Click on the picture to watch an audio slideshow of the farmers’ market in Mosfellsdalur valley, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this summer. Established by local farmer at Mosskógar Jón Jóhannsson in 1999, the market has grown from two tables to numerous sales booths where more than 20 different kinds of homegrown vegetables are available.
Photos and narration by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
Established by local farmer Jón Jóhannsson in 1999, the market has grown from two tables to numerous sales booths where more than 20 different kinds of homegrown vegetables are available.
Offerings including carrots, special red Icelandic potatoes, rutabagas, beets, kale, chard, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, cauliflower, rocket, broccoli and white, green and black cabbage.
According to Jóhannsson, the produce falls under the category “organic when possible,” as he said in an interview with Iceland Review in fall 2006. “We can say it’s environmentally good. We’re not poisoning the earth.” About half is organic and half conventional.
At any rate, consumers seem to agree about the quality and bargain price of Mosskógar’s vegetables, because they keep returning in ever larger groups throughout the summer.
The market’s offerings are not just limited to vegetables. People can also buy trout and char from Thingvallavatn lake, fresh and smoked, eggs laid by “happy hens,” home-knitted woolen socks, roses in all the colors of the rainbow, creative homemade jams, pestos and hummus.
Market goers can also buy coffee and pastries, have a seat on a bench by the market and enjoy the view. The market’s café sells brownies, kleinur (twisted Icelandic doughnuts), buns and special Icelandic flatbread with ham, salami and hangikjöt (smoked lamb).
The market is open every Saturday from mid-July and until the first frost ruins the harvest. These pictures were taken on September 13 and September 27, which was the last day of the market this year. Cash only.
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