The best farmers markets in town
To find these wonderful foodstuffs, which are sold in farmers markets throughout the country, there are a number of long-standing and expansive farmer's market that is a wonderful experience and set to brighten anyone's day. A sure bet, with the beautiful sight fruit as decorations, which you get to hand pick and taste as you like all accompanied by the wonderful bustling calls of the vendors. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you pay a visit to any if not all of the following farmer's markets:
Located in Balat yet with produce from the Black Sea region, this small market in size upholds a huge reputation for having the freshest and most diverse selection. Get their early as this market, conveniently held on Sundays, can sell out by noon.
Şişli Ecological Market
Referred to as the "100 percent Ekolojik Pazar"' and the pioneer of its kind in Istanbul, every Saturday from morning until mid-noon an all organic market is set up in Şişli's Feriköy neighborhood, that is quite the enjoyable social event. You can enjoy fresh juices and gözleme made from organic and whole grain flours and spend the remainder of the day checking out the funky and fast developing adjacent Bomonti neighborhood.
Kartal Ecological Market
Located on the Asian side, this organic market is a newer version of the latter and is held on Sundays.
Kadıköy Tuesday Market
Held on Tuesday's for a full-day affair, this long-standing neighborhood market has anything and everything household related, from produce to textiles, appliances, shoes and more. The open-aired sky is the limit! Do be aware there may be some pushing and shoving as this market can tend to get crowded.
Beşiktaş Saturday Market
A similar, classic neighborhood market, the Beşiktaş Cumartesi Pazarı also has it all, areas devoted to different household needs and lots and lots of fresh fruits and veg.