I Like the Laiki


Laiki Shopping in GreeceOne of the best things about Greece is the freshness of the food. Food is brought to the city through the traditional Laiki [Li Kee] – open air farmers markets that magically appear in a new Athens neighborhood each day of the week. The sidewalks suddenly lined with large orange umbrellas shading stacked  crates heaped with jewel colored vegetables, fresh eggs, and fresh fish.

A shopper needs a good supply of sturdy bags, and a wheeled cart to carry home the groceries. I’ve made a market bag or two since I’ve been here.

Crocheted Povence Market BagThe Summer Province String Bag is one of my favorites. Being crochet, it’s not only sturdy enough to hold a heavy load – it also works up quickly, which is important when you’re always short on bags.


I made this one from a now discontinued yarn I found on sale called Anchor Magicline. I was really drawn to the bright saturated colors, but I think any cotton yarn would work equally well.

One down, about a dozen more to go.

Happy Fresh Food Shopping!




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  1. Posted March 4, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Ahhh Greece. We had deee-lish, juicy peaches while there. There’s just something about just being there.
    Love you String Bag. What better colors for daily shopping.

  2. Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I wish we had outdoor markets like that here. Hubby and I would really love to move overseas.

    I can’t tell if it’s the angle of the shot fooling my eyeballs, but those eggs look large. Are they goose or duck eggs or am I having eyeball issues?

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      Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! I love the fresh food markets. When we were in the U.S., we belonged to an organic CSA where they delivered in season veggies to our door once weekly. That was great too!

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