Market day...

by David Swatton October. 05, 2011 2433 views

The shopping mall/centre and supermarket haven't reached Albania yet (although we did see a big one being built by a French company outside Tirana).

For food almost everyone still goes to the local market which may be a formal covered place or a random set of street-side stalls improvised from anything handy.

The common factor however is the quality of the produce…. I have never seen or tasted such fantastic fruit and veg. It's all organic because the local producers don't spray everything with the chemical crap that our farmers do… largely because they don't have the funds for it.

The net result though is great food.

Something to think about next time you are walking down the sterile, tasteless aisles of your local Tesco or WalMart.

Not the vegetarian section…

Did I mention that they quite like olives…?

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Jacki 8 years, 2 months ago

One of my favorite things about California as well... nothing quite like wanting to buy a persimmon and having the grower ask you if you plan to teat it today or tomorrow before choosing the correct one for you! #7 is my favorite here...

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Jack Castelo Branco 8 years, 2 months ago


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Ann Garratty 8 years, 2 months ago

There is certainly no shortage of food either, I love buying vegetables at markets like these, but I have to admit there is comething reasuring about buying our meat at good old sterile Tesco...

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 8 years, 2 months ago

Fantastic set!! I love all the food shots! It reminds me of the italian market here in Philadelphia

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Jazzy Trekker 8 years, 2 months ago

Your shots give a good "feel" for what Albania must be like. Glad you shared them, along with the commentary.

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Stefan Fletcher 8 years, 2 months ago

These bring back memories. I imagine the meat market has its own particular... aura. Lovely captures of local life.

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Susan Jane 8 years, 2 months ago

definately not walmart! How wonderful!

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