It’s a pleasure introduce you initiatives as A Parva, an initiative of a couple of journalists which joins catering with other projects of cultural spreading. Alba Barbadillo and Ángela F. Casal talk about A Parva, the canteen in San Agustín market place in A Coruña
Question: Who are you and what do you do?
Answer: We are the cooperative Malas Sementes, two journalists, and our brand is A Parva, so we choose our website www.aparva.gal. A Parva is a marketplace in San Agustín market in A Coruña, a canteen in where we offer light food and drink from 8:30 to 15:30. What we want to do with this project is to offer local and artisanal food, to have on our terrace , the market itself or take away, and sell products to consume at home, from canned food to biscuits or chocolates. We have breakfasts, mid-morning snaks and menus based on sandwiches, vegetable or legume spreads and hot or cold creams, all made with local products. Besides, we offer hot beverages, such as coffees or teas, and cold beverages, such as juices, beers or wines.
Q: Can you made a little review of your history and main Works during this time?
The idea was born when we leaved the confinement as a way to show on a business what we have developed on our lives: consume better, eat healthier, more naturally and with products from our environment and commit to the circular economy.
In the scarce six months since the opening of the stall, apart from the daily activity, we have already organised a Valdeorras wine tasting, presented two books, organised a photographic exhibition of the Ffoco Festival with the participation of the market’s colleagues… and we have taken part in several gastronomic events of the city council and the region.
We are satisfied with the work and with the aim that more and more people know us and came to visit us inside the market. We cannot forget that less and less is being bought in this kind of facilities and our aim is also to convince citizens that here they can find the best product.
Q: What are your future plans? Where do you want to go?
Our idea was always to take advantage of our profession as journalists to spread and communicate gastronomy and local product, and also contact local and cultural artists, so that, besides continuing offering a quality catering and united to the market of San Agustin, and being referent on this field.
Q: What is your web? Why did you choose the name? And, why do you prefer a .gal domain?
A: Our website is www.aparva.gal . We decided to name the web with our principal Project. A Parva has two definitions on the Galician Royal Academy dictionary. On one side is a” light meal before lunch and which consists on a glass of spirits and a bit of bread”, and on the other side, is also” the first meal of the day, on the morning. Although during the years the general use was lost, we know sailor men form Coruña and other offices still talk about going to have “a parva” and a lot of people remember to have heard it on their villages, so we thought this was the adequate name for our stall, which offer small and light bits at mid-day. Besides, we loved the word game as we are a little “parvas” (fool), as a joke.
We do not have doubts in choosing .gal domain because our language and culture are fundamental on the project and we wanted it to have presence, from the very web.
Q: What do you think .gal domain offers?
A: We consider it gives a clear idea of our bet on territory and we are satisfied that the association itself promote initiatives related to the promotion of the language
Q: Is there any other thing you want to say?
A: We invite you to come and visit our stall and its terrace, which is inside the market and the luxury of architecture, the space and light San Agustin, and visit our website where you have some of the recipes we made daily and where you can also find our main activities.