I don’think that exists someone in the world that doesn’t feel pleasure and fun while going through a market, whatever it sells or wherever it is.
I don’t think that exists someone who hasn’t a memory of a local market near its house or a particular market lived during a travel in a faraway country.
Going to the market is “almost a present that we allow to ourselves, a choice of freedom, where the purchase of products is only one of the aspects of this small urban adventure that we can live without risks and costs”.
Going through a market means to find a moment for ourselves, where the only thing that matters is to be enchanted by fragrances, smells, moves and sounds… in the end, whatever the reason is why you went there, whathever your duties and tasks are, your list and purchase priorities (strawberries for Anna, oranges for Giovanni, tops for bottles that magically disappeared…), everything is lived differently at the market.
Relations are direct, you have someone who listens to you and not only a shelf. If you would like to have an advice, you don’t ask it to your cart, but to the old woman behind you. Everything is more communicative than just walking in the hallways where it’s always cold, where the colour of food is changed by special lights, where there are only carts, turn signals, promotions and offers that make you forget about your desire of risotto, making you buy the ingredients for the “pasta alla norma”!
From a serious point of view, we all know that, in the past, towns established their supremacy based on their commercial capacity, which was represented by markets made for the purchase and sell of products.
And it was around these places that the town centre developped with its characteristics and its morphology. The market square became the town centre and here all the commercial, administrative and political life occurred.
These places became meeting places where to get to know new cultures and people. With the development of town centres and the introduction of new sanitary standards, many markets in different cities (such as Milan) started to be moved in more suburban areas in order not to ruin the beauty of the city. (for example, the Verziere that, from Largo Augusto, was first moved to Largo Marinai d’Italia and then again where now there’s the Ortomercato, a real market of vegetables and fruits!)
So, after telling you about the historical, social and emotional importance of markets, nowadays they are becoming more and more popular because of their cheapness! In fact, the economic crisis made and still makes people think more about money at the end of the month and purchases are one the aspects to control in this period…
Moreover, nowadays the attention to healthy food is becoming more and more important. We now consider aspects that were not so important before. The certainty about food provenience, the mistrust in big companies and the consumer’s will to save money without giving up on quality make markets expand and gain more and more importance.
For this reason, manoxmano has thought to offer you a small list of markets in Milan that have a great quality-price ratio, changing your routine and having fun while choosing the products you need. Forget those creaky carts and those cold hallways and choose to go to one of these fantastic markets!MERCATO METROPOLITANO
“Good Italian food is not a luxury”: this is the new slogan of Mercato Metropolitano, situated near the Navigli in a 15,000 mq building and open until the end of Expo 2015.
This market will offer everyone a new eco-friendly way of buying based on short food supply chains. You will love it!
MERCATO AGRICOLO ARTIGIANALE
On Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in via Zumbini and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in via San Vittore, this market won’t disappoint you!
Except for the stands of seasonal products, cheese, eggs, bread and pasta, there are also many artisanal creations and, above all, it became a meeting point.
Many cultural initiatives… and in via San Vittore there’s also a fantastic Book-crossing!
MERCATO AGRICOLO CUCCAGNA
MERCATO CONTADINO DI SANTA MARIA DEL SUFFRAGIO
Fifteen Lumbardy agricultural companies that sell cheese, fruit and vegetable, bread, honey, meat, rice, beer, but also jams and flowers.
A short food supply chain market created to make producers and consumers meet, avoiding intermediaries!
MERCATO AGRICOLO DEI NAVIGLI
MERCATO DELLA TERRA DI MILANO ALLA FABBRICA DEL VAPORE
The protagonists of this market are the producers of Parco Agricolo Sud of Milan.
THE “VERZIERE BIO”
MERCATO AGRICOLO DI SANT’EUSTORGIO
And do not forget that since this year, the Ortomercato in via Lombroso is avalaible for all the citizens from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (and not only on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.!). If you agree with your friends and families to save money, this is the place for you (fruit cases are at least 10 kilos!)
Moreover, manoxmano recommends you a useful listo f SurviveMilano about Local Trades of the city that you can easily consult on their website.