One of my favorite things about living in Greece is that open markets are a part of everyday life, unlike my other neighborhood in Milwaukee, where we have to wait for summer and warmer weather before an open or "green" market becomes available on a regular basis. Although, I have to admit that I shop at the open market aka "laiki" more often in the spring and summer months since it always seems to rain on the day of our local laiki during the winter.
The kids also love the experience of the market, especially since they always leave with wonderful treats. The photos I've posted are from recent visits.
Foti & Alexandra posing at the market.
Alexandra has a small bag of assorted candy in her grasp, she chose her favorites, of course.
My favorite olives, stuffed with red peppers. I use these when I make arroz con gandules. Although, I have to say it's arroz SIN gandules since I have run out of them a few months ago. Now I use red beans/frijoles rojos instead.
It's also cherry season. I absolutely have to go to the market for these every week until they're gone. My girls love to taste a few before we buy any.
Leaving the market with treats in hand.
Notice how the kids are paying close attention to their surroundings. They enjoy going to the market not only to absorb the sights and smells; but also because now that we are regulars, many of the vendors take special care of them and often treat them with candy and smiles. That alone takes the monotony out of shopping for fruits and veggies.