Friday, October 24, 2008

Farmers markets

Well, in Turkey, the open air markets are a happening place to be. You can learn quite a bit about a culture by it's markets alone. Talk about immersion. There is lots of noise and bustling and many beautiful fresh veggies.
We went to the local market first. It was a smaller market in A's parent's neighborhood.
The kids loved milling about surveying all of the delectable wonders . It really was a vibrant place. Lots of low buzzing from the shoppers, the occasional loud sales calls from the market stands, the colors of the place were just eye candy.
 Need some eggs (Yumurta)?
How about olives (zeytin)?
Those green squiggles are peppers. (biber)
E liked this eggplant (patlican)
 These peaches (ceftali) had a really strong peach taste.
 Gotta love a juicy chin!
These peppers were so beautiful.
They were an instant draw for a certain small boy who nearly toppled the whole pile!
The sizes of the Cauliflower ( Karna bahar) and the cabbages ( Lahana) there are mind boggling
These are M's size 2 shoes here for visual reference.
 Look at that sucker!
 Pomegranites (nar) grow well there as well.
The striped fruits up front are baby melons (kavun). 
They taste like sweet crunchy cukes.
Later, the next week, we visited the much larger market down town. That was quite a different market.
It was so big and crowded that we hired a local kid with a cart to push the boys around.
 I'm glad we did, so were they.
It starts off calm enough as you wind through the small streets aiming for the center large market.
There are distinct sections. Rows of melons, next tomatoes, then spices.
You can even pick up shirts, socks, kitchen gadgets, and toys there.
One of my favorite things to look at were the spices.
You just knew by the smells, that you were not in Kansas anymore.
I really wanted to sift my hands through all the dried beans, but I figured it wouldn't pass off a sane vibe.
Then the kids would join in and we would be the kooky, mesmerized, drooling, bean touching foreigners. 
As we nearned the center, people closed in on you and it was a bit chaotic, noisy, and disorienting.
Not in a bad way. It really started to get interesting. Here are two brief videos to give you an idea.
Video one: That's  A's sister, Aynur in black, and her daughter Muge.
Not like our little sweet local markets, eh?
Video two:

Now, next we headed over to the fish (balik) section. That was one smelly place. It was cool once my nose went numb.
That place was loud with all of the sellers peddling their wares. Things went dead when I busted out my camera though.

How and why does that happen anyway?
 Anyway, K and E were determined to find squid.
And we did! 
These are called pavement fish.
 Don't worry! They are FDA approved, like everything else!
If you visit another country, do trek out their local market. You can pick up on a lot of the cultural vibe there.
 Stayed tuned! Coming up next, Turkish food!-K

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i love open air makets. they are the best.
thanks for that wonderful tour