Emek Refaim Farmer’s Market
Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 3, 2011
The Farmer’s Market on Emek Refaim has been around for years but I only got to it for the first time last Friday. It’s located at 12 Emek Refaim (courtyard of the ICCC building, second Egged bus stop coming from the center of town). If you’re expecting Mahane Yehuda, this market is much less busy, a combination flea market, organic produce, crafts, baked goods, toys, and housewares, with a little live music and chair massages thrown in. (We were leaving just when a tenor sax and electric piano duo started performing.) Some of the food businesses I have kashrut certificates (like Yotav cheeses and Herby’s Bakeshop) and accept credit cards. The market is open every Friday from 9 to 3 p.m. (or maybe 4; I found both times on the Web). If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday morning, the market is worth a visit. Just try to avoid the buses going down Agrippas!
I’m not sure which bakery was selling these breads and giving free samples of spreads but they looked delicious.
Kosher, hand-made, organic goat cheeses, from Yotav (Hebrew site). They’re inside the building, in a cool temperature, right by a small cafe (kosher) where you can relax with a cup of espresso.
The basil smelled amazing.
Pottery, clothing, and bags for sale. I didn’t buy very much, just some silicone pot-holders (the kind that look like a pair of beaks — how did I manage without them before now?) and a cleverly designed set of measuring cups and spoons, now hanging from my spice rack.
Some areas were very difficult to photograph because of the blue awning. The bread looked really weird!
Update: Food Blogger Sara Melamed (Food Bridge) has just started a new photo gallery called Exotic Markets. She posts photos of exotic markets around the world and invites submissions. The Plugged-In Tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island Market sounds great! He’d need a serious amplifier to be heard at Mahane Yehuda.