|PASAR TANI MEGA|
Looking for fresh vegetables and fruits? Or fancy to try various fresh foods produced by the local farmers and entrepreneurs? Grocery shopping at big supermarket could be tiresome since usually it is too crowded in the weekend. If you are looking for something special and different you should take a drive at farmers market or "pasar tani" near the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm.
Variety of fresh product including vegetables, fruits, sea food, chickens and meat could be found here at a very reasonable price. Furthermore, it is fresh and straight from the farm. You can find huge variety of “kuih” like "keropok lekor" and doughnuts. The most popular “kuih” here is a traditional “kuih denderam” which is made from flour and brown sugar. It looks like a small brown doughnut but very crispy and tastier. At the cost of RM 1, you could get 10 pieces which is of course can be considered very cheap.
As for fish, you could find "keli" and "haruan" as well as sea fishes, prawn and crab. To complete your grocery shopping for the day, they also sell fresh meat – usually beef and chicken. Don’t forget to get the best green vegetables for flavour and nutrition which is picked daily from the farm. If you want to find more, check out the potted plants and flowers, fertilisers as well as toys, leather goods and women accessories. For health product, you could get the traditional herbs and “jamu” at a bargain price.
Frozen food like “cakoi”, “roti boom” and doughnuts are among the instant food produced by the local entrepreneur. You should try the famous “Mee Rebus (muar)” instant paste which is undoubtedly delicious and very easy to cook. There are few stalls at the corner of the market where you can have a very typical Malaysian breakfast (“roti canai, nasi lemak and the teh tarik”). The usual “pasar malam” favourites are on offer here too. There are nasi kerabu, laksa, noodles and many more.
The market is set up as a platform to give better chances to the small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs to market their product without the middleman. So, why don’t we support our local farmers instead of shopping at the big supermarket every week? Moreover, you could have chance to bargain here – eventhough it’s still cheaper and fresher.