The Salad Hunter:
Geneva's Secret Market
I received a tip off from a Geneva salad hunter this week, and was taken by bike to a market of local and cheap vegetables in an unlikely location. Down across the river, far beyond the city centre, there is a caravan of secrets known only to she who bikes and buys local.
L'Union Maraîchère de Genève can be found on the Rue Blavignac 16 in Carouge. You have to follow the tramlines downtown and wander through the concrete jungle of the M-Park industrial estate until you find a big metal container next to a deserted train carriage.
The trains have stopped. No one comes here anymore...
...unless they want to buy cheap and sustainably farmed fruits and vegetables!
Inside, wonders await, including vegetables that are too deliciously huge to be sold in Swiss supermarkets. It is all locally grown, seasonal, and an absolute bargain. You can read a bit about the UMG organisation here.
That said, I've recently spied these carob trees growing in the Place du Bourg-de-Four of the Old Town.
You might have seen carob trees growing in warm Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Italy. I remember them growing everywhere in Cyprus, and here they are, in central Europe, in the middle of the Swiss-French Alps, somehow bearing fruit each year.
Reachable by bike, Tram 12, and foot:
L'Union Maraîchère de Genève
Rue Blavignac 16