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Market Gardens in the Algarve: A Marriage of Artichoke and Oyster Mushrooms

Saturday 23rd March 2024.

Market gardening – the worldwide trend of small-scale farming based on the use of organic and regenerative farming techniques has arrived in the Algarve. More and more farms are offering their produce at farmers’ markets from Lagos to Tavira; some even deliver a weekly vegetable box to your doorstep.

If you haven’t come across the term “market gardening” yet, in a nutshell, it’s all about small-scale intensive farms and smallholdings that grow a diversity of vegetable and fruit crops and sell their produce directly to consumers through local farmers’ markets and on-farm stalls, or local grocery stores and restaurants. Market gardens frequently use community supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, providing weekly vegetable boxes as a way of covering their expenses. By optimising the cropping system, employing low-tech solutions and intelligent farm design, these farmers strive to offer more ecological solutions and emphasise soil improvement as the key to farming success.

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Helge Hübner,

was a playwright in Germany, before moving to Portugal. Aged 50, he has two sons and lives in Serra de Monchique. Traduções: Dina Adão, John Elliot, Rudolfo Martins, Kathleen Becker, Patrícia Lara
Photos:Helge Hübner

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