The Laiki Farmers Markets of Greece

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The Laiki markets are the equivelant to what we know in America as a farmers markets. Their role in the Greek economy, though, it is far more crucial than the ones in the United States. Most Greeks, buy their fruits and vegetables in the market; you would rarely find someone buying fresh food at a supermarket.

Greek farmer’s market is a weekly ritual for every neighborhood. Farmers  are selling fresh food with the primary purpose of supplying  the population with basic food products straight from the producer, and to give the opportunity to the producer to divert its products directly to the consumer by the other side. Laiki also features meat products and fish, as well as clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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The farmers’ market is usually held once (in bigger neighborhoods even twice) a week, always the same place, which is usually a square or a street. It takes a few hours, usually, starting in the morning (eight o’clock) until afternoon (three or four). The benches are portable, assembled in the morning and dismantled at the end of the day.

In Greek farmers markets there are two categories of vendors: Producers and Professionals. Producers are farmers, fishermen or beekeepers who sell the products they produce themselves (fruits , vegetables, fish or honey, usually). Professionals buy products sold by various producers and sell them. However, each vendor needs to have a sign with the producer’s name, the street market to which it belongs and the words manufacturers, farmers or professionals, accordingly.

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