The event celebrating healthy, local and organic food is back: Cittadellarte is getting ready for a new market’s party. Next Wednesday, from 10.00 to 15.30, a few of the Let Eat Bi partners will return to offer their products of local food excellency. All customers will be able to taste both the specialties on sale and a selection of dishes prepared by the producers themselves, who will be present at the occasion. But not only that, two are the big novelties of this edition: there’ll be mulled wine, and each customer will receive a free apple tree. In fact, in the course of this day dedicated to flavours and conviviality, apple trees will be given away to customers, of a size depending on the amount spent at the market. Let Eat Grow products will be on sale alongside a wide selection of local and seasonal food (fruit and vegetables, honey, cheese and wine).
The free apple tree
The apples trees donated to the customers are already pruned and of different types: “These trees – explains Marco Maffeo, owner of the farm Cascina Bozzola – are ancient varieties, some of which local to the Biellese territory, not easy to find on the market. The ones we are giving away are particularly resistant to diseases, and basic care is enough to have them growing in everybody’s garden. They will be planted in robust graft containers and therefore suitable to any ground, even arid and stony ones”. The trees are of about 20 varieties, and come in vases of three different sizes (depending on the amount spent at the market: 12 euros entitles you to a small plant, 20 euros to a medium, and 35 euros to a big one).
In the video, Marco Maffeo shows how to prune a tree.
Let Eat Grow
As mentioned, at the market’s party you will be able to buy the products of the project of Generative Welfare ‘Let Eat Grow’. It is a food farming supply chain which builds a network of the skills of subjects in particularly fragile conditions (please see our previous article for more info). The organization running the project, coordinating the activities of the different participants, facilitates and allows the farming and distribution of healthy and local products through team work, with ‘local’ being the main operative word: the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, their transformation into preserves, jams and sauces, the creation of jars and labels all take place in the Biellese territory, thanks to the collaboration among three local partners in the project (Harambe, C.R.E.S.Co and Bottega dei Mestieri – Domus Laetitiae).
The producers participating in the market’s party
Who will the Let Eat Bi partners present at the event be? Cascina Bozzola in Occhieppo Inferiore, a farm producing numerous varieties of fruit and vegetables; L’orto d’asporto in Cerrione, combining innovation and sustainability in the production of a wide range of vegetables; La Crava Cuntenta in Masserano, specialising in goat milk derivatives like cheese and yogurt; Frutteto di Bersej in Portula, a farm selling vinegar, fruit juices, jams and ‘canestrelli’; Green Italy, offering an assortment of cannabis sativa-based products; Marco Lombardi from L’orto dei Pari di Harambè in Ponderano with La Rete from Borriana e il Gruppo di Volontariato Vincenziano from Verrone. As usual, also available to buy will be the ‘Honey of the Third Paradise’ by the association Pacefuturo, and the beekeeper himself Massimo Capellupo will be at the market to talk about its specificities.