Every Sunday, the Biomercato organic farmers’ market sets up shop in the Città dell’ Altra Economia‘s cobblestoned courtyard. Stalls cluster in the vast piazza flanked by retired slaughter house pavilions, wire fencing, a pile of ancient terra cotta refuse, refugee housing and the Tiber River.
Vendors sell organic and biodynamic produce, as well as raw dairy, baked goods, cured meats, cheeses, olive oil and wine. Don’t miss the Liberamensa stall in the northeast corner of the complex for fried-to-order olive ascolane.
Though it is lesser known than the better publicized Coldiretti’s famers’ markets in Garbatella and near the Cirucs Maximus, the Biomercato offers overall higher quality goods than its counterparts. Poor communication skills and quality products, sadly, go hand in hand. It’s an issue that has plagued the entire CAE project since its inception.
The Biomercato is a weekend affair (open Sundays and occasionally Saturdays), but its neighbor, the Città dell’ Altra Economia, is open Tuesday through Sunday and houses an organic supermarket, a risto-bar, exhibition spaces and fair trade oriented shops. There is also a restaurant called Stazione di Posta…but it’s not very good.