Aromas of freshly ground coffee and spices drifting through the air; shouts of competing vendors as they trumpet the wonders of their products putting our hearing to the test; the smell of mezedes cooking over charcoal; people coming and going; a prevailing lack of order; the impression that all prices are negotiable in a temple of bargaining. Central Markets exude an air of an Anatolian bazaar.
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Unlike a supermarket where you can get just about any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year, the laki agora will be seasonal and what you see in the market in June won't be the same as what you see in February. For those who are just visiting Greece and like to eat only seasonal food a trip to the market is a good way to know what will be fresh in the restaurants.
Greece has an ideal climate and geography to grow and harvest an ample variety of fruits and vegetables, yet still manages to squander some 731.27 million euros on imported goods in 2015 Outrageous becomes the fact that the same goods produced in Greece.
The official data released showsa 10.3 percent increase in the cost in 2015 in comparison with 2014
Also, although Greece has a tremendous stock of sheep and goats, meat was ranked eighth on the list of products imported to Greece.
Laiki Agoras include these areas on these days
Monday: Goudi, on Papadiamantopolou near Agia Thomas, Patissia and in Holargos
Tuesday: Zephyri Pangratti, Hatzikyriako in Pireaus and in Kypseli
Wednesday: Peristeri, Gyzi, Kolonos, Ag Andreas,
Thursday: Petralona, Thission, Glyfada, Kato Patissia, Sepolia, Pandionis,
Friday: Koukaki, Ag Stefanos, N Iraklion, Kolonaki, Xenokratous
Saturday: Ambelokipi, Platia Attikis, Panormou, N Kosmos,
Across the street from the fish and meat market is the fruit and vegetable market where you will find the biggest lemons, peaches and some of the most colorful fruit you will ever have seen. There are also Russians and Greeks who have returned from the former eastern block countries selling cigarettes, tissue paper, lighters and just about anything. There is a Polish food shop, like a deli on the right hand side as you walk towards Sokratous Street. You will also pass shops that sell nothing but eggs, or feta cheese and some shops that have smoked meats and sausages. There are also people from the villages who don't have stalls, just sitting on a box, selling wild herbs, or wild greens from the mountains, or garlic. At the bottom of the fruit and vegetable market is the beginning of Athens' China town which is also India town, Pakistani town and also the Arabic section of the city. If you are a big goofy American in Bermuda shorts and a camera that looks like the caricature of a tourist you may feel a little uncomfortable wandering around these back streets though the dangers are few and don't have anything to do with being kidnapped, murdered or worse.
source:Matt Barret Athensguide
"the most impressive thing about the market were the fruits and vegetables themselves.
They were bigger and brighter and healthier looking then anything I have ever seen or grown.
Whether this had to do with the quality of the soil or fertilizers, I don't know.
I am sure that some farmers use traditional methods and some embrace the wonders of agricultural technology but everything looked and tasted (free samples were everywhere) delicious.
There are three Agoras in downtown Athens. One is the Ancient Agora where the Thission building is, below the Acropolis and the hill of Areospagos. Then there is the Roman Agora near the Tower of the winds in the Plaka. Both have been closed for centuries though tourists can pay an admission fee and walk the ancient streets where Socrates and Plato used to walk, and see remnants of the ancient stoas, buildings and statues. But the Agora on Athinas Street, otherwise known as the Athens Dimotiki Agora (Public Market) or Varvakios Agora is my favorite of the three and even when I am not shopping (how much meat and fish can you cook when you live in a hotel room?) I seem to get energized walking around. To me the Varvakios Market is the most exciting place in Athens and I can't recall a trip to Greece that I did not take a walk through the covered streets. source:Matt Barret Athensguide
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