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Organic Treats Straight From Farmers
December 30, 2010   
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Anyone who loves good food as well as environmentally aware consumers should visit BioBazar, the first organic market in Warsaw, which attracts thousands of customers each Saturday.

Based indoors in the postindustrial setting of the former Norblin metal and silverware factory, the event has been organized by the Nasza Wola local community association and MyEcolife organic food label. Launched Nov. 27, it reopens after a Christmas break on Jan. 8.

“We decided to create a place in Warsaw where organic farmers from the region would have an opportunity to sell their products directly to customers,” said Katarzyna Wieczorek, BioBazar’s marketing manager. This means consumers can expect lower prices than those in organic food sections in supermarkets.

Located in the Wola district, just a few minutes from the heart of the city, BioBazar offers organic vegetables, fruit, dairy and baked products, eggs, cold cuts, preserves, chocolate, honey, meat and poultry, as well as cosmetics and toys. Plus, something special to go with your eco-dinner: biological wine. This is produced using natural fertilizers and no pesticides, and contains no sulfur dioxide. As a result, the producers say, you can enjoy it without suffering a hangover in the morning.

Before Christmas, visitors and buyers were encouraged to bring in electronic household equipment they no longer need or use. Each Saturday, the first 250 people to leave electronic waste in a designated area at BioBazar received free Christmas trees bearing a Forest Stewardship Council label. The FSC promotes responsible forest management around the world and its label ensures that the forest products used come from responsibly harvested and verified sources.

A range of environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace, participate in the event, providing information and advice. There are also hot meals, a play area for children and screenings of environmental documentaries provided by Against Gravity, the organizer of Poland’s biggest annual documentary film festival, Planete Doc. Experts from Ekogwarancja, one of Poland’s 11 independent organizations authorized to issue eco-labels, are on hand for those seeking in-depth information on ecological products.

Agnieszka Zych
51/53 ¯elazna St. (former Norblin factory premises)
Each Saturday starting Jan. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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