Seoul, South Korea
Patrick Lydon – pmlydon.com
Seoul’s activist-turned-mayor, Won Soon Park has been taking a hacksaw to many controversial big-industry projects, and in their wake he’s been making some strong efforts to concentrate on local sustainable development and to “go green” in this city of 10 million people. One of the first steps to bringing healthy, local industry to a city, is of course, to establish farmers markets.
Although the city has dozens of large outdoor food markets, this is Seoul’s first official farmers’ market, sponsored in part by the city. Although many American cities have multiple such markets, Seoul has been in the dark in this respect for several decades. The Seoul Farmers Market, held at Gwanghwamun Square every Saturday form 11am – 4pm, brings the area’s local farmers directly in touch with citizens, and includes local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a fresh food court.
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