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Berkeley: Stunning organic mini farmers market next to Indus Village

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Berkeley: Stunning organic mini farmers market next to Indus Village

rworange | Feb 1, 2009 12:06 AM

Driving down San Pablo this afternoon, I noticed a table in the patio area attached to Indus Village. I had no intention of buying ... but the prices were so shockingly low and the items stellar.

The sign said Mandela Marketplace and something about the Healthy neighborhood food alliance .

Looking at the prices, I asked over and over if this was for anyone ... was this subsized?. I'm not taking food out of poor people's mouths. However, they said it was just food by farmers within a 200 mile radius.

Here's the prices ... and you have to keep in mind this was ALL organic and better than what I've seen at even the Berkeley farmers market.

Organic red onions 3 for $1
Organic Fuji apples 4 for $1
Organic raisins 1/2 lb 85 cents

The also had bottles the size of Marshall's small honey jars with organic dried herbs. They charge 50 cents for the bottle, but the prices ...

Organic ginger root powder 4oz 1.26 ... add 50 cents for jar... 1.75
Organic cinnamon powder 4 oz 49 cents ... total with jar 99 cents

There were also grains, nuts, sugar, etc

Organic oatmeal 1lb $1
Organic brown rice 1 lb $1.25
Organic cane sugar 1 lb $1.25
Organic red lentils 1 lb $2

Those red onions are the nicest I've seen ever. The cane sugar was just gorgeous and very sparkly. i;ve never seen sugar like that. I bought a lot of red lentils. Not only are these the best I've ever seen, the same price for other organic lentils would run $5 - $6 lb.

They had other veggies, fruits and herbs. Some fantastic looking carrots, but I just don't need any right now. There were some nice looking bags of peanuts. It is not big, just about the size of a single stand at a farmers market.

I've looked on the website printed on the bags and don't seem to find any info
http://www.mandelamarketplace.org/mfc...

Anyway, they said they are there Fri, Sat and Sun from 10 am - about 4 pm.

Anyone know more about this?

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