Have You Been To The Bangkok Farmers Market?

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One of the newest things to hit the city is the Bangkok Farmers Market (affectionately known as the BKKFM). Yes, there have been predecessors to the BKKFM – like the smaller organic market held at Bo.Lan the first Saturday of every month – but this my friends, is different. It is the real deal.

Birthday pony ride!

Birthday pony ride!

As you stroll past some 80 vendors (out of a rotating 600) selling everything from raw vegan pizza to all-natural dog biscuits, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of products offered. The atmosphere is friendly and fun, and the food is yummy!

Do not miss the amazing artisan bread by Urban Pantry (think fire-roasted chile and cheddar whole wheat) or porchetta sandwiches by the owners of Appia Restaurant (they sell out early, so go early)! You would also be wise to pay a visit to Paleo Robbie – an Australian who lives and breathes the virtues of the Paleo Diet and has hired a Greek chef to prepare an impressive variety of paleo-friendly meals available for home-delivery every week. The meals are prepared with grass fed Australian beef, free-range chicken, wild Canadian blueberries, and oh-so-many-more wonderfully healthy foods.

The organizers of the BKKFM have made this place much more than a farmers market. In their words, ”The Bangkok Farmers Market isn’t just a place to purchase produce and goods on a Saturday, it’s much more than that. We are working hard to build a strong foundation for community awareness, and better living.” And they have risen to the challenge. On any given weekend that the BKKFM is happening, you will find community programs taking place in tandem with the market – classes in everything from natural soap-making to organic gardening, no-cook cooking to kaffir lime shampoo-making, educational talks on permaculture and the Palaeolithic Diet. They have done a seriously good job in this department.

And why am I really writing about this place? Because it is dope for kids. So great – in fact – we found ourselves going both on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. There is a dedicated arts and crafts area for kids, a balloon art man, Shetland ponies to ride and feed, lots of space to run around, a little play area for kids, bean bag chairs, a nursing tents for moms, two nice pack n’ plays for napping infants or infants who need to be changed. It would be hard for them to make it more family-friendly. One weekend they even had piglets. And with the market taking place more often than not in the dog-friendly K-Village, it is fun to watch toddlers squeal with delight at the Pugs, Chihuahuas, and occasional Bulldogs that go by. This place is fun and healthy – and should definitely be on your next weekend outing bucket list.

Right now, the BKKFM operates monthly at rotating venues around town. For more information on the market and some great photos, visit its website or facebook page.

First time on a pony

First time on a pony


Our family got its start in Washington, D.C. where two young diplomats-in-training met, dated, and subsequently were sent to opposite ends of the earth (Thailand and Mozambique) by the U.S. Foreign Service.  After four years and six countries apart, a proposal in Venezuela, a wedding in Thailand, and a honeymoon in Laos, the Braunohlers resided as one in Sydney, Australia in 2006-7.

After a two-year stint in Khartoum, Sudan and a year-long recovery in Washington, D.C., the third Braunohler, Logan, arrived on the scene in July 2010.  Just three and a half months into his young life, our family accepted an assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, where we now reside, work, and play.  On May 10th, 2012, we welcomed sweet Katelyn Elise into our family.

Our time in Bangkok has shown us that raising young children in this buzzing, sometimes glitzy and glamorous, sometimes seedy metropolis is a phenomenal joy. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them through my blog at www.toddlejoy.com.

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