Thursday is “market day” in the village of Ermioni. Locals and people from the surrounding villages come to purchase their weekly products. On this day Ermioni changes from a tiny, quiet , most picaresque port resort into a bustling market.The shops in the village also benefit from ‘market day” as visitors frequent them as well. Towards lunch time, once every one has completed their shopping, the visitors (and the locals) end up in the tavernas for a cold ‘Frappe’ or ice cream.
This farmers market features local fruits and vegetables grown naturally or organically. Fresh fish yanked from the sea only hours before is hawked by roudy fisherman who need to compete with gypsies calling customers to buy their clay pots and bee farmers declaring the wonders of their thyme, orange and pine honeys. Deep green aromatic local olive oils fight for attention amongst trestles laden with watermelon, herbs and local greens. This farmers market also features fresh flowers potted herbs and a section for cloth ,clothing and toys.
Basil plants are sold everywhere
In the centre of the bustle low chairs and table are set out , only on this day, to form a traveling outdoors restaurant where friends and acquaintances can stop to get updated on the news from the region, while enjoying grilled meats and smoking. Tourists like me just enjoy the great atmosphere and fun of an authentic country market by the sea.
Ermioni bay as viewed from the market
I often wonder what drives people in this day and age to still come to markets, despite the heat , chaos and discomfort in comparison to the nearby supermarkets offering better organized, air-conditioned space and the huge range of options? It must be that socially as well as sensually, the farmers’ market offers a rich, appealing and wholesome environment where the modern consumer can still feel in touch with roots. A person buying food here may be acting not just as a consumer but also as a neighbour, a citizen, a parent or a cook.
Posing with the fisher man
We bought fruit and vegetables and 2 single fish which we placed in a cooler bag prepared earlier so as to allow us to stop for a cold “frappe” and enjoy the beautiful view.
Relaxing in a coffee shop after a hectic market morning
Do you like going to local markets? And if you do what are your reasons?
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