Saturday, February 24, 2007

At local market

Once a week, in almost every neighborhood in Athens a local market is being set up in 5 o'clock in the morning. They sell mostly vegetables and fruits but also fish, various small home objects and some clothing.
The basic idea behind these nomadic markets is that the farmers themselves can sell directly to the consumer, without anyone reselling in the middle. Therefore, the prices here are lower that those in super markets or the grocery's.
The market occupies an entire street. Motorcars can cross through the market and scenes like this are common.

At 13:00 in the afternoon, everyone packs everything and they go. Tomorrow they will sell somewhere else.

10 comments:

Pat said...

How nice to see your photos of the market! We have a few of those as well be only in about July or August and into September. We have the Farmer's Market indoors all year.

I was impressed to see leaves on the oranges and lemons.

~tanty~ said...

Welcome back Ovelikios!
I always like to see the market like this.

Marie McC said...

I love farmer's markets. We have them here, too. Actually, I love any kind of street market. It's nice to be out in the sun and talking to people. Nice photos!

Kim said...

I love seeing the produce of this market.These types of farmers markets are popular in many communities here on the Pacific coast, too. Most I've seen do close the street to cars for the day, and most offer strictly certified organic produce. Here in the US even the farmers markets have set prices and it is not common to bargan for a better price. How does it work in Athens?

Mimmu said...

Welcome back you and your photos!
Are almond trees blooming already there? i know, not in the middle of Athens, but somewhere around.I am longing for seeing them.
Beautiful Sunday to you!

E.I. said...

welcome back, with a fruitful(!) return!

John said...

Welcome back, looking forward to many new images from Athens.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Are they in Euros/Kg??

I love green markets but the prices are usually higher than the grocery store.

Ovelikios said...

Ming, yes they are. And as the time goes by, the prices get lower and lower. That's why are always written with a chalk :-)

Maldoror said...

Nice cigarette moment form street.