Agricultural Fethiye: Photo Story

Last week, we had a friend coming over from the UK to stay with us for the week. This summer has, and will continue to be, hectic with almost back-to-back friends coming and going and we completely forgot about going to either Fethiye or Çalış markets to stock up on meze ingredients for her visit. (She loves meze and it makes life more simple – and cheaper – to have food ready in the fridge.)

Neither of us like going to the supermarkets for a big fruit and vegetable shopping spree so we had a brainwave. We would get up really early on the Saturday morning and attempt to walk to Karaçulha market via an unknown route. (Karaçulha is where we watched the camel wrestling in February and is around 7 km from our house.) We knew the direction we had to head in but we wanted to avoid the main road. Suncream liberally applied, trainers on, we set off in the July heat along the side roads of Fethiye.

Fethiye Sunflowers

Fethiye sunflower field

You don’t have to stray too far from the sea and Fethiye harbour before you find yourself completely surrounded by evidence of Fethiye’s main industry of agriculture. Sunflowers, in full bloom, were facing the morning sun and dazzled our eyes as we walked by. Unfortunately, we too were heading straight towards the morning sun and perspiration was getting the better of us.

Chillies in Fethiye

Sweet red peppers ripening in the Fethiye greenhouses

For a couple of kilometres, apart from the dead straight road ahead disappearing over the horizon, we could see nothing but huge greenhouses and polytunnels bursting with the seasonal food we see on Fethiye market. Although the heat inside was blasting out of any open space it could find – and adding to the temperature of our already overheating bodies – we were fascinated by this not oft explored area of Fethiye; this area that feeds Fethiye and stocks the market stalls I love to photograph.

Fresh Green Chillies

Fresh green chillies growing in Fethiye

Just as I was starting to think someone was having a joke with us and we were on a very hot, energy-sapping, never-ending road to nowhere, a truck crossed our path in the distance. A crossroads. Hallelujah! We knew we needed to bear right so this was a more-than-welcome sight.

We passed fields growing row upon row of fresh, crunchy, fiery green chillies. On the market, during strawberry season, there are a couple of stalls selling Fethiye strawberries. We passed their little company; a field and a hut. We passed fields of watermelons; some being sold from cabins at a few kuruş cheaper than market price. And we passed through streets where the women of the house were hosing their balconies and verandahs, some shouting merhaba (hello) as we walked by. We supposed not many foreigners wandered these parts – especially in this heat. We were a novelty.

And I’ll confess at this point. We headed right at the crossroads and passed through all of this previously unexplored (for us) and fascinating part of Fethiye…because we were going to the main road to catch the dolmuş the rest of the way to Karaçulha market. It was just too hot!

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Comments

  1. We had a Turkish Festival in London last week.
    It was fun and I tried a lot of their local food.
    But I really liked their watermelons.
    So sweet and juicy.

  2. @ London Caller: Oh,so glad you go to go to that. We were plugging it online. Hope you enjoyed the local foods. 🙂

  3. Christy @ Technosyncratic says

    Chilis and I don’t get along too well, but fresh strawberries and watermelon sound delightful… and I bet they sounded even better to you on your walk! 🙂

  4. Merhaba….I love those local and fresh markets that they have in Turkey….the veggies and fruits taste like they should.
    Love those green chilies but not the hot ones…..don’t have them here though.

    The watermelons are so juicy and sweet, not the plastic ones we get here from California.

  5. @ Christy: We can’t survive without our chillies. Chillies with everything! 🙂

    @ Erica: The watermelons are just fabulous aren’t they. Thanks for all your comments.

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