Mealtime is when family and friends bond, celebrate, and share stories. This section is my virtual table, where I write about people, places, events, and cultural tidbits, similar to the way I might share a story over a good meal.
Greece is best known for its islands, beautiful sunsets, and picturesque white facades adorned with blue shutters. These are certainly key to Greece's lure, but there is another quality to the country; its agriculture. Most of my time in Greece has been spent in the southern part of the mainland, known as the Peloponnese. This region is the country's agricultural center. Its fertile soil yields a multitude of crops, its surrounding seas are filled with fresh fish, and there are seemingly endless olive groves from which the people derive their prized olive oil. As with any region rich in agriculture, a trip to the farmers market is a wonderful way to witness the bounty of local produce. Fresh tomatoes, bushels of oregano, mountains of stone fruit are just a few of the foods provided by the local Greek farmers. Following is a glimpse of what you might see when strolling through the open market on a Saturday morning.