WHAT I ATE IN CRIMEA: Farmers’ Markets

For weeks before my Crimea trip my mother was imploring me to check out the farmers’ markets in Novy Svet and Sudak, for the freshest fruits and berries in all the land! The markets did not disappoint, and I tried everything from the in-season strawberries and raspberries, to homemade cheeses and sausages. I cannot even imagine how exciting this place might have been for someone who cooks and could really get the most of local ingredients, including meats and veggies. And the best part of going to the market? All the free sampling I got to do!

Farmer's market in Sudak. Local cherries and peaches are front and center.
Farmer’s market in Sudak. Local cherries and peaches are front and center.
Homemade canned and pickled fruits and vegetables, plus a draft kvas stand.
Homemade canned and pickled fruits and vegetables, plus a draft apple kvas stand in Koktebel.
Homemade cakes and cheeses at the market in Novy Svet.
Homemade cakes and cheeses at the market in Novy Svet.
Very popular Suloogoony cheese is Crimea's answer to Mozzarella, and is sold fresh and smoked, with varying degrees of saltiness. It is a very popular beach snack.
Suloogoony cheese is Crimea’s answer to Mozzarella, and is sold fresh and smoked, with varying degrees of saltiness. It is a very popular beach snack. I took some back to Moscow with me.
Cured and seasoned pork. I think.
Cured and seasoned pork. I think.
A fish stand in Koktebel. Lots of salty smoked and dried varieties, to go with your beer.
A fish stand in Koktebel. Lots of salty smoked, cured and dried varieties, to go with your beer.
Cabbage kylebyaka - large pie.
Cabbage kylebyaka – large pie.
Spices and local spice blends. If I knew anything about cooking I probably would have bought those as gifts for my more culinarily-adept friends.
Spices and local spice blends. If I knew anything about cooking I would have bought those as gifts for my more culinarily-adept friends.
Market-bought dinner, for when I wanted to hang out with my hedgehog instead of going out.
Market-bought dinner, for when I wanted to hang out with my hedgehog instead of going out.

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17 thoughts on “WHAT I ATE IN CRIMEA: Farmers’ Markets

  1. ok suluguni is a traditional georgian dish and it is supposed to look quite differently but it does taste like mozarella. what you have shown in this picture looks more like a typical russian cheesebread to me. Ive seen it in many supermarkets.

    • In Russian it’s very rubbery and doesnt really taste like cheese at all. Here all the people at the markets told me it was fresh and local. I liked it!

  2. Oh. My. God. I’m completely drooling now. The cheese! The fruit! (Where’s the wine?) Those spices look awesome – I wonder what I could cook with them.

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