#98 marketplace

098/365 marketplace, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The name of my hometown is Turku, which comes from the old word meaning ‘marketplace’. It was around the old marketplace, where the Hansa traders from Central Europe who used to sail, that the town was first formed. Even today, the marketplace, right in the centre, is the heart and soul of the town – especially in summer. It is open on weekdays 7-18, and on Saturdays 7-15.

Life is gradually returning there, after winter hibernation when often you could just find a few fishermen selling their catch of the day. In April, it’s still mostly imported produce on offer – Hungarian cabbage, Spanish tomatoes and mandarins, Italian apples… Anything Finnish has been grown in greenhouses, or then it is the root vegetables, like potatoes that survive all through the winter.

The summer selection will be totally different – I do look forward to getting all the fresh, local vegetables and berries.


2 Responses to “#98 marketplace”

  1. April 12, 2010 at 13:46

    Fun to see that what is happening here is happening across the ocean. Our market is slowly transforming, too. In a few weeks they’ll put out flowers for planting. Then it is a glorious place.

  2. April 15, 2010 at 15:57

    Our marketplace, too, is delightful in spring and summer – very colourful and full of people.

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