ORGANIC MARKETS OF İSTANBUL Contrary to the common belief, organic farming is not a recently-emerged agricultural method. From the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution that had started in 10.000 B.C. at the region known as the Fertile Crescent, which also includes south-east Anatolia, till the Industrial Revolution, that is, roughly for twelve-thousand years, the agricultural production method we now know as organic farming continued virtually without any change. On the other hand, after the Industrial Revolution, as a result of the advances at the areas of fertilization, pesticides and seeding, agricultural productivity has increased; agricultural products has become more resistant to insects and time, and thus organic farming slowly faded away in all parts of the world.

However, since the second half of the 20th century there has arisen an objection against the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in farming, because the research has shown that yields produced with these new methods constitute risks for human health. Resonating with this objection, growers from all around the world returned to or kept using natural farming methods, and upon getting together they began to present their yields to consumers.

With respect to organic markets, which is a result of this effort, İstanbul provides plentiful options. Established in 2006 with the collaboration of Bugday (Wheat) Association (an NGO supporting ecological farming) and Şişli Municipality, Feriköy Organic Market is the first of its kind in İstanbul. On Saturdays, between 08.00 and 17.00, it is possible to find at the market, certificated products of growers from different parts of Anatolia.

With the opening of new markets after Feriköy, in Beylikdüzü, Küçükçekmece, Zeytinburnu, Kadıköy, Maltepe and Kartal the number of organic markets in İstanbul reached to eight. Here is some essential information about these markets that bring together consumers with the organic products of the ten-thousand-year old farming tradition of Anatolia, the world’s oldest agricultural region.

Bakırköy: Fridays, 10.00-18.00, at Airport Outlet Center open parking area.

Beylikdüzü: Saturdays, 10.00-18.00, at Adnan Kahveci District.

Küçükçekmece: Sundays, 10.00-19.00, at ArenaPark Shopping Mall.

Zeytinburnu: Saturdays, 08.00-16.00, near Merkez Efendi Mosque.

Kadıköy: Wednesdays, 08.00-19.00, at Selamiçeşme Freedom Park.

Maltepe: Sundays, 08.00-19.00, at Altayçeşme.

Kartal: Sundays, 08.00-18.00, at Kartal Meydanı.