Mexico City is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world and is dominated by a frenetic lifestyle. The strong presence of large, modern chains of supermarkets, hypermarkets and shopping centres is linked to a growing consumerism of refined and industrial foods, with tangible effects on the environment and the health of the population. In this now globalised megalopolis, it is difficult to find markets that involve farmers and direct producers, and this is a real obstacle to the adoption of healthy food choices oriented towards the traditional Mexican diet, based on traditional agricultural methods (e.g. the Milpa system) and the biodiversity of crops. The Mercado Capital Verde was created with this very purpose, to reconnect consumption with good, clean and fair production.
Since its start in 2019, the Market has been configured as a commercial space dedicated to promoting the relationship between producers in peri-urban agricultural areas and city dwellers without intermediaries, thus contributing to health, the local economy and environmental protection. In March 2022, at the inauguration of its second location at Bosque de San Juan, the market officially becomes part of the Earth Markets network, committing to the Slow Food philosophy.
The producers and processors taking part in the project were selected through several visits to the production sites, which took into account various quality aspects: from agronomic practices and certifications, to suitability from a health and hygiene point of view, the nutritional values of the products on sale and the ingredients used.
The market represents one of the very few opportunities for citizens interested in responsible consumption. At each edition it is possible to interact directly with around 30 small producers, both during the sale and at the numerous informative and cultural events offered by the market, in an atmosphere that has no replicas in the city. The products on offer are agroecological, mostly from Mexico City’s protected rural conservation zone. At the capital verde market it is possible to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, pulses, cheeses, gastronomic preparations (such as tamales, quesadillas and artisan ice creams with numerous vegan and vegetarian options), rabbit meat, coffee, herbal and fruit drinks, bread, amaranth and much more. The market tries to reduce the use of single-use plastic as much as possible.
The park that hosts the market every Sunday is best known for the statue of José José, one of Mexico’s most famous singers, who grew up in the area. Both places are easily accessible by bus, taxi and metro.
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Av. Clavería, San Miguel Amantla, Azcapotzalco,
02080 Ciudad de México, Mexico
every sunday from 11 am to 16:00 pm
Bosque de San Juan de Aragón, Gustavo A. Madero,
07979 Mexico City, Mexico
every saturday from 10.00 to 16.00
Info & contacts
Slow Food community spokesperson: Ana Ximena
Market Coordinator: Luis Octavio Navarrete Zendejas
Tel. 55 6218 9565