Λαϊκή (la-ee-KEY) – street farmers markets

Seasonal, fresh, and affordable produce markets.  Each neighborhood in Athens has one once a week.  There is also a central market every day but Sunday.  Most have produce, fish, and home goods.

I love going for the kefi, but also for the interaction with the vendors.  I have a few favorite ones I go to, but as the seasons change, some of those vendors do to.  Pomegranites are almost out of season.  I’ve been buying freshly squeezed juice for the last 3 months it seems.  I freeze the juice into ice cubes for drinks!

 

Now, blood oranges, purple and white eggplants, cucumbers, and small zuchinni are in season.   And peas!  Strawberries have been out about 3 weeks, but are finally coming in sweet.  Artichokes have been out over a month as well… but now they are bigger 🙂

Since strawberries are finaly sweeter, I’ll be buying kilos of them to make spoon sweets and marmalades.  I think I’ll also give turning blood orange juice into jelly this year.

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Have you ever made your own jellies and jams?  Spoon sweets are a Greek thing, which tries to keep the fruit whole, and surrounded in a sweet syrup.  Not for diabetics!

The purple eggplants are going to be roasted on an open fire and the smoky taste will be great in eggplant salad.

What is your favorite method of serving artichokes?

 

 

 

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