I am at this market approximately twice a month. And I can’t believe I have actually never done a post on the market itself, but I have featured several of my sukis here before. At any rate, this market had its beginnings in the Magallanes parking lot, in the shadow of the old Magallanes theater, perhaps a dozen years ago. It was there that I started seeing some of the same vendors who are still selling their wares today. At that time, in the mid-1990’s, there was the Magallanes market and the organic market near Greenbelt…that was it in my neck of the woods (as far as weekend markets were concerned). Over time, the Magallanes market grew bigger and eventually got kicked out as the Ayala property was re-developed. They found a new home on weekends at the TESDA grounds on the service road of the South Superhighway in Taguig. While this location was further, I followed the market there. After a year or two, the market had just grown too big and parking was an issue and they announced a move to a larger location in the FTI complex, further down the service road and now a good 20 minute drive from my home. Nevertheless, a loyal fan, I followed them to this new location as well. I suppose one’s shopping habits die hard and hitting this market is just one of my must do’s… While our cook likes the Guadalupe market for her weekly forays, I like the FTI market for vegetables (a suki comes down from Baguio the day before), slightly unusual items such as Chinese ingredients (lotus, garlic chives, mushrooms, greens, etc.), fruit, dried and smoked fish, organic greens, organic eggs, flowers and orchids, etc.
It is at this market that I not only get our staples (I sometimes leave the market an hour later with 4 market baskets filled with goodies), but also the unusual finds that often make it onto this blog. I have to say the selection is not as good as say Farmer’s market but I find this is one of the better choices near the Makati area. The market has sufficient variety, a pleasant setting that is relatively clean (albeit narrowish aisles) and free parking. Get there early on Saturdays if you want the best pickings… To get there from Makati, take the Pasong Tamo extension towards Bonifacio and turn right towards Nichols Airbase and a sharp left BEFORE you cross the highway; you should now be on the service road on the North side of the Southsuperhighway…head towards the South until you see the entrance to FTI (Food Terminal Inc.) Complex. Once inside the gates, go straight and take the first right and about 200 meters down you will see the market on your left.