Torba Farmers' Market Review
The name ‘Torba’ is derived from Arabic and translates to “the pure seed that feeds, nourishes and nurtures”. Torba Farmers' Markets was created by Fatma Al Kuwari, a Qatari entrepreneur who is passionate about creating a creative community of local growers and home businesses interested in health and wellbeing.
Set outdoors in the majestic Ceremonial Court of Education City, the market focuses on homegrown businesses that feature healthy or organic food, including vegan crepes, olive oil, sugar-free granola and freshly made sourdough bread. Shoppers can relax at the custom designed wooden tables and benches while sampling all the delicious food on offer.
Torba offers more than just food. Popular local organic companies such as Noon Nabalsy Paris, a holistic skincare company, and Baby Elephant Organic Wear, Qatar’s first organic clothing brand specifically for babies and toddlers designed with an Arabic twist. Also offered at the markets are free, public workshops covering subjects from basic home gardening to healthy cooking—even some hosted by yours truly.
Special upcoming partnerships also include The Doha Players—a popular expat community theatre group plus local musicians, entertainment for children and a collaboration with the increasingly popular QatART—a group of artists, craftspeople and designers.
With approximately 10 vendors and plans to expand, the market looks set to become a popular and welcome option for Qatar’s community looking for specialised, artisanal and homegrown items.
Hours: Thursday and Saturday 09:00–16:00, Friday 08:00–10:30 and 14:00–17:00
Location: Ceremonial Court, Education City, Qatar Foundation