In Summary

  • Anyway, last Saturday the sun was shining at breakfast time, and our son, Andreas, said: “How about a visit to the Farmers’ Market and a lunch at Purdy Arms?” So that’s what we did.
  • To fill in a little background: The Organic Farmers Market is held every Saturday at Purdy Arms. As its website tells us, it was started in 2010 with about 10 farmers (now there are over 20), at The Talisman in Karen.
  • I guess it outgrew (apologies for the pun) the Talisman, and it is now hosted on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at the much more spacious grounds of Purdy Arms.

A number of people have told me that I really should pay a visit to the Farmers’ Market at the Purdy Arms down Marula Lane in Karen. Well, to give it its full name, it’s the Organic Farmers’ Market. But, having hoed too many boring rows of cabbages and cauliflowers on my mother’s shamba in the fenlands of Lincolnshire when I was a schoolboy, I have never been too fond of farming things.

Not only that — I am a bit sceptical about this organic label with its “good life” image and its implications about wholesomeness and health. I reckon this scepticism can be traced back to an incident when I was leading a youth group climbing in the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France and Spain. We were camping high up by the side of a stream, with its clear waters gurgling down over smooth rocks.

“This is the way water should be,” I remember saying something like that, as we drank clear and cold mugs of it to refresh ourselves at the end of a hot and hard climb. But next morning, after we had struck camp and recommenced our climb to the snow-covered summit of Mount Aneto, we very soon came across the bloated carcass of a sheep lying in the stream from which we had been so happily drinking a few metres lower down.

Anyway, last Saturday the sun was shining at breakfast time, and our son, Andreas, said: “How about a visit to the Farmers’ Market and a lunch at Purdy Arms?” So that’s what we did.

To fill in a little background: The Organic Farmers Market is held every Saturday at Purdy Arms. As its website tells us, it was started in 2010 with about 10 farmers (now there are over 20), at The Talisman in Karen. I guess it outgrew (apologies for the pun) the Talisman, and it is now hosted on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at the much more spacious grounds of Purdy Arms.

Again, as the website says, the market welcomes “certified organic farmers offering farm fresh organic produce and various healthy food businesses”. Also, as a generous act of community service, the market provides the Kenya Children’s Home with produce every month, helping to give the children in their care nutritious, balanced meals. (By the way, the website is www.ofmkenya.org)

Yes, last Saturday we found many of the stalls were selling fresh farm produce: vegetables of many kinds that tempted my vegetarian wife, Lut, who filled a bag with various healthy items of green stuff. And there were many processed (home processed) foods, such as cheeses, sausages, breads, and peanut butter. I found a jar of chunky and bitter marmalade to add to my wife’s bag.

COULDN'T RESIST CHOCOLATE

I’m not sure how healthy they are, but I couldn’t resist buying some chocolates from the stall of “The Chocolate Factory”, after I was offered a taste of one flavoured with rum and raisin. To a few of those I added tastes of cranberry and ginger. (Didn’t a recent research report claim that dark chocolate is good for the heart? And this is nothing to do with Valentine’s Day.)

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