Every Wednesday Kadıköy Organic Market is set up in Özgürlük Park, the largest green space in the district. Located at the main entrance, the market is not a very big one but definitely important for locals who want to know where their food is coming from.
If you have ever been to a weekly market in Istanbul, you’ve probably heard sellers shouting madly in order to attract more and more customers. I admit that they are pretty successful when it comes to catching your attention, especially with their funny and original slogans, but this can be tiring as your ears start to burn. What sets Kadıköy Organic Market apart is one single rule which brings a relaxing shopping experience: sellers can’t shout.
At the market you can find certified, fresh, non-GMO fruits and vegetables as well as organic grains, dairy, cleaning products and so on. Everything comes directly from the producers all over Turkey. Rather than recommending what to buy, I suggest you talk with the sellers who are extremely kind and helpful. They can tell you the origin of different foods, how and under which circumstances they are grown, before putting them into eco-friendly bags. That is what I like most about Kadıköy Organic Market; it is great for building trust between producers and consumers as well as supporting small-scale farmers.