The charm of an open-air market

By FAYE LEVY, YAKIR LEVY
February 23, 2012 16:31

For city dwellers, the idea of a farmer’s market is a novelty.




Farmer's market

market 521. (photo credit:Toby Melville/Reuters)

There’s something special about shopping at openair markets, whether it’s the Mahaneh Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem, the rue Cler market in Paris or the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market in California.

A stroll through a shuk or a farmer’s market is like a minivacation in the middle of the day. The colorful scene is usually more social and animated than the supermarket, with people walking by and chatting as they select their produce.

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