Barcelona has expanded its network of ‘green markets’, an initiative designed to boost the offering of local, organic and otherwise eco-friendly and healthy produce sold at the city’s fresh produce markets.
In October 2015, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau announced plans to turn 25 municipal markets into such green markets under the ‘Mercats Verds’ campaign. Seven are now part of the initiative, which also promotes more sustainable facilities.
The programme is supported by measures such as special labelling to make local produce more visible, helping customers become aware of and buy it.
In May this year, Barcelona’s councillor for Employment, Enterprise and Tourism, Agustí Colom said about half the products at the then four markets participating in the scheme are local, “but they’re not identified.”
Colom said the aim is for the network of green markets to spread through the city, “favouring the consumption of fresh, quality, local produce, not only as a healthy habit, but also backing local farm production.”
The seven markets now part of the Mercats Verds’ scheme are the Clot, Concepció, Horta, Les Corts, Lesseps, Llibertat and Sant Martí markets.