In 2001 I returned to Turkey. While visiting a former student in Istanbul, I visited their local Monday market.
Everything was available - from shoes and melons, grilled meat and grapes, clothes and kitchen wares. The market traveled going from one local area to another throughout the week.
It was not nearly as colorful or big as that market in my town in Eastern Turkey or in Istanbul. However, the farmers were selling produce they grow or products they make like honey, cider or apples, pickles, pastries, or beef. The farmers come from nearby farms in Maryland or Virginia. The market is open on Fridays from June to October. Its operating instructions are available at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3002978
The purpose of the People's Garden is
- to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for those in need or native trees, shrubs and flowers for wildlife.
- to demonstrate sustainable practices that nurture, maintain, and protect the health of our soil, water and air. To provide a beautiful place in our neighborhood to gather, learn, share and enjoy.
Today farmers markets, big or small, are an important part of many people's lives.