Çiftlik Thursday Market – A Guide

In our last post, we took you on a walk from Çalış to Çiftlik. If you remember, we were going to explore Çiftlik market. Well, for this week’s Turkish Food Focus, we’re concentrating on said market, real name, Çiftlik Perşembe Pazarı (Çiftlik Thursday Market).

We had no idea what to expect when we arrived but made an educated guess that it wouldn’t be a sprawling market, Çiftlik being a small village and all. We were right there.

Çiftlik market is a world away from Fethiye Tuesday market, even a world away from Çalış market. At Çiftlik market, we’re more on a par with the Friday village market in Fethiye…and Çiftlik is even smaller than that.

Çiftlik Thursday Market

Ciftlik Market, Fethiye

Çiftlik Perşembe Pazarı

Small it may be, but this market has everything the villagers – and wandering visitors like us – need. An outside area selling garden plants was a pleasant, colourful surprise.

We were also surprised to see the permanence of the market by way of a corrugated covered section. You know us, we love to see our local Turkish markets being valued. Looks like the belediye (council) value the pazar here.

Hello, Yes Please

This covered section of Çiftlik pazar is an aisle or two of the usual clothing and household goods stalls that you see at many Turkish markets.

This was the only section where one trader spotted the foreigners and called out to us. “Hello, yes please. Would you like sweatshirts?”

We didn’t much fancy a sweatshirt so we continued to the food sections. Food was what we were here for, after all.

Çiftlik Thursday Market Layout

The layout of Çiftlk Market is neat and tidy

In southwest Turkey, you’re not going to see much difference between the markets with regards to the produce they sell. If it grows locally and it’s edible, it’s sold.

Special Atmosphere

What is different is the atmosphere of each market. Each evokes its own special feeling and we found Çiftlik Market to have a similar feel the the Fethiye Friday market. No rush, no real crowds – Çiftlik is by no means heavily populated – and no hassle from traders.

Çiftlik Thursday Market

Seasonal broad beans at Çiftlik market

The main difference we noticed here is that when we go off around the different markets of Fethiye and surroundings, you usually see some of the same familiar stallholders. Our regular peppers stall pops up at all of the local pazar sites.

But Çiftlik is different. A whole different crowd of traders here, which makes us curious as to which other markets they go to to sell their produce.

Maybe they head out towards Dalaman or in the opposite direction to the villages off the D400.

Seasonal Broad Beans

We were very excited to see two stalls selling bakla (broad beans). These are the beans you need if you want to make the authentic fava version of our adapted white bean dip recipe or our broad beans with sucuk dish.

They’re not quite in season at the moment and these were quite small, but at 4TL a kilo, we just had to buy some. Sucuk and bakla for dinner that night – perfect!

Çiftlik Market Cheese Stall

Izmir tulum and other cheeses for sale

Dairy Treats

And then there was the cheese stall. On local Turkish markets, cheese stalls always sell yoghurt, olives, village eggs and the stall owner is usually keen to get you to ‘try before you buy’ with the cheeses.

This one was no different except the stall owner was extra proud of his own cheese – the one he’d personally produced. And it was a tasty beyaz peynir (white cheese).

But we’d come for Izmir tulum. We felt a bit guilty at not buying any of the trader’s beyaz peynir, or any of the other cheeses he’d carefully sliced slithers from for us to sample…but there’s only so much cheese two people can eat.

Our Izmir tulum was handed over with a smile and, after deciding Çiftlik Perşembe Pazar was most agreeable, we decided to get a snack.

Çiftlik Thursday Market Street Food

It’s a low key food scene at Çiftlik market

No raft of food stalls here selling gözleme with various fillings. This guy had kokoreç and köfte on offer. We plumped for the kokoreç.

And then a dolmuş passed by with ‘Fethiye’ in the window. Our legs were aching and our shopping was heavy – not much discussion needed before we both jumped on the local public transport and headed on home.

Çiftlik Market – Perşembe Pazarı – Useful Info

  • Çiftlik market is every Thursday, year round.
  • The market site is by the Çiftlik central mosque, opposite the Çiftlik Belediye building on Atatürk Bulvarı in the village centre. (View Çiftlik Market centred on our map of Fethiye)
  • There are a couple of small eateries in the centre of Çiftlik where you can get pide and, at the market site, there was also a mobile stand with seating area selling döner kebabs, köfte and kokoreç.

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  1. . . J and I were wandering back home from Fethiye today and decided to do it off the by-passes. These villages are great now the traffic zooms by away from the centres.

  2. Love the Pazar, Markets, back home – such abundance, variety of seasonal fruit and veg, cheese, olives and more! enjoy this one!:) iyi haftasonlari, Ozlem

  3. @ Alan: Yeah, we once went to Saklıkent via all the villages and it was lovely. All felt quaint and quiet. We reckon it’s doable on a push bike. 😉 Just wish the traffic wouldn’t ‘zoom’ quite so fast along that stretch.

    @ Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Last time we were back in the UK it hit us that the thing we missed most about Turkey was the markets. Supermarkets in the UK are so depressing. 🙂

  4. A great post about a local bazaar! I love to see such kind of bazaars at different regions and I really enjoyed reading this post! I love that they are selling small plants outside the market, they start to sell plants at our market in April or May, so Spring comes there earlier! I saw bakla at the market today and I was so tempted by it that I felt like I had to buy it! I bought half kilo and will make an olive oil dish with it. Maybe you know, it has fresh dill and drizzled garlicky yogurt on the top. YUM! I have never thought of matching t with sucuk though. How do you make it?

  5. Turklish Yazar says

    Turkish markets are so colorful! Even for a small market – these pictures show a much larger spread of fruits and veggies than we get in our local supermarket. What a fun place to do the weekly shopping! I’m excited for the farmer’s markets here in my town to get moving again with warmer weather.

    – Lindsey

  6. @ Zerrin: Well we’re hoping to experiment more with bakla as they come into season more so we’ll look out for your recipes, too. 🙂 The bakla and sucuk is a take on a British where bacon is fried till crispy and then you add the broad beans to the pan so they take on the flavours of the bacon fat and oil in the pan. A lovely summer lunch. It works really well with sucuk and as it’s still not quite summery weather, yet, I made an Italian style sauce and added that to it. Yummy. 🙂

  7. @ Turklish Yazar: Last time we were back in the UK, the lack of markets really got us down. We’ll never take the Turkish pazar for granted and always try to visit one wherever we are in Turkey. 🙂

  8. Lovely photos Julia, I would love to go to some local market in Turkey!

  9. I remember wandering through Turkish markets. And there are so many good ones, with wonderful colours and smells. Really way too long since I’ve been to Turkey.

  10. @ Angela: The local markets in Turkey are just fab. Want to go and explore some more, now. 🙂

    @ Sophie: Well if you do ever make it back to Turkey, make sure you head in the Fethiye direction and look us up. 🙂

  11. I don’t know if you can access while in Turkey Channel 4’s programmes via the internet. But here’s a terrific one on Turkish cuisine.

  12. @ George Dearsley: Ha ha, we’re actually going to try and watch it tonight, if we can access it, because everyone’s recommending it to us. Thanks. If so many people like it, it must be a great series! 🙂

  13. You’ve made visiting the markets sound like such a great thing to do. I wondered through ones in Istanbul but would love to explore the ones out in the country and have a taste of that white cheese.

  14. @ Leigh: Well surprisingly, we’ve never been to many of the markets in Istanbul but we’re hoping to put that right next time we go. 🙂 The local Fethiye markets are just fab.

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