As we approach week 25, the rhythm of the market has continued to hum and thrive regardless of whether I post about it or not. It is the middle of the winter and the oranges, mandarins and clementines are king. As I walk up the street, I am amazed at the volume of citrus and cabbage piled high on the tables. Over the past few years I have developed a great relationship with many of the purveyors and today I would like to introduce you to two that I consider the life blood of the market. The first is Spiros: hailing from Crete, weekly he makes the 12 hour ferry ride to bring me, as he says “the best tomatoes at the Laiki!” Each week he greets me with a smile and a firm handshake always adding a tomato or two to my bag to keep me coming back for more. The second is Nektaria from just outside Athens, and the plot of land she farms produces the baby white eggplants I have come to love. In summer she sells the aforementioned eggplants as well as peppers, horta (greens) and beets. Today I purchased broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and the monster cabbage in the picture. At this, the middle point of the winter season, I thought I would take a moment to thank Spiros and Nektaria for their friendship, and the week in and week out dedication to their profession.