In Thessaloniki, the majority of residents buy their produce at weekly markets, directly from the producers or individual vendors. Although large global supermarket chains, such as Carrefour, exist, outdoor markets are highly frequented by all generations and social classes, it seems, and are very affordable compared to Northern Europe.
Our food hunt for the Dinner Exchange style round table at the Goethe Institut Thessaloniki on Saturday was very successful. Despite the current economic crisis most vendors generously gave us their leftover produce so that we left the market with a wide array of vegetables and fruit.
Bounty: a whole buggy filled with cabbage, cauliflower, aubergines, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons, red & green peppers et al.