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In love with farmers market – “I Mercati” not to miss

Posted on: Jan 17 2018

I love going to the weekly farmers market, to see the seasonal fresh produce and to watch the little old nonni bartering with the vendors about the things they are planning to buy for lunch that day.

Here is a list of some of my favorite mercati in the area.

Monday –

MangoPiazza XX Settembre – Via G. Marconi – Mango is a quaint little medieval town and this market is quite limited in things it offers but has all the basics. Situated in the Piazza where the castle is located, if you are here in the season when the Moscato d’Asti Enoteca is open I recommend stopping in for a nice refreshing glass of Moscato d’Asti.

La MorraPiazza Vittorio Emanuele – A great Monday market with just the basics to get you started in the week.

Monforte d’AlbaPiazza Mons. Dallorto – A well curated smaller market with just the basics to get you started in the week.

Tuesday –

AlbaPiazza Cagnasso – Here is a smaller version of the market on Saturday. It is located under the covered parking area and is a bit limited on things that is offered but is good if you are in a pinch.

CanaleVia Roma – Piazza Italia – Via Gravier – Piazza Martiri L. – Via Malabaila – Piazza Vittoria – Piazza Castello –  This market is here everyday in the mornings it is open only for the restaurants in the area and after 4pm it is open to the public. On Tuesday all day it is open to the public.

Canelli  – Piazza Gancia – Piazza Zoppa – This is a very versatile market, great produce and many things to choose from. Great cheese, fish, and poultry stands.

Wednesday –

BraPiazza XX Settembre – Corso Garibaldi – A nice market to visit, typically has many different vendors for local products and great produce.

NeivePiazza Garibaldi – A smaller market with many produce vendors, great cheese vendors, and if you have a craving for rotisserie chicken this market has got you covered.

Thursday –

AlbaPiazza Cagnasso – Here is a smaller version of the market on Saturday. It is located under the covered parking area and is a bit limited on things that is offered but is good if you are in a pinch.

Castagnole delle LanzePiazza S. Bartolomeo – Via Roma – Via Casetta – A great market and if you are in love with seafood they have a great fresh fish stand that offers the daily catch. The gentleman working the stand will gladly clean the fish for you too!

Friday –

Bra – Piazza XX Settembre – Corso Garibaldi – Piazza Carlo Alberto – A nice market to visit, typically has many different vendors for local products and great produce. Another plus is this market is very close to the most wonderful cheese store Giolito. Located on Via Montegrappa 6, and they have cheese courses and cheese tastings!

MurazzanoPiazza Cerrina – Piazza Umberto I – A small local market, and being in the heart of the Alta Langa cheese protection area, here there are some wonderful Murazzano D.O.P. cheese vendors.

CanelliPiazza Gancia – Piazza Zoppa – Viale Indipendenza – Great market with lots of things to choose from. They have fresh seasonal vegetables, cheese, poultry, fresh seafood, clothing and other miscellaneous things that could be interesting.

Saturday –

Alba Centro Storico – This market is great because you can get just about anything. They also have a great little area called “Mercato di Terra” in Piazza San Giovanni, which sells all local, organic, specialty products all grown and produced from a very short distance from Alba.

AstiPiazza Alfieri – Piazza Campo Palio – Piazza Libertà – Another great market to visit and this one is very large that is is held in 3 Piazze. At this market it is not uncommon to find antiques and other random things for sale.

MondovìPiazza Ellero – Another great assortment of fresh produce, locally made salame, cheese, and oven baked bread. A large and vast market to visit.

SaluzzoConcentrico e Via Don Soleri – Saluzzo could be one of my favorite towns to visit that is located at the foot of the Alps. A historical town with plenty of great restaurants, wine shops, and lots of shopping. But with the addition of the market you now get an array of fresh produce, cheese, honey, bread, everything to make your home cooked meal even better.

 

*photos courtesy of Letizia Cigliutti

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