Yesterday morning after I dropped Noah off at school, I went to the Talpiot market. This market is the image people have of a middle-eastern market – lots of stalls of produce, olives, dried fruit & nuts, dairy, etc. It is not as big as the shuks in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, but the produce is fresher & cheaper than what is available in our neighborhood grocery stores. The fish were still flopping!

The market is a quick (10 min?) bus ride from our apt. and is located downtown. I don’t know if that’s what people really call that neighborhood, but for the first time, the term “downtown” seems appropriate, since we really do have to go down the mountain to get there. The market comprises several short, winding streets lined with stalls, plus the bottom level of a building that you get to by descending a set of wide steps. I guess its a basement, but it didn’t feel dark or gloomy.

I haven’t seen any sign of a farmer’s market in town, but have read of many dairy farms (or other kinds of farms) that welcome the public if we want to take a day trip. Anat, who lives outside of Haifa, says she buys her vegetables directly from one farmer and her fruit directly from another. Everyone I’ve spoken with here seems to eat organic, which is readily available, but most of the time isn’t at its peak by the time we get it. We are spoiled by our CSAs and choice (choice!) of farmer’s markets in NYC.

Talpiot market stalls

Olive stall. After this I stopped taking pictures - got embarrassed by the ladies staring at me!

Notable purchases: handmade butter, pomegranate, labneh, skinniest celery ever, honey, freshest pita we've had so far.

Also very important – found a knitting store at the market bus stop!

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