Monday, 27 September 2010

Fethiye Markets / Turkey Markets - Love Your Local Market (Pazar)!




Once upon a time, there was a town in the Northwest of England called Wigan. Our home town. Wigan had an outdoor market square and an indoor market. Both sold British, seasonal fruit and vegetables and clothing and haberdashery, etc. The open-fronted shops that surrounded the indoor arcades all sold fish, eggs, meat, cheese, bread and the like, and some of these shops had hares, rabbits and pheasants hanging from hooks outside. The market was always packed with Wigan townsfolk and there was constant noise and chatter from the vendors; especially at the end of the day. Bargains galore and a May Day fairground just for good measure.

This fairytale didn't have a happy ending for us as Wiganers. These are my memories from doing the twice-weekly shop with my nana during the school summer holidays when I was in junior school. Now? Well, when we left Wigan 7 years ago (22 years later), it was a medium-sized town (50,000 ish people) with no food market at all. The last fish monger of the indoor market would write letters to the local newspaper asking for customer support...There are numerous, sad reasons for the demise of the markets and, needless to say, supermarkets saw the possibilities and descended on Wigan in their droves. Wigan was home to the largest store of the biggest supermarket chain in Britain when we left. This has no doubt since been usurped by a store in another town but that was the case back then as we chose to come to Fethiye. Shoppers in the centre of Wigan, these days, have no choice but to go to the supermarkets for their fruit and veg.

Çalış Sunday Market
Typical scene at Çalış market
Cue our love of all things markets! We're both huge fans of fruit and veg markets of the Fethiye area and local produce and make the effort to use our local Turkish pazar on a weekly, twice-weekly, sometimes thrice-weekly basis. Why wouldn't we? We really enjoy the experience: fresh produce, familiar faces - our potato and onion guy knows exactly the size of potato we look for and helps us to hunt them out from the huge mound. It's cheap and it's taught us how to get the most from the seasonal produce. We cook loads of stuff we would never have dreamt of cooking in the past.
Fethiye Tuesday Market
Fruit and veg stalls line the canal at Fethiye market
Yesterday, we posted a link to an article on our Facebook page about market traders throughout Turkey saying they were losing out to supermarkets. Don't get us wrong, we are not completely anti-supermarket. We've even done a post on the arrival of Kipa in Fethiye. They're useful places for general shopping. However, they will not be receiving our lira for fruit and veg (or meat, fish and bread for that matter) on a regular basis. It's off to the various Fethiye markets for our fruit, vegetables, olives, cheeses, yoghurts and eggs for us. It's a happy shopping experience, it's local produce!
Fethiye Tuesday Market
Fruit and veg stalls line the canal at Fethiye market
It's a bit sad for us to see people shopping for fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets of Fethiye when we're in such a beautiful setting that produces an amazing array of foodstuffs - all of which are available on the markets at cheap prices and in such abundance (and of course there is the fact that you're supporting local traders and farmers). So, this is our 'Love your local market (pazar)' post...

Here is a list of the fruit and veg markets we know of in the Fethiye region (there are others that we know we've missed out. Just not sure of the days). Please feel free to add a fruit and vegetable market from your area of Turkey in the comments box below so we can all enjoy the market experience, wherever we may be.


Sunday - Çalış market & Alsancak market (Izmir)
Monday - Hisarönü market
Tuesday - Fethiye market
Wednesday - Bostanlı Pazar (Izmir)
Thursday - Çiftlik market
Friday - Fethiye farmers' market, Üzümlü market
Saturday - Patlangıç & Karaçulha markets

11 comments:

Lovely post! I agree with it all! You can add the Bostanli pazar to your list; it's every Wednesday in Izmir!

Thanks Barbara. And of course, the market will be added. Wouldn't want anyone missing out in the Izmir area, would we?! :)

I agree about buying fruit and veg from the local market. I never buy it from the supermarkets as the quality is poor and the price is nearly double. I also want to support local traders rater than big companies.

Didim market - Saturday
Mavisehir market - Every night during the summer.
Akbuk market - Friday
Soke market - Wednesday

slightly off topic, but I've found a fantastic Turkish food store in Longsight in Manchester. Went yesterday and it was heaven so more Turkish cooking for me yay!

That's great Petra. We knew there was a Turkish store in Manchester but never knew where it was so we've never visited it. Let us know what goodies they sell.

Natalie, thanks a lot for that. I'll add them to the blog post. :)

I'm addicted to markets the world over. They're a wonderful way to connect to the local (food) culture. And yes, the produce there is usually so much better than what you find in supermarkets. In the US "farmers markets" are gaining more and more popularity, which is a good thing. In my native Holland, there are still weekly markets in many places.

I've not visited Turkey (yet) but would love to see the markets there. Coincidentally I did a post last week about the central market in Chisinau, Moldova, where I now live, and this week a very contrasting story about the main city market in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

Esenköy (just past Karaçulha) - Mondays
Eşen - Tuesdays and Fridays

Alaçat - Thursdays
Kemer - Fridays
Kınık - Fridays
Kalkan - Thursdays
Akbel - Sundays
Kumluova - Sundays (I think)

@ Simon: Wow, thanks for this. We're hoping to get more markets around the local area so this list is perfect. I think when we walked through Kumluova market, it was on a Saturday but I can double check that from an old blog post. Thanks again for this. Really appreciated. :)

Such a lovely post, so important to celebrate and support Pazar, Farmers Markets; we make the most of them when we have it in England, but there's nothing like it with the variety ans seasonality of what you can get in Turkey, enjoy it:)
Ozlem

SO glad you've mentioned this again, all over the world people are fighting to get back their local markets, they didn't know how good they were till they were gone.

Markets have so much life and soul and vibrancy, particularly in Turkey with such a wealth of colour and variety's available and abundantly displayed.

I know I bang on about this but I wish people knew about the greater nutrition benefits of the local Fethiye produce since a lot of it is bio-dynamic/organic because many local farmers have never used chemicals or pesticides. They just grow as the generations before them did so the plants have the benefit of soil that is packed with nutrients that people elsewhere pay an arm and a leg for in capsule form (because modern farming practices have depleted them from our soils).

All that goodness at a fraction of certofied organic prices. Oh how I envy you all, long may it last. Well done for doing so much to support these wonderful markets.
- CD

@ Ozlem's Turkish Table: We love the seaosnality. Some fruits and vegetables shouldn't be available all year round and it's great to be able to look forward to the likes of cherries and pomegranates and enjoy them while they're out. :)

@ CD: Thank you. We'll always support the pazars around Fethiye. So important for us. :)

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