On 29 October, the pupils of Simphonie, Mercabarna’s crèche, were led through the aisles of the Food Unit’s sales area to celebrate the traditional All Saints’ chestnut roast, handing out chestnuts to customers passing by. The parade is one of the different recreational activities the pre-school holds throughout the year with the aim of familiarising the pupils with traditional festivities.
The economic downturn and unemployment have been particularly hard on the groups already most afflicted in terms of entering the labour market. Aware of this situation, Mercabarna’s Training Area is collaborating with several social organisations and institutions by setting up training courses to give these people the chance to find employment in the food sector.
While most people know that autumn is the season for chestnuts, squash, pomegranates, quinces, sweet potatoes, persimmons and mushrooms, many are unaware of their health-giving properties and the different ways of preparing and consuming them. For this reason the Barcelona and Province Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers Business Association (AGEM) has launched the initiative, “Experience Colourful Flavours”, which aims to reveal the special qualities of these typical products and consequently boost their consumption.
A group of 150 women pastry chefs from the Barcelona Pastry Chefs Association visited Mercabarna-flor on 15 November. Organised by the Association and Mercabarna-flor, the purpose of the visit was to acquaint the Market with a professional group that is a potential customer, since pastry chefs use flowers and plants to decorate their shop windows and adorn their confections.