Consumers in the United States want to know where and how their food is grown. Persons have an intense desire to eat from local markets. Many grow food in their backyards. Farmers markets have grown resulting in a five billion annual sales, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“We are going to the Farmer’s Market today on Sunday,” said Pitsa Gerou Macarouni, retired philologist/educator in early June. “Tripoli, Greece has a market that is unforgettable.” Organic products, fresh from local gardens, are the attraction. The markets resemble those shown in movies. They are also cheaper than the local markets.
Dr. John Siolas was amazed at the oranges, apples and fruits being sold. Geraniums, plants, red tomatoes were a major attraction. Ripe cherries were offered at 3 euros a kilo (2.2 pounds). Red, Delicious looking strawberries were 1.50 euros per carton, along with bananas and kiwi. The freshly killed chickens and roosters “as is” is a sight rarely seen in the U.S.
The booklet “Arcadian Earth’, published by the City of Tripoli describes the region’s agricultural products. “Tripoli’s delicious apples are becoming popular,” it states. “Delicious apples of Tripoli are a unique Greek variety. The Arcadian earth only produces this variety that has a protective status. Garlic has been produced from antiquity. It grows abundantly, with a unique aroma that is still coveted in our current time. They are sold in farmers market, and establishments all over Greece.
Crystal pears of Tripoli grown on the planes of the Mainalos Mountains are cultivated with dedication and attention. Tsakonika pears are from the same variety. The Mantinea Crystal pears stands out because of its unique flavor and sweetness that comes from the Mantinea soil. Garden vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet watermelons, string beans and other vegetables are in demand in the Greek cities. The vegetables are harvested and shipped early in the morning to the major urban centers of Greece. The mountainous soil gives vegetables an aromatic flavor.”
Shop like the Greeks, who are saving during the Eurozone crisis. Go to your Farmer’s Market near to your hotel.
Photo 1 – Fruits at Farmers market
Photo 2- Dr. Siolas shopping tomatoes for 1 euro.
Photo 3 The freshly killed chickens and roosters “as is” is a sight rarely seen in the U.S.