Lettuce in the City

Lettuce in pots at the inaugural Seoul Farmers Market in South Korea (photo: Patrick Lydon)

Taken In
Seoul, South Korea

Patrick Lydon – pmlydon.com

Image Notes
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.

Local Food
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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[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]More on Seoul Farmers Market:

Seoul Farmers Market – Official Website
Won Soon Park – Official Website


Patrick Lydon

About Patrick Lydon

Patrick is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who works to ignite unconventional, critical dialogues at the intersection of culture and ecology. He is Co-Director of FinalStraw.org, a documentary and active community dialogue about food, earth, and happiness. He holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MFA with distinction from The University of Edinburgh's "Art, Space & Nature" program.

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