There are few food markets in the city: Rynek Wielkopolski, Jeżycki, Wildecki, Plac Bernardyński and few others. A common characteristics is their names impossible to pronounce. The idea behind is pretty straightforward: local producers come to the market and in a dedicated space they can sell their products. People of Poznan use this opportunity every day. The quality of products is excellent, everything is fresh and looks tempting!
My favorite time to visit this place is late spring and early summer. All booths are full of fresh vegetables, the smell of fennel, tomatoes, berries and cucumbers is overwhelming. Colors are vivid and people who sells these goodies encourage buyers to pick up their products. Very friendly folks!
Not only colors and smells are intense here: also public debate on a variety of issues is quite lively. People discuss the latest events, gossips and news. If you do your shopping at this market regularly you will know other customers and buyers and after a while you will fervently discuss the braking news. Food markets all over the world gather local community. People meet not only to buy fresh stuff but also to stay together, to follow the local events and complain their misfortunes. A person who is interested in general attitude of citizens should spend every morning here!
I think that the local market says a lot about the area and people. Whether it is a vibrant floating market in Vietnam or magnificent bazaar of Tabriz it shows how people treat commerce, what is the level of private initiative and what are the common difficulties and life hardships. People would do the very same thing on markets around the world: meet to exchange goods, opinions and fears. Every time I travel I always visit a local market and it gives amazingly precise information on how do people live like. Even though you probably do not understand Polish you should visit one of the city markets to see people in everyday life situation. This will tell you a lot about us!
From a food market it’s not that far to Jeżyce – a fascinating place where the troubled past meets present. Follow me!
Disclosure: this post was kindly supported by City of Poznan, however, all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.