On 7 April, 102 neighbourhood produce markets will welcome their first shoppers. Located in all areas of the city, the fairs will operate three days a week – from Friday through Sunday.
At attractive prices people in Moscow will be able to buy vegetables, fruit, and other Russian farm produce. Neighbouring countries in the Eurasian Customs Union (EACU), including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, will also offer their farm produce.
Furnished market stalls are provided free by the city. The range of products varies according to the season. From April to June, these are mainly meat and fish products. Later, there will be fresh vegetables, fruit, and berries.
This year, the market sites will be much more attractive. Last year, for seller and buyer convenience, standard free standing tents were replaced by large pavilion-like high quality tent structures to protect shoppers from the elements. Inside are tables, boxes, and individual storage places. Each market has a consumer corner with scales and constantly updated information from the Moscow Statistics Service (Mosgorstat) about average prices.
Over the years, weekend markets have become very popular both among consumers and entrepreneurs. In 2016, weekend markets were visited by eight million people who bought 25,000 tons of farm produce from 50 different Russian regions.
The city held a number of meetings in the regions to invite Russian farm producers to participate again in the city’s weekend markets.
As a result, in the first half of 2017, one and a half times more farmers applied to participate in weekend markets compared with last year. On the first day of registration, held between 14 – 28 March, more than 15,000 applications were submitted.
A hotline was opened where specialists could answer questions related to the registration procedure. Helplines were also opened by the Moscow Fairs Agency on 8 499 128 7637, and by the Moscow Department of Trade and Services on 8 495 624 0335.
Further details and application submission was also possible online at www.mos.ru. Once on the website, go to Advice and How to’s, then go to Business, choose the category Retail and Public Catering, and finally click the option Reserve a Booth at a Weekend Market.
A complete list of weekend markets is available on the Moscow Department of Trade and Services website.