Food markets are a great way of saving money and experiencing new foods. Most local markets run on Sunday mornings and are often a combination of food stalls as well as general sale items.
For me and many residents in Antwerp our local market runs Saturday’s and Sunday’s, a smaller one on Saturday and larger one Sunday’s. This one is located around the street Maria Pijpelincxstraat, in Antwerp 2000.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are hugely popular at food markets, they are usually provided by green grocers. The people who grow them fresh and then sell them on at a cheaper price than leading supermarkets. Often the shape and size of the fruit and vegetables. Just because they don’t look as perfect as the supermarket doesn’t mean they aren’t as tasty, if not more so. Ask the stall holder where they’re from and if he grows them fresh. It’s incredibly likely you’ll return to the market again and possibly to them so get to know the produce you’re buying.
Whilst there are a lot of actual butcher ran stalls there are also some smaller stalls which specialise in certain meats. As a big fan of Mediterranean meats a stall which sells salami and chorizo is going to interest me. The stall pictured on the right is of that exact one. Oh, and they gave out free small samples to let you have a try before you buy, which is always lovely of course. They sell the meats in bulk, but you can choose how much you want and they will slice it up for you ready to go. This will automatically save money as you can buy smaller quantities to avoid wastage, alternatively, you can buy large quantities and save money.
Dairy is something frequently found at the food market in Antwerp, with many stalls full of large wheels of different cheeses. The cheese sizes varied from small to incredibly large, all stalls had tasting options one cheese which wasn’t a favourite was the wasabi. With a strong kick at the end and an interesting taste and the beginning, it wasn’t something I’d purchase in a hurry.
Buying food at a market means that often they are fresher than store bought produce and cheaper. It is worth having a rough idea of how much you spend of certain products before heading to the market and paying more money.