Madrid Cultivates and Produces is the headline slogan for Madrid’s now famous farmer’s market, the Dia de Mercado. This farmer’s market was created in 2011 by the Agricultural Association of the Community of Madrid, the Camera Agraria, in response to a growing need to create a formal meeting point for local Madrid farmers and producers to sell their products direct to the public without intermediaries.
Held once a month on the western fringe of the city, (Calle de la Puerta del Ángel 4, 28011), the market is easily accessed by metro, at stations Lago (L10) or Puerta del Ángel (L6). The market days are generally held on the first Saturday of each month, and you can check out the website of the Camera Agraria, before setting out to be sure.
There’s no entrance fee to the market, and it can be a great family day out, or even a fun date for couples. It’s a beautiful setting within Madrid’s huge green space Casa de Campo, and overlooks the Casa de Campo lake. After you’ve done your shopping, why not make a picnic of your fresh produce on the lake’s edge, or relax in the area’s shady pine groves.
At the farmer’s market, you’ll find pretty much everything you could want, including
- breads and pastries
- meat and poultry
- organic produce
- olive oils
- local handicrafts
- cheeses and cured meats
- wines, beers, ciders, ales and of course, local vermouths
Free wine tastings!
Be sure to purchase a wine glass at the entrance to the market, which can be used for free wine tastings throughout the stalls.
Fresh and Organic
Regulated by the farmer’s association, the Camera Agraria, you can be sure that market stalls claiming organic status have been thoroughly tested and approved. Madrid locals take their organic and bio-dynamic produce seriously, as will be evidenced by the abundance of fresh certified organic produce on offer.
Support local producers
With effects of the economic crisis still weighing heavily upon Spanish shoulders, and unemployment still a great issue within Madrid’s economy, you’ll feel great to know you’re supporting locals, rather than conglomerate supermarket chains and buying overseas imports.
Help the environment
Because all produce is sourced/grown/made/reared locally within the Communidad de Madrid, you can be sure that there are no air miles going into the transport of your food, and minimal C02 emissions – especially if you ride your bicycle to the market!