Before coming to Korea, I spent a year in Rochester. One of my favorite parts of living in Rochester was their farmer’s market. It had everything: cheap produce, discounted grocery items, artisanal food stuff, handmade soaps, chai, a BARKERY (haha get it?!) and homemade pickles. It was no exaggeration that going each Saturday was the highlight of my week.
I was hoping for something similar in Korea. It existed…kind of. There’s always an abundance of cheap produce at small scale markets where I am in Seoul, but there’s no way of telling if it’s organic. I’ve also yet to find a small scale produce market (other than the super cool shipment boxes of produce) where you can actually connect with the farmer/farm.
A few months back, when I was at the International Handmade Fair, I saw a flyer advertising a farmer’s market in English. Could this be too good to be true? I googled to find out. And here we have it. It’s real, and I was going to make a beeline for it. I figured it would be a win win situation as the DDP is aesthetically interesting, and if the market was nonexistent or subpar, I could always stop by and eat in “Little Russia” (more on that later).
So the market is super cute and kind of what I expected, but it was small, and I didn’t really see much produce available. Still, my overall verdict was that it was a fun experience, especially because it’s in an area with a lot to see.
I stumbled upon a variety of baked goods, and I was impressed with the fact that there was a vegan stand. I can be rather distrusting of vegan cookies, but these were legit. The egg bread, of course, was fantastic as well.
I constantly suffer from tangled headphones, and had been meaning to get one of these for quite some time. It was also a bonus that it was handmade, made with real leather, super cute, and only 3,000 won. I use these quite often, so it’s well worth the cost.
My favorite purchase would have to be the green tea honey. It came in a variety of flavors (hooray for free samples!), and being a green tea lover, this was a quirky yet delicious combination.
I wasn’t there for a super long time, whereas at a farmer’s market back home, I could wander about for hours. However, I think the best part about this place is its location. Not only is there a variety of things to do nearby (hello DDP!), so as to not feel like you wasted your time, but I personally love coming to this area for “Little Russia”.
One place I love to visit is Samarkand (on the second floor), an Uzbeki restauarant. It’s a couple of blocks away from Exit 13, and you can get a variety of large dishes for about the same as you would Korean food. It also has a very pretty interior, which I wish I had a picture of. I’m always happy when I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for non-Korean food. Pictured is the globutsky, I don’t think this picture does it much justice, because it was quite large to me and filling, and it cost me about 10,000 won. Not pictured but also definitely worth getting is the samsa.
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