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.

Bunch of bananas and okra that are sold by the farmers from Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan.

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.

Eggs and other produce available for selling at the FTI Complex, Taguig.

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.

A conversation posted by Chef Jam Melchor showing there are still produce that the farmers have to sell.

 

Here’s a price list (per kilo) of their produce:

Vegetables:

Ampalaya 55

Puso 20

Beans baguio 50

Beans string 80

Cabbage 35

Calamansi 100

Camote 35

Carrots 27

Celery 40

Saba 6/pc

Corn 25

Cucumber 27

Eggplant 60

Gabi 45

Garlic 800/bag

Ginger 200

Okra 50

Leeks 50

Onion spring 120

Onion red 55

Onion white 48

Petchay native 25

Sigang 30

Green bell 50

Red bell 60

Petchay baguio 40

Labuyo 48

Potato 72

Raddish 35

Sayote 30

Singkmas 40/tali

Squash 20

Upo 30

Tomato 20

Chicjaro 65

Green ice 40

Romaine 40

Broccolli 45

Cauli 70

Zucchini 45

Celery 45

 

Fruits:

Lemon 15/pc

Apple 15-25/pc

Orang 15/pc

Graped australia seedless 230/pack

Papaya 25/ kg

 

Pakwan

Small –  90

Med – 120

Large – 150

 

Pinya:

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