25 Mar2007

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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, fti2this 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.

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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.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. TOPING says:

    Is that a pile of tahong in the photo up near the top? I bet that didn’t make it to your basket, MM. ;-o

    Mar 25, 2007 | 3:35 pm

     
  2. tulip says:

    One more route from Makati(Fort Bonifacio area) to the market is by taking C-5/Carlos P. Garcia Avenue. By the end of the avenue approaching SLEX, take a left turn to the service road and you’re almost at the entrance of the FTI complex. This may be a shorter trip than taking Pasong Tamo.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 12:55 am

     
  3. Crissy says:

    My Mom & Dad frequent the AANI Weekend Market even when it was still along Magallanes.
    Btw, one of the ladies in your pic reminds me of one of my HS English teachers. :)

    Mar 26, 2007 | 2:17 pm

     
  4. ntgerald says:

    I get some of my plants there.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 7:25 pm

     
  5. Grace says:

    I got hard-to-come-by stuff like burong isda or hipon (sa kanin, which is a staple in parts of Nueva Ecija) and pako for salad or gata, last time we were home for a holiday! Lucky, as my in-laws live in United Paranaque.

    Mar 28, 2007 | 8:52 am

     
  6. jsings says:

    this is a great market! we live nearby in ups2 and my 2 kids (aged 8 and 2) love accompanying me to see the pet dogs and birds they sell, the fresh tilapia still alive and flapping around in the tub, the plants and veggies and fruits they identify everytime we pass the stalls, and good local food you can’t ever live without like bibingka and puto bumbong. the vendors are really warm and accommodating as well!

    actually i just visited the salcedo market yesterday, and i can say the AANI market is still way better.

    saturday morning is definitely the best time to come. it’s also still open on sundays.

    Apr 1, 2007 | 9:03 pm

     
  7. RT says:

    Guys,

    AANI has another market in Quezon Memorial Circle. Its called AANI-Herbal Garden. That market features specialties from different regions in the Philippines. Also, there are several farms showcasing their technology. Its open everyday, and peaks during saturdays and sundays. Hope to see you all there.

    Apr 4, 2007 | 9:19 pm

     
  8. Omar Cruz says:

    Hi,

    I got here through anton’s blog. Anyway, this is another blog to regularly check. Hmm.. I wonder, this could be a source of possible opportunities since I am exploring the world of farming (plant (lettuce, bell pepper, etc… and pig)

    Keep us regularly updated!

    Omar

    Apr 9, 2007 | 9:00 am

     
  9. Teddycapz says:

    What a heart-warming feeling to finally read a post on your blog about a prime marketplace that is just a stone’s throw away from us! I am also a resident of UPS2 for 7 years now and prior to that lived for 5 years at my in-laws’ place in Signal Village also beside FTI right after getting married. All throughout this time we have been enthusiastic advocates of the AANI Weekend Market ever since its TESDA days, and I’m not just talking about the proximity. Some of the vendors in your pics are familiar faces, in fact “sukis” who already know what my wife and I plan on buying the moment we approach their wares. The choices may not be as numerous as in the bigger wet markets, but the quality and diversity of the offerings more than make up for this.
    Maybe it is just me, but among others I am somehow convinced that live tilapia from my AANI “suki” has remained unparalleled in flavor by those bought elsewhere. And there is no bangus deboner more efficient than my other “suki” here, and the service is free to boot!
    Truly another excellent post that lives up to your blog’s name, I must say.

    Apr 9, 2007 | 1:11 pm

     
  10. solraya says:

    We have a booth at AANI Herbal Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle, to showcase our grass fed poultry line.

    The place isn’t as jumpy yet as the AANI at FTI, but I hope to see an interesting marketplace soon for our ingredients.

    Apr 11, 2007 | 4:16 pm

     
  11. our detective says:

    my mom has a stall in aani. she sells flowers and plants (mostly miniature kalachuchi) which she grows in our rooftop (her hobby; i swear she spends more time with her plants than with her kids hehehe)

    Jul 16, 2007 | 4:58 pm

     
  12. chick says:

    my parents used to go to TESDA’s weekend market. I love the lumpiang shanghai & sisig that they used to buy there. I’m trying to recall the brand though, it’s Console yata.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 10:52 am

     
  13. Jesse Ching says:

    hi,just asking,do they sell honey there? and if so,is it runny and how much is the average?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 11:59 pm

     
  14. solraya says:

    We are opening a stall here, by the entrance to the annex, perfect parking as we are by the gate. My grower who does the fresh chilled dressed chickens will be selling in my booth. I swear he dresses only per order and adds some to market in our booth.

    Oct 9, 2007 | 9:22 am

     
  15. IRIS says:

    >it’s nice to see your website…
    >if im not mistaken i saw okong & Jayson at your photo’s.
    > i would like to say a simple advice hope you don’t mind… maybe it’s better to have your contact number even at first page of your website so that your customer can easily keep in touch with you….thank you…

    Mar 14, 2008 | 3:36 pm

     
  16. felicitas uson says:

    i am interested to join the vendors association in AANI market, please send me the requirements. and how much do i need as capital? thanks

    May 6, 2008 | 8:30 pm

     
  17. PABLITO ALCOVER says:

    Our country’s economy mainly based on agricultural economy, we need to consolidate our efforts togehter to help the agricultural sector move forward, to attain maximum production of agricultural products and to establish/maintain stable marketing network.

    We need to do it as a TEAM, every member of the network must do it’s part, must do it’s homework. We need each other to make this things happen, or else we will continue suffering with the present crisis that we ecperiencing now.

    Mabuhay ang AANI.

    Sep 14, 2008 | 6:42 am

     
  18. sonny says:

    how can i join your market bazaar?
    what kind of products are here?

    Feb 14, 2009 | 7:46 am

     
  19. solraya says:

    @ felicitas uson & sonny, you may go to the AANI FTI market’s office. They are open daily. Inquire there personally, so you know what spaces are open.

    BTW, the AANI FTI Weekend Market moved to a new location. Starting today, it is now behind the Sunshine Mall. Easier to find, as you enter the main gate of FTI, the Sunshine Mall is the building on your left. The AANI market is behind.

    I was there this morning and I will say its a better location and the market is planned better. They now have a sort of zoning for products :)

    Mar 21, 2009 | 4:00 pm

     
 

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