Makati's concrete jungle grows as Legazpi Park turns into a car park

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After 13 years, its brave run to showcase organic and healthy produce comes to an end...or has it?

Legazpi Park will be closing its stalls for the final time at the end of February. And people will miss the Legazpi Sunday Market, otherwise known as Mara’s Organic Market, the most.

Legazpi Sunday Market to close at the end of February

Legazpi Sunday Market

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The organic market is one of the last few spots of nature that encouraged people to buy farm-to-table produce. It was pioneered by Mara Pardo de Tavera. Influenced by how people adopted a healthy lifestyle by eating only organic produce, she wanted to bring the best of both worlds by adapting Filipino cuisine with healthier ingredients and better preparation.

Since its inaugural opening 13 years ago, the Sunday market has visitors who come back time and time again for its wide range of natural produce. Pardo de Tavera convinced curious patrons of the health benefits of ingredients that were seemingly “poor man’s foods.” Demonstrations included making iced tea from boiled root crop leaves and showcasing fresh kangkong and talbos ng kamote.

Since then, Legazpi Sunday Market is thriving with business with patrons from varied backgrounds bustling to get their hands on foods directly from the soil.

Legazpi Sunday Market

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The concept of Legazpi Sunday Market as an organic market was to serve as a positive reminder of nature’s health benefits, Pardo de Tavera explained.

Currently, negotiations are underway to potentially move Legazpi Sunday Market to a space Bonifacio Global City (BGC). They have temporarily moved spaces to accommodate the new car park construction (further updates can be found here).

Although Legazpi Sunday Market is yet to find a new permanent home, there are other fresh public markets you can visit for your organic fruits and vegetables in the meantime.

1. Farmer’s Market

Legazpi Sunday Market

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Address: Gen. McArthur Ave. Cubao, Quezon City

Hours: No specific schedule, but best to come early for fresh harvest and they most likely close late at night.

Billed as one of the cleanest wet and dry markets in Metro Manila! Everything is available at competitive prices. Just make sure to get there early to check out early deals and the unique produce.

2. Baguio City Market

Legazpi Sunday Market

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Address: 38 Rajah Soliman St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet

Hours: 5 AM- 7PM

Baguio has carved a reputation for being a reliable source of exotic fruits and vegetables like strawberries and sweet Baguio lemons! Weekdays are a generally better time to visit as there is less demand and prices drop slightly compared to the weekends!

3. Angeles City Public Market

Legazpi Sunday Market

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Address: D-13 Richthofen St, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga

Hours: 4 AM – 8 AM

“Pampang” is a market frequented by wholesalers. Resellers visit from far and wide, such is the trusted status of this fresh market. Take note if you come to Angeles City Public Market – wear rubber boots to avoid any untimely slips and to shop in comfort!

Written by

Vinnie Wong