Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs
Mar16

Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs

Veggy Malta went to Marsaskala. To be precise I went to Bidni, which is between Haz-Zabbar and Marsaskala. There further in from the quaint chapel of Madonna tad-Dawl, there is Stefan and Antoinette’s organic farm. Their farm is a registered organic farm. The farm actually started as a hobby where Stefan and Antoinette Psiala could grow their own food without pesticides but is slowly taking up more and more of their time. It...

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Tal-Ħwawar – the spice shop in Valletta where the past is still the present
Feb09

Tal-Ħwawar – the spice shop in Valletta where the past is still the present

Veggy Malta went to Valletta and followed the scent of herbs and spices and ended up in St. John’s Street. There in the corner with St. Paul’s Street, is an old shop called George Zammit better known as Tal-Ħwawar. I entered the shop and I was greeted by the current owner Johann Farrugia. The shop has been a family run concern for 130 years. Way back since 1888. Over the years the shop has evolved and has been known by...

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Renny’s Herbs and Salads – a hydroponic farm in Zejtun
Jan30

Renny’s Herbs and Salads – a hydroponic farm in Zejtun

Veggy Malta went to Zejtun to meet up with Renny Desira, owner of Renny’s Herbs and Salads. Renny’s operation is probably the oldest hydroponic farm in the island. He and his wife have been working in their hydroponic farm since 1997. That’s 21 long years. I caught them whilst they were preparing some products for their clients. Their main client base are supermarkets and chefs, but they also have a few individual...

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Farmer’s Deli – fresh organic fruit and vegetable boxes
Jan19

Farmer’s Deli – fresh organic fruit and vegetable boxes

Veggy Malta met up with Ingrid Zerafa from Farmer’s Deli, importers and distributors of organic fresh produce and other products. We curate. Farmer’s Deli started as a personal online shopper, with people entrusting us with what they buy themselves. From purchasing till delivery we curate and carry out meticulous quality control. Ingrid Zerafa Whilst Farmer’s Deli is very price-competitive, Ingrid says the emphasis...

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Barbuto – fresh organic vegetables and fruit delivered from Sicily
Jan13

Barbuto – fresh organic vegetables and fruit delivered from Sicily

The other day, I met up with Jean Paul Mifsud, former TV personality and owner of Barbuto. I knew Jean Paul when he was a TV journalist on Xarabank, but I had not yet caught up with him since he became an organic farmer. Jean too like myself, likes wearing hats, though unlike me, under his hat is a full head of hair. So whilst drinking a beer at La Bottega in Merchants Street, barbuto e calvo talked about the fresh organic produce...

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Naturali – providing a complete range of fresh organic fruit and veg
Dec16

Naturali – providing a complete range of fresh organic fruit and veg

Veggy Malta went to Naturali at Mosta and met up with Audrey and Charles, to see their operation of imported and also local certified fresh organic produce. This includes fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Every Tuesday Naturali clients receive an email with the list of fresh products that will be available that week (Thursday). The shipment arrives on Thursday and is sorted in boxes and delivered to clients. There are around 115...

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Vincent’s Eco Farm Organic Christmas Market visited
Nov25

Vincent’s Eco Farm Organic Christmas Market visited

  Today Saturday 25th (one month away from Christmas) and tomorrow Sunday 26th Vincent’s Eco Farm is holding their very first Organic Christmas Market. Veggy Malta went to see what was happening. People were already flowing there at 11.00am. There are some very interesting stalls.  There obviously is Vincent’s Eco farm team in full. Tasting of farm-made chili, jams and chutneys. Also a selection of cheeses, along a nice...

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Kohlrabi (gidra) microgreens from Green Thumb Farm Malta
Nov24

Kohlrabi (gidra) microgreens from Green Thumb Farm Malta

Veggy Malta tried microgreens grown naturally and pesticide free by Green Thumb Farm Malta. We took the plants home to try out. I guess I can clearly define that as fresh. I tried the kohlrabi (Gidra) in a salad and also added it in some sandwiches. Although in miniature, the taste is that of a full grown gidra. After purchase the plants will last plus or minus 1 week.  During that time you can cut the fresh plant with the scissors...

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Organic okra at Vincent’s Eco Farm + cooking recipe
Nov23

Organic okra at Vincent’s Eco Farm + cooking recipe

Veggy Malta met up with Vincent’s Eco Farm in Mgarr and we were shown the Okra being grown organically at the farm. Okra, otherwise known as ladies fingers in the UK or gumbo is the US, is rich in vitamins A, C and K.  Okra pods are actually packed with nutrients including protein, fibre, calcium, iron and zinc. In fact Okra is full of soluble fibres. Soluble fibres is what makes your stomach full faster and even for longer. The...

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The Veg Box: an urban farm at Villa Bologna Attard
Nov21

The Veg Box: an urban farm at Villa Bologna Attard

Veggy Malta met up with Anita and Emanuela of The Veg Box at Villa Bologna in Attard. Nestled inside the grand gardens of Villa Bologna this a woman powered farming venture.  Even Monika, the part-time farmer is female. The Veg Box can be defined as urban farm, a concept that has taken off in Europe and North America in gardens and also on rooftops. The two women emphasised that they do not use pesticides on their produce. A lot of...

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