We continue exploring the different farmer’s markets in Madrid, and every other alternative offering a more sustainable way of buying and consuming. There are already other farmer’s markets we love, like Mercado de la Buena Vida or Día de Mercado de Madrid, but we were eager to visit the brand new Farmer’s Market called Mercado de Productores, taking place at the cultural melting pot Matadero Madrid, on the last weekend every month, since September 2014. This is a truly unique palce in Madrid that you can’t miss, where you can find one of the most interesting cinemas in Madrid, la Cineteca, an alternative theater, a cafe & restaurant that takes you to Berlín -La Cantina- and a paradise for book lovers -La Casa del Lector- among many other wonderful things.
This farmer’s market is located in “Plaza Matadero”, an open-air field which makes it a perfect location to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air of a sunny day. More than fifty producers, farmers, makers and artisans offer their delicacies directly, with no distributors in between. The variety of products that can be found here is endless, and the only thing in common among the producers is that they all come from the region of Madrid, thus promoting local consumption, enjoying great quality products, supporting local economy and reducing the bad environmental impacts generated in long-distance transportations. It’s wonderful to be surprised by the wide range of products, most of them organic, that are made in our region, things you wouldn’t imagine are being made only a few miles away from the city. Just to give some examples of some of the things we have taken home, we can find here olives and pickles of Trilujo from Campo Real; ham and cold cuts of Arturo Sánchez; cheesees of La Pastora de Guadarrama, olive oil from Aranjuez of Oleum Olé, artisan jams of Conservas Tu Sonrisa, the tasty meat from Miraflores of Cuerda Larga, the hand-made pasta of Pasta Fresca Madrid, and many others that you can expore in this list of exhibitors. Each and everyone of them are worth discovering.
They also often organize different activities such as tastings, lectures, or children’s workshop, as for example the one of how to make your own vegetable garden, organized by El Bancal association that is a fun way to teach the little ones that food does not come from the supermarket. You can experiment at home with the mushroom self-cultivation kit of Resetea that we love.
But what we have loved the most about this farmer’s market is that it invites you to stay for hours, slowly enjoying what you’ve just bought. Many of the stalls, like the ones selling meat, offer cooking the pieces you’ve chosen for you to taste them right here. The cheese-truck of La Cabezuela offer their delicious cheeses to eat or to take away, or the delicious burgers made with the famous meat of La Finca de Jiménez Barbero… Of course you can make your own picnic with any other delicacies bought at the market in the tables and chairs that you can find among the food trucks and stalls. To drink, you can’t miss La Virgen craft beer, a small brewery set up in La Rozas in Madrid that can be found in many bars around the city; or you can always try our number one option for Sunday noon: vermouth. We have tried vermouth Zarro, from Fuenlabrada, and the Zechinni from Valdemoro, and we have loved both. It’s great to see that more and more people looking to try different brands and projects like Vermutería Pop-up that organize pop-up vermouth tastings with live music in charming spots around Madrid.
We really recommend coming and having a great time in this Farmer’s Market while filling a very special shopping bag. We suggest coming by public transport or bike, since parking in the neighbourhood is almost impossible. The best plan is coming, tasting and getting something to eat in the market, and then go for a walk along the new Madrid-Río promenade or enjoy some cultural activity among the many taking place in Matadero.Mercado de Productores (Farmer’s Market) takes place on the last weekend, every month. Next edition on 28th & 29th March 2015. Opening hours: Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Location: Matadero Madrid, Plaza de Legazpi 8, Madrid. Metro Station: Legazpi. Web · Facebook