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Good reception of the organic farming market in the historic center

Good reception of the organic farming market in the historic center

In June of 2014, the Plaza de San Lorenzo was the scene of the first market of organic products of the Segovian capital, an initiative that lasted for three years, until 2017, although with different locations, since the riverside neighborhood was passed in 2016 to the surroundings from the bullring and from there to the Plaza de Carrasco, sharing space with the weekly open-air market on Saturdays in that area of ​​the city, which was not well received by organic producers.

Two years after that disagreement between the promoters, the Union of Peasants of Segovia UCCL, and the City Council, the relationship has resumed again premiering location in the walled enclosure of the city, in the Plaza del Doctor Laguna. There, next to the Colegio Domingo de Soto, seven stalls of organic farming products were installed and the forecast is that this market - which will be held on the first Saturday of each month between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon - Grow up to a maximum of fifteen exhibitors.

The reception has been quite good, judging both by the animation that could be appreciated during the morning and by the comments of the seven producers of organic farming, coming from the provinces of Segovia, Valladolid and Madrid.

This re-release from the municipal government has also been positively valued, represented by the mayor of IU Ana Peñalosa, who as municipal health and consumption councilor is responsible for municipal markets, and toured it accompanied by the spokesman of his municipal group and Councilor for the Environment, Ángel Galindo, and for the socialist councilor Andrés Torquemada, who in previous mandates has been responsible for the markets and promotes the Sustainable Food Strategy of the municipality from Citizen Participation.

Peñalosa commented that "it is clear that there is a significant influx of buyers and, for example, the bread stand is running out of stock."

The councilor has reported that for the next appointment, the December 7, on another festive bridge, is expected to incorporate producers of oil and beer and possibly chicken, although the latter have some complication because they sacrifice on Thursdays and being Holidays on Friday have no margin.

The organic production represented included vegetables and fruits, infusions, medicinal plants, aromatic herbs, pasta, oatmeal and corn flakes, cheeses and other dairy products, eggs, etc.

One of the two vegetable stands is that of Juan Senovilla, from Cuéllar, a veteran of the Segovian organic markets and president of the Organic Farming Council, who agreed that many people had approached the new location and highlighted the “mouth to mouth". This pioneer in organic farming, at the forefront of an exploitation with 42 years of life, points out that some horticulturists in the province are moving to organic farming “driven by disasters such as the presence of nitrates in the 60% of the Los Arenales aquifer”, an ecological disaster that puts almost the level of what happened in the Mar Menor.

Seasonal vegetables is also the offer of the position of the Agrocultural Association of the Canal, Tudela de Duero (Valladolid), where Patricia and Siro were busy with a great demand from buyers. It has been their first time in an organic market in Segovia, although they are regulars of others in the capital of Valladolid, in Palencia and in Ávila. They work in network with four groups of consumption of organic products and although the association has several areas of activity, including those of environmental education, the most developed is the organic garden. It also has a nursery of horticultural, aromatic and garden plants and a variety of fruit trees (apple trees, plums, pear trees, cherry trees, walnuts, etc.).

Segovia is Ana Pastor, "last name and profession", apostille, since his thing is the production of dairy products obtained from his own sheep flock, of some 600 copies. As a curiosity, Ana has a position next to it, one of the three of the municipal fixed market of Los Huertos and yesterday she was delighted with the response of the attendees, especially because they were interested in organic production, in which other producers also agreed .

Diego and Marina, from Castilla Verde, were also 'first timers' in Segovia and came from Cercedilla (Madrid), from the Sierra de Guadarrama, where this limited company has a biodynamic farm with 'demeter' certification merged with another from Fromista in the area Palencia de Tierra de Campos. They ran out of bread in two hours and in the sale of dairy they also had good progress. "The reception has been a surprise and luck that they have summoned us from the other side of the mountains," they said. Diego is one of those in charge of baking in the farm's tahona with the flour of his own mill, which, in turn, comes from the cereal grown in Tierra de Campos and all following the rules of biodynamic agriculture, which takes care of the soil with preparations where the vegetable and the animal meet.

The organic eggs of Juanita León (Valladolid) were also very well received (and promises asparagus soon), as well as the pasta presented by Soraya Gómez, one of the founders of the Segovian bulk food store Onzas de Sabor.