By Vina Medenilla
In times of uncertainty, it is crucial to make sure that our bodies are healthy both mentally and physically, and what can help us maintain good health is eating the right food. Therefore, this links us to buying the supply needed in the household wisely.
Due to the enhanced community quarantine to help stop the spread of COVID-19, farmers have been greatly affected and have suffered from the low demand for their harvest. This leads to excess supply.
So the next time you stock up on food, consider buying produce and other raw food from our local farmers. Supporting them even in a small amount would contribute to their livelihood. Plus, it will also keep your household healthy.
Where can you buy produce from local farmers?
Bonena Multipurpose Cooperative (BMC), a group composed of more than 70 farmers from Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija sells their produce in a warehouse located at the Cold Storage in FTI Complex, Taguig. BMC sells vegetables and other produce from 6am to 7pm daily.
In a social media post by Jam Melchor, chef, founder of Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, and head of Slow Food Youth Network Philippines, BMC still has numerous stocks to sell. If they stopped, many of these farmers would suffer from hunger in their provinces, as stated in the status message.
Here’s a price list (per kilo) of their produce:
Beans baguio 50
Beans string 80
Onion spring 120
Onion red 55
Onion white 48
Petchay native 25
Green bell 50
Red bell 60
Petchay baguio 40
Green ice 40
Graped australia seedless 230/pack
Papaya 25/ kg
Small – 90
Med – 120
Large – 150
Small – 40
Medium – 60
Big – 80
For more details, you may reach out to 0917-835-0338 and look for Mary Ann Dela Rosa.
Photos from Jam Melchor’s Facebook account.