In a time where inflation diminishes the value of our money, who wouldn't want to go for deals that stretches the power of the Philippine Peso? I'm sure I would. I have been hearing about this farmers' market at the SRP Access Road near the University of Cebu - Maritime Education Training Center in Mambaling from my news feeds in Facebook and from family and friends. Many say, one can buy fruits, vegetables, and spices here at a very good price, probably the cheapest in the city. So I went there twice with my brother, once on a weekday and once on a weekend.
|SRP Farmers' Market in Cebu City, Philippines|
The farmers' market at the SRP's Mambaling Access Road is a pet project of Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan patriarch and former Cebu City congressman and mayor Tomas "Tommy" Osmena. It started as a weekend farmers' market. Recently though, they opened the farmers' market even on weekdays. But based on experience, it will still be best to go there on a weekend as prices are lower and better monitored compared to weekdays.
|Farmer's Market in Cebu City, Philippines|
Prices during Saturdays and Sundays are really cheap compared to Carbon Public Market where most Cebuanos do their market shopping on weekends. A blackboard near the entrance of the farmers' market indicate prices for fruits, vegetables, and spices. A PhP 400 budget would be enough to do some shopping that will last for a week for about 6 to 8 people.
|Price board at SRP Farmers' market in Cebu City, Philippines|
People also flock to this farmers' market on weekends, many thanks to Facebook and other social media that has promoted this well. They actually also have wifi access at the market so that netizens can update their social media accounts while shopping at the farmers' market. It is easy to connect to their wifi too as there is no password needed to connect.
|Free wifi at SRP Farmers' Marketin Cebu City, Philippines|
Since, there is no jeepney route that passes through the SRP Mambaling Access Road, a free shuttle is provided for the public from the Mambaling flyover to the farmers' market. For those with their own vehicles, a wide parking lot beside the farmers' market is available at a minimal fee of PhP 5. Also available during weekends is pork meat and a cafeteria. Most vendors also sell nilagang mais or steamed corn.
|Free shuttle from Mambaling Flyover to the SRP farmers' Market in Cebu City, Philippines|
The next time you will buy vegetables, fruits, and spices, you now know where to head to. The place to go now is no longer the Carbon Public Market but the freshly delivered harvests at the South Road Veggies' Farmers' Market. It is in between the road leading to the University of Cebu Maritime Education Training Center and Suzuki at the Mambaling Access Road leading to the South Road Properties or SRP.