On a hot spring day, what could be better than heading to the San Teodoro Farmers’ Market in Rome, right next door to the Circus Maximus, to bask in the delight and abundance of local produce from Lazio?
It’s been running on weekends for the past couple of years, in connection with the Campagna Amica campaign to promote the consumption of low mileage local produce. The market takes place in an old bus depot bang in the historical centre of Rome.
Every Saturday and Sunday Romans pour into it to taste and buy delicious food directly from the artisan producers and farmers. Stealing the show at the moment the king of spring, the Romanesque Artichoke.
When you see the imposing displays of the vegetable world, you will literally feel like bowling to it and reaching for a pot of ‘pinzimonio’ (virgin olive oil, salt and spices) to dunk it in.
We bought fresh buffalo mozzarella, cured meats, tomatoes, bread, cake, a bottle of wine and headed towards the Aventine Hill, just 10 minute walk away, where we settled down in Giardino degli Aranci (The Orange Grove), by the Basilica of Santa Sabina, for a lazy pic-nic.
This market definitely deserves a tour unto itself, paired with coffee and cake at the nearby celebrated patisserie Cristalli di Zucchero, second branch of my neighbourhood haunt, and a picnic at the lush Aventine Hill to taste all the goodies!