The fourth farmer’s market in Selangor to earn the Ministry of Agriculture’s ‘Mega’ status takes place every Thursday morning along the road that also houses Tuesday night’s pasar malam. Section 17 residents have long endured a love-hate relationship with this bustling, sprawling farmer’s market – the rush hour traffic congestion that arises from errant parking has been plaguing the neighbourhood since the market first opened for business more than 20 years ago.
But that mild inconvenience doesn’t stop steady streams of old folk with trolley baskets and Jaya One’s white-collar workers from taking their pick of affordable fresh produce, meat, seafood, fruits, household items, spices, clothes, crafts, herb plants, traditional medicine and predominantly Malay food. Most vendors arrive to set up shop as early as 5.30am and subsequently move on to Kompleks Sukan FAMA Kelana Jaya (Saturday) and Shah Alam Stadium (Sunday) following their weekly Section 17 excursion.
With a smaller-scale morning market operating daily at the nearby Section 17 Sentosa area, residents here are never short of options for dried and fresh produce, but this crowded pasar tani wins on sheer variety alone.