One of the sublime and romanticized experiences that you read about in italian travel is the fresh produce markets held outdoors in large public squares. The colors, textures, sights, sounds and constant chatter makes for a totally immersive scene that is truly impressive for the first-time visitor. We don't usually go to these because it's much easier to stop into a fruit and vegetable shop - fruttivendolo - and walk away with a full crate of great things. Locally-grown community markets are not popular events because for the most part, home growers cultivate exclusively for their personal consumption. Imagine if we could create gardens to sustain the immediate area - that would be one humble victory for locavores and zero food miles/chilometers.