the market, believe her. Farmers Market contains nine major sections, all tucked into their own areas to avoid confusion and promote organization. These sections include fruits, vegetables, rice and corn, meat and poultry, eggs, seafood, native delicacies, dry goods such as home essentials, and the Dampa. Being aware of the location of each section will not only quicken your trip but will also make sure you have everything you need.
The Dampa section is where the fresh seafood you just bought can be cooked. This paluto service (cooking service) is a popular must-try. Located at the southeast area of the market, the Dampa contains many restaurants that offer this service, so make sure to be critical on which establishment you’ll choose. Although you can bring over the seafood you bought yourself and have them cook it, you can also select from the seafood varieties offered by the restaurant.
Choose a definite time for your seafood and meat shopping.
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While it is a guarantee that Farmers Market Cubao offers fresh catches daily, there are still certain times in the day when it is ideal to shop, especially for meat and seafood. Before sunrise and right after lunch are the best times to buy meat and seafood since the products have just been shipped by the suppliers. Make sure to time your visit right so you can purchase the best from an already excellent selection pile.
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4. Know what’s in season.
Be a smart shopper and know what’s in season.
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It’s always a safe bet to opt for produce that are currently in season. For one, there are more suppliers so you have a higher chance of purchasing quality produce. Moreover, items in season also cost significantly lower. This is because the higher the supply is, the lower the demand, thus pushing prices down. Don’t know when to buy which? Here are some of the most popular Filipino fruits and the months when they’re in season: dalanghita (mandarin orange), January to February and October to December; langka (jackfruit), March to May; lanzones, August to December; mango, March to June; melon, April to July; watermelon, March to July; pineapple, May to July; and rambutan, August to October .
Farmers Market Cubao has some features you might not know about yet.
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To become a Farmers Market Cubao pro, you need to be aware of the secrets that can only be found within it. For one, did you know that it has a Timbangan ng Bayan or a public scale? Marketgoers can use it to weigh the produce themselves without bias. Another impressive fact is that the market carries premium items that can usually be found in specialty stores, such as special herbs, imported fruits, and speciality meats such as carabao and goat. Finally, while this one might not be considered as a well-kept secret, Farmers Markets’ impressive seafood selection from some of the country’s seafood capitals such as Roxas City and General Santos City is still worth mentioning. Leaving the market without as much as scouring the seafood area is an unforgivable sin.
In a way, Farmers Market Cubao could be considered an asset not only to Quezon City but to the entire country. From its available selections to its remarkable reputation, there is no doubt that it will continue to be considered as one of the Philippines’ best markets for years to come.
How to get to Farmers Market:
Farmers Market is located at Farmers Plaza, General Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao District, Brgy. Socorro, Quezon City.
Care to share your own tips for shopping at Farmers Market Cubao? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
About Eunice Sheene Fulgencio
Eunice knew that she’d be writing for the rest of her life from a very young age. Naturally introverted, she is selective with how she uses her time and who she spends it with. Has a penchant for sweet treats, sentimental proses, and online personality quizzes. A true-blue INFJ.
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