The Milan Earth Market, the city’s meeting place for the "countryside" (in this case, the largest peri-urban agricultural park in Europe) was founded in December 2009 as the first pilot project in the framework of "Feeding Milan, Energy for Change", promoted by Slow Food Italia, Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo.
The initiative is part of an agreement between Slow Food Italia and the Province of Milan, Ente Gestore del Parco Agricolo Sud Milano (PASM), with the support of the City of Milan and Fondazione Cariplo.
The activities began in spring 2009, with a careful selection of about 60 farms within 40 km of the market place. They are mainly producers of the Municipality of Milan and the South Milan Agricultural Park, secondly the provincial area.
In order to enrich the offer, the aim was to guarantee the presence of some guests and production excellence outside the area of reference of the market regulations (such as the Cardo Gobbo di Nizza Monferrato and the Caraglio garlic, both from Piedmont).
Today the market offers a wide range of fresh and processed products: meat (also Varzese breed, Slow Food Presidium), cheeses, fruit and vegetables and baked goods, corn flour (also Rovetta red rostrato, reported on the Ark of Taste), craft beers, wine and coffee. It is possible to shop and taste the excellent hot dishes prepared by Cascina Caremma on site.
In each edition, there is also a space for events open to the public and food education activities ("tastings" of Taste Workshops) aimed at children and adults, thanks to the collaboration of the Slow Food convivia of Lombardy and the PASM.
The market’s headquarters is the Fabbrica Del Vapore, which can be easily reached by subway (line 5, Cenisio stop).
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