For me, visiting a local farmers market in whichever country I go to gives the trip just a wee bit authentic feel. And it was no different when I came across this golden nugget.
As I was wandering around like a wandering dervish in the back streets of the Roman Forum, I stumbled across the terrific Circus Maximus Farmers Market – Mercato di Campagna Amica Circo Massimo . This is the market of ethical farmers, which means they take great pride in their produce and sustainable farming. They refuse to use GMO seeds out of dignity and are quite passionate to maintain reputation of having best produce ever – surely, this represents such an important aspect of the country heritage as pride in good quality.
As I entered the buzzing, all kind of funky smells smelling market like a cautious cat entering an unknown house, I was flooded with colours and the spirit of markets that I love. From flowers to home made cheeses to fruit and veg, local wines and olive oils, pickles and cured meats. It was full of locals, I couldn’t see another foreign soul in there. This is just the kind of place I love to discover!
I bought some cheese (I weren’t vegan when I visited), which was absolutely delicious and so fresh you could tell that it was homemadeand straight from the cow’s udder. Couldn’t not buy some fruit, naturally – it was so so sweet and delicious, unlike the fruit we get in London. There are plenty of testers to try things, if you are unsure of what it may be – none of the farmers speak any English and you haveto communicate with your best broken Italian and gestures, lots and lots of gestures. The more the better, actually, mamma mia!
If you are around Roman Forum on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to check it out. It is on Via San Teodoro 74 and open on Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday from 9am – 4pm.
When in Rome, do as Romans do..