On Saturday June the 13th Slow Food Barcelona will kick off the cities first “Mercat de la Terra”, or Earth Market; it is to take place in the Three Chimneys Park at the foot of the Parallel in Poble-sec. The Earth Markets movement originates in Italy and consists of an international network of farmers markets selling local seasonal foods and seasonal grown via traditional processes that are kind to the earth, and sold at accessible prices. The idea has been rolled out across the world in countries including India, Lebanon, Mexico, Israel, and the USA.
Aiming to close the gap between the earth and the table, Earth Markets offer farmers the opportunity to sell their products directly to families.
This is the first of a series of pilot projects to gauge the reception of these markets in the city; an initiative from the Slow Food convivium of Barcelona. The city already has an excellent network of city markets, and Catalunya is lucky enough to have the perfect climate and soils to grow fresh fruit and vegetables of the highest quality.
Over recent years Slow Food Barcelona has organized sporadic Earth Markets, such as the Fira de Sant Ponç or Mercats Monthly Pagès but the aim now is to create a permanent Earth Market in the city, just as already implemented in Italy and elsewhere in the world.
If you are in Barcelona in June and are interested in exploring Earth Markets then why not head on down to the Paral.lel?