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Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain

Some of the most incredible Farmer's Markets I've seen are in Europe.  It's not only the incredible quality and variety of the food, but it's the buildings they're held in, too.  The one in Barcelona off of La Rambla has one of the most interesting entrances with fretwork and stained glass.

There are vendors selling meats, cheeses, olives, breads, pastries and lunch.  Well, and so much more. 
 
Butcher shop, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain
Seafood, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain

Poultry shop, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain

yes, those are beaks

 

Lots of seafood, Barcelona, Spain

Strange seafood, Barcelona, Spain

and seafood I've never seen

I love seeing the colorful vegetables and fruits...

Vegetable Stand, Barcelona, Spain
Fruit stand, Barcelona, Spain
Dried Nuts and such, Barcelona, Spain
Olives, Barcelona, Spain
Vegetable Stand, Barcelona, Spain

Mushrooms, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain

Dried Mushrooms

Mushrooms and more, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain

Fresh Mushrooms!

Dried fruits and nuts, Barcelona, Spain

Dried Fruit and Nuts

Is it time for lunch yet?

Deli, Farmer's Market, Barcelona, Spain
Restaurant in Mercat, Barcelona, Spain

 

and my personal downfall

Bakery, Mercat, Barcelona, Spain

My husband commented that it would be wonderful to live near a place like this and shop each day for our dinner.  I agreed and it also struck me that seeing all this bounty of food how can we have so many millions of people hungry on this earth we share?  Most of what we saw was fresh and local.  We in the United States are coming to the realization that it is best to eat that way for many reasons.  After doing some research I did find there are religious and secular organizations in the United States working with areas that are poverty stricken, teaching them not only about good nutrition, but how to grow their own food and increasing their self-sufficiency.  It is an urban problem as well as a suburban problem when we went from an agricultural society to an industrial society.  We became dependent on others to grow our food.  That's fine for those of us that can afford it, but not for many who cannot.

It was a light bulb moment for me, which may be old news for some, that self-sufficiency in feeding ourselves is for our own safety, health and in many cases survival.

 

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply. ~Norman Borlaug

 

(March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009 was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate who has been called "the father of the Green Revolution."  Borlaug was one of only six people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.  He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor.)

Comments

WOW will you cook all this

WOW will you cook all this for me please ! LOL

Some incredible markets

Some incredible markets there!And yes, it is hard to believe that so many go hungry. It has always upset me that restaurants give such huge portions. I don't need that much food - just think of all the food that goes to waste?

Beautiful photos!Many local

Beautiful photos!Many local stores and restaurants donate food to our local food banks. Globally, I really like the work of World Vision which helps entire communities to have clean water wells, education, health care, and effective farming methods in areas affected by drought. If we look for opportunities, we can be part of the solution!

Thank you so much, Kathleen

Thank you so much, Kathleen for giving us a group that is working hard to bring hunger to an end. I'm sure many will look up this organization. I personally was looking for a secular organization and found ACF International. http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/about/acf-internationalYou're right - we can be a part of the solution instead of helpless.

That is an amazing market!

That is an amazing market! Just look at the variety!One of the issues of corporate farming is that we are losing our incredible variety of food.One could also argue that some health issues may be related to eating the same food, same variety all the time. In addition, most Americans consume "edible food-like substances," so called by Michael Pollan.Some people in my area are helping others by making vegetable gardens. Some of these are in urban areas where there is vacant land. It is very difficult for those who are truly poor to be able to afford food which will give them adequate nutrition.

great post and pics. We have

great post and pics. We have a rich earth if only the people who cling to her surface could be left alone to plant, to dig , to nurture the gifts she gives so freely. Get close to the ground and find your heart.

These photos are amazing and

These photos are amazing and it looks like an endless bounty of food, of course we know that is not really true and is not sustainable for long. Thanks for posting the ACF link. ~ Diane

My parents would be all over

My parents would be all over that market.The poverty rate in this area is much higher than the state average and groups are trying to raise awareness about growing your own food and being healthy. It does seem odd to see so many homeless and hungry when there is so much waste.ErikaArtful Rising

Beautiful photos.. so much

Beautiful photos.. so much variety! I grew up with a huge garden and we raised our own meat and we traded for things we did not have and wanted. I tried to make sure all of my kids have grown up growing things too.. and eating them and knowing how to cook from scratch.. I also love sharing in the community.. it works out really well where I live... I see more and more people doing more of this all over.

The sweets booths would suck

The sweets booths would suck me in everytime :) And I love fresh veggies too!

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