MERCAT DE FORADA
The delightful farmers market
Ah the joys of autumn! October is such a beautiful month on Ibiza. It's still sunny and warm enough to go for a swim, but there's finally air to breath and space to move again.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the heat of summer. The sound of the cicadas, the topless driving (I'm talking about my car), the clear early mornings and the late nights when it finally does cool down. But it is simply too hot to be anywhere except in the water or indoors with aircon.
Autumn on the other hand gets you exploring again and the Saturday farmers market at Forada is my latest discovery. Thanks Nic for taking me!
I'm in love with it, so cute! Forada has everything you need without the overflowing overwhelm of some other markets.
Here you'll find seasonal fruits and veggies from local farmers, some of them picked just a few hours before. Try some fresh bread or indulge in raw, vegan sweet treats.
There's local honey and jams, wine and liquors, natural health and beauty products as well as a little range of works by local artists. But mainly this is a food market to stock up your fridge and support the green community of Ibiza.
Mercat de Forada is charmingly authentic with a super relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
There is music, some endearing plastic tables and chairs, tasty healthy snacks and fresh aloe vera juice from Casita Verde.
It is also the best opportunity to catch up with those people who seem to disappear during the busy summer months (I am guilty of that too). The famous art cafe/bar Can Tixedo, which is right opposite the market, offers the perfect setting to chill after the shopping is done.
WHEN TO GO:
Every Saturday from 10.00 until about 16.00.
I find the best time to go is early afternoon. By then all stalls are set up and it's lively atmosphere brings a massive smile to my face. As it's never overcrowded you'll find easy parking.
Avoid July and August, it is definitely too hot and you won’t find such a variety of stalls.
HOW TO FIND IT:
Mercat de Forada is on the road between San Rafael and Santa Agnes (Santa Ines), right opposite the bar Can Tixedo (type this into google maps and it’ll come up).
If you're coming from the north drive to San Mateo and then follow the signs towards Buscatell. From any other direction drive through San Rafael and take the turn towards Santa Agnes.