Ingrid is the chatty, passionate farming-enthusiast who has pioneered an organic foods shopping experience at Villa Bologna that’s nothing like anything we’ve ever seen.
Her little shop Farmer’s Deli is where artisan ceramics meets organic shopping. You’ll find the oldest pottery (and the oldest potter) in Malta alongside fair-trade organic foodstuff that can be traced all the way back to the farmer that grew them. And when it comes to foods, Ingrid’s the one doing the tracing.
“Here at the Farmer’s Deli we sell food products and we know the producers personally,” an excited Ingrid told Lovin Malta. “The concept even extends to the ceramics, as shoppers can see the artists themselves at work.”
The little shop started as an online website, but it quickly took off and became something much bigger
It’s not difficult to notice the pride in her voice over what she’s accomplished. Her shop started three years ago as an online store (that’s still up and running, by the way), where people could order organic products and have them delivered to their homes.
Ingrid supplies her customers with the same standard of products you’ll find on her website, but through an entirely new experience. “The best revelation of this shop to me was the fact that these little things are so sought after and appreciated. The personal service and curated items we offer encouraged those who walked into our shop to ask questions and even speak to the artists making the ceramics. Time slows down in this shop.”
All products sold at the Farmer’s Deli are fair trade. “You know exactly who you are helping,” Ingrid beamed. “So if you buy rice, you know where the rice was grown and what the producers do with the money. You’ll also know that you’ll be helping small communities who are being paid fairly.”
You’ll also find the oldest potter in Malta at Farmer’s Deli
Aldo Cremona started as a pottery craftsman following the end of the Second World War, and is still very active in the trade. Aldo is 85 years-old and has been involved in pottery-making for over 60 years. Today, he passes on his knowledge to the pottry shop’s most recent addition; an MCAST graduate.
Villa Bologna welcomed the Farmer’s Deli last October
Villa Bologna has been in existence for 250 years, and opened its doors to Farmer’s Deli last October. The deli’s love for organic food and their willingness to marry their concept with niche, hand-crafted ceramics goes well with Villa Bologna’s aesthetic.
The Farmer’s Deli in Villa Bologna is a one-of-a-kind shop that’s surely worth a visit. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am-6pm. You can also visit farmersdelimalta.com to order some of their food packages and get them delivered right to your door.