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Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market

 

Lou Bess? founders Raquel Wilson and Caamo Kane
Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market founders Raquel Wilson and Caamo Kane

There is no shortage of small, local producers doing amazing and innovative things with food, health and beauty products here in Senegal. But until recently it was hard to find out about the full range of artisanal goods on offer, and be able to purchase them easily and conveniently in one place. Step in Raquel Wilson and Caamo Kane, who came up with the inspired idea to bring all the producers together and create the Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market.

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Wilson, a communications consultant and brand development specialist, and Kane, a doctor-in-training, share a strong personal interest in food, wellness and supporting local economies. Lou Bess? (meaning ‘What’s New?’ in Wolof) is their way of combining all these interests.

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Nyara, founded by Dr. Aisha Conte (centre) offers natural beauty products and food supplements including baobab oil, liquid black soap, powdered ginger and custom-blended teas.
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A selection of products from Nyara
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Virgin coconut oil from Bégué Coco
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Savonnerie Francisco’s luxurious organic soaps are made with shea butter, neem oil and olive oil and are gentle enough to use on babies due to their all-natural ingredients.

The market is a buzzing social event where people come not just to stock up on groceries, but to meet old friends and make new ones, eat tasty food, and talk to the independent farmers, bakers, chefs, and health and wellness entrepreneurs who are eager to share their knowledge and their passion.

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Community spirit at Lou Bess?
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Fun for all the family (Imagination Afrika provides a dedicated play area for kids)

The vendors at Lou Bess? benefit from Wilson’s background in branding and receive advice and help with their business development plans. They are encouraged to share and spread knowledge amongst each other to create new networks, and develop a mutually supportive environment.

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A selection of the products available include: fruits and vegetables, hot pepper sauces, smoked cheeses, chutneys, fresh juices, teas, spices, and an assortment of delicious baked goods. Everything is 100% made in Senegal and often has a distinctly local flavour. Bissap ice-cream anyone?

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Organic produce from Taru Askan Farms
Taaru Askan Farms sell a variety of seasonal and organic  fruits and vegetables including produce not commonly grown in Senegal such as Fennel and Bok Choy, at competitive prices.

Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market is much more than simply a platform for selling; it’s an exciting new community that brings together local food-lovers, nurtures a diverse and growing collection of vendors and provides the chance to support local agricultural producers and entrepreneurs while having a fun day out. What’s not to love?

 

Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month. The next market is on Saturday 6th February from 9 – 15h in front of the Ngor Restaurant on the Corniche des Almadies. See their website for more details.

Images courtesy of Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market.

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Design Inspiration:Ngor Lounge

The Ngor Lounge is  currently my favourite spot along the Petite Corniche in Almadies. It manages the tricky combination of being both stylish and upmarket, yet casual and unpretentious at the same time. The food is fantastic, the music is great, and the service is friendly and prompt.

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You are welcomed by this rotund pair

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It’s the type of place that caters to everyone. When I last went there, I saw a group of teenage boys who had dropped by on their bikes for a burger and fries, families with toddlers and children taking a dip in the pool, and suited and booted businessmen on a working lunch.

Pool area with a view to the Mamelles hills
Pool area with a view to the Mamelles hills
One of the outdoor seating areas
One of the outdoor seating areas

Wax print cushions in-keeping with the grey and yellow colour scheme

There are an assortment of different seating areas: the sea view deck for fine dining, casual tables around the pool area for a snack or a drink, and an indoor and outdoor lounge area with comfy sofas and cushions.

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And down a stone staircase from the main eating area on it’s own ledge overlooking the Atlantic you have this intimate little spot, which has to be one of the most perfect tables in Dakar.

The Ngor Lounge is located towards the end of the Corniche Des Almadies. It’s open everyday except Monday. For a review of the food, head over to Dakar Eats

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