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Odom Farmers Markets offers local businesses time to shine

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SongSar Plant founder Vuth Heang (center) is one of the 50 vendors attending the Odom Farmers Market on Sunday. Supplied

Odom Garden, a temporary park located on the future site of commercial and residential complex Odom, will host a New Year farmers’ market this Sunday with over 50 vendors in attendance.

According to the Facebook event page – which has seen 700 responses so far – the market will include a range of small and medium businesses offering fresh organic produce, artisan bakery, fashion, jewelry, accessories, kids’ books, supplements, gifts, homewares, hot sauce, healthy homemade spreads and more.

The event is being conducted by the Odom Farmers Market, a community organisation run by volunteers. They aim to offer a positive welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy, while supporting local and independently owned businesses with an opportunity to sell, advertise and network.

“The purpose of the event is to connect the community with local produce suppliers, independent business owners and artists,” it added.

Vuth Heang, founder of SongSar Plant, will be in attendance selling a collection of home-grown plants in claypots made in Kampong Chhang.

He says he is looking forward to showing his plant collections at the market and meeting with customers and networking.

“It is a good chance to support other local products and zero plastic businesses that support the environment. I love meeting many people from different places, and of different positions, ages and nationalities,” he added.

Also looking forward to wowing visitors with her plant-based foods is Lucía Méndez of Lulu Plant Foods.

She said: “For me markets are a great community experience and a way to connect closer with customers and also meet and support other small local businesses.”

Bringing the heat, chili sauce producer Battambang Fire said: “We always have such a great time at the Odom Farmers Market! We love getting to meet all of the vendors and shoppers. It is a really beautiful feeling of community. Plus, spending a day in the park isn’t half bad either.”

Cricket snack sellers Eat Criche added: “For us, it is a good opportunity to showcase our products to an already in-target audience that appreciates healthy products and the social impact we bring to the world with alternative nutrition solutions.”

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