What? Beijing and Organic Food? It seems like unlikely combination but I’m happy to say that the organic movement is finally slowly happening here too! If you are searching for where to buy organic/locally grown produce in Beijing directly from farmers, look no further, I have the whole list here for you. ☺
read new updated list here ->
from 2013 post
When I first moved to Beijing a little over a year ago, frankly speaking, I used to be a little scared of dining out at local restaurants or buying food at local markets because of severe air pollution and all the food scandals happening around China. But you know what? I decided to let go of my fear and actively seek out healthier lifestyle in this city of 40 million people! After months of attending various food events and making friends with young local farmers, I now have direct access to farm fresh organic veggies! ☺
Beijing’s first Food Camp event, discussed about food health issues in China and what we can do to help resolve them
Food Camp event (Food Revolution day), I got a free organic lettuce heart and bokchoy to take home in my laptop bag! 🙂
Did you know that many of the local farmers in China grow organic produce but are not marked ‘organic’ because for small farmers to get organic certification, they have to pay a LOT for EACH vegetable variety they grow and thus cannot afford it? Did you also know that some of the so-called ‘organics’ you buy from supermarkets have fake labels to mark up the price?
That’s why I personally recommend buying directly from farmers for two reasons- by buying locally produced goods you not only support local famers but also get the freshest (and safe) produce delivered straight to your door! I also recommend you to visit the farm to see where your food actually comes from, labels can lie but your eyes won’t.
Here is the List of places you can buy organic food in Beijing!
Local grocery stores:
some local supermarkets like Jingkelong and Tiankelong carry them
International & specialty shops:
Jenny Lou’s / April Gourmet
LOHAO city* (Organic specialty shop)
World Health Store
*you can go to their store and order specific veggies & fresh chickens from their farm
Beijing Organic & Beyond
Taobao / Tmall **
**Chinese equivalent of amazon.com, do your research and only buy from trusty vendors
Direct from farmers:
(Community Supported Agriculture) Shared Harvest
– a group of young college graduates and Ph.D students working with local farmers, you can sign-up with them to get your weekly fresh veggies delivered right to your door! (very passionate group of young foodies whose mission is to bring healthier lifestyle to people living in BJ)
Farm stands / farm shops / country Fair
*updated 6/7/2013 -> new post on Cherry Picking in Beijing’s first Biodynamic Farm – God’s Grace Garden
– I heard there is a weekly farmer’s market in Shunyi area as well as bi-weekly (Saturday) market at Canadian International School in Liangmaqiao.
For live updates visit their their Weibo site
/ Facebook page
or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on their mailing list.
Additionally, there are non-profit organization that host various food-related events around Beijing for those who are interested in getting involved.
Slow Food Beijing chapter
http://slowfood-beijing.org (started last year, I’m one of the core active members, if you like to become a member, leave me a message here under the comment section)
Roots and Shoots
(the list is adapted from Food Camp workshop & Beijing’s first organic fair)
Cheers! Here is to eating REAL, Seasonal and Locally grown food and leading healthier lifestyle! ☺
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