Ariccia is known the world over for its porchetta and fraschette (convivial taverns). But there is much more to this small town in the Castelli Romani southeast of Rome. There is a thriving farming community in and around Ariccia and each Saturday and Sunday, cultivators and producers from the area get together in the field next to Lo Scoiattolo restaurant in Piazzale dei Daini for a farmers’ market. I stopped by this morning with my friend Jo of My Home Food That’s Amore and we found a fantastic array of local products. I bought some dried lentils and chickpeas from Apicoltura di Angelini, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Azienda Agricola Paolini, heaps of chicory and spinach, and a nice wedge of pumpkin (which is baking in the oven right now).

Visit the Ariccia Farmers’ Market (Mercato del Contadino) Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-2pm. You can find out more by friending Consorzio Agroalimentare Filiera Corta on Facebook here or contact the market organizers at +393898830642 or consorzioagroalimentare (at) gmail (dot) com.