Milan farmers’ markets a success

Milan stallholder permits to be renewed.

Milan’s ten farmers’ markets, started as an experiment in 2014, have proved such a success that city hall is planning to make them permanent.

Ever more Milan residents are flocking to buy food – particularly eggs, fruit and vegetables – directly from the growers who have rented stalls in one of the ten “zero kilometre” current markets. With the result that city administrators have promised to hold talks with the councils of each of the city’s nine municipi or boroughs to select permanent locations.

Shoppers appreciate the fresh quality of the wares, since city hall issues stallholder permits only to growers producing in the city or its immediate surroundings.

Meanwhile, since the current project is running out of time, a stop-gap measure has prolonged it until the end of the year to give administrators time to prepare the permanent version.

The ten markets currently operating, all day long unless otherwise specified, are in Piazza Sant'Eustorgio (Tuesdays), Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo (Thursdays), Piazza Durante (2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, until 14:00), Piazza Santa Francesca Romana  (Wednesdays), Via Lomellina (Wednesdays until 14.00), Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio (Saturdays until 16.00), Corso Buenos Aires da piazza Oberdan a via Melzo (monthly on a Sunday), Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci (Wednesdays until 16.00), Piazza Enrico Berlinguer (Thursdays until 15.00) and Piazza Gramsci (Thursdays until 16.00).