In Spain you have many options for buying food, but as you can imagine, there are significant differences between the options. Let’s have a look at these sources.
First up, you have the traditional supermarkets. The Spanish market is dominated by a few big supermarket chains:
The closest version to an organic food store chain in Spain is Veritas, which is a very limited version of Whole Foods in the USA.
You then have the local markets. You’ll find several within the cities and usually bigger ones outside the city.
The cheapest prices are to be found at the supermarkets or local markets outside of the cities. You’ll have to drive to these markets typically as they are not so easily accessible by public transport.
Another option is neighbor cooperatives as they are called. Basically, a number of neighbors will group up and order products directly from the suppliers. These suppliers will then come once a week and deliver the products to one point after which they are distributed amongst the neighbor community.
I’ve found the prices in the markets found within the city to be significantly higher than those in the supermarkets, even though the produce is sometimes identical (for example imported bananas of the same brand). On the other hand, I prefer buying fish and meat from the local market or meat/fish shop rather than from the supermarkets.
I’m still learning about how to find the best sources for healthy and organic produce, so if you have any insight I’d love to hear from you.