We really enjoyed going to the local markets in Turkey. It’s where most Turks shop rather than in the big supermarkets. There are a huge number of vendors in the larger city markets like Fethiye. So there is good competition and plenty of choice.
Our observation was that the fruit and vegetables on offer at the markets were super fresh and were of a much higher quality than in the supermarkets. Many of the vegetables looked as if they had been picked that morning or the previous evening.
Prices were about the same as from supermarkets. So why wouldn’t you buy the higher quality item at the market from a small, family vendor rather than some corporate supermarket chain with long supply chains?
Shopping at the markets is a rather social affair. The vendors are quite happy to have a chat and after a few weeks they remembered us. All in all a very pleasant atmosphere. And so different to back home.
A lot of “home produce” is available at the markets. Olive oil in Coke bottles, bulk dips, tahini, honey, eggs and olives to mention a few. Many dairy items are available this way as well, such as butter, yogurt, labna, keifer and various cheeses, including our favorite, traditionally sold out of a goatskin.
This is “not allowed” in Australia, the US and some other western countries as it is not considered “safe”. All I can say is that we had some if not the best tasting dairy products of all time on our trip to Turkey with no ill effects. We loved being able to buy from the smaller vendor and enjoyed our attempts to communicate.
Here is some more information about markets and shopping in Turkey.
So in honor of all things fresh, try this delicious 1 dish concoction for breakfast. If you can, try to source the products from your farmer’s market or even better from your own home garden.
More Gourmet Breakfasts
If you are looking for some more gourmet breakfasts to try from around the world, here are a few:
Here is a classy breakfast. Swiss potato rosti is a classic! You can eat these grated potato cakes plain or topped with your favorite breakfast ingredients.
Avocado smash is colorful, healthy and becoming very popular all around the world. One of our go to breakfasts when you have access to good avocados.
Strapatsada or Greek scrambled eggs feature tomatoes gently cooked in olive oil. It’s another one pot dish that is the pride and joy of Crete.