At the Market: Week #1

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I have frequently alluded to my weekly market. So today I’m starting a weekly series where the market, or laiki as it is called in Greek, is the main character. It is hard to tell if the market dictates the rhythm of the culture or if it is a by-product of it. Either way the laiki is the lifeblood of the food culture here in Greece. From little old ladies to pierced and tattooed guys, everyone goes to the laiki. On different days of the week in each town or district, a whole street is closed to traffic and not long after dawn it’s transformed into a combination bazaar/ farmer’s market. Unlike a supermarket with standardized non-seasonal specific produce, the men and women who sell at the laiki deal only with what is seasonally ripe and super fresh. Produce is generally sold at it’s best and in it’s proper season, giving the buyer fruit and veggies as nature intends them to be. What is sold by one vendor in the summer differs greatly from what he sells in January. Today I am pleased to share with you week #1 of what is easily my favourite thing about living in Greece. 

What I purchased in week #1: Total cost, 30 Euros

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Green onions
  • Squashes
  • Parsley
  • Purslane
  • Cilantro 
  • 10 eggs
  • Green grapes
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Bananas (The only item I purchased that was not grown in Greece)
  • large Basil plant (not visible in the picture)
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