Today I ventured into the Sunday Bazaar right down the street from our apartment for the first time.
I had no idea if I would make it back home with the things on my list, or if I would be empty handed. After all, the only words I know so far relating to market-shopping are "one," "two," and "watermelon" (since I've bought 4 of them in the last week!). And "kilo" seems to be pretty universal, so I guess you can count that too.
As it turns out, I was pretty successful:
A kilo each of cherries, peaches, beans, tomatoes, and onions, plus 1/2 kilo of peppers, broccoli, and a bunch of basil.
My grand total was about $11.00, or 18 lira. Peaches and beans for less than $1.00 per kilo, tomatoes for just over that, and cherries, eggplant, and peppers for just over $2.00 a kilo. I love it when cultures make it affordable for you to eat healthily. On the menu for the week: pasta primavera, stuffed eggplant (we ate that tonight! A recipe will follow after I've perfected it), chicken bruschetta, veggie lasagna, homemade pizza, and couscous chicken salad. Yum.
I think that going to the Sunday Bazaar will be a weekly occurrence, and there's another bazaar up the hill in the opposite direction on Thursdays, so I may frequent it as well after the August heat has passed, of course, since the grade on the hill looks to be at least 30%.