the farmer’s market: miscellany

Do you have a garden gnome lady at your farmers’ market?

What about an axe guy?

Ducks?  Geese?

And I leave you with this image:

See more of the farmers’ market here:




14 thoughts on “the farmer’s market: miscellany

  1. Heidi,
    Aw, the axe guy looks like he would make a great grandpa! And, the gnome yia-yia looks like she’s a garden statue herself! What a fun place!

    Kinda looks less like our Farmer’s Markets and more like our swap meets.
    Places where you can go for socks, bootleg music CDs, and plastic bowls for a party 🙂
    ~ Dana

    • the axe guy was hilarious! He saw me with my camera and started posing and speaking to me in Turkish… my Turkish is still at a very beginner stage so I explained (stumblingly) that I don’t really speak Turkish (these language classes are not so useful after all hmmm) so he switched to… Bulgarian!! But he was really nice and very proud of his axes! It is kind of a mixture of a farmers’ market and a flea market but the stuff is all new, rather than second-hand. In the rest of Greece, they use the word ‘laiki’ (popular market) to describe this custom, but up here they use the word ‘pazari’ (bazaar). I’d say here we’ve got about 40% edible and 60% non-edible stuff; in the rest of Greece, the breakdown is probably closer to 75% edible, 25% non-edible? I’m not sure. All I know is it’s sooo fun!

  2. Ours is rather like yours, Heidi – but much more “closed in”. I’m afraid I don’t often shop in the market, as I hate crowds, but the people selling veggies have wonderful produce. I like the axe man, too – in this area there are plenty of places where you can buy stuff like that for very low prices – and get equipment repaired, too.

    • Kate, I am not a huge crowd lover myself. I love that ours is so spread out – and since we are not early birds and tend to go when it’s less busy, there is no pushing and shoving. I remember the laiki in Athens when I lived there and it was awful – everyone pushing and running into you with their carts and vendors yelling in your ear… not a relaxing experience! Here, despite the several crowded looking photos you are never more than a few feet from a deserted sidewalk, and the vendors are really laid back here. They don’t really yell, and they know a lot of the customers so they are more likely to be chatting with customers than bellowing out prices.

      One thing that we don’t have, that I would like to see, is services for sale. For example if I could bring a broken item and have it fixed, or have my clothes mended, or something. The only thing along those lines is that if you buy fabric by the meter they will make curtains for you according to your specifications. You just pick them up the following week. I think there is room for growth, especially in this economy of searching for the lowest price, for drop-off type services.

  3. makes me miss Israeli markets. the produce was way better and EVERYTHING was cheaper than the grocery stores. plus, it was just more fun.

    • The produce is soooo much better from the farmers’ market – no comparison! And the grocery store never throws in an extra pumpkin or six peppers or four apples or whatever. Here, the posted prices often aren’t cheaper, but when you factor in the free stuff and the less waste from higher quality stuff, (and for it not rotting in 2 days), it often works out cheaper in the end. I would love to visit Israeli markets – when I think of other places to travel, at the top of my list is to visit their markets, spice stores, and sewing notions stores (I don’t know why, I just love them!)

  4. I would be so happy if my farmer’s market sold gnomes – especially if she were the one offering them! I live in Northern California and farmer’s markets are fairly exclusive for lack of a better word. Your market seems like a place where people actually shop – for all sorts of things. I think that folks my way would have a HEART ATTACK if I guy with an ax showed up!

    • but why? what could be more friendly than a man brandishing an enormous axe in your face? hahaha!! I grew up along the East Coast where farmers’ markets were pretty exclusive too. You had your heirloom purple corn, and your yellow bell stuffing tomatoes, and your honey made from the pollen of rare black tulips or whatever, and the prices were ridiculous. My own mother sold her produce at the farmers’ markets in our area for a decade, and I had a summer job there one summer – I feel very connected to farmers’ markets as an institution but having seen a variety of them, I have to say I prefer the kind we have here – affordable, not exclusive at all, fun, full of variety, and of course, the availability of garden gnomes!

    • she might be from Bulgaria! The pottery does look Bulgarian. I have a piece of Bulgarian pottery from a visit there a few years ago and was quite surprised to find some matching pieces right here at the farmers’ market. We’re only a few kilometers from the border with Bulgaria so it wouldn’t surprise me at all! Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria – a very international farmers’ market experience! 😀

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