Aspiring chefs and gardening enthusiasts alike can be seen flocking to the Agri–Aqua Network International (AANI) farmers market in ARCA South in Taguig.
Every weekend, the 74-hectare Ayala Land property transforms into a cornucopia brimming with high-quality produce including those from the Cordillera highlands as well as fresh bounty from the neighboring seas.
The AANI market stands out among other weekend haunts with its exceptional organic selection. Exclusive farm-fresh finds at the AANI market include wild honey from Laguna and Palawan, potted herbs, flowering orchids, as well as organic vermicompost fertilizer. At the wet section, one can find mud crabs from Roxas City, ttawilis from Taal, tuna from Mindanao, as well as Norwegian pink salmon. Live free-range chicken is also available.
“The festive atmosphere at the AANI market reminds one of the agoras in the provinces, complete with persuasive calls from butchers and fishmongers, colorful sights of fresh fruits and vegetables, and delicious cooking smells. Propped against the dynamic urban landscape of Taguig, the market also has a rustic, nostalgic vibe to it, like coming home,” .
Cordillera highland produce available at the AANI market include sub-temperate vegetables such as bell peppers, green and violet cabbages, salad tomatoes, and sitsaro. Native delicacy vendors also abound at the weekend market like Rowena’s Pies and Tarts of Tagaytay, known for their pasalubong specialties, buko pies and tarts. The food court offers a wide range of sumptuous Filipino dishes such as gating suso or long snails in coconut and chili, tinuktukang pagi (stingray), and organic lechon, as well as offshore favorites like sashimi.
For gardeners, there is an entire section of the market devoted exclusively to flowers and ornamental plants including anthuriums, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and ground covers. The friendly gardeners who also man the stalls are known to offer novices green thumbs free advice on gardening.
“There is something for every folk of every persuasion at the weekend market, from foodies and plant-lovers, to tourists and families looking for an alternative to spending quality time outdoors,” .
The AANI market is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 5:00 a.m. to 52:00 p.m. Its location, at the heart of ARCA South, makes it a convenient cultural hub for epicureans drawn to the rising Taguig centerpoint.
ARCA South is Ayala Land’s newest masterplanned development located in the south of Manila. With a world-class terminal set to rise beside it, DOTC’s planned Integrated Transport System (ITS) –South Terminal, ARCA South is envisioned to become one of the most highly-connected districts in the metro, a “city in sync.” The direct link to the Skyway and C5/ C6 highways will make ARCA South minutes away from Makati, Bonifacio Global City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
ARCA South will also eventually operate with a centralized system for traffic, power and security management, furthering its vision of being a city in sync. The district will be highly pedestrianized, punctuated by green spaces and streetscapes, and integrated basement parking to free the streets.