For Italian Kitchen Secrets, Head to the Market
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Jennifer October 20, 2015
Over the past few summers, I've bee fortunate to spend 4-6 weeks/summer in southern Europe--Greece, Italy, France. Yes, the local markets are as dreamy as everyone says. But for those oozing with envy--I honestly don't think they're any better than the farmers' markets at which many Americans regularly shop. In fact, I have access to a wider range of very local (and organic) produce at my regular farmers' markets (in Syracuse NY and in Ithaca NY). True that the weekly market also functions as community space in many European towns/cities, but that's increasingly (if differently) true at many American markets.
Rosemarie October 18, 2015
Some of my most important food and cooking lessons have come from the markets here in Italy. Funnily enough, I learned about male and female fennels in almost the same way! Love the advice I'm given and look forward to even more from the contadini and the nonni!
Betsey October 14, 2015
Are there as many plastic bags at Italian markets as there seem to be at American ones? It makes my heart hurt to see all these people head to my local market on Saturday with their reusable bag, thinking they are AWESOME and then they leave with said bag filled to the brim with 15 plastic bags containing their produce. We need to break this habit STAT. Your potatoes do not need to be in a plastic bag. Your peppers do not need to be in a plastic bag. Your apples do not need to be in a plastic bag. Your bread does not need to be in a plastic bag. THINK.
Emiko October 17, 2015
I'm so glad you brought this up! It's actually part of my next installment on shopping at Italian markets -- sadly, it's a plastic bag addicted place here too.
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